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Nurses walk the picket line outside Berkshire Medical Center in Pittsfield, Mass., on Oct. 3, 2017.
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The union representing about 800 nurses at Berkshire Medical Center in Pittsfield is voting whether to authorize a second one-day strike. The union says it's frustrated about contract talks with Berkshire County's largest hospital.

One in five Massachusetts voters — a total of 21 percent — report having received an “unwanted sexual advance or other verbal or physical harassment of a sexual nature at work,” according to a new WBUR poll (topline, crosstabs) out Thursday.

Federal immigration enforcement agents raided 7-Eleven stores across the country early Wednesday, in search of employees who are in the U.S. illegally and managers who knowingly employ them.

Agents with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement conducted sweeps of 98 stores in 17 states and Washington, D.C., arresting 21 people on suspicion of being in the country illegally.

Cash.
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For the most part, the minimum wage gap among New England states will narrow in 2018.

Gov. Charlie Baker presented awards to National Guard members on Wednesday including a commendation medal to Capt. David Wilson (right) for his heroism evacuating a crashed school bus in January.
Sam Doran / State House News Service

The minimum daily pay for soldiers and airmen performing state active duty in the Massachusetts National Guard would double to a highest in the nation $200 under legislation filed Wednesday by Gov. Charlie Baker.

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. 

The sign outside Crane Currency's Dalton offices in Dalton, Massachusetts. The manufacturer is the only supplier of paper for United States currency.
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Crane Currency, the Boston-based company that makes the paper used for U.S. currency at its Berkshire County facility, is being sold for $800 million.

The Trump administration has been eliminating some protections that allow more than 300,000 people to live and work in the U.S. under what is known as temporary protected status. Many could face deportation when their status expires.

An estimated 50,000 of them work in the construction industry, concentrated in areas like Texas, Florida and California that are recovering from hurricanes and wildfires and where labor shortages in construction are especially acute.

ESPN To Lay Off 150 Employees

Nov 30, 2017

On Wednesday, Bristol-based ESPN said the company will lay off 150 employees. This is the third major round of layoffs in the past two years. The company laid off 400 employees in 2015. Last April, it let go about 100 journalists and on-air personalities.

Many actors, politicians and executives, including at NPR, are now facing sexual-harassment allegations in the court of public opinion.

But in actual courts, such cases filed by workers against their employers are very often dismissed by judges. The standard for harassment under the law is high, and only an estimated 3 percent to 6 percent of the cases ever make it to trial.

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