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Seeking Personal Data, Cafe Lures College Students With Free Beverages

A Japanese company is developing a novel way to connect college students to corporate recruiters: offer free coffee at its cafes in exchange for giving up some personal information.

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Massachusetts Joins Multi-State Lawsuit Against Feds Over Immigration Enforcement

Six states, including Massachusetts, along with New York City are suing the federal government, saying it is unlawfully forcing them to engage in federal immigration enforcement to receive anti-crime funds.

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National Security

Why Did Russia Attack The 2016 Election? This Week's Whirlwind Offers New Clues

A pyrotechnic week of geopolitical intrigue has yielded new clarity about the whys and wherefores of the Russia imbroglio, including one insight straight from Russian President Vladimir Putin. Why did Putin order the campaign of "active measures" that have been directed against the United States and the West since before the 2016 election? There appear to be many reasons, but the latest one to break through may be how strongly Putin feels the United States had been waging such a campaign...

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New police officers from western Massachusetts salute during a graduation ceremony at the Police Training Academy at Springfield Technical Community College in 2010.
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Massachusetts lawmakers have approved a $2 surcharge on car rentals to fund training for police officers in cities and towns across the state. 

The sign above a handicapped parking spot in downtown Springfield, Massachusetts.
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In his Pelham, Massachusetts, home, Peter Acker tried to maneuver down his basement stairs. He's on crutches after injuring his knee this spring -- and hurting it again recently.

Massachusetts Lawmakers Compromise On $41.9 Billion Budget Plan

Jul 18, 2018
The Massachusetts Statehouse in April 2017.
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The Massachusetts House and Senate agreed on Wednesday to a $41.88 billion budget deal for the fiscal year that began on July 1. The compromise spending plan is 17 days overdue.

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Construction of the MGM casino in Springfield, Massachusetts, in July 2018.
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Springfield City Councilor Defends MGM's Las Vegas Legal Strategy

A month before MGM opens a casino in Springfield, Massachusetts, city officials are either defending or staying quiet about the company's attempt to block lawsuits from shooting victims in Las Vegas.

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Behind The Campaign To Get Teachers To Leave Their Unions

Rachael McRae, a fifth-grade teacher in central Illinois, was sitting on the couch the other day with her 4-month-old when she saw the email. "He was having a fussy day," she says, "so I was bouncing him in one arm, and started going through my emails on my phone, just to feel like I was getting something done." In her spam folder, she found an email from an organization called My Pay, My Say, urging her to drop her union membership. Last month, the Supreme Court in Janus v. AFCSME dealt a...

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Climate Change

Rising Seas Could Cause Problems For Internet Infrastructure

The dense network of cables that make up the Internet is likely to be inundated with saltwater as sea levels rise, a new analysis suggests, putting thousands of miles of critical infrastructure along U.S. coastlines underwater in the next 15 years. "It is actually the wires and the hardware that make the Internet run," explains Ramakrishnan Durairajan , a computer scientist at the University of Oregon and an author of the research. The analysis estimates under the most severe model for sea...

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Republicans Force Democrats To Go On Record Over Immigration Agency

House Republicans claimed a political victory Wednesday after the House voted 244-35 in favor of officially supporting the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency, a vote intended to force Democrats to take a position amid calls from progressives to abolish the agency. But Democrats largely avoided taking any position at all. Instead, they tried to refocus the immigration debate away from ICE and toward the ongoing controversy over President Trump's policies for handling asylum claims...

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News Now Podcast

Marijuana in a bloom room at the INSA marijuana dispensary in Easthampton, Massachusetts.
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The Slow March To Fully Legal Marijuana In Massachusetts

This episode, we focus on a single plant. Weed, cannabis, marijuana, pot -- whatever you call it, Massachusetts is on a slow march to full legalization.

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From Legislation to Legalization

Learn about the local impacts of the cannabis industry.

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We’re back with a brand new Valley Voices podcast!

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The Summer Tradition Continues

New England Public Radio brings listeners music from Tanglewood, the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s summer home in Lenox, Massachusetts every weekend of the season.

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The Manzi Family Band in a Longmeadow, Massachusetts, basement, rehearsing for their July 14, 2018, show at the Majestic Theater in West Springfield, Massachusetts.
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Family Over Fortune For The Musical Manzis, But Not Without Dreams

Getting ready for a rare appearance, the Manzi Family Band was in full rehearsal on a recent summer afternoon in a basement in Longmeadow, Massachusetts.

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