THE SHORT LIST PODCAST

Gov. Charlie Baker, right, swears in Colonel Kerry Gilpin, left, with Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito.
Courtesy Office of Gov. Charlie Baker

We start our look back at the week's news with two criminal justice bills passed separately by both chambers of the Massachusetts legislature. 

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First up in our news roundup this week: We get the thoughts of our panel about this week's mayoral elections across western Massachusetts, and we ask them how long they think mayors should serve. Voters in Westfield said at the ballot box it should only be for two years at a time, but many other places have switched to four-year terms. 

"La Fete," by Raoul Dufy, slated for sale by the Berkshire Museum.
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First up in our news roundup this week: Massachusetts legislative leaders said their offices indeed received complaints of sexual harassment at the State House. 

Robert Murphy, a judge in Springfield District Court.
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First up in our news roundup this week: The Massachusetts Senate early Friday morning passed sweeping criminal justice legislation. The bill's sponsor says it will reduce the rates of incarceration, while giving judges more leeway to set bail amounts and sentence offenders.

Lucio Perez, center, in a red jacket, is surrounded by local clergy in front of the First Congregational Church in Amherst, Massachusetts.
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First up in our news roundup this week: a church in Amherst, Massachusetts, allowed a Guatemalan man facing deportation to live in the building for the foreseeable future. Church officials said they expect immigration officials to honor the sanctuary of the building.  

"Horton Hears a Who!" by Dr. Seuss.
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Our panel of journalists looks at the big stories in the news. 

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

A meeting at Enlace de Familia in Holyoke, Mass. on Thurdsay, Sept. 28, 2017 addressed the possible influx of Puerto Rican families in the area.
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Our panel of journalists looks at the big stories in the news. 

The Berkshire Museum in Pittsfield, Mass.
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Our panel of journalists looks at the big stories in the news. 

In May of 2015, about 5,500 students graduated from UMass Amherst during ceremonies at McGuirk Stadium on campus. This is Elizabeth Thomas of Medfield, Mass.
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Our panel of journalists looks at the big stories in the news. 

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