Massachusetts

Baker Bill Demands More Money For Primary Care And Behavioral Health

Gov. Charlie Baker is igniting another round of health care debates in Massachusetts with a bill that would require all providers and insurers to boost spending in primary care and behavioral health, penalize excessive drug price increases and limit surprise emergency billing. Health and Human Services Secretary Marylou Sudders says the bill builds on state laws that expanded access to care and controlled costs, and focuses on value specifically in primary care and behavioral health. Over...

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The Short List

Town hall in Greenfield, Massachusetts.
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The Short List Looks Ahead To The Greenfield, Mass., Mayoral Race

In our look back at news of the week, we check in on the mayoral race in Greenfield, Massachusetts. There's an open seat after the incumbent, Bill Martin, decided not to run for another term.

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The governors of New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, and Pennsylvania met in New York City Thursday to try to hash out a multi-state approach to legalizing the adult recreational use of marijuana.

Updated at 5:12 p.m. ET

A powerful nor'easter storm is pummeling the New England area with heavy rain, strong winds and floods, knocking out power to hundreds of thousands of people in several states Thursday morning.

The Massachusetts nonprofit whose World War II-era bomber crashed this month is planning a return to the skies. The Collings Foundation grounded flights temporarily after seven people died aboard its B-17.

A building at Bard College at Simon's Rock in Great Barrington, Massachusetts.
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The Berkshire County District Attorney's office has issued an update on its investigation of an alleged assault at Bard College at Simon's Rock. It says there are inconsistencies between the reported assault and the evidence gathered by law enforcement. 

Massachusetts officials and press got a look at one of the new MBTA Orange Line cars Wednesday before the first new set of cars was launched into general service.
Chris Lisinski / State House News Service

A Springfield lawmaker left a meeting with Chinese rail officials last week concerned that the headquarters of CRRC MA, where most of the high-salaried executives work, is in eastern Massachusetts and not Springfield — where the new Red Line and Orange Line MBTA cars are being assembled. 

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Ukraine Affair

Get Caught Up: 4 Big Questions About The Trump-Ukraine Affair

Each week — and some days, it seems, each hour — brings more clarity to the picture of the Ukraine affair and the political crisis it sparked in Washington over impeachment. But some of the biggest questions still don't have answers. Here's a look at where the saga stands, what investigators want to learn and what major decisions still must be reached before the fever breaks. The Ukraine affair No one disputes the basic outlines of the Ukraine affair, including President Trump: He used a...

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Agriculture

Most U.S. Dairy Cows Are Descended From Just 2 Bulls. That's Not Good

Chad Dechow, a geneticist at Pennsylvania State University who studies dairy cows, is explaining how all of America's cows ended up so similar to each other. He brings up a website on his computer. "This is the company Select Sires," he says. It's one of just a few companies in the United States that sells semen from bulls for the purpose of artificially inseminating dairy cows. Dechow chooses the lineup of Holstein bulls. This is the breed that dominates the dairy business. They're the black...

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World

Pence Says Turkey Has Agreed To Suspend Its Incursion Into Syria

Updated at 5:49 p.m. ET U.S. Vice President Pence says he has brokered a cease-fire deal with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to suspend the Turkish incursion into northern Syria, targeting Kurdish forces. However, minutes later, the Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu stated that he did not consider it a cease-fire. Çavuşoğlu described it as a "pause" in the operation, dubbed Peace Spring. He said that a cease-fire "can only happen between two legitimate sides," according to...

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Pittsfield

In July, Bright Abbey opened Omega1 African Fashion, a new clothing store in Pittsfield, Massachusetts.
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Pittsfield After GE: Mosaic Of Businesses, But Short On Trained Workers

Many tout the arrival of online furniture mammoth Wayfair and its 300 new hires in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, as a big win. That doesn’t compare to the nearly 14,000 jobs that once existed at General Electric Co. — but those working to shape a new economy in the Berkshires aren’t looking for another GE.

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General Electric's Pittsfield Legacy

NEPR's Nancy Cohen explores the economic and environmental legacy GE left behind in Pittsfield.

Opera

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Immersive Opera As A Three Ring Circus

In the past couple of years the Boston Lyric Opera has taken advantage of its lack of a permanent home to utilize unusual but highly appropriate venues.

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In Contrast

Jennifer Egan - The Writer's Craft

Ilan Stavans is in conversation with Pulitzer prize winning author, Jennifer Egan

Jazz à la Mode

Duke Ellington and Johnny Hodges
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Duke Ellington & Johnny Hodges: Jeep's Blues

"Tell 'em what happened! Tell ‘em what happened!” Duke Ellington exhorts Johnny "Jeep" Hodges in this 1957 performance of “Jeep’s Blues,” at a dance concert in Carrolton, Pennsylvania.

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The 1919 Chicago White Sox, with all eight "Black Sox" players.
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What Baseball's Black Sox Scandal Has To Teach Us 100 Years Later

This fall marks the 100th anniversary of the infamous Black Sox scandal, where eight players from the Chicago White Sox conspired with gamblers to deliberately lose the World Series.

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