Massachusetts http://wnpr.org en Migrant Children May Be Sheltered in Massachusetts http://wnpr.org/post/migrant-children-may-be-sheltered-massachusetts <p>According to the <a href="http://www.migrationpolicy.org/article/dramatic-surge-arrival-unaccompanied-children-has-deep-roots-and-no-simple-solutions" target="_blank">independent think tank The Migration Policy Institute</a>, 85 percent of the Central American migrant children who have arrived in the U.S.&nbsp;over the past few months&nbsp;are reunited with relatives here. <a href="http://www.migrationpolicy.org/article/central-american-immigrants-united-states" target="_blank">Most go to places with established communities of Central American families</a>, including cities in Connecticut like New Haven and Hartford. Others go to Massachusetts.</p><p> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 14:33:51 +0000 Diane Orson & Sam Hudzik & Jill Kaufman 25616 at http://wnpr.org Migrant Children May Be Sheltered in Massachusetts MGM Set To Buy Two Springfield Properties For Casino Project http://wnpr.org/post/mgm-set-buy-two-springfield-properties-casino-project <img class="wysiwyg-asset-image-wrapper inset" data-caption="An artist&#039;s rendering of MGM&#039;s proposed casino in downtown Springfield,MA" data-attribution="Credit MGM Springfield" typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/wamc/files/styles/card_280/public/201304/mgmspringfieldrendering_3.jpg" alt="" /><p><a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/wamc/audio/2014/07/MGMcasino.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>MGM is preparing to purchase two city-owned buildings in Springfield for the Las Vegas-based company’s casino project.<p>Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno said MGM intends to Mon, 21 Jul 2014 13:19:25 +0000 Paul Tuthill 25615 at http://wnpr.org MGM Set To Buy Two Springfield Properties For Casino Project Western Mass. Base Could Be Used To House Immigrant Children http://wnpr.org/post/western-mass-base-could-be-used-house-immigrant-children <img class="wysiwyg-asset-image-wrapper inset" data-caption="" data-attribution="" typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/wamc/files/styles/card_280/public/201407/westoverafrsign.jpg" alt="" /><p><a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/wamc/audio/2014/07/immigrantkidswafrb.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>Massachusetts Gov. Fri, 18 Jul 2014 17:24:43 +0000 Paul Tuthill 25526 at http://wnpr.org Western Mass. Base Could Be Used To House Immigrant Children Gov. Patrick Weighing Request To Shelter Immigrant Children http://wnpr.org/post/gov-patrick-weighing-request-shelter-immigrant-children <img class="wysiwyg-asset-image-wrapper inset" data-caption="" data-attribution="Credit Dwight Sipler" typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/wamc/files/styles/card_280/public/201301/DevalPatrick.jpg" alt="" /><p><a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/wamc/audio/2014/07/immigrantkids.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>Gov. Fri, 18 Jul 2014 15:05:36 +0000 Paul Tuthill 25513 at http://wnpr.org Gov. Patrick Weighing Request To Shelter Immigrant Children Anti-casino Activists Launch Referendum Campaign http://wnpr.org/post/anti-casino-activists-launch-referendum-campaign <img class="wysiwyg-asset-image-wrapper inset" data-caption="Former Massachusetts Attorney General Scott Harshbarger is joined by leaders of the campaign to repeal the Massachusetts casino law at the campaign kickoff in Springfield." data-attribution="Credit WAMC" typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/wamc/files/styles/card_280/public/201407/casinoharshbarger.jpg" alt="" /><p><a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/wamc/audio/2014/07/casinonocampaign.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>Anti-casino activists launched a statewide referendum campaign today in Springfield where they o Thu, 17 Jul 2014 10:47:29 +0000 Paul Tuthill 25455 at http://wnpr.org Anti-casino Activists Launch Referendum Campaign The Morgan Sails With Whales Off Cape Cod http://wnpr.org/post/morgan-sails-whales-cape-cod <p>The world's oldest wooden whaling vessel, the Charles W. Morgan, spent the weekend with whales for the first time in 100 years.