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Massachusetts Secretary of Health and Human Services Marylou Sudders.
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Paying For Kids' Insurance, Rosenberg's Path, Supervised Injections: The Week Ahead On Beacon Hill

By the end of this week, the federal government will either shut down , or pass another spending extension in order to keep government running.

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A current driver's license application form in Massachusetts allows for the selection of only male or female.
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Two New England States Could Offer Third Gender Option On Driver's Licenses

Two New England states could allow people who don't identify as male or female a new way to indicate their gender on their driver's license.

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Health

Syrian youth who participated in mental health study.
Taghyeer Organization

Yale Study Shows Treatment Can Lower Stress Hormone In War Refugees

A new study suggests that stress-reduction treatment for adolescents who've been through war can change their biology for the better.

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A massive ice jam tore several brackets holding a town water main from the underside of the Exchange Street Bridge, in Athol, Massachusetts. The span will remain closed until Mass DOT can inspect for structural damage.
Courtesy / Shaun Suhoski, Athol Town Manager

The Exchange Street Bridge, in Athol, Mass., remains closed after a chunk of ice hit the bridge over the weekend. 

Springfield, Mass., Mayor Against Injection Sites

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Ahead of a hearing on Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker's opioid bill, Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno said he cannot support on-site injection facilities.
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The mayor of Springfield, Massachusetts, said he cannot support on-site opioid injection facilities. That comes ahead of a hearing Tuesday on Governor Charlie Baker's opioid bill. 

Sarno said in an interview he supports "wraparound services," a treatment approach that focuses on underlying problems like unemployment and homelessness. The position marks a change from past years, when Sarno opposed needle exchange programs.  

However, Sarno said, the idea of opening facilities in which addicts can inject opioids under medical supervision is still unacceptable to him.

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Police in Springfield, Massachusetts, say they will enforce state law when it comes to legalized marijuana, unless they receive additional guidance from top state officials. At the same time, police spokesman Ryan Walsh said the department will cooperate with any federal investigations.  

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Environment

Government Scientists Say A Controversial Pesticide Is Killing Endangered Salmon

The federal government's top fisheries experts say that three widely used pesticides — including the controversial insecticide chlorpyrifos — are jeopardizing the survival of many species of salmon, as well as orcas that feed on those salmon. It's a fresh attack on a chemical that the Environmental Protection Agency was ready to take off the market a year ago — until the Trump administration changed course. Chlorpyrifos is widely used by farmers to protect crops like strawberries, broccoli...

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Jazz à la Mode

Scott Mullett
Ewing Arts

Scott Mullett, Jazz Man From Keene, New Hampshire, R.I.P.

When you look up names beginning M-U-L-L in jazz indexes, Gerry Mulligan (and sometimes Moon Mullins) is about all you get. But for Central and Western New Englanders, and lots of folks who knew him at Berklee in Boston, Scott Mullett was a name worthy of the reference books, a larger than life figure from the White Mountain State, as jovial as all get-out, and a monster saxophonist. Alas, Scott died on Wednesday, January 3, at his home near Keene, NH, and a great feeling of loss has settled...

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Classical Music

10 Interviews Celebrating Robert Siegel's Love For Classical Music

Today our colleague Robert Siegel is retiring after four decades at NPR. He's covered everything from peace movements in East and West Germany to the Republican revolution of the 104th Congress, the mentally ill homeless and the 2008 earthquake in Sichuan Province, China. Over his 30-year tenure as host of All Things Considered , Robert has also chased one of his lifelong passions — classical music. He's interviewed dozens of today's most compelling musicians. "I'm intrigued by classical...

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Commentary

A golden retriever.
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Dogs Are Smarter Than Cats, Researchers Find

Lately, I’ve noticed a growing cottage industry. Human scientists are making a pretty good living spending years doing experiments the results of which any dog could have predicted if only someone had asked.

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Disease

What You Need To Know About This Year's Flu Season

Aja C. Holmes planned to go to work last week, but her flu symptoms — a cough, fever and severe body aches that worsened overnight — had other ideas. "It felt like somebody took a bat and beat my body up and down," said Holmes, 39, who works as a residential life director at California State University, Sacramento. "I couldn't get out of bed." The nation is having a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad flu season . Flu is widespread in 46 states, including California, according to the latest...

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Paul Butterfield in Woodstock, 1976
Catherine Sebastian

Paul Butterfield, Born in Chicago, 1942

Paul Butterfield, who died 30 years ago, was born on December 17, 1942. Most of us who had any connection with Butterfield back then were more saddened than surprised when we learned of his death on May 4, 1987, at 44.

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Shelters Reach Capacity In Cold Weather As Homeless Population Rises

Homeless shelters across the country are being strained by frigid weather and a population of people who are homeless that is up for the first time since 2010, according to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Despite "code blue" policies that are designed to bring more homeless people inside during freezing temperatures, shelters are reaching capacity and being forced to turn people away, says Nan Roman, president and CEO of the National Alliance to End Homelessness. "Thirty...

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