The Short List

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

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The entrance to the gallery for the Massachusetts Senate chamber.
Gintautas Dumcius / MassLive /

This week, embattled Massachusetts state Senator of Amherst resigned amid mounting pressure after a scathing ethics report came out.

A rendering of an MGM casino set to open in September. It's under construction in Springfield, Massachusetts.
MGM Springfield

Recently, there's been rumblings that MGM, which is currently building a casino in Springfield, Massachusetts, is looking at buying a Boston-area casino also under construction. So what might this mean for Springfield? 

The Berkshire Museum in Pittsfield, Massachusetts.
Adam Frenier / NEPR

We kick off with a decision from Massachusetts highest court this week in favor of the Berkshire Museum's sale of dozens of its art works, including at least one piece by Norman Rockwell. 

Massahusetts State Sen. Stanley Rosenberg, left, and his husband Bryon Hefner.
File photo / State House News Service

This week, we discuss Thursday's indictment of Bryon Hefner, the husband of Amherst Democratic State Senator Stan Rosenberg. Hefner is facing charges that include sexual assault and criminal lewdness. 

State Police Colonel Kerry Gilpin.
MassLive /

We kick off this week with a look at the latest scandal surrounding the Massachusetts State Police. An audit shows several troopers may received overtime pay for shifts they didn't actually work. And the head of the state police says she's turned the audit over to the state attorney general's office for a closer look.