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This hour, we hear about a months-long investigation into allegations of sexual abuse at local Boys & Girls Clubs.

We also learn about reports of a plan to relocate federal detention hearings from Connecticut to Massachusetts. 

And later we ask: How effective are "red-flag" laws at reducing gun violence in the U.S.? 

Audit: Mass. RMV Saw Conn. Notice About Driver Before Fatal N.H. Crash

Aug 18, 2019
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Almost two months before a Massachusetts man allegedly killed seven people in a crash, a Registry of Motor Vehicles employee opened an alert from Connecticut warning that the driver had refused a chemical test during a traffic stop. 

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Shakespeare in the Park starts tonight in New Haven. Shakespeare & Company in the Berkshires has a new workshop production of Coriolanus opening next week. Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens didn't think Shakespeare wrote Shakespeare's works. The BBC has a multi-camera, filmed-in-front-of-a-live-studio-audience Shakespeare sitcom.

This hour: lots of little looks at this summer's best Shakespeare stuff.

As the casino in Springfield, Massachusetts, was under construction a few years ago, several local retailers and restaurants said they got a lot of new business. But now — a year after it opened — not so much.

Seals On Cape Cod Are More Than Just Shark Bait

Aug 6, 2019
Miriam Wasser / WBUR

There are tens of thousands of seals on Cape Cod and the Islands, and everyone seems to have an opinion about them. Some see them as an adorable tourist attraction that helps the ecosystem. But to others, they’re Public Enemy No. 1 — a messy, fish-eating shark magnet that needs to be culled. 

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A judge is weighing a motion to dismiss Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey's lawsuit against Purdue Pharma, the Stamford-based maker of the powerful prescription opioid drug OxyContin.

At a lengthy hearing Friday in Suffolk Superior Court in Boston, both sides argued over whether the trial should go forward.

Courtesy: Spring Hill

Connecticut U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal is calling on the federal government to issue a standard for certain chemicals in bottled water in the wake of contamination concerns. 

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In 1953 American illustrator Norman Rockwell moved from Arlington, Vermont, to the small town of Stockbridge, Massachusetts, on the Western edge of the Berkshires. While there, Rockwell developed a relationship with a prominent psychotherapist who came to influence the artist’s work. Their relationship is the subject of a new exhibit at the Norman Rockwell Museum: “Inspired: Norman Rockwell and Erik Erikson.” 

Keith Phaneuf / CT Mirror

The governors of Connecticut, Rhode Island and Massachusetts say they’re looking forward to closer cooperation on transportation, renewable energy initiatives and perhaps on purchasing services like IT and healthcare.

Ned Lamont invited his fellow governors Gina Raimondo and Charlie Baker for an informal conference at Eastern Connecticut State University in Willimantic Tuesday. 

Imagine a library for voices. A place where you can sit around a table and listen to recordings with friends. That was the Harvard Vocarium. It all started with one man: Frederick Packard. Simply put, Packard loved the spoken word.

Environmental activists are livid about revisions to a plastic bag bill in Massachusetts, made by a legislative committee, that they say is worse than doing nothing.

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Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont announced Tuesday his support for Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden.

The news arrived amid reports that the former vice president’s polling lead is shrinking, as California U.S. Senator Kamala Harris' numbers rise. 

A workers' rights activist says about a dozen current and former employees of Northampton, Massachusetts, music venues are planning to take legal action over wage theft.

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In addition to failing to suspend the license of a driver who allegedly killed seven motorcyclists in a crash last month, the Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles also ignored written out-of-state violation reports for at least 16 months, leaving tens of thousands of warnings about Massachusetts drivers to build up in a Quincy storage room, officials said Monday. 

More than 60 downhill skateboarders convened in a quiet western Massachusetts town in June — coming from as far away as Spain, Australia, and Mexico — to compete in the first-ever Whitcomb Summit Downhill.

After years of anticipation — and some turmoil — Encore Boston Harbor Casino opened in Everett Sunday.

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What would you do with all that time if you didn't have to drive during your daily commute?

This hour: Like it or not, autonomous vehicles (AVs) will be a major part of our not-too-distant transportation future. We take a look at some of the promises and challenges of automating vehicles and ask what they will mean for the cities of our future.

Updated at 10:45 p.m.

Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey’s office said it will look into allegations of wage theft made by former employees of Iron Horse Entertainment Group, or IHEG.

Former employees of prominent western Massachusetts music venues are coming forward with claims of wage theft and intimidation.

Harriet Jones / WNPR

Last fall, after United Technologies Corp. announced it would spin off its Otis Elevator and Carrier divisions, then Governor-elect Ned Lamont vowed he would watch the Farmington-based conglomerate "like a hawk" to retain its workforce in Connecticut.

But this weekend's news that UTC would merge with Raytheon Co., and move its headquarters to Waltham, MA., came with little advanced notice to the Lamont administration.

Elise Amendola / Associated Press

Massachusetts state officials are pleased that another high tech company is being lured away from Connecticut, and will set up headquarters in the Bay State. Raytheon Technologies Corp. — formed from the proposed merger of Waltham-based Raytheon and Connecticut-based United Technologies — would be headquartered in Greater Boston, the companies said. 

A health official in Springfield, Massachusetts, said she was surprised by a jump in the number of opioid overdose deaths in the city, and she doesn't know why it happened.

The discharge canal at Pilgrim, where water used for cooling at the plant is released back into Cape Cod Bay.
Robin Lubbock / WBUR

The Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station in Plymouth pumps about a half-billion gallons of water from Cape Cod Bay into the plant every day. The water cycles continuously, passing through the plant’s condenser, and returning to the bay about 10 minutes later — and 30 degrees warmer.

Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts, now has another challenge on its hands: it could lose its accreditation.

More than 130 years after Emily Dickinson's death, scholars and devotees continue to scrutinize her poetry and rewrite her life story. 

The Springfield Armory National Historic Site has a new leader. 

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Tucked away in the northwest corner of Connecticut, just a few miles from the Massachusetts border, stands the New England Accordion Connection and Museum Company. The museum houses over 600 accordions, thousands of pages of sheet music, and a jukebox filled with hours of accordion music.

One of the toughest jobs in Major League Baseball might belong to Donnie Gardiner.

He's the facilities superintendent at Fenway Park, the iconic 107-year-old home of the Boston Red Sox. It's the oldest ballpark in Major League Baseball, and Gardiner's job is to keep the place running.

Updated 10:45 p.m.

The president of Hampshire College has quit her post amid mounting turmoil over the future of the small private school in Amherst, Massachusetts. 

Fighting to retain its Boston-area casino license, Wynn Resorts executives on Wednesday detailed changes in the company's governance and policies, adjustments made in the wake of a litany of sexual misconduct allegations against former founder and CEO Steve Wynn.

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