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A lawn sign in Lee, Massachusetts, designed by Reed Anderson of Great Barrington, calls for no local dumps for PCB waste from General Electric.
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In Hundreds Of Public Comments, Berkshire Residents Push Back Against PCB Disposal Site

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has posted 585 pages of public comments on a proposed plan to clean up toxic waste from the Housatonic River and dispose some it in Lee, Massachusetts.

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The campus of UMass Amherst.
Hoang 'Leon' Nguyen / The Republican / masslive.com/photos

Some Additional Students To Return To UMass Amherst In Spring

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Hand sanitizer was available for voters entering a polling place in Springfield, Massachusetts, during the state primary election on September 1, 2020.
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2020 General Election Voter Guide: Contested Races In Western Massachusetts

In addition to the presidential race, voters across western Massachusetts are weighing in on congressional contests, state legislative showdowns and a pair of ballot questions backed by many millions of dollars in out-of-state contributions.

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THE SHORT LIST

Auto repair.
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Massachusetts Ballot Questions Get Attention From 'Nerds' And Out-Of-State Donors, Apparently

On the Massachusetts ballot, Question 1 would give independent auto repair shops access to more diagnostic information. Supporters have received sizable campaign donations from auto parts makers and stores from out-of-state.

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A Rising Number Of U.S. Children Have The Option Of In-Person School

By Election Day, more than 60% of U.S. K-12 public school students will be attending schools that offer in-person learning at least a few days a week, an updated tracker finds. More and more districts are opening up school buildings this fall, even as coronavirus infection rates remain high in most states . That's according to the latest release from Burbio, a company that aggregates school and community calendars from the Web. As of Election Day, the report says: 37.8% of students will be...

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Connecting Point

Great Barrington approves environmentally-conscious green burials

An informational graphic used by Cambridge, Massachusetts, which has used ranked-choice voting in some local elections for decades.
City of Cambridge / via WBUR

Massachusetts voters this fall are being asked whether they want to see ranked-choice voting on ballots in future elections.

A mechanic pouring oil into a vehicle.
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One of two statewide ballot questions in Massachusetts, Question 1, would expand how much vehicle diagnostic and repair information is available to independent repair shops and vehicle owners.

Mechanics look under the hood of a car.
File photo / The Republican / masslive.com/photos

This coming election, Massachusetts voters have two statewide ballot questions in front of them. As we have in past elections, we're bringing you short debates on each ballot question.

A train sitting on the platform at Union Station in Springfield, Massachusetts.
Adam Frenier / NEPR

A draft report from the Massachusetts Department of Transportation on expanded passenger rail service between the western part of the state and Boston was released this week. And the public will have the opportunity to comment on it Thursday.

Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont said the state needs to do more to convince Black residents that a COVID-19 vaccine will be safe and effective. 

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Housatonic River

A sign near the Housatonic River in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, in 2009 after a GE/EPA cleanup.
Nancy Eve Cohen / NEPM

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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Election Finance

Holyoke Mayor Alex Morse (left), and U.S. Rep. Richard Neal of Springfield exchange a greeting before a 2020 debate.
Don Treeger / The Republican / masslive.com/photos

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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Our Commitment: Civil Dialogue, Context and Conversation

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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A location in Great Barrington, Massachusetts, used by the think tank American Institute for Economic Research.
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'Herd Immunity' Great Barrington Declaration On COVID-19 Sparks Controversy

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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From "The Book Rescuer: How a Mensch from Massachusetts Saved Yiddish Literature for Generations to Come" by Sue Macy.
Stacy Innerst / Simon and Schuster / Paula Wiseman Books 2019

A Tale Of A Mensch From Massachusetts Who Saved Yiddish Books