&nbsp;</p><p> Mon, 14 Jul 2014 10:48:00 +0000 Harriet Jones 25233 at http://wnpr.org The Morgan Sails With Whales Off Cape Cod Rare Sighting of Beluga Whale in Massachusetts http://wnpr.org/post/rare-sighting-beluga-whale-massachusetts <p>In Connecticut, we're used to seeing Beluga whales at Mystic Aquarium, but residents in Fall River, Massachusetts are getting an unusual sight in an unusual place. A Beluga whale was spotted in the Taunton River over the past several days.&nbsp;</p><p> Thu, 26 Jun 2014 18:12:50 +0000 Lucy Nalpathanchil & Heather Brandon 24333 at http://wnpr.org Rare Sighting of Beluga Whale in Massachusetts Trouble In Paradise: Opiate Use Spikes On Martha's Vineyard http://wnpr.org/post/trouble-paradise-opiate-use-spikes-marthas-vineyard Underneath the charm of Martha's Vineyard's picturesque beaches, peaceful woods and luxury homes is a problem: Since August, there have been six overdose deaths on the island.<p>"That's a phenomenal rate for a community of 16,000 people — and that's not to mention the overdoses that haven't been fatal," says Charles Silberstein, an addiction specialist and psychiatrist at Martha's Vineyard Hospital. Wed, 25 Jun 2014 12:31:00 +0000 Deborah Becker 24228 at http://wnpr.org Trouble In Paradise: Opiate Use Spikes On Martha's Vineyard Casino Repeal Question Will Be On Massachusetts Ballot http://wnpr.org/post/casino-repeal-question-will-be-massachusetts-ballot Massachusetts’ highest court ruled today that a question asking voters to repeal the state’s casino law can go on the November ballot.&#160; It sets up what promises to be a hard-fought campaign to decide the fate of the fledgling gambling industry in Massachusetts.<img class="wysiwyg-asset-image-wrapper inset" data-caption="" data-attribution="" typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/wamc/files/styles/card_280/public/201404/nocasinosigns.jpg" alt="" /><p><a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/wamc/audio/2014/06/casinoballotok.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>&#160;&#160;&#160; Tue, 24 Jun 2014 22:35:04 +0000 Paul Tuthill 24219 at http://wnpr.org Casino Repeal Question Will Be On Massachusetts Ballot Springfield Mayor Renews Call For Moratorium On Refugee Resettlements http://wnpr.org/post/springfield-mayor-renews-call-moratorium-refugee-resettlements The Mayor of Springfield, Massachusetts has renewed a call for an end to new refugee resettlements in Springfield.&#160; Massachusetts Congressman Richard Neal said the mayor has raised concerns that need to be addressed.<img class="wysiwyg-asset-image-wrapper inset" data-caption="" data-attribution="Credit City of Springfield" typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/wamc/files/styles/card_280/public/201206/Domenic_Sarno.jpg" alt="" /><p><a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/wamc/audio/2014/06/refugeeban2_1.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; Mayor Domenic Tue, 24 Jun 2014 14:27:41 +0000 Paul Tuthill 24174 at http://wnpr.org Springfield Mayor Renews Call For Moratorium On Refugee Resettlements Poll Finds Massachusetts Voters Still Support Casinos http://wnpr.org/post/poll-finds-massachusetts-voters-still-support-casinos A new poll finds Massachusetts residents still support casino gambling, but have lost confidence in the casino industry regulators.<img class="wysiwyg-asset-image-wrapper inset" data-caption="An artist&#039;s rendering of the Springfield casino proposed by MGM Resorts. Mon, 23 Jun 2014 14:55:55 +0000 Paul Tuthill 24101 at http://wnpr.org Poll Finds Massachusetts Voters Still Support Casinos Springfield Budget For New Fiscal Year Approved Without Cuts http://wnpr.org/post/springfield-budget-new-fiscal-year-approved-without-cuts The city of Springfield, Massachusetts has a budget in place for the fiscal year that begins July 1<sup>st</sup>.&#160; The city’s elected officials are in agreement that following years of recession-forced spending cuts, the budget for fiscal year 2015 moves the city forward.<img class="wysiwyg-asset-image-wrapper inset" data-caption="Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno&#039;s recommended budget was approved by a unanimous vote of the Springfield City Council" data-attribution="Credit WAMC" typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/wamc/files/styles/card_280/public/201405/bu Tue, 17 Jun 2014 23:40:02 +0000 Paul Tuthill 23820 at http://wnpr.org Springfield Budget For New Fiscal Year Approved Without Cuts Springfield Says There Were No Talks With Rock Cats http://wnpr.org/post/springfield-says-there-were-no-talks-rock-cats <p>Hartford Mayor Pedro Segarra and his people have said that their negotiations to move the minor league New Britain Rock Cats to Hartford had to be confidential, because speaking about them publicly could have risked the whole thing and pushed the team out of state.