ByMatt Murphy / State House News Service•Apr 16, 2021
Puerto Rican leaders and their allies, like U.S. Rep. Ayanna Pressley, voiced support this week for federal legislation that would allow the island territory to decide its future status as a state or something else, and urged state and local governments to join them.
ByColin A. Young / State House News Service•Apr 16, 2021
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.
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.
Jodi is a mom who lives in Franklin County, Massachusetts. Her daughter started experiencing symptoms of anxiety and depression about five years ago at age 13. Those symptoms, along with a serious problem with alcohol abuse, spiked during the pandemic.
ByChris Lisinski / State House News Service•Apr 12, 2021
Massachusetts legislative leaders outlined plans to advance a $400 million bill funding the construction of a new Holyoke Soldiers' Home. But it's unclear if their timeline will be fast enough to quickly secure federal funding.
Another Massachusetts legislative committee heard testimony Monday on a $400 million bill to fund a new Holyoke Soldiers' Home. Questions arose again about geographic equity and care for the thousands of veterans outside the two state-run facilities in Holyoke and Chelsea.
A vigil held Tuesday night at the Holyoke Soldiers' Home marked a year since the announcement of the first coronavirus deaths at the state-run veterans facility. At least 76 veterans who tested positive for COVID-19 died during the outbreak.
ByMichael P. Norton / State House News Service•Mar 30, 2021
Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker has said his $400 million proposal to build a new Holyoke Soldiers' Home would have to be passed by April 1 to take advantage of a favorable federal funding opportunity, but it does not appear that will happen.
This Friday is Alex Morse's last day as mayor of Holyoke, Massachusetts. Morse received national attention in 2011, when he was elected the city's youngest and first openly gay mayor. Late last year, he announced he wasn't running for reelection, and now he's resigning to become town manager of Provincetown.
Learning remotely for many students has been tough this year. For English learners, many of whom live in communities with higher COVID-19 rates, it's been even harder. Some educators are calling for skipping the standardized test this year that’s given to multilingual students.