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For years, Keurig Green Mountain provided well-paying, stable employment in Vermont, but the company has announced that the bulk of its layoffs nationwide will be in the state, and many will come from Waterbury, which is still rebuilding from Tropical Storm Irene and the loss of about 1,100 jobs four years ago.


The Massachusetts Gaming Commission has approved a delay in the opening date for the MGM Springfield casino because of a highway reconstruction project.   The casino regulators Thursday also signed off on an historic preservation plan that should clear the way for the Las Vegas-based entertainment giant to obtain the final permits required to begin building the state’s first resort casino. 

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Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker says police should be able to use an individual's immigration status to help protect local communities.

Baker said Thursday that he opposes creating statewide protections for immigrants in the country illegally, saying that option should be left to cities and towns.

Baker says Massachusetts communities have taken different approaches in dealing with immigrants, adding that local officials are best positioned to make those decisions.

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Connecticut NAACP officials are launching a probe into the death of a 35-year-old black attorney found shot in the head in a wrecked car last year.

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The Massachusetts Gaming Commission has approved a delay in the opening of the MGM Springfield casino because of a highway reconstruction project.

The commission voted 5-0 Thursday to set a September 2018 opening date for the $800 million resort casino — a year later than originally planned.  

Although MassDOT says the reconstruction of I-91, which is right next to the casino site, could be done as soon as December 2017, MGM Springfield President Mike Mathis argued it was prudent to plan for a later finish.

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Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts is making a leadership change amid its second presidential search in less than a year.

Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker Thursday signed a law declaring a sales tax free weekend August 15 and 16.

Baker acknowledged the tax break costs the state revenue, but he said it is something consumers and retailers have come to expect.  Massachusetts has had a sales tax holiday weekend in all but one year since 2004. 

Jon Hurst , president of the Retailers Association of Massachusetts, said it helps local stores capture sales that would otherwise go to other states or online where no sales tax is collected.

The top transportation official in Massachusetts said finishing the reconstruction of I-91 in Springfield ahead of schedule is a top priority.  MassDOT Secretary Stephanie Pollock discussed the massive highway project during a western Massachusetts tour Wednesday where she also attended the rededication of the recently reconstructed Norwottuck Rail Trail.  WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with Pollack as they walked along part of the rail trail in Northampton.

Voters in Cheshire, Massachusetts have approved a budget override needed to fund the town’s $2.6 million portion of the regional school district’s budget. More than a third of Cheshire’s voters came out Wednesday, passing the measure 499 to 325.

Cheshire’s assessment for the Adams-Cheshire Regional School District’s budget is $90,000 over the town’s levy limit.

The first override attempt in June failed with just 18 percent of the town’s voters turning out.

The University of Connecticut's Board of Trustees has voted to expand a program that gives tuition breaks to some veterans and their dependents.