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Olympic competition could be coming to western Massachusetts if Boston lands the 2024 summer games.  

The Deerfield River, which runs through Berkshire and Franklin Counties, would be the setting for Olympic canoe slalom if Boston is awarded the 2024 Summer Olympics. Boston 2024 announced the venue but said the exact location on the river where the competition would be staged has yet to be determined.

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What officials said is the final piece of funding for a major transportation project in western Massachusetts was announced today in Springfield.

Massachusetts is committing the remaining funds needed to complete the redevelopment of Union Station in Springfield into an intermodal regional transportation hub. It brings the total amount of federal, state, and local funds for the project to $88.5 million.

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Massachusetts Congressman Richard Neal visited a specialty paper company he says is succeeding despite high energy costs this morning. The Democrat toured the facility with Congressman Joe Kennedy of eastern Massachusetts.

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Massachusetts Congressman Richard Neal has delivered an early endorsement as the municipal campaign season is getting underway.    The veteran Congressman is supporting Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno’s reelection bid. 

Neal stood beside Sarno in front of Springfield City Hall Friday and praised the mayor’s record on economic development, managing the city’s finances, and for devoting considerable time to the efforts to improve the public schools. 

" I think Domenic Sarno has done a terrific job as mayor and I intend to support him," declared Neal.

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Massachusetts Congressman Richard Neal recently proposed legislation aimed at preventing prescription drug and heroin overdoses.

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Congressmen from western Massachusetts and eastern New York are encouraging the neighboring areas to continue developing the science, engineering and technology industries across state lines.

Massachusetts is about four months into the Baker era.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Massachusetts Representative Richard Neal tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock about working with the new governor.

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Hillary Rodham Clinton is expected to make the announcement Sunday that's been anticipated for months.  New Yorkers now have a former Senator and former governor potentially in the field.

The former secretary of state and New York senator is about to undertake her second presidential bid, entering the race in a strong position to succeed President Barack Obama as the nominee of the Democratic Party.

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It’s been more than a year since North Adams Regional Hospital closed. Pittsfield-based Berkshire Health Systems now operates a satellite emergency facility there. Congressman Richard Neal says a divide between the former hospital’s leadership and unions played a role in the closure.

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Massachusetts Congressman Richard Neal will be touring a couple of western Massachusetts farms Tuesday. Governor Charlie Baker will also celebrate Massachusetts Agricultural Day at the State House.

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Massachusetts Congressman Richard Neal says former Secretary of State of Hillary Clinton did nothing wrong in using a personal email account while she was in office. Clinton has been criticized this week for using private email when she was the nation’s top diplomat.

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The Vince Lombardi trophy is heading to Washington, D.C this afternoon. Owner Robert Kraft of the Super Bowl-winning New England Patriots is bringing the trophy to Massachusetts Congressman Richard Neal’s office. 

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During a tour of businesses in Pittsfield, Congressman Richard Neal says the ongoing battle over homeland security funding and President Obama’s immigration actions represents the breakdown of civility that exists in Congress.

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Massachusetts Congressman Richard Neal spent Monday afternoon in the westernmost part of his district touring businesses.

U.S. President Barack Obama delivered his State of the Union Speech Tuesday night. Local officials react to issues mentioned ranging from free community college to the state of the economy to raising taxes on the wealthy.

  President Obama said his immigration actions are a response to an intransigent Congress.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Massachusetts Representative Richard Neal tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that a sensible bill would likely pass the House. 

  Massachusetts will soon be controlled by a Republican governor.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Massachusetts Representative Richard Neal tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that Governor-elect Charlie Baker was helped by Martha Coakley’s primary campaign. 

  Harsh interrogation or torture?

In today’s Congressional Corner, Massachusetts Representative Richard Neal tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that the Senate report deserves rigorous debate. 

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During a primetime address Thursday, President Obama outlined executive actions to provide temporary relief to some five million undocumented immigrants living in the United States. The issue has generated heated debate, but little movement by Congress.

    It’s Charlie Baker against Martha Coakley for the governorship of the Bay State.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Massachusetts Representative Richard Neal tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that attorneys general have struggled in Massachusetts politics in the past.

  The U.S. is now working to combat the Islamic State.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Massachusetts Representative Richard Neal tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that the mistrust dates back centuries.

      The world’s focus has been on Ireland and Scotland in recent weeks.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Massachusetts Representative Richard Neal tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that Ian Paisley left a mixed legacy.

    Today’s politicians often look to the past for guidance.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Massachusetts Representative Richard Neal discusses the Civil Rights Act with WAMC’s Alan Chartock. 

    Hillary Clinton’s memoir of her time as Secretary of State is widely viewed as an unofficial 2016 kickoff.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Massachusetts Representative Richard Neal tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock he believes the ex-New York Senator will run for president.

    Should the U.S. have traded Guantanamo prisoners for Bowe Bergdahl?

In today’s Congressional Corner, Massachusetts Representative Richard Neal tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that the conversation has become muddled in silly politics.

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Massachusetts Congressman Richard Neal, a Democrat who represents the first district, recently spoke with WAMC's Alan Chartock as part of WAMC's Congressional Corner series. The dean of the state delegation touched on several key issues. Their conversation is excerpted below.

Alan Chartock: Richie Neal, the news is just filled about the prisoner swap and the question as to whether Bowe Bergdahl was a correct move on the president’s part or a misstep.

Massachusetts Congressman Richard Neal, a Democrat who has worked for years on the Irish peace process, released the following statement about this week's arrest of Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams.

    The Paul Ryan budget is the latest left-right dividing point.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Massachusetts Representative Richard Neal tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that the GOP mistakenly sees tax cuts as a panacea.

    The Supreme Court’s McCutcheon decision echoed 2010’s Citizens United case.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Massachusetts Representative Richard Neal tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that campaign finance reform is now highly unlikely at the presidential level.

    The closure of North Adams Regional Hospital stunned the Berkshires.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Massachusetts Representative Richard Neal tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock he is working to re-open the shuttered hospital.

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