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Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker on Tuesday gave his fourth annual address from the House rostrum.
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Mass. Gov. Baker Touts Investment Plans In State Of The Commonwealth Speech

Facing a re-election vote in 10 months, Gov. Charlie Baker took the podium Tuesday night to kick off the final year of his four-year term, calling for renewed commitments to mental health treatment, funding for college scholarships and expanded tax breaks for low-income families.

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Regional News

The Dr. Seuss museum in Springfield, Massachusetts, put up a new mural, after the original drew controversy for its depiction of a Chinese man.
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Controversial Mural Replaced At Springfield's Dr. Seuss Museum

Visitors to the Dr. Seuss museum in Springfield, Massachusetts, will be greeted by a new mural starting Tuesday. That’s after the original one was taken down, following criticism that it was racist.

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World Economic Forum

Trump Aims To Play Salesman During Davos Economic Forum

President Trump will have some shoveling to do as he heads to snowy Switzerland this week. He's trying to sell his "America First" brand of economic nationalism in the mecca of globalization — the World Economic Forum in the Swiss ski resort of Davos. The president will also be meeting with the head of the African Union, two weeks after he reportedly dismissed African nations in crude and vulgar terms. "The president believes we can have truly win-win agreements. America First is not America...

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Connecticut’s two U.S. senators, who are both Democrats, were among 18 senators who voted against the temporary stopgap measure to reopen the federal government on Monday.

The artistic director of New Haven's Long Wharf Theater has been placed on administrative leave after a New York Times story detailed a pattern of sexual misconduct going back years.

A new survey shows that eighth grade students in Springfield, Massachusetts, are more likely to feel hopeless than their counterparts in the rest of the state.

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Health

What Do Asthma, Heart Disease And Cancer Have In Common? Maybe Childhood Trauma

"Trauma" is a heavy and haunting word. For many Americans, it conjures images of troops returning from Iraq and Afghanistan. The emotional toll from those wars made headlines and forced a healthcare reckoning at the Department of Veterans Affairs. Dr. Nadine Burke Harris, a pediatrician, would like to see a similar reckoning in every doctor's office, health clinic and classroom in America — for children who have experienced trauma much closer to home. Burke Harris is the founder and CEO of...

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Jazz à la Mode

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on Jazz and the Freedom Movement

In the speech he gave before the Lincoln Memorial at the March on Washington in August 1963, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., employed the refrain, “Now is the time.” Was he inspired by Charlie Parker’s, “Now’s the Time,” the bop classic that Parker recorded in 1945? Bebop's urgency had implications stretching beyond music, and many found among the leading figures in modern jazz the embodiment of a new African American consciousness. As evidenced by his introductory remarks prepared for the...

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Classical Music

Charles Dutoit Facing New Sexual Assault Accusations, Royal Philharmonic Cuts Ties

Updated , Jan. 11, 4:00 p.m. ET: This article was updated to include new allegations of sexual assault made against Dutoit. Charles Dutoit, the Grammy-winning conductor with whom at least seven orchestras have severed ties following allegations of sexual assault and harassment, was released early from his post as artistic director and principal conductor of London's Royal Philharmonic on Wednesday. The move came just prior to new allegations of sexual assault, including rape, against the...

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Family Leave

Tax Credit Aims To Boost Availability Of Paid Family Leave, But Will It Work?

Tucked into the new tax law is a provision that offers companies a tax credit if they provide paid family and medical leave for their lower-wage workers. Many people support a national strategy for paid parental and family leave, especially for workers who are not in management and are less likely to get that benefit on the job. But consultants, scholars and consumer advocates alike say the new tax credit probably won't encourage many companies to take the plunge. The tax credit, proposed by...

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Politics

Trump Says 'Nobody Knows' If An Immigration Deal Can Happen

Updated at 5:06 p.m. ET The federal government is back open for business on Tuesday, but the immigration fight that brought it to a three-day shutdown is far from over. On Monday, Congress passed a stopgap spending bill that funds the government through Feb. 8, with Democrats crossing over to back the measure in exchange for assurances that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., would bring an immigration bill to the floor. McConnell said he would pursue legislation to address the...

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Paul Butterfield in Woodstock, 1976
Catherine Sebastian

Paul Butterfield, Born in Chicago, 1942

Paul Butterfield, who died 30 years ago, was born on December 17, 1942. Most of us who had any connection with Butterfield back then were more saddened than surprised when we learned of his death on May 4, 1987, at 44.

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Hayley Reardon in Concert

NEPR features the singer-songwriter on the Vault Sessions

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A view of downtown Worcester, Massachusetts, in 2010.
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After A Long Lull, Signs Of A Downtown Worcester Comeback

A development boom in Worcester, Massachusetts -- the state's second largest city -- may indicate a comeback.

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