3-Year-Old, 16-Year-Old Dead After Shootings In Hartford

Hartford Police have confirmed that a three-year-old boy died of gunshot injuries sustained in a drive-by shooting in the city Saturday afternoon. Rondell Jones was in a car with his mother and two older siblings when he was shot. About two hours later, a 16-year-old was killed and another person injured in a shooting about a mile from the first. Investigators believe the two incidents are not linked. The 16-year-old was later named by police as Jamari Preston of New Britain.

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Holyoke City Council To Choose Another Acting Mayor Monday

The Holyoke, Massachusetts, City Council will pick an acting mayor on Monday from its own ranks. Two candidates have stepped forward.

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Marijuana for sale at RISE, a medical marijuana dispensary in Amherst, Massachusetts, in a file photo.
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Marijuana Companies Say Bill Would Expand Social Equity, Reduce Legal Pot Prices

Marijuana companies are pushing for a new bill now before Congress, the Secure and Fair Enforcement Banking Act , which would prevent federal regulators from penalizing banks that do business with state-sanctioned cannabis companies.

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Khali Zabian on Road to Recovery

In a federal whistleblower complaint, a former attorney for the Saint-Gobain plastics company claims he was told to “look the other way” on potential water contamination like the kind that’s affected New Hampshire and Vermont. 

(Updated Thursday at 2pm)

Seven men are facing criminal charges for allegedly sexually abusing minors at the state’s youth detention facility between 1994 and 2005.

The charges against six of the defendants were announced Wednesday by the New Hampshire Attorney General’s office, and are part of an ongoing investigation in decades of alleged abuse at what is now called the Sununu Youth Services Center, in Manchester.

The MGM Springfield casino.
Hoang 'Leon' Nguyen / The Republican / masslive.com

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Wednesday heard arguments in a pair of cases focusing on whether the state's two resort casinos shorted blackjack players on their winnings.

A view of MASS MoCA in downtown North Adams, Massachusetts.
Shannon Young / The Republican / masslive.com

About 100 eligible employees at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art in North Adams can now begin to cast mail-in ballots, voting on whether to form a union.

Gov. Ned Lamont’s administration is one step closer to legalizing recreational marijuana after Senate Bill 888, proposed by the governor himself, was voted out of the state’s judiciary committee on Tuesday. 

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EPA Chief Says Biden Infrastructure Bill Will Help The U.S. Face Climate Change

Updated April 8, 2021 at 12:11 PM ET President Biden's $2 trillion infrastructure plan isn't just about roads, bridges and affordable housing but also about dealing with climate change, the Environmental Protection Agency's new leader says. EPA Administrator Michael Regan says the nation's water infrastructure has been neglected for decades and is "increasingly becoming more vulnerable." It needs to be "stronger and more resilient to face the climate change impacts that we are seeing right...

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Moderna COVID-19 vaccines at a Boston-area vaccine site.
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Choosing The Devil She Knows By Getting The Second Dose Of The COVID-19 Vaccine

Updated at 4:44 p.m. on April 8 I am not an anti-vaxxer by any means, but to deny that I don’t have my reservations about taking the COVID-19 vaccine would not be truthful.

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