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Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker, center, at an event earlier this week.
Sam Doran / State House News Service

Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker proposed on Thursday to legalize sports betting in the state, igniting an already smoldering debate on Beacon Hill over whether to give gamblers an additional avenue to wager their money — and over who should be able to take part in the potential new industry.

A still from the 1923 movie "The Ten Commandments" by Cecil B. DeMille.
Public Domain

Happy (belated) Public Domain Day!  Welcome, public, to 1923! Welcome, 1923, to the public domain!  

In Leicester, Massachusetts, Cultivate workers help customers at the counter during the first day of recreational marijuana sales in the state.
Jesse Costa / WBUR

Massachusetts cities and towns are negotiating some big money for marijuana businesses. Some regulators say it's perhaps too much money. 

As the federal government shutdown enters its 14th day, the backlog of cases in immigration court continues to increase — drawing mixed reactions from immigration experts.

Since the shutdown, dockets in immigration court have been frozen for those who aren’t in custody. Some experts worry this means immigrants are being denied due process; others see it as a welcome respite, giving some immigrants more time to get their affairs in order.

Lawyers say the freeze comes as immigration proceedings have reached a frenzied pace under the Trump administration.

Springfield, Massachusetts, Police Commissioner John Barbieri, at right, with Mayor Domenic Sarno.
file photo / The Republican / masslive.com/photos

A potential legal battle is brewing between the city council in Springfield, Massachusetts, and Mayor Domenic Sarno over the resurrection of the city's police commission.

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