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Behavioral Health Conditions More Common Among Massachusetts Millennials

A new report outlines some surprising results about the health of Massachusetts millennials, or those born between 1981 and 1996.

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Transportation Delays Are Causing Many Greater Boston Workers To Consider Leaving

Has crawling along I-93 made you think of relocating? What about being stalled somewhere on the Orange Line? If so, youre not alone. Greater Boston is growing , but the regions struggles moving its residents around are causing a sizable number of them to consider leaving the area. Among Massachusetts voters who live within Route 128 and work full time, a third say that delays on the roads or on public transit have caused them to consider moving out of Greater Boston altogether. Thats...

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Politics

FACT CHECK: Russian Interference Went Far Beyond 'Facebook Ads' Kushner Described

In a rare public appearance on Tuesday, Jared Kushner, President Trump's son-in-law and one of his closest advisers, said that the multiple investigations into Russian election interference have been more harmful to American democracy than the original interference itself. "The whole thing is just a big distraction for the country," Kushner said at a Time magazine event in New York City. "You look at what Russia did — buying some Facebook ads to try and sow dissent. And it's a terrible thing,...

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Asia

Mass Funerals Begin In A Grieving Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka held its first mass funerals on Tuesday for victims of the Easter Sunday attacks, a string of bombings at churches and hotels that has left a nation in mourning. The death toll rose to 321 people since the first blasts. In Negombo, about 20 miles north of the capital, Sri Lankans gathered at St. Sebastian's church after going through body checks . Security forces stood guard at the edges of the crowd, protecting men and women who sang solemn hymns through tears. Each casket was...

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Maryland Republican Governor Larry Hogan swung through the first-in-the-nation primary state Tuesday, telling a group of business leaders and politicos at Saint Anselm College that he's seriously considering running for president in 2020. 

 

Hogan called for more Republicans to challenge President Donald Trump in the primary ("the more, the merrier," he said), as he believes a bigger field would help Trump be a better candidate and grow the Republican Party.

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The Springfield, Massachusetts, City Council on Monday banned stores from providing plastic bags at the checkout counter.

A Wethersfield teen has died after being shot during a traffic stop in the town. State police confirmed the death of 18-year-old Anthony Jose Vega Cruz Monday night. 

The New Hampshire Institute of Politics at St. Anselm College played host Monday night to a televised forum with a few 2020 presidential candidates: Five Democrats, over five hours, in front of 500 or so college students. NHPR’s Todd Bookman reports on how this made-for-TV take on a New Hampshire tradition came together.

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The president of Bennington College is leaving the Vermont school to become leader of the Henry Luce Foundation. 

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Western Mass. Protest Music Reacts To Trump Era

Protest rock was once fueled by the Vietnam War and civil rights. But every era has musicians who use their art to make a point — and these days, there are plenty of points to make.

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Agriculture

Too Many Eggs For One Basket! Backyard Chicken Farmers Scramble To Give Them Away

When Timothy Masters got his first chickens a decade ago, it was easy. He lives "way out in the country" in Pennsylvania, away from urban regulations about keeping chickens in backyards. He built a chicken coop and got three hens to provide eggs for him and his wife. "It was the perfect number for us," he says. That's when the catalogs began to arrive. "I started getting these chicken catalogs, and they'd show these photos of glorious chickens in every size and color," Masters says. He wished...

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Education

Most Teachers Don't Teach Climate Change; 4 In 5 Parents Wish They Did

More than 80% of parents in the U.S. support the teaching of climate change. And that support crosses political divides, according to the results of an exclusive new NPR/Ipsos poll: Whether they have children or not, two-thirds of Republicans and 9 in 10 Democrats agree that the subject needs to be taught in school. A separate poll of teachers found that they are even more supportive, in theory — 86% agree that climate change should be taught. These polls are among the first to gauge public...

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While Acreage Has Shrunk, Census Finds Mass. Farms Have Seen Rising Market Value

Though the number of farms and amount of farmland in Massachusetts is declining, the Massachusetts Farm Bureau Federation said it found a few bright spots in the U.S. Department of Agriculture's recently-released 2017 U.S. Census of Agriculture.

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