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Nurses on the picket line at Baystate Franklin Medical Center in Greenfield, Mass. during a one-day strike in June 2017.
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Baystate Franklin, Nurses Settle On 5-Year Contract

The Massachusetts Nurses Association and Baystate Franklin Medical Center have reached a settlement on a new contract.

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Author Tinky Weisblat prepares rhubarb brownies from the cookbook, "Love, Laughter, and Rhubarb."
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Going Way Beyond Pie In A Cookbook Just For Rhubarb Lovers

The humble rhubarb: when its green stalks transition to pink, it's springtime in New England. Author Tinky Weisblat has a new cookbook out, full of ways to prepare rhubarb that don't involve pie.

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Ciro, a retired police dog, is led into the Pittsfield Veterinary Hospital for his last call.
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An Emotional Farewell To A K-9 Colleague

Earlier this week, police officers from across western Massachusetts paid their respects to a fellow member of the force: a terminally ill dog from the Pittsfield K-9 unit.

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A thin man with a touch of gray leans against a wall in Boston’s South End and takes a long drag on his cigarette.

He’s pondering a question: Why are opioid overdose death rates steady or dropping for most drug users in Massachusetts, but rising among blacks?

“I have no idea why it’s higher among blacks, none at all,” says Gary. We’ve agreed to use just first names in this story for people whose drug history might hurt their chances of employment or housing.

Senator Chris Murphy of Connecticut was the keynote speaker at a forum on the global arms trade in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday. Murphy said the country’s domestic attitude towards guns is having a global impact.

Governor Dannel Malloy will meet with legislative leaders Wednesday to work on a game plan to bring sports betting to Connecticut.

Earlier this month, the Supreme Court struck down a 1992 law that had barred state-authorized sports betting with the exception of Nevada. Now states, including Connecticut are scrambling to get a state wagering system up and running.

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Spelman College Quietly Eliminates One Of The Country's Few Jazz Programs For Women Rising tuition and increasing student debt have called into the question the value of the arts and humanities on many college campuses. At Spelman College, a selective, historically black women's college in Atlanta , one particular cut has come as a surprise to some alumnae: the elimination of the college's once esteemed jazz program, a rarity in a heavily male-dominated artistic field. "We're talking about a historically black college," says...

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Classical Music

Shall We Dance: Balanchine Sets Tchaikovsky In Motion Growing up as an avid violinist, Tchaikovsky 's Serenade for Strings was one of my favorite and most rewarding pieces to play. The fact that it was a staple in the repertoire of the New York City Ballet, where my dear parents, Ruth and Lamar Alsop were orchestra musicians, made it even more special. As a kid, I watched in awe as the dancers of the NYCB, under the brilliant and ever watchful eye of choreographer George Balanchine ("Mr. B"), brought...

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What's Up With All The Home Runs? MLB Hired Scientists. Here's What They Found Out

It's not your imagination. A recent spike in home runs has hit professional baseball. In 2015, Major League Baseball's home run rate averaged 1.01 per game (it had been 0.86 the year before). In 2016, it grew to 1.16. Last year it was 1.26. Theories have abounded as to why, many centering on the balls having been altered, or "juiced." "I think the balls are juiced, 100 percent," Astros pitcher Dallas Keuchel said last October after his team won Game 2 of the World Series. "Major League...

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What's Going On In Your Child's Brain When You Read Them A Story?

"I want The Three Bears!" These days parents, caregivers and teachers have lots of options when it comes to fulfilling that request. You can read a picture book, put on a cartoon, play an audiobook, or even ask Alexa. A newly published study gives some insight into what may be happening inside young children's brains in each of those situations. And, says lead author Dr. John Hutton, there is an apparent "Goldilocks effect" — some kinds of storytelling may be "too cold" for children, while...

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Kanye West performing in 2011.
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Which Kanye Is It That Thinks Slavery Was A Choice?

“That’s just Kanye being Kanye.” That’s what we said when he ran up on stage to interrupt Taylor Swift’s acceptance speech to say Beyoncé deserved it.

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Israel’s Targeted Assassinations

Ilan Stavans in conversation with Ronen Bergman


Carolyn Kuan on Presto!

Morning Classical Music host, John Nowacki, talks with Carolyn Kuan, Music Director of Hartford Symphony Orchestra.

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The Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, Mass.
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Rockwell's 'Shuffleton's Barbershop' To Be Displayed In Berkshire County Next Month

A Norman Rockwell painting sold by the Berkshire Museum in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, to one in California will be on display locally next month.

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