Beacon Hill

Backers and critics of the so-called ROE Act, which would legalize abortions in Massachusetts after 24 weeks under certain circumstances, sat next to each other wearing color-coded shirts on Monday at a public hearing on the bill.
Sam Doran / State House News Service

Hearing For ROE Act Draws Crowd At Massachusetts Statehouse

An emotionally charged debate over abortion overtook the Massachusetts Statehouse on Monday.

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World

Iran Says It Will Exceed Nuclear Deal's Limit On Uranium 'In 10 Days'

Updated at 11:50 a.m. ET Within days Iran will exceed the limit on its stockpile of uranium under a 2015 nuclear deal, according to a spokesman for the country's atomic energy agency, who also said Tehran would increase uranium enrichment levels in violation of the agreement, "based on the country's needs." The remarks come amid increased tension between the U.S. and Iran, particularly after last week's attack on two tankers in the Gulf of Oman that Washington has blamed on Tehran. Iran has...

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Regional News

Baystate Franklin Medical Center in Greenfield, Massachusetts.
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Why Baystate's Plan To Close 3 Mental Health Units Is Causing Some Concern

Baystate Health plans to shut down mental health units in three of its community hospitals in favor of opening a single facility in Holyoke, Massachusetts.

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The bell rings and students hustle to get to class at Holyoke High School.
Jill Kaufman / NEPR

Starting next year, every student in Springfield, Massachusetts, public schools will receive art and music instruction.

A new coworking space in Boston hopes to offer up more than the plush lounge chairs, free-flowing beer and fruit-infused water often found in these trendy shared offices — a space that caters to women.

It’s called The Wing, and it’s set to open Monday on Boylston Street in Boston’s Back Bay neighborhood. It’s the first women-focused coworking space in the city, and the company’s eighth location in the country.

There’s a distinct color scheme that greets you at The Wing.

People listen to a speaker while holding signs during a rally against abortion bans Tuesday, May 21, 2019 at Pulaski Park in Northampton, Massachusetts.
Jerrey Roberts / Daily Hampshire Gazette / gazettenet.com

As some states moved to tighten abortion laws or try to ban the procedure outright, there is a push in Massachusetts to remove some restrictions.

Gavel.
Joe Gratz / Creative Commons / flickr.com/photos/joegratz

A judge in Springfield, Massachusetts, has released two criminal defendants from jail because they have not been given a state-funded defense lawyer.

A school bus.
Holyoke Public Schools

In our look back at news of the week, there was a lot of talk about how schools are funded in Massachusetts.

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Spring Music Series

Felipe Salles.
Courtesy UMass

Showing The World's Similarities: A Musical Interpretation Of Immigrant Stories

“The New Immigrant Experience” is the latest work by saxophonist Felipe Salles. It’s a multimedia project on a subject very much in the news.

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Fashion

Artist, Heiress And Designer Gloria Vanderbilt Dies At 95

Gloria Vanderbilt was an artist, heiress, designer and philanthropist who, for many Americans, may be best remembered for her blue jeans . She died at the age of 95. Vanderbilt's son, Anderson Cooper, announced her death Monday, airing an obituary for her on CNN. Vanderbilt had cancer, he said. "Earlier this month, we had to take her to the hospital. That's where she learned she had very advanced cancer in her stomach, and that it had spread," Cooper said. "What an extraordinary life. What an...

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Election 2020

Democratic Debate Lineup: Sanders And Biden To Face Off

The lineups are set for the first Democratic presidential primary debates. Among the debate matchups: Former Vice President Joe Biden, currently leading in primary polls nationally, will face off against Vermont senator and 2016 candidate Bernie Sanders, as well as California Sen. Kamala Harris and South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg. Meanwhile, Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren will face New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker and Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar. Owing to the massive field of...

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Spring Music Series

2020 Census

As Legal Battle Persists, Census Citizenship Question Is Put To The Test

The courts have yet to issue their final word on whether the Trump administration can add a citizenship question to the 2020 census. But starting Thursday, the Census Bureau is asking about a quarter-million households in the U.S. to fill out questionnaires that include the question, "Is this person a citizen of the United States?" The forms are part of a last-minute, nine-week experiment the federal government is using to gauge how the public could react next year to census forms with the...

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In Contrast

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Tertulia

Courtesy of Dr. Yves Salomon-Fernandez

Dr. Yves Salomon-Fernandez, President of Greenfield Community College on Tertulia

Dr. Yves Salomon-Fernandez, President of Greenfield Community College , joined Raquel Obregon on Tertulia. She spoke about the different programs the college has to offer, in particular the Study Abroad program. She also shared her vision for the school in the years to come.

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Liz O'Gilvie, at left, is chair of the Springfield Food Policy Council. Zenaida Figueroa, at right, has cooked for the schools in Springfield, Massachusetts, for 17 years.
Ben James / NEPR

Healthy School Meals That Are Also Tasty? Springfield, Mass., Gives It A Try

The first thing second graders saw this spring when they walked through the classroom door at Boland Elementary School in Springfield, Massachusetts, was a table loaded with juice and milk cartons.

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