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Attendees of a City Council meeting in Springfield, Mass. stood up and applauded after approval of an order preventing the city from interfering in religious institutions that provide sanctuary to immigrants.
Sean Teehan / NEPR

City councilors in Springfield, Massachusetts, passed an order Monday night that says the city will not interfere with religious institutions that provide sanctuary to immigrants.

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker sat next to VP-elect Mike Pence during an RGA meeting in a November 2016 photo tweeted by Pence.
@mike_pence Twitter / State House News Service

Gov. Charlie Baker will skip a big-money GOP fundraiser in Boston on Tuesday where Vice President Mike Pence will be the featured guest at an event expected to raise $500,000 for President Trump's campaign and the Republican National Committee.

A weather map including the jet stream.
San Francisco State University/virga.sfsu.edu

While the calendar might say it's April, Mother Nature has said otherwise this month. 

The Unitarian Society of Northampton and Florence, Massachusetts.
Jerrey Roberts / Daily Hampshire Gazette / gazettenet.com

A Russian woman facing possible deportation has taken sanctuary at the Unitarian Universalist church in Northampton, Massachusetts.

The National Congress of American Indians has written a letter to the U.S. Department of Interior saying that if it doesn’t give a ‘yay’ or ‘nay’ to changes in the Mashantucket Pequot and Mohegan tribes’ compact with the state of Connecticut—and do it within 45 days—the congress will consider it approved.

“When I was in Lewiston, it felt like its better days were in the rear-view mirror,” Amy Bass says.

Bass was in Lewiston, Maine, to attend Bates College. There wasn’t much reason to stay after she graduated in 1992.

“A lot of unemployment. A lot of vacancy,” she says. “Things that Maine deals with in terms of younger population moving away.”

But Bass became intrigued with Lewiston a little under 20 years ago, when she learned about an influx of families from Somalia.

When you bring up teacher diversity at Cambridge Rindge and Latin High School, the students will be the first to tell you things could be better. Senior Lorra Marseille says she can only think of two teachers of color off the top of her head.

“I’ve had Mr. Dua,” said Marseille. “And then this semester I had Ms. Campbell.”

Schoolwide, the actual number is closer to 40 out of roughly 150.

I met Marseille after school one day. She was one of about 20 kids hanging out in history and psychology teacher Kevin Dua’s room.

Massachusetts state Senator Karen Spilka, center, speaking on March 22, 2018.
File photo / State House News Service

Monday is the 99th day of 2018. We're anticipating a transfer of leadership in the Massachusetts Senate on July 23, the 204th day of the year.

The Berkshire Museum in Pittsfield, Massachusetts.
Adam Frenier / NEPR

We kick off with a decision from Massachusetts highest court this week in favor of the Berkshire Museum's sale of dozens of its art works, including at least one piece by Norman Rockwell. 

Connecticut and New York are butting heads over a controversial decision by the federal Environmental Protection Agency to allow dumping of dredged material in Long Island Sound. It’s an unusual split between two states that have been pretty lockstep in suing the EPA.

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