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People flagged for possible impaired driving undergo field sobriety tests at a Massachusetts State Police sobriety roadblock in Leominster in 2015. This driver was found not to be under the influence.
Scott J. Croteau / MassLive /

Massachusetts lawmakers are holding a hearing Tuesday on a bill to make it easier for those accused of driving drunk to get back behind the wheel on a restricted basis.

A weekend washout across much of Massachusetts may have boosted consumer spending — and savings — during a sales tax holiday.

“That keeps people from going to the beach or the pool and they think, ‘Why not do some shopping and stay dry indoors?’ ” said Bill Rennie, vice president of the Retailers Association of Massachusetts. “It looks like it was a very successful weekend. Some stores are reporting a 40 percent increase over sales for the same weekend last year. Some even well above that.”

Why Mass. Politicians Are Traveling To Central America

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We’re traveling with U.S. Congressman Jim McGovern and Somerville Mayor Joseph Curtatone in Honduras and El Salvador this week as they join immigrant advocates on what’s being described as a fact-finding mission.

Alan Raczka, left, of Easthampton, and JFK Middle School eighth-grader Evan Yurko of Holyoke challenge each other in a game of Scrabble in February 2018.
Kevin Gutting / Daily Hampshire Gazette /

A teenager from Holyoke, Massachusetts, has returned a champion from a national Scrabble tournament in Buffalo, New York.

Lucio Perez greets friends after arriving back at the First Church of Amherst, Mass., after a visit to the hospital on May 17, 2018.
Carol Lollis / Daily Hampshire Gazette /

A Guatemalan man facing deportation took sanctuary at a western Massachusetts church. Now he's teaching Spanish there.

Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker in July 2018.
State House News Service

The Massachusetts primary elections are just three weeks away. Is Governor Charlie Baker now ready to start campaigning?

Voting in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Robin Lubbock / WBUR

There are changes in store for the long-time alternative publication The Valley Advocate. In a cost-cutting move, the Advocate will now be supervised by the arts and culture editor at The Daily Hampshire Gazette

The Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary in Lenox, Massachusetts.
Town of Lenox, Massachusetts /

Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker has signed legislation approving a land swap deal in the Berkshires. The town of Lenox will give about 105 acres to the Massachusetts Audubon Society.

Screen shot of a video submitted to NEPR by a Holyoke, Mass., resident showing smoke apparently coming from the Sullivan Metals scrapyard on Tuesday, August 7, 2018.
Submitted / NEPR

Mayor Alex Morse of Holyoke, Massachusetts, is asking environmental regulators to step up their oversight of the Sullivan Metals scrap metal facility on Appleton Street. This comes as neighbors of the scrapyard have complained of orange smoke coming from the facility in recent weeks.