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

The Las Vegas strip as seen from the Mandalay Bay hotel in a file photo.
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In the hours after the mass shooting in Las Vegas that killed at least 58, politicians responded on conference calls, in press releases and on social media. 

Amazon has been on the hunt for a second headquarters. And cities across the country, including Boston, are desperately trying to lure the giant tech company to their own neighborhood. Part of Amazon’s appeal is the promise to bring up to 50,000 “high-paying” jobs.

But in Boston, tech CEOs and venture capitalists said there’s already a massive labor shortage.

Mary C. Serreze / The Republican

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court will hear four cases in Greenfield on Tuesday. One of them involves a man named Anthony Ortiz, and it could impact state law on the search of a car during a traffic stop.

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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A week after Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker announced he was courting the massive Amazon headquarters to come to his state, the Joint Committee on Labor and Workforce Development will be addressing issues that could affect the giant retailer.

Members of Connecticut’s congressional delegation have renewed calls for gun legislation in the wake of the mass shooting in Las Vegas, Nevada, where at least 58 people were killed and more than 500 injured.

Connecticut lawmakers are expected to be back at the state Capitol on Tuesday with an attempt to override Democratic Governor Dannel Malloy's veto of the Republican-backed budget. The governor claims the GOP budget is not balanced and would add to the state’s deficit.

Dr. Thomas Michel unzips a black roller bag and pulls out a bright red accordion. It’s Rosie, his “protest accordion.”

Michel, who heads up a cardiovascualar lab through Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School, is at Logan Airport with a few colleagues from the lab. Michel leads them in a sampling of patriotic folk songs.

This is a welcome party that was supposed to happen in February, when an Iranian doctor was scheduled to arrive at Logan to begin his Harvard Med School post-doc position.

To prevent their collective cultural knowledge about medicinal plants from disappearing, some Vermont tribal nations are sharing their expertise with those outside the native communities.