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Massachusetts Senator Ed Markey at left, and Republican challenger Kevin O'Connor.
Markey: Official U.S. Senate portrait by Rebecca Hammel / O'Connor: Courtesy Kevin O'Connor for U.S. Senate

Counting Down To The Lone Massachusetts U.S. Senate Debate

President Donald Trump and Vice President Joe Biden meet this week for their first debate . And we’re just a week away from the only scheduled U.S. Senate debate in Massachusetts between incumbent Democrat Ed Markey and Republican challenger Kevin O'Connor.

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White House

Trump Dismisses 'New York Times' Report That He Paid Little In Federal Income Taxes

Updated at 8:40 p.m. ET A New York Times investigation published on Sunday said that President Trump paid just $750 in federal income taxes each year in 2016 and 2017, which the president denied at a news conference using a familiar retort: "fake news." The Times cites Trump's long-sought-after tax returns, further reporting that he paid no income taxes at all in 10 of the previous 15 years as Trump reported massive losses to his businesses. Among its other findings, the investigation...

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Election 2020

Trump And Biden Debate Tuesday. Here's What You Need To Know

President Trump and Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden will debate each other for the first time Tuesday evening, in the first of three presidential debates. Here are the details: When? Tuesday, Sept. 29, from 9 to 10:30 p.m. ET. (You can listen to the debate on NPR, and we'll have a livestream video online.) Where? Case Western Reserve University and the Cleveland Clinic, in Cleveland. (The University of Notre Dame was originally supposed to host but cited the coronavirus pandemic in...

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Massachusetts

Criminal Charges Filed Against Former Holyoke Soldiers' Home Superintendent And Medical Director

Mass. Attorney General Maura Healey is bringing criminal charges against the former superintendent of the Holyoke Soldiers Home, Bennett Walsh, and the facilitys former medical director, Dr. David Clinton, for their roles in the deadly COVID-19 outbreak that swept through the facility earlier this spring and killed 76 veterans. In a statement, her office revealed that on Thursday, a grand jury indicted Walsh and Clinton on multiple charges. Each defendant faces five counts of being a...

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Baystate Health CEO Mark Keroack.
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Massachusetts officials report the rate of COVID-19 infections in the state has been relatively steady in recent days. But the head of Baystate Health Systems says the number of patients admitted to his hospital has increased slightly during the same period.

Despite New England's progressive reputation, residential segregation still exists in communities throughout the region. 

In this second episode of a special radio series on "Racism In New England," we look at how housing laws and discrimination influence where we live — from the predominantly white states of northern New England to cities and suburbs in Massachusetts and Connecticut.

A video featuring a police encounter with a Black person -- this time a Hartford woman -- is again highlighting the tense relationship between law enforcement and the communities it serves.

Dana Nestor and Nina Fernandes at their new Northampton, Massachusetts, house.
Karen Brown / NEPR

Home buying and selling slowed down in the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, but realtors in western Massachusetts say the market has picked up. 

Mohawk Trail Regional School in Shelburne Falls, Massachusetts.
Nancy Eve Cohen / NEPR

Some western Massachusetts school districts — in areas deemed by the state to be "low-risk" for COVID-19 — are responding to a push to return to in-person learning.

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Protest

PHOTOS: Scenes From Breonna Taylor Protests Around The Country

Kentucky attorney general, Daniel Cameron, announced on Wednesday that none of the three police officers involved in the killing of Breonna Taylor would be charged directly over her death. One of the men was indicted for shooting into neighboring homes. In response, protests emerged nationwide, demanding charges against the officers. Here's a selection of pictures from around the country, as demonstrators called for justice for Taylor and respect for Black life. Copyright 2020 NPR. To see...

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Supreme Court

Amy Coney Barrett: A Dream For The Right, Nightmare For The Left

President Trump's nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to fill the Supreme Court seat made vacant by the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is seen as a home run for conservatives. It is a chance to move the high court in a far more aggressively conservative direction for generations. In political terms, Barrett is the dream candidate for conservative Republicans and the nightmare candidate for Democrats. For Republicans, the 48-year-old is a young and personally unassailable nominee. A...

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Our Commitment: Civil Dialogue, Context and Conversation

We are deeply saddened by the tragic events of the last several weeks which have shaken the Black community. The killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and too many other Black Americans have triggered national and international outrage and calls for systemic change. We once again see the bitter truths about racism, inequality, and injustice. This is a difficult time in our Nation’s history. Unlike many countries around the world which have experienced similar horrific...

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Follow the Journey of a Civil Rights Hero

Congressman and human rights champion John Lewis is featured in this 2017 documentary.

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For their daughters and themselves, Mustafa and BeckyJean Thompson said they're relieved there's now more structure to the West Springfield, Mass., online school day.
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Working Parents Hope For More Structure This Fall For Kids At School — At Home

Most Massachusetts public schools began classes this week after a delay due to the coronavirus. Districts, independently of one another, developed their plans and many schools are teaching remotely. That means parents and caregivers are again juggling their work schedules while also acting as teacher helpers.

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