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A court officer listened at the House Chamber doorway on Friday while Speaker DeLeo read a statement about reports of sexual harassment in the building.
Sam Doran / State House News Service

Pharmacy chain CVS is said to be in talks to buy Aetna, the Hartford-based health insurer. Neither side has publicly confirmed the negotiations, which were first reported in the Wall Street Journal.

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In 1999, when she was a graduate student, Jane Willenbring says she made a promise to herself: One day, she would report what she calls the horrific treatment she received during scientific field work in Antarctica.

“It was possibly the worst … the worst experience of my life,” Willenbring says.

"La Fete," by Raoul Dufy, slated for sale by the Berkshire Museum.
Courtesy Sotheby's

A hearing is scheduled next week in a Pittsfield, Massachusetts, courtroom over the Berkshire Museum's plan to sell off 40 pieces of art in order to fund renovations and boost its endowment.

State lawmakers have passed a bipartisan compromise budget bill. But the legislature's work on the bill may not be done yet. 

Sens. Spilka, Brownsberger, and Rosenberg spoke to reporters after the Senate adjourned early Friday morning.
Andy Metzger / State House News Service

The Senate passed legislation early Friday that could make drug traffickers in Massachusetts liable for murder while substantially reducing other criminal penalties for drug dealing in an effort to reduce the state's prison population and give offenders a better chance at turning around their lives.

The Vermont International Film Festival is screening a documentary on Sunday chronicling the grassroots movement to close the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant, and the events both global and local that surrounded its closure in 2014.

The Berkshire Museum in a file photo.
AlexiusHoratius / Creative Commons

A second lawsuit has been filed against a Pittsfield museum that hopes to auction off 40 pieces of art, including two by Norman Rockwell.

Nelson Robles, 56, is the maintenance man at Primera Iglesia Bautista Emanuel church in downtown Bridgeport. He’s also a percussionist during mass. Every morning, he walks to the corner of his church – just off the altar to the right – and prays. He said that while he’s down on his knees looking for guidance, he feels God.

Appalachia
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Two groups of rural voters from Appalachia and Western Massachusetts -- regions that voted very differently in the last election -- are meeting this weekend to seek common ground.

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