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Ukrainian teen who fled to Mass. wants to return home as a post-war leader

May 19th, 2022

6:54

Svitlana Pokliatska, her mother and brother fled Ukraine shortly after the war started. They're staying at her uncle's home in Sharon, Mass. Pokliatska says she wants to return to Ukraine after the war and help make it …

Special commission votes to create a new Massachusetts state seal and motto

May 19th, 2022

4:33

The special commission charged with reviewing and possibly revamping Massachusetts's official state seal and motto officially voted unanimously this week to recommend that both be replaced. Morning Edition host Rupa …

After historic nurses' strike, a new dispute roils Saint Vincent Hospital

May 19th, 2022

2:23

The union says the hospital is forcing nurses to work longer shifts, just months after signing a new labor contract. They worry longer work days …

No need to forage: Somerville welcomes new specialty mushroom shop

May 18th, 2022

5:45

Tyler Akabane, who for the past decade has hunted local mushrooms and supplied high-end Boston restaurants, is opening his own shop selling mushrooms.

Brookline teachers go on strike after failed weekend contract negotiations

May 16th, 2022

3:47

Despite multiple rounds of negotiations over the weekend, the teachers' union and school committee were unsuccessful in reaching an agreement on a …

How Mass. doctors and tech companies are helping Ukraine via telemedicine

May 16th, 2022

4:26

From telesurgeries to teleclinics, the hope is that telehealth can relieve pressure on local health care systems and boost skills for caregivers on the ground.

Thousands rally for abortion rights in Boston Common, show solidarity with other movements nationwide

May 16th, 2022

4:27

Spurred by the recently leaked draft opinion from the Supreme Court leaning in favor of overturning Roe v. Wade, thousands of protesters gathered at the Boston Common to rally and show support for abortion rights …

'They have to help us out': Mass. parents are feeling the nationwide formula shortage

May 13th, 2022

2:58

The supply chain, a factory shutdown and increased demand: Here's why Massachusetts parents are worried about a formula shortage.

After Roe leak, abortion becomes hot election issue in N.H. and elsewhere

May 13th, 2022

5:55

The abortion debate has suddenly become front and center in congressional races across the country, including in New Hampshire Sen. Maggie Hassan's re-election bid.

At the Venice Biennale, artist Simone Leigh centers experience of Black women

May 13th, 2022

4:37

Leigh is the first Black woman to be awarded the Biennale commission for the U.S. pavilion, and she made over the pavilion to reflect just that.

At UMass Amherst, 26% of Black students feel like they don't belong on campus

May 12th, 2022

3:09

A UMass Amherst survey finds that 26% of Black students report feeling like they do not belong on campus compared to 8% of white students. Just a few …

In Chelsea, cooling an urban heat island one block at a time

May 12th, 2022

4:14

An intensive effort is underway to lower temperatures on one of the hottest blocks in Massachusetts. The Cool Block pilot includes 47 new trees. Dark …

Home inspectors urge state board to clarify law on shortcut inspections they say put consumers at risk

May 11th, 2022

2:35

Several home inspectors on Wednesday urged state overseers to address the rise of shortcut home inspections, asking whether the practice was legal.

Mass. will soon post complaints against police officers online. But some will be missing

May 11th, 2022

3:23

The online database, a first for Massachusetts, was a key requirement of the criminal justice law passed after protests against police brutality …

In a frenzied home-buying market, rushed and unregulated inspections are rising

May 10th, 2022

4:48

These “soft” inspections, or “walk-and-talks," are leaving buyers at risk.

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