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 Close up of a female mosquito.
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Thirty-seven Massachusetts communities have reported cases of the West Nile virus in mosquitoes in the past three weeks, according to figures from state health officials. The four western counties of the state have reported over two dozen occurrences. 

Congressman Neal Defends Use Of PAC Money

Jul 30, 2018
Springfield Democratic Congressman Richard Neal
Adam Frenier / NEPR

Springfield Congressman Richard Neal defended the practice of accepting money from political action committees, or PAC's, following criticism from his Democratic primary opponent.

Senate President Karen Spilka and House Speaker Robert DeLeo.
Sam Doran / State House News Service

With very little time left before Massachusetts lawmakers finish this two-year legislative session, last week marked the start of Senator Karen Spilka’s Senate presidency.

Stewart Weldon in a mug shot.
Springfield Police Department

Last spring, investigators found three bodies inside the home of a Springfield, Massachusetts, man who had just been charged with apparently unrelated crimes.

A rally in June at the Massachusetts Statehouse protested immigrant family separations.
Sam Doran / State House News Service

The Massachusetts state budget has been signed by Gov. Charlie Baker. One thing not included was a policy on immigration. 

A new report offers New England states a roadmap for creating a future transportation system that is cleaner and more accessible.

Hartford City Hall.
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A Connecticut city official who was forced out of her council seat for changing her party affiliation says she wants to retire, but first the city says she must pay back the money earned after her party switch. 

Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker signs the fiscal 2019 budget in his office alongside Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito and Administration and Finance Secretary Mike Heffernan.
Sam Doran / State House News Service

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker has signed a bill that would repeal a series of antiquated state laws, including an abortion ban with roots dating to 1845. 

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions stopped in Boston Thursday to announce federal charges against 28 people in Massachusetts who prosecutors say committed identity fraud through social insurance programs like Medicaid.

Sessions said 22 of them are in this country illegally.

“The alleged fraudsters in this case are primarily Dominican nationals residing here,” he said. “Their victims are predominantly American citizens in Puerto Rico.”

Massachusetts state Senator Karen Spilka sat next to former state Senate president Harriette Chandler before ascending the rostrum Thursday as the new Senate president.
Sam Doran / State House News Service

Karen Spilka takes over as president of the Massachusetts Senate, capping a tumultuous eight-month period for the chamber.