Kari Njiiri

Senior News Reporter/Jazz Safari Host

Kari is a senior reporter and long-time host and producer of Jazz Safari, a musical journey through the jazz world and beyond, broadcast Saturday nights on New England Public Radio. Born in New York City, and raised in both Kenya and the U.S., Kari first arrived at NEPR as UMass Amherst student fascinated radio's ability to cross geographic and cultural boundaries. Since then, he has worked in several capacities at the station, from board operator and book-keeper, to production assistant and local host of NPR’s All Things Considered.

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Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts.
Julie Jordan Scott / Creative Commons / flickr.com/photos/juliejordanscott

Smith College says a student diagnosed with bacterial meningitis over the weekend is receiving appropriate care at a local hospital.

Steve Hoffman, chair of the Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission, in a file photo.
Sam Doran / State House News Service

Marijuana regulators in Massachusetts are inching closer to finalizing regulations for the state's new industry. 

A girl walks with a sign near the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 21, 2017 at the Women's March.
Anthony Quintano / Creative Commons / flickr.com/photos/quintanomedi

“Feminism” is not a new word, but it is Merriam-Webster’s 2017 word of the year. The Springfield, Massachusetts-based dictionary said the word “feminism” was looked up on its website 70 percent more this year than last year.

A blackjack game.
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Registration began Wednesday for a new gaming school for people looking to become table game dealers at MGM Springfield's resort casino, which is scheduled to open next fall. 

Franco Jazz Safari

On this week's edition of Jazz Safari, I've re-posted a blog on Congo’s legendary guitarist, singer and bandleader Franco and his song “Attention Na SIDA” (Beware of AIDS) to commemorate World AIDS Day, Friday, December 1.  

The MGM project has been promised to create a minimum of at least 3,000 casino, hotel and other jobs, of which at least 2,200 will be employed on a full-time equivalent basis with benefits.
Mark M. Murray / The Republican

A budget bill signed into law last week could open up jobs in the casino industry for thousands of Massachusetts residents who have had trouble with the law.

Judge Thomas Estes, seen here March 21, 2016, at an arraignment in Eastern Hampshire District Court in Belchertown, Mass.
Don Treeger / The Republican

Two investigations are underway involving a Massachusetts court judge accused of sexual harassment. 

A view of the MGM Springfield casino project underway.
Don Treeger / The Republican

The nearly billion-dollar MGM casino in Springfield is slated to open this time next year. That's the company's expectation, and it's certainly the hope of Steve Crosby, chairman of the Massachusetts Gaming Commission.

A pregnancy test, faintly positive, which the couple later discovered was expired by six months.
Jason Coleman / Creative Commons

We've all been told that expectant mothers should avoid alcohol and smoking during, and preferably before, pregnancy. Well, what about expectant fathers? 

In this photo from 2014, the Red Sox hosted the Yankees at Fenway Park.
Vegasjon / Creative Commons

With the second half of Major League Baseball's season now well underway, things are starting to get interesting in the American League East.