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Students head back to school Monday in the second largest public school system in New England.

Most public school systems in Massachusetts have seen enrollment go down in recent years, but in Springfield the number of public school students has held steady at about 26,000, according to Superintendent of Schools Dan Warwick.  Ninety percent of the students are from families that live in poverty.

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Police say an upstate New York man has been arrested and is accused of making threats against employees at two federal agencies.

Strange Universe: 8/30/15

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This week, Bob Berman talks about Neptune.

An upstate New York woman has been arrested on a murder charge after police say she killed her infant daughter and then lived in an apartment with the baby's body for three months.

The man who started the company that bears his name managed communications for the 1980 Olympic Winter Games in Lake Placid and assisted the New York Racing Association for decades.

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In a close race, Triple Crown winner American Pharoah was bested in the Travers Stakes Saturday by thoroughbred Keen Ice.

Vermont State Police say they have caught at least six drivers in three weeks for speeding in excess of 100 mph along the state's highways.

Bill Owens: Chinese Currency Manipulation

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The recent Chinese government devaluation of its currency by approximately 4.4 percent is a cogent reminder of how the Chinese manipulate their economy, and the world economy.  There is no doubt that what the Chinese are doing is an effort to make these exports less expensive, which has been blatantly confirmed by senior leaders.  These actions continue a decades-long attack on US manufacturing with little or no negative consequences.

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North Adams Mayor Richard Alcombright is vying for a fourth two-year term against the man he ousted from office, former longtime mayor John Barrett, and artist and real estate developer Eric Rudd. Alcombright, a former city councilor spent 36 years with Hoosac Bank and Williamstown Savings Bank becoming senior vice president of retail banking. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief Jim Levulis sat down with Alcombright in the mayor’s office to talk about the Democrat’s priorities.

Governor Cuomo’s labor commissioner is likely in the next few days to finalize a phased in hike in the minimum wage to $15 an hour for fast food workers. That action  dismays some business groups, who say it will have some unintended consequences.