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Justice Department Brings Federal Criminal Charges Against Derek Chauvin, 3 Others

Updated May 7, 2021 at 12:29 PM ET The Justice Department has filed federal criminal charges against Derek Chauvin, accusing the former police officer of using excessive force and violating the civil rights of George Floyd. Floyd died after Chauvin pressed on his neck for more than nine minutes on the pavement outside a convenience store last year in Minneapolis. Three other former officers on the scene that day — Thomas Lane, J. Alexander Kueng and Tou Thao — have been charged federally in...

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A vaccine for COVID-19 being prepared.
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Most New England States Ahead Of The Curve On Vaccination Rates

A public health expert says several factors may explain why many New England states are near the top of the list for getting their residents vaccinated against COVID-19.

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A regional vaccination site opened on April 20, 2021, at The Big E grounds in West Springfield, Massachusetts.
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'Access Is Everything' As Massachusetts Pivots Its COVID-19 Vaccine Strategy

Massachusetts announced changes this week to its COVID-19 vaccine distribution strategy. More shots will be provided to regional sites, mobile clinics and doctor's offices.

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Mahar Regional School Students Revamp the Rims

Reps. Neal, Larson Make Business Case For Regional Rail Links

May 6, 2021
U.S. Rep. Richard Neal of Massachusetts, at podium, with U.S. Rep. John Larson of Connecticut outside Springfield's Union Station.
Don Treeger / The Republican / masslive.com

U.S. Reps. Richard Neal of Springfield and John Larson of East Hartford made the case Thursday for an investment of between $6.7 billion and $9.7 billion in the infrastructure needed for regional rail service that could link Boston, Worcester, Springfield, Hartford and New Haven to New York City and beyond.

MGM Springfield on Main Street in Springfield, Massachusetts.
Hoang 'Leon' Nguyen / The Republican / masslive.com/photos

The MGM Springfield casino's workforce grew by 8.5% in the first quarter of this year, with pandemic-related capacity restrictions still in place.

A Connecticut Supreme Court case around women-only areas in gyms could have big implications on how the state sees sex and gender discrimination.

A hand recount shows that Simsbury voters overwhelmingly approved a multimillion-dollar land deal in their town Tuesday evening, after a ballot preparation error led to thousands of votes not getting recorded by a machine tabulator. 

Liliana Cruz choked up at her kitchen table in New Bedford as she talked about faithfully paying her rent — every month over the last five years. Despite that, her landlord has sent her a notice ordering her to leave the three-bedroom house by the end of this month.

“From one day to the next — it doesn’t matter what I pay — I have to go,” she said in Spanish. “And I don’t bother the landlord with anything — I spent my own money to fix the bathrooms. This is heavy, but God gives me strength.”

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Comedian Zul Manzi of Springfield, Massachusetts, has a new animated series called "The Matumbila's."
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In Animated Series, A 'Character Smoothie' Based On Springfield's Tanzanian Community

A cartoon sitcom about a Tanzanian family living in a fictional western Massachusetts town has just wrapped up its first season.

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Vaccination for COVID-19 takes place at the Eastfield Mall in Springfield, Massachusetts.
Hoang 'Leon' Nguyen / The Republican / masslive.com

With Appointments Going Unfilled, Baystate CEO Backs 'More Disseminated Strategy' For Vaccination

Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker this week announced a shift in the state's COVID-19 vaccination strategy, with more doses and appointments now available.

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