Our panel looks at the big stories in the news.
A group of clergy from across Massachusetts met in Northampton recently to grapple with how the opioid epidemic is affecting their congregations. They were also trained in how to administer the overdose reversal drug Narcan.
As he begins his fourth term in office, Sheriff Thomas Hodgson is proposing a national work program for inmates, and he’d like to begin with work on the wall.
A budget deficit of over $1 billion for the next fiscal year is overshadowing the new legislative session.
Matt Farley might be one of the most prolific recording artists of all time. He’s not a household name, but he’s got thousands of songs scattered across digital music services like Spotify and iTunes.
Ads on Craigslist in Western Massachusetts are selling plastic bags for prices ranging from $20 to $325. The seller maintains the pot inside is a legal gift. The ad appeared after a new law went into effect allowing people in the state to possess and give marijuana as a gift.
A new, two-year legislative session begins this week. New lawmakers will be sworn in, but the balance of power won’t change.
In 2016, what most surprised our esteemed journalists? Also — from backyard gardening to big Holyoke political changes to Gov. Charlie Baker’s political fortunes (or misfortunes) — what’s on the docket for 2017?
In 2014, the Obama administration issued a federal memo aiming to put an end to random deportations of people living illegally in the U.S. who aren’t criminals. But a closer look finds that there are still cases where immigration authorities are ignoring these policies, including in Vermont.
The Democrat from Worcester said he’s ready to fight the incoming Republican administration.
Next month, a mix of Syrian and Iraqi refugees will begin arriving in Rutland, Vermont. They’ll be the first of 100 that will be resettled there over the next year. Though there’s been loud opposition to the plan in the aging, blue-collar city of 16,000, proponents remain optimistic — and many have been volunteering long hours to ensure the plan succeeds.
Next week, Massachusetts Congressman Richard Neal of Springfield will begin his 15th, and perhaps most significant, term in office. Neal will be the top Democrat on the House Ways-and-Means Committee.
And as New England’s baby boomers grow older, and live longer, the need for health care workers also grows.
It’s hard to avoid the hand-wringing about aging demographics in New England these days. The region’s six states have the six lowest birth rates in the country. Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont have the oldest populations in the country, and Connecticut, Rhode Island and Massachusetts aren’t far behind.
The book “Of Arms and Artists” blends the politics and art at the time of the American Revolution, and offers a deeper look at the artists themselves.