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In Massachusetts, campaigns on each side of ballot Question 1, which would mandate strict nurse-to-patient ratios in hospitals, have spent a total of $28 million. That's several times more than the other two ballot questions combined.

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Brenda Pignone, a staff nurse at Massachusetts General Hospital, arrives before 7 a.m. on a typical day. For 26 years, she’s taken the elevator to a floor known as White 7, where most of her patients are healing after abdominal surgery.

The conflicting red, white and blue signs that claim to speak for Massachusetts nurses are everywhere: “Nurses say NO on 1” and “Nurses say YES on 1.”

So which is right? Well, it turns out they both are.

A WBUR poll of 500 registered nurses shows 48 percent plan to vote for the ballot question that would establish nurse-to-patient ratios in state law, and 45 percent say they’ll vote against the measure. Seven percent are undecided.

Inside MGM Springfield.
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There could be some light shed soon on the backgrounds of full-time employees at the MGM Springfield casino.

Massachusetts U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren speaks from the stage during her open house at Springfield Technical Community College on March 9, 2018.
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At a town hall in Holyoke, Massachusetts, Senator Elizabeth Warren said she would be taking a "hard look" at running for president in 2020.

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