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A bump stock mounted on an AK-47.
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Our panel of journalists looks at the big stories in the news. 

Dr. Ira Helfand.
Janice Beetle Godleski / MassLive

Springfield doctor Ira Helfand considers nuclear weapons a public health issue.

The Springfield Thunderbirds are the AHL affiliate of the Florida Panthers.
Danny Baxter / MassLive

This weekend, Springfield's minor league hockey team will open the season on the road against the Providence Bruins.

Residents gathered at a rally in downtown Hartford Wednesday to call attention to the ongoing humanitarian crisis in Puerto Rico. 

Hundreds of Amherst College students rallied against racism following the discovery of a noose on Pratt Field Labor Day weekend 2017.
Diane Lederman / The Republican

Prosecutors will not to press hate crime charges -- or any charges at all -- against two juveniles who left a noose on the Amherst College football field over Labor Day weekend. 

Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commisioners Britte McBride, left, and Kay Doyle listen to public comments at Holyoke Community College on Oct. 4, 2017.
Sean Teehan / NEPR

The Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission on Wednesday kicked off a listening tour, in Holyoke, where people advocated for everything from strict controls to lenient oversight.

Justices of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court are reviewing some complex questions about how courts deal with addiction.

Arguments heard by the SJC on Monday involve whether courts can require someone with a substance use disorder to remain drug-free.

The justices asked tough questions of both sides, starting with attorney Lisa Newman-Polk. Her client, Julie Eldred, was sent to jail for failing a drug test while on probation for a larceny charge.

All three members of Vermont's Congressional delegation say they'll oppose President Trump's tax plan because it favors the richest Americans.

U.S. Senators Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy of Connecticut were among several Democrats who gave speeches in the U.S. Senate Monday night, calling on Congress to take action on stricter gun regulation following the Las Vegas shooting.

Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Plant in Vernon, Vt., stopped operations in December 2014.
United States Nuclear Regulatory Comission / Creative Commons

Vermont regulators and anti-nuclear activists are unified against the latest plan for the decommissioning of the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant in Vernon. 

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