</p><p>Several news reports -- <a href="http://articles.courant.com/2014-06-02/news/hc-hartford-rockcats-0603-20140602_1_new-britain-rock-cats-josh-solomon-minor-league-baseball-team" target="_blank">some citing anonymous city officials and sources</a>, <a href="http://newbritainherald.com/articles/2014/06/04/news/doc538fd2097402e752167220.txt" target="_blank">others citing speculation</a> and <a href="http://www.nhregister.com/sports/20140604/malafronte-rock-cats-owner-breaks-promise-made-when-team-was-bought" target="_blank">rumors</a> -- suggested that Springfield, Massachusetts was a serious contender. &nbsp;</p><p>Not so, says Springfield.&nbsp;</p><p> Tue, 17 Jun 2014 14:09:57 +0000 Jeff Cohen 23774 at http://wnpr.org Springfield Says There Were No Talks With Rock Cats Massachusetts Gaming Commission Tentatively Awards Casino License to MGM http://wnpr.org/post/massachusetts-gaming-commission-tentatively-awards-casino-license-mgm <p>The Massachusetts Gaming Commission voted on Friday to award a western Massachusetts casino license to MGM Springfield, as soon as a repeal issue is resolved. Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno called the casino one of three essential ingredients to revive the city's "urban core."</p><p> Fri, 13 Jun 2014 16:51:54 +0000 Heather Brandon 23586 at http://wnpr.org Massachusetts Gaming Commission Tentatively Awards Casino License to MGM Gambling Regulators in Massachusetts Begin Review of Proposed Springfield Casino http://wnpr.org/post/gambling-regulators-massachusetts-begin-review-proposed-springfield-casino <p>State gambling regulators considering awarding the state's first casino license to MGM Resorts International have given its proposed $800 million casino in Springfield high marks for its finances and its building and site design.</p><p> Tue, 10 Jun 2014 18:26:46 +0000 Heather Brandon 23371 at http://wnpr.org Gambling Regulators in Massachusetts Begin Review of Proposed Springfield Casino Philadelphia Inquirer Co-Owner Dead in Boston-Area Plane Crash http://wnpr.org/post/philadelphia-inquirer-co-owner-dead-boston-area-plane-crash <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Lewis Katz, co-owner of <em>The Philadelphia Inquirer</em>, is among the seven people killed in a plane crash Saturday night in Bedford, Massachusetts,&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">according to the paper's editor.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Bill&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Marimow</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;confirmed Katz's death to Philly.com on Sunday, saying he learned the news from close associates.</span></p><p> Sun, 01 Jun 2014 14:06:16 +0000 Heather Brandon 22878 at http://wnpr.org Philadelphia Inquirer Co-Owner Dead in Boston-Area Plane Crash The Present and Future of Gun Control In America http://wnpr.org/post/present-and-future-gun-control-america <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The latest mass shooting in California has left many questioning America’s gun control policies, and left a grieving father pleading for action from lawmakers -- not sympathy.</span></p><p>This hour, we look at the present and future of gun control in America. We also consider how to celebrate the 200th birthday of Samuel Colt, the man who revolutionized and popularized the gun.</p><p> Fri, 30 May 2014 13:00:00 +0000 John Dankosky, Lydia Brown, Tucker Ives & Catie Talarski 22770 at http://wnpr.org The Present and Future of Gun Control In America Live From the 2014 Berkshire International Film Festival http://wnpr.org/post/live-2014-berkshire-international-film-festival <p>Why go to a film festival? Because you might see the guy who plays Jaime Lannister on "Game of Thrones" in a Norwegian film also starting Juliette Binoche about a photojournalist on a dangerous assignment in Kenya. Or you might see a documentary about the American roots music dynasty, the Carters and the Cashes. Or maybe you'll bump into an acting legend like Karen Allen or Mary Kay Place on the street or in a seat next to yours. Fri, 30 