Election 2020

All 7 Democratic Candidates Scheduled To Debate Threaten To Skip Over Labor Dispute

Updated at 5:35 p.m. ET Amid a labor dispute at the site of next week's presidential primary debate, all seven Democratic candidates who made the stage are siding with unions and threatening not to participate in the event. Candidates are scheduled to meet for the Democratic presidential debate on the Loyola Marymount University campus in Los Angeles on Dec. 19. Workers represented by Unite Here Local 11 have been picketing since November. Union representatives say that Sodexo, the...

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The Short List

Downtown Athol, Massachusetts.
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The Short List Mourns The Demise Of Small-Town Newspapers

In western Massachusetts this week, the Athol Daily News shut its office in town. The paper will still be published, but will be based some 25 miles away in Greenfield.

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Regional News

Illustrators Jarrett J. Krosoczka and Grace Lin at the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art.
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Aiming To Inspire Young Artists, Illustrators Put Professionals' Childhood Art On Display

A new exhibit at the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art in Amherst, Massachusetts, shows drawings made by picture book illustrators when they were kids.

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Gov. Charlie Baker and Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito with various officials at the CRRC facility.
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A defense spending bill passed by the U.S. House includes language granting a reprieve to a Chinese-owned rail car factory in Springfield.

Marijuana Vape Sales Can Resume, Say Mass. Regulators

Dec 12, 2019
Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission member Jen Flanagan, at right, addresses marijuana vape products during a meeting. At left is commission member Shaleen Title.
Sam Doran / State House News Service

Massachusetts marijuana regulators eased their ban on vaping product sales Thursday, allowing certain types of products to return to store shelves one day after state public health officials backed off a ban on nicotine vape sales.

When one thinks of grief and mourning, one often imagines it on an intimate scale. A flower placed on a grave. A photograph on a fireplace mantle. A charitable contribution made in honor of a deceased loved one.

Laurie Loisel.
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In 2012, Laurie Loisel’s father Paul took his own life in a violent act — he used a gun in a police station parking lot. Two years later, Loisel’s friend Lee Hawkins, at 89, planned a gentler end to her life: she stopped eating and drinking, surrounded by friends and family.

After years of debate, a solar array spread over more than 130 acres in Simsbury is operational and producing power. Representatives for the Tobacco Valley Solar Farm notified the state Siting Council in a letter Tuesday. 

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Congress

House Judiciary Committee Approves 2 Articles Of Impeachment Against Trump

Updated at 12:12 p.m. ET The House Judiciary Committee on Friday approved two articles of impeachment against President Trump, making him the fourth president in American history to face impeachment. In contrast to Thursday's contentious back-and-forth between the two parties, Friday's session was devoid of rancor, or even any debate. Immediately after calling the session to order, Judiciary Committee Chairman Rep. Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., ordered two votes, one for each article. Both were...

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Election 2020

WBUR Poll: N.H. Voters Divided Along Party Lines On Impeachment

A new WBUR poll finds New Hampshire voters divided along party lines over whether President Trump should be impeached and removed from office. Among likely voters in the Democratic presidential primary, 69% say Trump should be removed from office. He is using the presidency as his own personal piggy bank, and hes lying to the American public repeatedly. He is engaging with other countries to undermine his political rivals, which is completely unforgivable, and should be, if its not already,...

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Commentary

Emily Dickinson's conservatory in Amherst, Massachusetts.
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Emily Dickinson's Love Affair With The 'Dailiness' Of Everyday Life

Sometimes it’s the smallest details that reveal the most. Emily Dickinson knew that. More than many other poets, she distilled, zeroed in and elevated the minute.

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Items for purchase during a liquidation sale at Wilson's Department Store in Greenfield, Massachusetts.
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Wilson's Department Store Closing Sale Is Like A Reunion — And A Wake

Wilson's Department Store in Greenfield, Massachusetts, is shutting its doors after 137 years, once everything is sold — including the mannequins. For many, the family-owned store has been a fixture both on Main Street and in their own families' lives.

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Where They Stand: Comparing The 2020 Democrats' Climate Change Proposals

Throughout the presidential primary campaign, voters in New Hampshire have said climate change is one of their top priorities. And even as candidates emphasize the dangers of global warming – and detail their plans to address it – many voters aren't reassured. NHPR’s Annie Ropeik has more as part of our series “Where They Stand,” which takes a closer look at candidates’ policy proposals.

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