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Rutland Mayor Christopher Louras has brought a proposal before the city Board of Aldermen to bring an outside consultant to analyze the pay rates of city department heads.

Governor Charlie Baker filed a bill Thursday that calls for the purchase of hydroelectric power by Massachusetts utilities.

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MGM Resorts and historic preservation officials are nearing agreement on buildings targeted for demolition as part of an $800 million casino development in Springfield.

Governor Dannel Malloy has signed a bill into law that attempts to give nonviolent criminals more opportunity to reintegrate into the community, with a promise to offer additional changes in the next legislative session.

Police say a Connecticut man admitted fatally throwing his infant son from a bridge then jumping into the river below.

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Most of the Berkshire attractions’ summer seasons are already in motion, but a relative newcomer to the rich cultural scene is launching its festival today.

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Massachusetts lawmakers have given final approval to a compromise $38.1 billion budget and sent it along to Gov. Charlie Baker for his signature.

The spending plan includes measures aimed at strengthening management of the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority and requiring lawmakers to sign off before public money could be spent on a potential 2024 Olympics in Boston.

School and town leaders in Cheshire, Massachusetts have scheduled informational meetings on an August 5th override vote needed to fund a regional school district’s budget back to the voters.

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A deadly July 4th shooting in Pittsfield and the events surrounding it are becoming a political football as the city finds itself in the midst of a heated mayoral race.


Massachusetts is expanding an initiative to reduce energy use in urban neighborhoods by planting trees.  In western Massachusetts, the city of Chicopee is now a beneficiary of the program.

The “Greening the Gateway Cities Program” has a goal of increasing the urban tree canopy by 10 percent in selected neighborhoods in cities where age and a history of manufacturing has contributed to a loss of trees through the years.