May 2014 10:00:00 +0000 Chion Wolf, Betsy Kaplan & Colin McEnroe 22741 at http://wnpr.org Live From the 2014 Berkshire International Film Festival Already Tough On Gun Control, Massachusetts Aims To Get Tougher http://wnpr.org/post/already-tough-gun-control-massachusetts-aims-get-tougher The <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/05/25/315698759/uc-santa-barbara-hosts-vigil-for-victims-of-shooting-rampage" target="_blank">rampage that left six dead</a> in California last week has once again revived the debate over gun control around the nation. Thu, 29 May 2014 16:31:00 +0000 Tovia Smith 22695 at http://wnpr.org Already Tough On Gun Control, Massachusetts Aims To Get Tougher Empathy Lessons: Training Police to Understand People With Mental Illness http://wnpr.org/post/empathy-lessons-training-police-understand-people-mental-illness <p>Earlier this month, Somerville Police Officers Alan Monaco and Timothy Sullivan responded to a call about a fight between two young men. They found one of them, Mike, in an agitated state.</p><p> Thu, 29 May 2014 14:19:37 +0000 Carey Goldberg 22715 at http://wnpr.org Empathy Lessons: Training Police to Understand People With Mental Illness Massachusetts Gun Laws May Get Tougher http://wnpr.org/post/massachusetts-gun-laws-may-get-tougher Massachusetts House Speaker Robert DeLeo is planning to unveil a sweeping gun safety bill on Tuesday which he wants to vote on before the legislative session ends on July 31<sup>st</sup>.<img class="wysiwyg-asset-image-wrapper inset" data-caption="" data-attribution="Credit wikipedia commons" typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/wamc/files/styles/card_280/public/201403/Boston_Statehouse.jpg" alt="" /><p><a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/wamc/audio/2014/05/guncontrol.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>More than 60 gun control bills were filed at the beginning of the current Mon, 26 May 2014 20:59:47 +0000 Paul Tuthill 22534 at http://wnpr.org Massachusetts Gun Laws May Get Tougher Springfield Commemorates Memorial Day http://wnpr.org/post/springfield-commemorates-memorial-day Memorial Day observances are under way in western Massachusetts,where the holiday weekend will feature parades and solemn ceremonies.<img class="wysiwyg-asset-image-wrapper inset" data-caption="Gumercindo Gomez, a Vietnam veteran, placed a wreath at the Vietnam War memorial in Court Square in Springfield, MA" data-attribution="Credit WAMC" typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/wamc/files/styles/card_280/public/201405/memorialday14.jpg" alt="" /><p><a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/wamc/audio/2014/05/memorialday14.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>The city of Springfield co Mon, 26 May 2014 20:59:36 +0000 Paul Tuthill 22532 at http://wnpr.org Springfield Commemorates Memorial Day When Doctors Play This Game, You Get Better Medical Care http://wnpr.org/post/when-doctors-play-game-you-get-better-medical-care Doctors are required to keep current on best medical practices, but those efforts all too often don't do a thing to improve patient care. But what if the class is a game — one that lets you compete against other doctors and show off your smarts?<p>Plus you get funny emails. Wed, 21 May 2014 15:44:00 +0000 editor 22256 at http://wnpr.org When Doctors Play This Game, You Get Better Medical Care New Plan for I-91 Viaduct In Springfield Said to Address Residents' Concerns http://wnpr.org/post/new-plan-i-91-viaduct-springfield-said-address-residents-concerns <p>Massachusetts transportation officials said a new construction plan for replacing the Interstate 91 viaduct in Springfield will cause fewer traffic headaches than a previous version.&nbsp;</p><p> Wed, 21 May 2014 14:12:15 +0000 Kari Njiiri 22239 at http://wnpr.org New Plan for I-91 Viaduct In Springfield Said to Address Residents' Concerns Job Training Planned In Springfield Neighborhoods Hit By 2011 Tornado http://wnpr.org/post/job-training-planned-springfield-neighborhoods-hit-2011-tornado The city of Springfield, Massachusetts is soliciting bids from organizations to do workforce training in poor neighborhoods hit by the tornado three years ago.