The Short List

A rotating panel of journalists from Western New England discuss the big stories of the week.

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The entrance to the gallery for the Massachusetts Senate chamber.
Gintautas Dumcius / MassLive / masslive.com/photos

This week, embattled Massachusetts state Senator of Amherst resigned amid mounting pressure after a scathing ethics report came out.

A rendering of an MGM casino set to open in September. It's under construction in Springfield, Massachusetts.
MGM Springfield

Recently, there's been rumblings that MGM, which is currently building a casino in Springfield, Massachusetts, is looking at buying a Boston-area casino also under construction. So what might this mean for Springfield? 

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. 

Massahusetts State Sen. Stanley Rosenberg, left, and his husband Bryon Hefner.
File photo / State House News Service

This week, we discuss Thursday's indictment of Bryon Hefner, the husband of Amherst Democratic State Senator Stan Rosenberg. Hefner is facing charges that include sexual assault and criminal lewdness. 

State Police Colonel Kerry Gilpin.
MassLive / masslive.com/photos

We kick off this week with a look at the latest scandal surrounding the Massachusetts State Police. An audit shows several troopers may received overtime pay for shifts they didn't actually work. And the head of the state police says she's turned the audit over to the state attorney general's office for a closer look. 

A student at the Ralph C. Mahar Regional School in Orange, Massachusetts, reads the names of 17 victims in last month's school shooting in Parkland, Florida. A chime was sounded after each name.
Jill Kaufman / NEPR

A big story this week was the student walkouts across the region and the country, on the one-month anniversary of the high school shooting in Parkland, Florida.

Former Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick.
Don Treeger / The Republican / masslive.com/photos

We start The Short List this week with former Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick and his possible political aspiration: a run for president in 2020.

The Massachusetts State House.
AlexiusHoratius / Creative Commons

This week, the Massachusetts House received a report from its lawyers, which urged changes about how the branch handles sexual harassment allegations against its members and staff. 

Peter Kocot of Northampton, Massachusetts, represented parts of Hampshire County in the state legislature.
Mark M. Murray / The Republican / masslive.com/photos

This week, longtime Northampton State Representative Peter Kocot died at the age of 61. And State Rep. Solomon Goldstein-Rose announced he is leaving the Democratic Party and becoming an independent, or "unenrolled" as it's known in Massachusetts. 

Massachusetts U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren.
Dave Roback / The Republican

The big story of the week: a horrific scene in Parkland, Florida -- a high school shooting that left 17 people dead. We know this cycle all too well in New England, with the Sandy Hook massacre in 2012. Almost immediately, the conversation turned to gun control at the national and state levels.

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