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With Revenue Projected To Slow, Mass. Lawmakers Enter Budget Season

It's full speed ahead for budget writers in Massachusetts, despite a projected revenue slowdown.

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Chief Of Staff John Kelly To Leave White House At The End Of The Year

Updated at 1:36 p.m. ET White House chief of staff John Kelly will leave "toward the end of the year," President Trump said Saturday. It is the latest administration shake-up as Trump makes adjustments following the recent midterm elections. "John Kelly will be leaving — I don't know if I can say 'retiring.' But, he's a great guy," Trump told reporters on the South Lawn of the White House. Trump did not announce who would replace Kelly but said that would come in a day or two. Kelly took over...

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Mayor Domenic Sarno, Springfield City Council End A Week Of Disagreement

It was a contentious week between the city council in Springfield, Massachusetts, and Mayor Domenic Sarno, as they disagreed on three separate issues.

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Federal immigration officials have apprehended dozens of people suspected of living in the country illegally in a series of sweeps in New England. 

Tom Turco, Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker's new public safety chief, started in the Baker administration as undersecretary of criminal justice.
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Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker welcomed new Public Safety Secretary Tom Turco to his cabinet on Thursday and bid farewell to outgoing secretary Dan Bennett in the first post-election shakeup of the administration's senior leadership team.

Casino mogul Steve Wynn speaks with the press about his casino project, formerly called Wynn Boston Harbor, in Everett, in a file photo.
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The interim chair of the Massachusetts Gaming Commission is acknowledging regulators are frustrated there is uncertainty around the casino project in eastern Mass.

Members of the Progressive Caucus in the Connecticut House of Representatives say they’ll push to legalize and tax recreational marijuana sales to adults. They say it’s part of their legislative agenda for the upcoming session that begins on January 9.

When a college student is found guilty of sexual assault, many schools won’t note it on their academic transcripts. University of Vermont sophomore, Syd Ovitt, has launched a campaign to change this, and legislators are paying attention.

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Environment

How Do You Measure How Much Carbon Is In A Tree?

The latest national climate assessment says forests play a key role in keeping our air clean. According to the report , America’s forests stored the equivalent of 11 percent of the country’s carbon dioxide emissions over a 25 year period. That’s because when trees breathe they suck up carbon dioxide, release oxygen, and store that leftover carbon in their trunks. But how scientists determine the amount of carbon stored in a tree is a question open for debate.

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A view from Mt. Greylock in western Massachusetts.
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'Reading' The Mountains Of Western Massachusetts

Standing on top of Mt. Holyoke, I can see Mt. Greylock to the west, and Mt. Monadnock to the north.

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Politics

'The Process Is Cruel,' Patrick Says In Opting Against Presidential Run

Former Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick confirmed Thursday he wont run for president in 2020, telling WBUR in an interview that his decision was due in part to the cruelty of the process. As [my wife] Diane and I reflected on it, theres no way around the fact that the process is cruel, he told Bob Oakes. And though she and I were prepared for that, I think we realized that it was going to draw in and affect people we loved who were not necessarily prepared for that or signed up for that. (You...

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Immigration

Trump Golf Club Allegedly Employed Undocumented Immigrants

The Trump Organization employed immigrants in the country illegally at one of its New Jersey golf clubs, according to a lawyer representing one former and one current employee. Anibal Romero told NPR that his two clients worked using falsified papers at the Trump National Golf Club Bedminster in New Jersey and that he knows of other employees continuing to work at the club without legal documentation. A report published Thursday in The New York Times first detailed the employment history of...

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From Buildings To Harbors, High-Profile Birds Return To Connecticut Cities

Nearly 60 percent of Connecticut is forest. But the state is also one of the most densely-populated in the country. And now, a new report says that provides unique opportunities for animals and people to co-exist.

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