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Wynn Resorts And MGM Are In Early Talks About Possible Sale Of Encore Casino

Wynn Resorts is in early talks to sell the Everett casino for which it fought so hard to retain control, a striking pivot five weeks before the venues scheduled opening. The prospective buyer is MGM Resorts, which already operates a casino in Springfield. Wynn and MGM said in a joint statement Friday afternoon that negotiations have taken place over the past several weeks. After Massachusetts Gaming Commission investigators concluded that Wynn Resorts mishandled sexual misconduct allegations...

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Massachusetts Congressman Richard Neal speaks to reporters in the lobby of the federal courthouse in Springfield on November 7, 2018.
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In The 'Hot Seat,' Mass. Rep. Neal Fights Back On Fundraising

As we look back at the news of this week, Congressman Richard Neal of Springfield, Massachusetts, pushed back against criticism over his fundraising tactics.

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Regional News

A "now hiring" sign.
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Massachusetts Unemployment Rate Hits Historic Low

New numbers released by the state of Massachusetts show the unemployment rate dropping to a level not seen in almost 20 years.

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Arts

A visitor examines personal artifacts in the interactive exhibit "Memory in a Void," filled with Joe Dulude II's childhood memories.
Matthew Cavanaugh

How One Man's 1970s Childhood Became A Work Of Immersive Art

A recent immersive exhibit in Turners Falls, Massachusetts, included the option to eat potato chips and watch TV — and it was all part of the art.

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Connecticut Senate Sends $15 Minimum Wage Bill To Lamont

May 17, 2019

Connecticut’s minimum-wage workers will see their hourly wages rise from $10.10 to $15 over the next four-and-a-half years under legislation passed early Friday by the Senate and sent to Gov. Ned Lamont for his promised signature. 

Massachusetts Secretary of State William Galvin in 2017.
Sam Doran / State House News Service

The Massachusetts secretary of state is trying to force lawmakers to decide whether to expand early voting for the state's 2020 presidential primary. 

Driving through a tunnel in Boston, Massachusetts.
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Massachusetts lawmakers invoked the memories of people killed in distracted driving crashes on Wednesday before voting 155-2 to pass a bill banning motorists from using hand-held cellphones and electronic devices behind the wheel.

Farmer Caroline Pam's booth at the Greenfield Farmers Market, in 2014.
Nancy Eve Cohen / NEPR

A group of immigrants from Mexico and El Salvador are starting a cooperatively-run farm on a four-acre hay field that straddles Northampton and Hatfield, Massachusetts. 

Inside MGM Springfield.
Don Treeger / The Republican / masslive.com/photos

MGM Springfield suffered a setback in April, with revenue dropping 15 percent from March. That's according to the latest numbers from Massachusetts casino regulators. 

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Commentary

Glacial melt is contributing to rising sea levels around the world. This image shows Greenland's southwestern coastline during a 2015 survey as part of the Oceans Melting Greenland, or OMG, mission.
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When Climate Change Denial Can Cost Us Everything

Most of us know it’s good to talk about our feelings.

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Architecture

I.M. Pei, Architect Of Some Of The World's Most Iconic Structures, Dies At 102

Crowds around the world flow through the buildings designed by architect I.M. Pei; in Paris, they stream into the Louvre's Pyramid entrance. In Cleveland, they wander through the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. And in Hong Kong, they travel up and down the soaring Bank of China Tower. Pei's death was confirmed by Thomas Guss, his press contact. He was 102. His designs were widely praised — but not always at first. When his large glass pyramid opened at the entrance to the Louvre museum in 1988, it...

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Spring Music Series

Matthew Westgate is an Assistant Professor and Director of Wind Studies at UMass Amherst. He conducted The Massachusetts Chamber Players performing "Frank Martin: Music For Winds."
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Parisian Puppet Theater Music Revived In UMass Chamber Players Recording

The Massachusetts Chamber Players, based at UMass Amherst, has a new recording of wind music conducted by Matthew Westgate.

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Civil Rights

The 1st Legally Married Same-Sex Couple 'Wanted To Lead By Example'

Tanya McCloskey and Marcia Kadish didn't set out to make headlines when they got married on May 17, 2004. That morning, McCloskey and Kadish were the first same-sex couple to get legally married in the U.S. after being together for nearly 20 years. "We felt we were married already," Kadish tells Morning Edition host Rachel Martin. "This was just making it legal." The Boston-area couple picked up their marriage license minutes after midnight in Cambridge, Mass., and received a waiver that...

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Jazz Journalists Association Awards the Jazz à la Mode Host for Career Excellence in Broadcasting

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