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Does Barnstable Need 5 Fire Districts? Proposed Station Reignites Debate

October 23, 2014
"The Hyannis [fire] district works extremely well for the village of Hyannis," says the village's chief, Harold Brunelle. (Deborah Becker/WBUR)

A new fire station in the town of Barnstable is raising questions about villages, history and Proposition 2 1/2.

A Flood Of Outside Money Is Boosting Baker

October 23, 2014
Republican gubernatorial candidate Charlie Baker, during a recent appearance at his campaign office in Roxbury (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

A $4 million Republican edge in outside spending is exacerbating an already serious Democratic money gap.

T May Eliminate 2 Green Line Stops Along Commonwealth Avenue

October 23, 2014
An MBTA train pulls into a stop on Commonweath Avenue near Boston University. (Elise Amendola/AP)

Under the plan, the MBTA would close the stops at BU West, St. Paul Street, Pleasant Street and Babcock Street and create two new stops — one just west of the current BU West stop and one between the existing Pleasant Street and Babcock Street locations.

WBUR’s Political Analysts Discuss Latest In Mass. Governor’s Race

October 23, 2014

The race for Massachusetts governor is a statistical dead heat with less than two weeks to go in the campaign. WBUR’s political analysts give their perspectives on the race’s latest developments.

While Polls Show Mass. Governor’s Race Too Close To Call, Twitter Data Shows Clear Leader

October 23, 2014

In just the last week Coakley has a decidedly clear advantage in the real-time poll of public opinion that is Twitter.

Heavy Rain, Power Outages Hit Massachusetts

October 23, 2014

Torrential downpours overnight left deep puddles of standing water on many Massachusetts roads, prompting closures, and making for a slow morning commute.

Charlie Baker And Wife Discuss Governor’s Race In Dead Heat

October 23, 2014

As part of our ongoing series of conversations with the gubernatorial candidates, WBUR’s Bob Oakes speaks with Republican Charlie Baker and his wife, Lauren, in the kitchen of their Swampscott home.

Apollo Astronauts Discuss Future Of Space Exploration At MIT

October 23, 2014
Apollo 11 astronaut Buzz Aldrin, the second person to walk on the Moon, speaks at MIT during a program "Celebrating 100 Years of MIT Aerospace," Wednesday. (Steven Senne/AP)

MIT’s Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics is marking its centennial this week, with a symposium examining the past, present and future of aviation and space exploration. Its opening day brought eight Apollo-era astronauts together.

Forecast: Heavy Rains Through Morning Before Slowing To Showers

October 23, 2014
(Dave Epstein/WBUR)

Our nor’easter brought strong winds, some minor coastal flooding and periods of torrential rain overnight Wednesday into Thursday. Some areas received between 4-6 inches of rain.

Boston Is Finally Getting A Skate Park

October 23, 2014
A rendering of the Lynch Family Skatepark, which will be located in North Point Park under ramps to the Zakim bridge. (Courtesy of the Charles River Conservancy)

The project is more than a decade in the making and now a $3 million, 40,000-square-foot skaters’ paradise is becoming a reality.

You Can Now Track The Location Of Above-Ground Green Line Trolleys

October 23, 2014
An MBTA train pulls into a stop on Commonweath Avenue near Boston University. (Elise Amendola/AP)

The MBTA is working to add arrival time predictions within the next two months and expects to be able to track underground trains next year.

Chinese Company Hopes MBTA Contract Will Be U.S. Launching Pad

October 22, 2014
(Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism via Flickr)

Over the objections of rival bidders and human rights advocates, a Chinese rail car manufacturer on Wednesday won a lucrative state contract to supply the MBTA with 284 new Red Line and Orange Line cars to be assembled in Springfield.

Dorchester’s Mather School Celebrates Its 375th Anniversary

October 22, 2014
A sculpture of a cake in honor of the Mather School's 375th anniversary. (Delores Handy/WBUR)

Founded in 1639, the Mather was the first public elementary school in the U.S.

Bond Set For Afghan Soldiers Who Fled Cape Cod Base For Canada

October 22, 2014

The soldiers appeared before the same judge who earlier set the same bond for a third soldier who traveled with them to the Canadian border in hopes of seeking asylum there.

What Do You Want Us To Ask Baker, Coakley?

October 22, 2014
Massachusetts gubernatorial candidates Democrat Martha Coakley, left, and Republican Charlie Baker (Barry Chin, The Boston Globe, Pool/AP)

We’re seeking your questions before an Oct. 28 broadcast debate.

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