The Short List

Podcast, released Fridays

A rotating panel of journalists from Western New England discuss the big stories of the week.

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An array of liquor bottles.
Angie Garrett / Creative Commons / flickr.com/photos/smoorenburg/

Several Massachusetts ballot questions may have fallen by the wayside this week after action by the Supreme Judicial Court and state lawmakers. 

A train sitting on the platform at Union Station in Springfield, Massachusetts.
Adam Frenier / NEPR

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. 

A train sitting on the platform at Union Station in Springfield, Massachusetts.
Adam Frenier / NEPR

Starting next weekend, and continuing into next week, rail service will double on a daily basis between Springfield, Hartford and New Haven. We talk about that news and more in this week's panel.

UMass Amherst in a file photo.
Rhobite / Creative Commons / en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:Rhobite

Among news items this week, a study revealed out-of-state students have an easier time of getting into UMass Amherst than students from Massachusetts. 

Live racing was popular at the Great Barrington Fairgrounds in the last century.
Courtesy Fair Grounds Community Redevelopment Project / State House News Service

This week, more pieces of art from the Berkshire Musem's collection were sold at auction. Included was Norman Rockwell's "Blacksmith's Boy -- Heel and Toe," which sold for more than $8 million including fees. 

Outgoing Berkshire District Attorney David Capeless speaks during a press conference in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, on Thursday, March 1, 2018.
Dave Roback / The Republican / masslive.com/photos

This week, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a law, opening the door to state legalizing sports gambling. And in Massachusetts, top state lawmakers say they should look into it, but stopped short of any commitment. 

Chelsea Kline of Northampton, Massachusetts, right, a Democratic challenger to state Sen. Stanley Rosenberg, of Amherst, leaves nomination papers in April with Hatfield Town Clerk Lydia Szych.
Carol Lollis / Daily Hampshire Gazette / gazettenet.com

We start this week by taking a look at the Massachusetts state Senate seat formerly held by Amherst Democrat Stan Rosenberg. There are now at least four declared candidates: one on the ballot and three write-ins. 

The entrance to the gallery for the Massachusetts Senate chamber.
Gintautas Dumcius / MassLive / masslive.com/photos

This week, embattled Massachusetts state Senator of Amherst resigned amid mounting pressure after a scathing ethics report came out.

Judge Thomas Estes, right, with his attorney David Hoose.
Ally Jarmanning / WBUR

This week, the highest court in Massachusetts heard arguments about whether Thomas Estes, a district court judge from the western part of the state, should face punishment for an affair with a court employee. 

A rendering of an MGM casino set to open in September. It's under construction in Springfield, Massachusetts.
MGM Springfield

Recently, there's been rumblings that MGM, which is currently building a casino in Springfield, Massachusetts, is looking at buying a Boston-area casino also under construction. So what might this mean for Springfield? 

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