The Short List

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

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The Daily Hampshire Gazette is based in Northampton, Mass.
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We kick off this week with many questions surfacing at The Daily Hampshire Gazette, based in Northampton. Its former executive editor says he was fired for speaking out for higher pay for female journalists, but a number of his former employees are questioning his commitment to the issue. 

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker on Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2018, gave his fourth annual address from the House rostrum.
Sam Doran / State House News Service

We're taking a look at Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker's big week. With a re-election bid looming, he gave his State of the Commonwealth address on Tuesday, and a day later, released his budget proposal for the the next year

A demonstrator at a women's march in Jan. 2017.
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Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker pitched his newest opioid bill to state lawmakers this week. It calls for dozens of provisions to overhaul treatment, tightening restrictions on prescribing, with a focus on educating young people on the dangers of opioids. 

State Senator Stanley Rosenberg roamed the aisles of the House Chamber on Thursday greeting colleagues during a farewell session for former Sen. Thomas McGee, on Jan. 11, 2018.State Senator Stanley Rosenberg roamed the aisles of the House Chamber on Jan.
Sam Doran / State House News Service

The week included some big personal news for former Massachusetts Senate President Stan Rosenberg that could have big implications on his professional life. Rosenberg is now separated from his husband, Bryon Hefner, who is accused of sexually assaulting several men. 

A jar of marijuana buds for sale inside the River Rock dispensary in Denver, Colorado.
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We lead off 2018 with news that U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions rescinded a policy that allowed states to go ahead with legalizing marijuana. So what will this mean for Massachusetts? 

2017 will soon be in the rear-view mirror.
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With the year drawing to a close, we asked our panelists to reflect on the big stories from western New England in 2017.

The Massachusetts Senate president's office, bedecked with evergreens and lights, was open to visitors on Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2017.
Sam Doran / State House News Service

Our look at the week's news starts with some of the work done by the Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission. The panel is charged with developing regulations for the state's marijuana industry, and began the process of setting policy, which could allow for cannabis cafes, and even home delivery. 

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.
Courtesy Sotheby's

First up in our news roundup this week: Massachusetts legislative leaders said their offices indeed received complaints of sexual harassment at the State House. 

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