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Police in Springfield, Massachusetts are reporting one of the biggest heroin busts in the city in recent history.

Police, after what was described as a lengthy investigation, raided a home in the city’s Liberty Heights neighborhood Thursday night, and seized nearly 22,000 bags of heroin, three handguns, and about $3,000 cash. 

Springfield Police Dept. spokesman Sgt. John Delaney said the heroin has a street value estimated at $110,000.

U.S. Department of Agriculture

A Vermont selectman says a proposed wood pellet production facility would make "all the difference in the world" for the struggling logging business.

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Bernie 2016

New Hampshire’s Ballot Law Commission will take up a challenge to Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders’ eligibility for the Democratic primary ballot. His filing has been challenged because of his longtime status as an independent.

In an effort to support the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions and energy use, the Environment America Research and Policy Center has produced an online map showcasing severe weather events over the last five years.

University of Massachusetts

Former Congressman Marty Meehan was inaugurated Thursday as the 27th president of the University of Massachusetts.

Meehan pledged to focus on affordability and educational excellence as he was formally installed as the leader of the five-campus system during a ceremony at the Edward M. Kennedy Institute at UMass Boston.

" In accepting this office, I vow to our students, our faculty, our alumni, and everyone in the UMass family I will passionately fight for you," Meehan said.

Late last month, a number KKK fliers were discovered at the homes of two black women in Burlington. The incident sparked a number of rallies in Burlington by people protesting racism. Burlington officials announced on Thursday the arrest of a white supremacist in the case.

Jim Levulis / WAMC

Linda Tyer is scheduled to be sworn in as mayor of Pittsfield in January after defeating two-term incumbent Dan Bianchi by nearly 20 points last week. The current City Clerk will step into the first four-year mayoral term in the city due to a charter change. Tyer sat down with WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief Jim Levulis to talk about her top initiatives as she takes over the corner office.

In part two of the interview, the Tyer explains how she wants to restructure city government and shares her views on some topics that have local and regional implications.

An artists rendering of the proposed MGM Casino in Springfield, MA

MGM officials will have a chance next week to explain to a skeptical public the reasons behind the proposed downsizing of the Springfield casino.

  City officials have arranged for MGM to make a public presentation Wednesday afternoon at the 300 seat City Stage theater.  MGM has been under fire in Springfield since disclosing last month, in a regulatory filing, plans to reduce the scope of the project by 14 percent.

Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno has said his administration is carefully reviewing the proposed changes.


Former Congressman Marty Meehan will be inaugurated today as the 27th president of the University of Massachusetts.

Meehan’s inauguration will take place at the Edward M. Kennedy Institute on the campus of UMass Boston.

The guest list includes higher education officials from across the state, and many elected officials. Senator Edward Markey and Governor Charlie Baker are  among the dozen scheduled speakers.

UMass spokesman Robert Connolly said Meehan expects to raise close to $2 million for student scholarships as part of the inauguration.

Facebook: SEIU District 1199 New England

Union leaders say they've reached a tentative deal that will stop a threatened strike at 20 Connecticut nursing homes and provide a $15 per hour minimum wage to certified nursing assistants.