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From New England Public Radio, a rotating panel of journalists from Western New England discuss the big stories of the week.

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Mass. Lawmaker Faces Charges As Statehouse Leadership 'Plagued By Scandal'

This week, Massachusetts state Rep. David Nangle of Lowell pleaded not guilty in federal court to several charges, including embezzling campaign funds, bank and tax fraud.

8 MIN3 d ago
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Mass. Lawmaker Faces Charges As Statehouse Leadership 'Plagued By Scandal'

Short List: Housatonic River Cleanup Agreement 'Is A Pretty Decent Deal'

General Electric and several stakeholders reached a deal this week on the next phase of cleaning up toxic waste from the Housatonic River.

7 MIN1 w ago
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Short List: Housatonic River Cleanup Agreement 'Is A Pretty Decent Deal'

Western Mass. Version Of 'Big Dig' Or Not, The Short List Argues For East-West Rail

Massachusetts transportation officials unveiled possibilities this week for expanded east-west passenger rail service. And some lawmakers are questioning both the estimated price and ridership projections.

7 MIN2 w ago
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Western Mass. Version Of 'Big Dig' Or Not, The Short List Argues For East-West Rail

Western Mass. Beacon Hill Delegation Heads Toward 'A Lot Of Changes'

Western Massachusetts representation is experiencing another round of change this year. Holyoke state Rep. Aaron Vega said this week he'll leave the House at the end of this term, and Springfield state Rep. Jose Tosado also announced plans to retire.

8 MIN3 w ago
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Western Mass. Beacon Hill Delegation Heads Toward 'A Lot Of Changes'

'The Market Is Saturated' As MGM Springfield Changes Up Leadership

MGM Springfield's Mike Mathis is out. He's been in the mix from just about the beginning, but after the casino posted its worst revenue numbers since opening in August 2018, MGM this week said it's sending him back to Las Vegas.

8 MINJAN 25
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'The Market Is Saturated' As MGM Springfield Changes Up Leadership

As Recycling Costs Go Up In Western Mass., 'The State Has A Responsibility To Step In'

Many communities in western Massachusetts are feeling the pinch when it comes to the increased costs of recycling.

7 MINJAN 18
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As Recycling Costs Go Up In Western Mass., 'The State Has A Responsibility To Step In'

On Canceled Gay Chorus Performance, Springfield Bishop 'Missed An Opportunity'

The Pioneer Valley Gay Men's Chorus said the Springfield Catholic Diocese canceled a scheduled perfomance at a South Hadley church over the holidays.

8 MINJAN 11
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On Canceled Gay Chorus Performance, Springfield Bishop 'Missed An Opportunity'

The Short List Takes Bets On Sports Gambling In New England

New Hampshire this week became the second state in New England to accept wagers on sporting events, joining Rhode Island.

8 MINJAN 4
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The Short List Takes Bets On Sports Gambling In New England

On Refugee Resettlement, A Mayor Who 'Does Not Speak Very Delicately'

Mayor Domenic Sarno of Springfield, Massachusetts, said this week he won't grant permission for further refugee resettlement in his city.

8 MIN2019 DEC 21
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On Refugee Resettlement, A Mayor Who 'Does Not Speak Very Delicately'

The Short List Mourns The Demise Of Small-Town Newspapers

In western Massachusetts this week, the Athol Daily News shut its office in town. The paper will still be published, but will be based some 25 miles away in Greenfield.

7 MIN2019 DEC 14
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The Short List Mourns The Demise Of Small-Town Newspapers

Latest Episodes

Mass. Lawmaker Faces Charges As Statehouse Leadership 'Plagued By Scandal'

This week, Massachusetts state Rep. David Nangle of Lowell pleaded not guilty in federal court to several charges, including embezzling campaign funds, bank and tax fraud.

8 MIN3 d ago
Comments
Mass. Lawmaker Faces Charges As Statehouse Leadership 'Plagued By Scandal'

Short List: Housatonic River Cleanup Agreement 'Is A Pretty Decent Deal'

General Electric and several stakeholders reached a deal this week on the next phase of cleaning up toxic waste from the Housatonic River.

7 MIN1 w ago
Comments
Short List: Housatonic River Cleanup Agreement 'Is A Pretty Decent Deal'

Western Mass. Version Of 'Big Dig' Or Not, The Short List Argues For East-West Rail

Massachusetts transportation officials unveiled possibilities this week for expanded east-west passenger rail service. And some lawmakers are questioning both the estimated price and ridership projections.

7 MIN2 w ago
Comments
Western Mass. Version Of 'Big Dig' Or Not, The Short List Argues For East-West Rail

Western Mass. Beacon Hill Delegation Heads Toward 'A Lot Of Changes'

Western Massachusetts representation is experiencing another round of change this year. Holyoke state Rep. Aaron Vega said this week he'll leave the House at the end of this term, and Springfield state Rep. Jose Tosado also announced plans to retire.

8 MIN3 w ago
Comments
Western Mass. Beacon Hill Delegation Heads Toward 'A Lot Of Changes'

'The Market Is Saturated' As MGM Springfield Changes Up Leadership

MGM Springfield's Mike Mathis is out. He's been in the mix from just about the beginning, but after the casino posted its worst revenue numbers since opening in August 2018, MGM this week said it's sending him back to Las Vegas.

8 MINJAN 25
Comments
'The Market Is Saturated' As MGM Springfield Changes Up Leadership

As Recycling Costs Go Up In Western Mass., 'The State Has A Responsibility To Step In'

Many communities in western Massachusetts are feeling the pinch when it comes to the increased costs of recycling.

7 MINJAN 18
Comments
As Recycling Costs Go Up In Western Mass., 'The State Has A Responsibility To Step In'

On Canceled Gay Chorus Performance, Springfield Bishop 'Missed An Opportunity'

The Pioneer Valley Gay Men's Chorus said the Springfield Catholic Diocese canceled a scheduled perfomance at a South Hadley church over the holidays.

8 MINJAN 11
Comments
On Canceled Gay Chorus Performance, Springfield Bishop 'Missed An Opportunity'

The Short List Takes Bets On Sports Gambling In New England

New Hampshire this week became the second state in New England to accept wagers on sporting events, joining Rhode Island.

8 MINJAN 4
Comments
The Short List Takes Bets On Sports Gambling In New England

On Refugee Resettlement, A Mayor Who 'Does Not Speak Very Delicately'

Mayor Domenic Sarno of Springfield, Massachusetts, said this week he won't grant permission for further refugee resettlement in his city.

8 MIN2019 DEC 21
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On Refugee Resettlement, A Mayor Who 'Does Not Speak Very Delicately'

The Short List Mourns The Demise Of Small-Town Newspapers

In western Massachusetts this week, the Athol Daily News shut its office in town. The paper will still be published, but will be based some 25 miles away in Greenfield.

7 MIN2019 DEC 14
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The Short List Mourns The Demise Of Small-Town Newspapers
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