election 2020

A sign near the Housatonic River in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, in 2009 after a GE/EPA cleanup.
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Could The Presidential Election Affect The Housatonic Cleanup?

Last month the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency wrapped up a public comment period on its controversial plan to remove toxic PCBs from the Housatonic River. The agency said it hopes to issue its final plan by the end of the year. That would be before any possible change at the White House.

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Regional News

Holyoke Mayor Alex Morse (left), and U.S. Rep. Richard Neal of Springfield exchange a greeting before a 2020 debate.
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Neal, Morse Spend Nearly $8 Million In U.S. House Primary

The Democratic candidates in the Massachusetts 1st Congressional District combined to spend $7.8 million on the September primary race.

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Great Barrington Town Hall in Great Barrington, Massachusetts.
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Great Barrington, Massachusetts, Distances Itself From 'Great Barrington Declaration'


The Massachusetts Statehouse in autumn.
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Crisp, Cool October Nights Usher In Massachusetts Budget Work In A Pandemic-Shifted Season

The changing seasons have brought cool October nights, fall foliage, pumpkin spice and signs of life on a state budget in Massachusetts.

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Trump Rails Against 'Fauci And These Idiots' In Campaign Call

President Trump, who has for months been at loggerheads with public health experts on how best to contain the coronavirus pandemic, on Monday called Dr. Anthony Fauci a "disaster" and complained that Americans are tired of hearing from "these idiots," according to media reports of a call between Trump and campaign staff. "People are tired of hearing Fauci and these idiots, all these idiots who got it wrong," Trump said on the call meant to discuss Election Day strategy, according to The New...

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Connecting Point

Great Barrington approves environmentally-conscious green burials

An ice cream shop in summer 2020 at Look Park in Northampton, Massachusetts.
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Concern is growing in parts of New England about the potential for another spike in COVID-19 cases.

The state of New Hampshire announced Friday it will file a federal lawsuit against Massachusetts over its cross-border income tax collection policies during the pandemic.

The lawsuit centers on a Massachusetts emergency provision that caps how much income out-of-state residents who work for Massachusetts-based companies can deduct on their income taxes while working remotely. 

Governors of five Northeast states are calling for reforms of the operator of the region’s power grid, ISO New England.

When Marvin Moreno lost his job at a fish processing plant last spring, he knew he’d have to scramble to pay rent on the East Boston apartment he shared with his wife.

A location in Great Barrington, Massachusetts, used by the think tank American Institute for Economic Research.
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Great Barrington, Massachusetts, recently played host to a meeting that’s causing controversy in the scientific community and caught the attention of the White House.

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Supreme Court

Takeaways From Amy Coney Barrett's Judiciary Confirmation Hearings

Updated at 11:30 a.m. ET Amy Coney Barrett, President Trump's nominee to the Supreme Court, sat for nearly 20 hours of questioning by 22 members of the Senate Judiciary Committee over two days. At the outset of the process, Judiciary Chairman Lindsey Graham acknowledged that her confirmation by the panel was all but guaranteed. "This is probably not about persuading each other unless something really dramatic happens. All Republicans will vote yes and all Democrats will vote no and that will...

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Racial Injustice

We Asked Americans How They Feel About The U.S. Flag. It Got Interesting.

On a fall afternoon, Mark Hurley, a retired Army and Marine veteran, was doing chores in his yard in Bennington, Vt. Hurley has two American flags flying in front of his home. "It means tons to me," he said. "Regardless of what your opinion is on life, we are Americans we should be proud of that over everything." Hurley, who is white and leans conservative, told NPR he sees the flag as something sacred, a symbol you salute, not a symbol you question. He worries his kind of patriotism is being...

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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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Departing passenger Elizabeth Gaines at Bradley International Airport in Windsor Locks.
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After Sharp Drop in Passengers, Bradley Airport Offers On-Site COVID-19 Testing

Connecticut’s Bradley Airport has seen a sharp drop in passengers since the start of the pandemic. But an airport official hopes a new testing option will help bring people back.

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