WESTERN MASSACHUSETTS

At a press conference on June 9, 2020, members of the Springfield City Council observe a moment of silence to remember George Floyd, who was killed while in Minneapolis police custody.
Hoang 'Leon' Nguyen / The Republican / masslive.com

Headed To Court: Who Controls The Police In Springfield, Massachusetts?

A hearing will be held on Tuesday in Hampden Superior Court on the City Council's lawsuit against Springfield, Massachusetts, Mayor Domenic Sarno.

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Regional News

Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker signed the "grand bargain" bill on June 28, 2018. He's shown here with the two legislative leaders, as of 2021, Senate President Karen Spilka (left) and House Speaker Ron Mariano (second from left).
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Will Baker's Vetoes Test His Relationships On Beacon Hill?

Last week, Governor Charlie Baker vetoed the climate bill passed by lawmakers in the final hours of the last legislative session. Many lawmakers were very pleased with that bill they crafted over five months and they plan to send it right back to the governor.

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COVID-19

3 Questions And The Emerging Answers About COVID-19 Vaccine Protection

As the COVID-19 vaccine rolls out, three big questions loom. First, can someone who has been vaccinated still spread the disease? Second, will the vaccine remain effective as the virus itself evolves? And third, how long will the vaccine's protection last? Answers to these questions lie in our immune systems. And the answers aren't straightforward because our immune systems are both remarkably adept and remarkably challenging to predict. Let's start with the first question, about whether...

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Massachusetts Cannabis Commission Reshaped To Start 2021

Jan 15, 2021
Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission Chairman Steven Hoffman heads the group responsible for setting up the regulations for legal, recreational marijuana use in the state.
Sam Doran / State House News Service

Freshly restocked with three new members, the Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission is gearing up for a year that will include the implementation of recently-approved regulations that allow for home delivery of non-medical marijuana, continuing to press for legislation that Beacon Hill mostly ignored last session, and possibly even another round of regulatory revisions.

Police plan to have a massive presence at a demonstration possibly taking place Sunday at the state Capitol in Hartford, anticipating it could be much larger than a typical protest there.

Massachusetts Gov. Baker Vetoes Omnibus Climate, Emissions Reduction Bill

Jan 14, 2021
Morning traffic on the Mass Pike.
Jesse Costa / WBUR

Scuttling what looked to be a major session-ending accomplishment for the Massachusetts legislature, Gov. Charlie Baker on Thursday vetoed ambitious climate legislation over his concerns that key pieces of the bill could stymie housing construction, and that the legislature did nothing in the bill to help cities and towns adapt to the effects of climate change.

Conn. Residents 75+ Can Register Online For Vaccine

Jan 14, 2021

Connecticut officially opened its online registration for phase 1b of its Coronavirus vaccine rollout Thursday morning, just days after New York’s website went live with an appointment backlog.

Few Mass. House Members Have Walked Boston Mayor Martin Walsh's Path

Jan 14, 2021
Boston Mayor Martin Walsh waved as audience members in the Massachusetts House Chamber applauded him after he was mentioned by Gov. Baker during the 2017 State of the Commonwealth speech.
Sam Doran / State House News Service

Boston Mayor Martin Walsh said during a speech to the city Tuesday night that he is going to bring Boston with him when he goes to Washington, D.C., to serve in the Biden administration as secretary of labor.

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The Short List

Springfield, Massachusetts, Mayor Domenic Sarno in a file photo. Behind him stands Springfield Police Commissioner Cheryl Clapprood.
Adam Frenier / NEPR

The Short List Mulls Civilian Role For ‘Troubled’ Springfield Police Dept.

Next week, a lawsuit filed by the Springfield, Massachusetts, City Council against Mayor Domenic Sarno goes before a judge.

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COMMENTARY

Vice President Mike Pence received a COVID-19 vaccine shot on December 18, 2020.
Screen shot / C-SPAN

If God's Not In Charge, It's Up To Us

Last June, Vice President Mike Pence wrote an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal, “There Isn’t A Coronavirus Second Wave.” The day it was published 779 people died from the virus in America.

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MLK and the Fierce Urgency of Now!

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Bonney Hartley, historic preservation manager of the Stockbridge-Munsee Band of Mohican Indians, stood in the Stockbridge Cemetery, which was once her ancestor's land.
Nancy Eve Cohen / NEPM

'It's Been Erased': Stockbridge Mohicans Retell, Reclaim Their Story In Berkshires

The Stockbridge-Munsee Band of Mohican Indians today are based in Wisconsin. But their homeland spanned the Housatonic and Hudson river valleys, and stretched from Manhattan to northern Vermont.

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