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Nurses on the picket line at Baystate Franklin Medical Center in Greenfield, Mass. during a one-day strike in June 2017.
Dave Roback / The Republican / masslive.com/photos

Union nurses at Baystate Franklin Medical Center in Greenfield, Massachusetts, went on strike last week for the second time in less than a year. They're back at work now, and say they want to resume negotiations. 

Looking north on Main Street in Springfield, Mass., the MGM hotel was under construction in May 2017.
Don Treeger / The Republican

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission Thursday denied a request to waive state registration for cleaning jobs on the casino floor at MGM Springfield.

Sweeping Reforms Announced For Scandal-Plagued Mass. State Police

Apr 2, 2018
Superintendent Col. Kerry Gilpin on Monday detailed coming changes at the State Police.
Sam Doran / State House News Service

In an effort to crack down on overtime abuse and restore public trust, the Massachusetts State Police will mandate the use of GPS-locator technology in all of its department-issued vehicles to monitor troopers' movements.

Nurses on the picket line at Baystate Franklin Medical Center in Greenfield, Mass. during a one-day strike in June 2017.
Dave Roback / The Republican / masslive.com/photos

About 200 unionized nurses at Baystate Franklin Medical Center in Greenfield, Massachusetts, could go on strike next week -- for the second time in the last year. 

State Police Colonel Kerry Gilpin.
MassLive / masslive.com/photos

A review initially launched to look at overtime payments made to a handful of Massachusetts State Police members has uncovered possibly more malfeasance. Audit results have been turned over to the attorney general, and 19 members of the force face hearings to address discrepancies between patrols they said they worked, and overtime amounts they were paid.

A blackjack game.
Images Money / Creative Commons / flickr.com/photos/59937401@N07

MGM is asking the Massachusetts Gaming Commission to help pay for Springfield-area residents to train as casino employees. The company has indicated it will hire more than 1,000 Springfield residents to work in the casino when it opens in September.

Among the proposals Gov. Phil Scott has made this year to expand Vermont’s workforce is adding more “enhancements” to the state’s signature business incentive program. But one top state official has long questioned a core principle of that program.

Berkshire Medical Center in Pittsfield, Massachusetts.
Adam Frenier / NEPR

Unionized nurses at hospitals in Pittsfield and Greenfield, Massachusetts, have called off separate strikes, scheduled for this week. They would have been the second at each facility in the last year.

President Trump repeated his suggestion to arm teachers on school campuses as a solution to protecting students from gun violence.

"We have to have offensive capability to take these people out rapidly before they can do this kind of damage," Trump told reporters in a joint news conference with the Australian Prime Minister on Friday. The president suggested staffing schools with veterans who would carry concealed weapons.

A key Vermont Senate committee has given its approval to legislation increasing the state minimum wage to $15 an hour over a 6-year period. 

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