Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker signs legislation this week in a file photo.
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Massachusetts Governor Cancels Plan To Send Flight Crew To Southern Border

In a sudden reversal, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker's administration canceled its plan to send National Guard members and equipment to the southwestern U.S. border, citing the federal government's "inhumane" practice of separating undocumented children from their families.

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Capitol Hill

Senators In Both Parties Find Ammunition In Justice Department IG Report

Updated at 7:02 p.m. ET Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz and FBI Director Christopher Wray headed to Capitol Hill Monday for a grilling from senators — that quickly turned partisan — about the inspector general's scathing report on the FBI's mishandling of the Hillary Clinton email investigation in 2016. The nearly 600-page report , which was more than a year in the making before it was released last week, provided ample political ammunition to lawmakers on both sides of...

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Voting in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
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Proposed 'Millionaire Tax' Struck Down By Massachusetts High Court

Voters will not have an opportunity to impose an income surtax on the state’s wealthiest earners this November, after the Supreme Judicial Court ruled Monday that the proposal known as the “millionaire tax” cannot appear on the ballot.

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A PVTA bus.

Pioneer Valley Transit Authority riders face a fare increase of 20 percent in less than two weeks. The bus company has been working to make sure its customers are aware it.

A jar of marijuana buds for sale inside the River Rock dispensary in Denver, Colorado.
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Many adults in Massachusetts supported the legalization of recreational marijuana. And it seems delayed.

Nurses walk the picket line outside Berkshire Medical Center in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, on Oct. 3, 2017.
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Nurses at Berkshire Medical Center have called off a second strike planned for June 18 and reached a tentative agreement with the hospital.

A train sitting on the platform at Union Station in Springfield, Massachusetts.
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Massachusetts transportation officials this week announced funding for more north/south rail service in the Pioneer Valley, and for a long-awaited study examining trains between Boston and western Massachusetts. 

Smith and Wesson pistol.
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Massachusetts authorities say hundreds of residents previously cleared by a state board to own a firearm may lose their gun licenses because of a clash between state and federal regulations. 

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Lorraine Gordon, Guardian Of Legendary Jazz Club, Dies At 95

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kQZ1akOwalo New York's Village Vanguard may come closer than any other club to embodying the spirit of jazz. For nearly 30 years, the guardian of that spirit has been the Vanguard's formidable impresaria, Lorraine Gordon. Gordon, a jazz champion since her teen years and one of the music's female pioneers, died Saturday at the age of 95. The cause of death was complications from a stroke she suffered on Memorial Day, said Jed Eisenman, the longtime manager of...

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Classical Music

No Nerves From 19-Year-Old Royal Wedding Cellist

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3jA05iFPhpI If you were one of the millions of viewers who tuned into the royal wedding last weekend, you may also have been one of the many who were impressed by a young cellist. Nineteen-year-old Sheku Kanneh-Mason played three pieces during the interlude in which Prince Harry and Meghan Markle signed the registry. Kanneh-Mason and five of his siblings competed as a group on Britain's Got Talent in 2015 — and the following year, he won the nationally...

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Anabel Rosero, left, walks with her daughter Anaisha Feliciano, 12, after Anaisha had been released from a lockdown at JFK Middle School in Northampton, Thursday.
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'We're All In Lockdown': Lessons From Northampton, Mass.

When a man with two guns was spotted on a Northampton, Massachusetts, middle school campus, the police responded perfectly. No one was hurt. Best-case scenario, right?

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Entrance to the Baseball in the Berkshires Museum.
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Inside A Struggling Mall, A Celebration Of Baseball In Berkshire County

With more empty storefronts than full ones, the 30-year-old Berkshire Mall in Lanesborough, Massachusetts, has seen better days. But near Spencer Gifts and a now-shuttered Hollister, something rather unexpected is alive and well: baseball.

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Tom Reney pays memorial tribute to Charles Neville on this edition of Jazz Beat.

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Angelina Morales holds her Connecticut history chapter book; Chapter 2 is about the African-American dancer, Dollie McLean.
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Teaching Kids That Connecticut History Goes Beyond White Guys

In Connecticut, third- and fourth-graders study the history of their state. In many schools, students choose to research one person or event from an approved list. The people on that list have been mostly men, and all white.

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The Massachusets Statehouse with a rainbow flag flying in front of it on June 14, 2007, the date the state legislature voted to uphold the legality of same-sex marriage.
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After Supreme Court Ruling, Massachusetts House Takes Second Look At Discrimination Bill