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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.
Adam Frenier / NEPR

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.

As more alleged victims of sexual harassment have come forward in recent weeks, it's clear that they've found strength in numbers.

But workers' rights advocates fear that cases before the Supreme Court could end up limiting employees' abilities to bring collective action on harassment and other issues in the workplace.

Nurses walk the picket line outside Berkshire Medical Center in Pittsfield, Mass., on Oct. 3, 2017.
Adam Frenier / NEPR

Union nurses at Berkshire Medical Center returned to work Sunday, following a temporary strike over staffing levels.

Nurses walk the picket line outside Berkshire Medical Center in Pittsfield, Mass., on Oct. 3, 2017.
Adam Frenier / NEPR

About 800 unionized nurses with Berkshire Medical Center in Pittsfield held a one-day strike Tuesday. It's the latest in a more than year-long contract dispute between the nurses and the hospital centered around staffing levels.

Sandra Vosburgh works in the maternity ward. She said on her unit, one position has gone unfilled for 10 months, which is making it difficult to care for patients.

Unionized nurses at Berkshire Medical Center are planning to strike on Tuesday.
File photo / MassLive

Officials at Berkshire Medical Center in Pittsfield say they're ready for a planned 24-hour strike by 800 unionized nurses starting Tuesday morning.

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