The Short List

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A rotating panel of journalists from Western New England discuss the big stories of the week.

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An IRS office in western Massachusetts is closed during the shutdown.
Nancy Eve Cohen / NEPR

Two state lawmakers from western Massachusetts, Jo Comerford and Mindy Domb, sent Governor Charlie Baker a letter asking him to provide emergency funding for food banks if the federal shutdown goes on long enough to impact food stamp benefits.

Massachusetts U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren talks with reporters outside her home in Cambridge after announcing that she is setting up an exploratory committee for a run for the presidency in 2020.
Robin Lubbock / WBUR

Massachusetts U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren kicked off a busy political week with her announcement that she's forming an exploratory committee into a 2020 presidential run. 

Lee Elementary School counselor Heather Lucy consoles a student.
Karen Brown / NEPR

There's an ongoing effort in Berkshire County to look at how trauma is dealt with, in areas including education and law enforcement. 

City Hall in Pittsfield, Massachusetts.
Shannon Young / The Republican / masslive.com/photos

Hundreds of jobs are coming to Pittsfield, Massachusetts, while an affordable housing crisis continues throughout Berkshire County.

Customer Giovanni Net, at right, looks at the menu options at Cultivate in Leicester, Massachusetts.
Jesse Costa / WBUR

Over the first five days they were open, retail marijuana shops in Northampton and the central Massachusetts community of Leicester did more than $2 million in combined business the first five days they were open. 

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