Health

Massachusetts Set To Approve Law Protecting Access To Birth Control

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker was expected to sign legislation on Monday that would cement in state law the Obama-era mandate for free birth control regardless of changes in federal policy or future repeal of the Affordable Care Act. The bill quickly sailed through the state legislature earlier this month, after President Trump signed an executive order in October allowing any company or nonprofit organization to opt out of providing coverage due to a religious or moral objection. The...

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Regional News

Darryl and Lucinda Williams at Luther Belden Farm in Hatfield, Massachusetts.
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To Keep Operating, New England Dairy Farm Looks To 'Milking Robots,' Tax Credits

This Thanksgiving, when scooping ice cream on top of warm apple pie, some Massachusetts lawmakers’ thoughts might turn to tax credits for dairy farmers. They would be expanded under a measure under consideration in the legislature.

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Health insurer Anthem's dispute with Hartford HealthCare is over. The state's largest insurer, and one of its largest hospital groups announced on Saturday that they had come to terms, in the seven week-old contract dispute.

An estimated 30,000 people packed Killington last November to see the worlds fastest women go head to head in slalom and giant slalom.

Outside a Massachusetts polling place.
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Massachusetts lawmakers have their work cut out for them as they try to negotiate a final criminal justice bill.

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Media Industry

Justice Department Sues To Block AT&T's Merger With Time Warner

The Department of Justice is suing to block AT&T's purchase of Time Warner, legally challenging a $85 billion deal that would give the telecom giant control of a media empire including CNN, Warner Brothers, HBO, and other major media brands. The DOJ's case against the merger suggests that together, the companies would control so much of both what people watch and how they watch it, that they could push both competitors and consumers to pay more. AT&T owns nationwide satellite provider DirecTV...

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Congress

Sen. Al Franken Hit With Second Groping Allegation

Updated at 5:11 p.m. ET Minnesota Democratic Sen. Al Franken is facing a second allegation that he groped a woman without consent while her husband took a photo of her with the senator at the Minnesota State Fair in 2010. Franken "pulled me in really close, like awkward close, and as my husband took the picture, he put his hand full-fledged on my rear," said Lindsay Menz, who told her story to CNN . "It wasn't around my waist. It wasn't around my hip or side. It was definitely on my butt,"...

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Commentary

Erin Valentino.
Joyce Skowyra / NEPR

Seeing Myself As Healthy, MS And All

I was having lunch with friends when one of them asked me if I was healthy. I didn’t know how to answer.

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Classical Music

150 Psalms, 12 Days: Music for Challenging Times At The White Light Festival

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mubsMf0mmCw The Hebrew Psalms have inspired composers for thousands of years. Now, New York's Lincoln Center is presenting The Psalms Experience, a festival of choral settings of all 150 Psalms by 150 different composers. It includes nine U.S. premieres. Lincoln Center's director of programming, Jane Moss, says over the past few years, she's been thinking a lot about the contentious political landscape in the United States and abroad, the turbulent changes in...

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Jazz à la Mode

Andy McGhee
Berklee College of Music

Andy McGhee, R.I.P., 1927-2017

Andy McGhee was a household name in the world of jazz education, but Berklee's gain meant that Andy remained one of the least-known and most under-recorded tenor masters of the past half-century. Why, even his name is subsumed under a colleague's in this 2006 performance of "Body and Soul."

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Fats Domino, R.I.P. 1928-2017

Fats Domino died on October 24 at 89. Tom Reney reflects on his life and work.

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It's Not Just Politics. Food Can Stir Holiday Conflict, Too

If you're gluten-free, you may turn up your nose at Aunt Betsey's macaroni and cheese. And what if you've got a vegan teenager in the family who'd like the Thanksgiving feast to be turkey-free? A poll from the University of Michigan finds that for families with a picky eater or someone on a special diet, holiday meals can be tricky. "About half of the families in the poll said that conflicts about food at holiday gatherings were a challenge for them ," says Sarah Clark , the co-director of...

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