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Tribune Publishing Recognizes 'Hartford Courant' Newsroom Union

Journalists at the Hartford Courant have won the right to organize, just four days after they asked parent company Tribune Publishing to recognize the union . Organizers at the Connecticut newspaper had also filed a petition for a union election with the National Labor Relations Board. "The company has agreed to voluntarily recognize the Hartford Courant Guild as the representative of certain newsroom employees at the Hartford Courant and Courant Community," Tribune Publishing said in a...

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National Emergency

Trump's National Emergency Sets Up Legal Fight Over Spending Authority

Before President Trump even uttered the words "national emergency" on Friday, there was already a lot of talk about legal challenges. Here's the central question: Is it constitutional for the president to ignore Congress' decision not to give him all the money he wants for a Southern border wall — and, instead, get it through a declaration of a national emergency? Trump clearly anticipates a court fight and is looking to the new hard-line conservative Supreme Court majority for help. As he...

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Regional News

A gambler plays a slot machine at MGM Springfield.
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MGM Springfield Revenue Drops Again In January, Its Lowest Full Month So Far

Gaming revenue at MGM Springfield last month was the lowest it’s been since opening, according to figures released Friday from the Massachusetts Gaming Commission.

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The R.W. Kern Center at Hampshire College, which houses the admissions office.
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Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts, is helping some students who were supposed to start next fall apply elsewhere.

New England activists and lawmakers say the Environmental Protection Agency's new plan to manage harmful PFAS chemicals isn't aggressive enough.

The EPA says this plan is a broad roadmap of goals for protecting people from exposure to the huge class of likely toxic PFAS chemicals.

These industrial chemicals were used for decades to make non-stick, waterproof and stain-resistant coatings, as well as firefighting foams and other industrial products.

Federal regulators still appear poised to re-license Seabrook Nuclear Power Plant, despite requests to delay.

A Nuclear Regulatory Commission hearing on the issue Wednesday night was packed with industry workers and residents from New Hampshire and Massachusetts.

Volunteers and state officials are optimistic Sleeping Giant State Park in Hamden will reopen this spring, but have yet to set a specific date. The news comes following months of cleanup work after a series of devastating storms last year.

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Pittsfield

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State Sen. Calls For G.E. Massachusetts Reimbursal To Go Toward Housatonic Cleanup

A Pittsfield state senator says his part of the state should benefit from the millions of dollars General Electric is giving back to Massachusetts.

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The Short List

Hampshire College President Miriam Nelson walking on campus.
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Layoffs Loom At Hampshire College

Our look back at the week's news kicks off with Hampshire College and staff layoffs coming early next week, as the school continues a search for a "strategic partner" to ensure its long-term future.

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Tourism

Tom Johnson owns and runs the Birchwood Inn in Lenox, Massachusetts. He says bookings have decreased due to competition from Airbnb rentals.
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Airbnb Is Tough Competition For Berkshire Inns; New State Law May Have Impact

Residents of the Berkshires have rented out rooms in their homes for decades as a way to make extra income. But some innkeepers now say their room rentals are down because of competition from short-term rentals, like those found on Airbnb.

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Opioids

Opioid Overdoses Are Up, Deaths Are Down: The Latest From Massachusetts

Opioid overdose deaths are down in Massachusetts. The latest quarterly data from the Baker administration show 4 percent fewer fatalities in 2018 as compared to 2017. Thats 82 fewer men and women who could not be revived after an overdose, according to preliminary estimates. The decrease in overdose deaths provides some hope that our approach to combating the opioid epidemic is having an impact, Health and Human Services Secretary Marylou Sudders said in a statement. We must maintain an...

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The Lure Of Luck: How Gambling Can Turn Addictive For Southeast Asian Refugees

Quyen Truong still gets a cozy feeling when she sees a hand of cards. It reminds her of family and traditions as a refugee from Vietnam who arrived in the U.S. in late 1990. Aunts, uncles and cousins in Connecticut — among the Southeast Asian refugees who resettled here in waves after the Vietnam War — would get together on weekends with rolls of quarters, nickels, pennies and dimes.

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Stephanie Westover, left, and her cellmate Kelly Belcher talk in their cell at the Western Massachusetts Regional Women's Correctional Center in Chicopee.
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For Women In Berkshire County, Being Held On Bail Means A 'Long Distance Lockup'

A spring peeper.
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Teacher, Students Push To Make Spring Peeper Massachusetts' Official State Amphibian