<img class="wysiwyg-asset-image-wrapper inset" data-caption="The South End Community Center was destroyed by the tornado on June 1, 2011. Thu, 15 May 2014 14:37:11 +0000 Paul Tuthill 21884 at http://wnpr.org Job Training Planned In Springfield Neighborhoods Hit By 2011 Tornado Massachusetts Gaming Commission To Hold Final Public Hearing On MGM Springfield Casino http://wnpr.org/post/massachusetts-gaming-commission-hold-final-public-hearing-mgm-springfield-casino The Massachusetts Gaming Commission is scheduled to hold a final public hearing in Springfield today on the casino proposed by MGM.&#160;&#160; It is a last chance for commissioners to gauge public sentiment before completing a lengthy evaluation of the sole resort casino applicant in western Massachusetts.<img class="wysiwyg-asset-image-wrapper inset" data-caption="MGM Springfield President Mike Mathis addressed the Massachusetts Gaming Commission during a public hearing in Springfield April 1, 2014" data-attribution="Credit WAMC" typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/ Wed, 14 May 2014 16:31:39 +0000 Paul Tuthill 21885 at http://wnpr.org Massachusetts Gaming Commission To Hold Final Public Hearing On MGM Springfield Casino Gaming Regulators To Hold Public Hearing On MGM Springfield Casino http://wnpr.org/post/gaming-regulators-hold-public-hearing-mgm-springfield-casino The Massachusetts Gaming Commission is meeting in Springfield Wednesday to listen to public comments for the last time on MGM’s casino project.<img class="wysiwyg-asset-image-wrapper inset" data-caption="" data-attribution="Credit MGM Springfield" typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/wamc/files/styles/card_280/public/201401/mgmcasinorendering.jpg" alt="" /><p><a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/wamc/audio/2014/05/casinohearing.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>The commission continued a public hearing from April 1<sup>st</sup>&#160; to give people a chance to comment on the Wed, 14 May 2014 12:07:55 +0000 Paul Tuthill 21813 at http://wnpr.org Gaming Regulators To Hold Public Hearing On MGM Springfield Casino Re-Enactment Of Satanic Mass Planned At Harvard Causes Uproar http://wnpr.org/post/re-enactment-satanic-mass-planned-harvard-causes-uproar Harvard University Extension School's Cultural Studies Club has ignited a maelstrom of criticism over its plans to reenact a black mass on Monday.<p>The university and the Catholic Church have condemned it, but the club says the Satanic mass is simply for educational purposes.<p><a href="http://www.boston.com/news/local/massachusetts/2014/05/09/church-condemns-planned-satanic-mass-harvard/jQjsH7935RloW1r2dsJicK/story.html">The AP reports</a>:<p><blockquote><p>"The club said in a statement 'the performance is part of a larger effort to explore the religious facets that continue to influence con Mon, 12 May 2014 21:00:00 +0000 Eyder Peralta 21723 at http://wnpr.org Re-Enactment Of Satanic Mass Planned At Harvard Causes Uproar Springfield Parking Authority Gets New Director And Direction http://wnpr.org/post/springfield-parking-authority-gets-new-director-and-direction An attorney and veteran of several municipal boards and commissions has been tapped to head the parking authority in Springfield, Massachusetts. The appointment comes as the city is on the verge of a parking space crunch.&#160;<img class="wysiwyg-asset-image-wrapper inset" data-caption="Springfield Parking Authority Executive Director Mary McNally speaks in city hall after Mayor Domenic Sarno ( at right) announced her appointment. Mon, 12 May 2014 17:26:13 +0000 Paul Tuthill 21699 at http://wnpr.org Springfield Parking Authority Gets New Director And Direction Massachusetts' Highest Court To Hear Casino Referendum Case http://wnpr.org/post/massachusetts-highest-court-hear-casino-referendum-case The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court will hear oral arguments Monday on whether a question to repeal casino gambling should appear on the November election ballot.<img class="wysiwyg-asset-image-wrapper inset" data-caption="" data-attribution="" typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/wamc/files/styles/card_280/public/201404/nocasinosigns.jpg" alt="" /><p><a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/wamc/audio/2014/05/casinosjc.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>The decision by Attorney General Martha Coakley’s office to ban the question from the ballot is being challenged in the st Mon, 05 May 2014 13:23:16 +0000 Paul Tuthill 21295 at http://wnpr.org Massachusetts' Highest Court To Hear Casino Referendum Case