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Waste wood from a logging operation that's been chopped into "chips" for a biomass facility.
Annie Ropeik / NHPR

Proposed Massachusetts Rules Would Require More Efficient Biomass Energy Plants

Proposed changes to Massachusetts regulations would make a controversial wood-burning power plant planned for Springfield ineligible for renewable energy credits and would require all new biomass projects to be more efficient.

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SPRINGFIELD

Springfield, Massachusetts, Police Commissioner Cheryl Clapprood takes the oath from District Court Judge John Payne during her swearing-in ceremony, in October 2019.
Adam Frenier / NEPM

Judge Sides With Springfield City Council, Orders Sarno To 'Identify And Appoint' Police Commission

Updated at 6:40 p.m. A Massachusetts judge has largely sided with the Springfield City Council in its lawsuit against Mayor Domenic Sarno over control of the police department.

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NATIONAL

Chicago Releases Video Showing Fatal Police Shooting Of 13-Year-Old Adam Toledo

Updated April 15, 2021 at 8:30 PM ET Chicago has released video footage showing the fatal police shooting of Adam Toledo, more than two weeks after the 13-year-old was killed during a foot chase in the Little Village neighborhood. A graphic and disturbing video captures what police have described as an alleyway confrontation between Toledo and an officer identified as Eric Stillman in the early morning of March 29. In the footage recorded from the shooting officer's body-worn camera, the...

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Word x Word on Being Different in America

Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont has criticized the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for recommending a pause of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccinations.

The Pittsfield, Massachusetts, School Committee meets April 14, 2021, on Zoom, to select a new superintendent.
Screen shot / Nancy Eve Cohen / NEPM

A Pittsfield, Massachusetts, school committee member resigned during a meeting Wednesday night when the committee cast their votes on candidates for a new superintendent. Dennis Powell, who is also the president of the Berkshire County chapter of the NAACP, said his voice is not being heard.

The Holyoke Soldiers' Home.
Mike Plaisance / The Republican / masslive.com/photos

A bond bill to provide funding for a new Holyoke Soldiers' Home unanimously passed the Massachusetts House Thursday.

The Martin Luther King Jr. Community Presbyterian Church on fire in Springfield, Massachusetts, on December 28, 2020.
Springfield Fire Department / MassLive / MassLive.com

A man from Houlton, Maine, faces federal hate crime charges for allegedly setting a December 2020 fire that destroyed a Springfield, Massachusetts, church.

Shootings are on the rise in some of Connecticut’s biggest cities. Some lawmakers from those cities want more money for gun violence prevention.

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WORLD

Can The Afghan Army Hold Off The Taliban Without The U.S.?

President Biden stood in the Roosevelt Room at the White House and declared the end of U.S. involvement in the war in Afghanistan. He spoke from the same spot where former President George W. Bush announced the beginning of the war 20 years ago with a bombing campaign. "It's time to end America's longest war," Biden said. "It's time for American troops to come home." The president said the U.S. will "keep providing assistance" to the Afghan security forces, and reposition counterterrorism...

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Biden Administration To Spend $1.7 Billion To Track Spread Of Coronavirus Variants

The Biden administration will send $1.7 billion to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and local and state governments and other research efforts, starting early next month to find and track coronavirus variants lurking in the United States. Already, the more contagious U.K. variant, B.1.1.7, is now the dominant strain in this country, fueling surges in Michigan and the Northeast. "Our goal is to get that money out as fast as possible to help states in all the many ways that they...

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