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Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker delivering a State of the Commonwealth address on Jan. 23, 2018.
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With Revenue Slowdown In Forecast, Baker To Release Plan For 'Much Tougher Budget Year'

Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker lifts the curtain on his budget plan this week. Some tough decisions are expected this time around, with a slowdown in the forecast for tax revenues and big spending on pensions and schools.

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MSG Maker Confronts Merriam-Webster On Definition It Says Is 'Racist'

Updated at 8:08 p.m. A company that makes the food additive monosodium glutamate (MSG) is aiming a social media campaign at Springfield, Massachusetts-based dictionary Merriam-Webster.

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Elizabeth Freeman is buried in the Sedgwick family plot in the Stockbridge, Massachusetts, cemetery.
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How An Enslaved Woman Sued For Her Freedom In 18th-Century Massachusetts

Nearly 250 years ago this month, 11 men gathered in a house on the Housatonic River to draft a document on equality and independence aimed at the British crown. A woman who was enslaved in the house overheard the discussion, and determined the words applied to her, too.

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Since 2003 Connecticut’s Special Transportation Fund has been shored up by diverting $3.7 billion from the state’s General Fund. That’s the finding of an analysis just released by Governor Ned Lamont’s budget office.

A courthouse in Pittsfield, Massachusetts.
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A top lawyer in the Berkshire County District Attorney's office resigned this week after a dispute involving the release of public documents.

A scene at a Vermont waste facility.
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Many communities in western Massachusetts are feeling the pinch when it comes to the increased costs of recycling. 

"Waiting" by Carl Joe Williams is painted on a twin mattress.
Carl Joe Williams, "Waiting," 2016. Mixed media on mattress. Copyright Carl Joe Williams. 79.5 x 59.5 x 7.5 in. (201.9 x 151.1 x 19.1 cm). / The Petrucci Family Foundation Collection of African American Art, Asbury, NJ PFF 338

"Afrocosmologies: American Reflections," at the Wadsworth Atheneum in Hartford, is an exhibit of more than 100 paintings and sculptures that weave a historic, generational story of black American art.

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Workers' rights attorney Shannon Liss-Riordan has announced that she is ending her primary challenge to Democratic Massachusetts U.S. Senator Edward Markey. 

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Jazz Saxophone Legend Jimmy Heath Has Died

Jimmy Heath, a prolific saxophonist, composer and bandleader who played alongside some of the biggest names of jazz, including Miles Davis and John Coltrane, has died. Heath died Sunday morning in Loganville, Georgia of natural causes, his grandson told NPR. He was 93 years old. His family was at his side, including his wife of 60 years, Mona Heath, his children Mtume and Rozie, his grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and his brother, drummer Albert "Tootie" Heath. In a career that spanned...

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Impeachment

Looming Impeachment Trial Adds Urgency To Senators' Campaign Push

How confident are Iowa Democrats in their choices, now two weeks out from the caucuses? The response Renee Kleinpeter gave NPR when asked which candidates she's narrowed her choice down to could sum it up: four seconds of laughter. "I'll go with anybody who could beat [President] Trump," she said after laughing. "I wish somebody could tell me." Lacking any reliable electoral crystal balls, Iowans are instead keeping their options open. The most recent Iowa Poll, out earlier this month, showed...

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Red Sox

Is Boston Title Town Or Cheater Town?

There was Spygate . Then Deflategate . Now, theres whatever we call the cheating scandal, involving stolen signs and clanging trash cans, that has led to Alex Coras ouster as Red Sox manager. Trashgate or something like that, offered Wall Street Journal sports columnist Jason Gay. I think thats the proper gate.' Though Gay is a Massachusetts native, he and some other sports fans say its time for Boston to admit that Title Town is really Cheater Town. Naturally, local diehards arent about to...

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Conn. Energy Head Taking 'A Serious Look' At Exiting Regional Power Market

The state’s commissioner of energy and environmental protection said Wednesday that Connecticut is being forced to invest in natural gas plants it doesn’t want or need.

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