The next state budget in Massachusetts is likely to include the first increase in local aid in four years. But, it appears it won't be enough to avert layoffs and service cuts in the state's third largest city. WAMC's Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports.
The number of weapons background checks carried out by the F.B.I. has been on the increase in recent months. That’s according to a new report compiled by the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence in Washington D.C.
A series of proposals aimed at cracking down on crime are pending before the city council in western Massachusetts' largest city. Several of the public safety initiatives proposed in Springfield are intended to reduce illegal guns, and are being considered in the aftermath of recent horrific gun violence. WAMC's Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports.