Beacon Hill In 5

The Massachusetts Statehouse in Boston.
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While Some Vacation, Committee Chairs On Beacon Hill Get Settled And Organized

It’s February school vacation in Massachusetts, and it’s the first full week that legislative committees have membership and chairs.

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Regional News

A Big Y storefront.
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Northern Berkshire Town Will Soon Lose Its Only Grocery Store

Big Y announced last week that it will soon close its store in Adams, Massachusetts, laying off its 90 employees who work there.

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Andrew McCabe, Ex-FBI Deputy, Describes 'Remarkable' Number Of Trump-Russia Contacts

Former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe condemned what he called the "relentless attack" that President Trump has waged against the FBI even as it continues scrutinizing whether Americans in Trump's campaign may have conspired with the Russians who attacked the 2016 election . "I don't know that we have ever seen in all of history an example of the number, the volume and the significance of the contacts between people in and around the president, his campaign, with our most serious, our...

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Lamont Reverses Himself, Will Offer Plan To Toll Cars And Trucks

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Gov. Ned Lamont reversed himself Saturday, announcing he will propose electronic tolling on cars as well as trucks when he unveils his first state budget Wednesday.

A gambler plays a slot machine at MGM Springfield.
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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.

Hampshire College President Miriam Nelson walking on campus.
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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. 

Some Connecticut Democrats support repealing the state's estate tax.
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Connecticut legislators are getting ready for state budget talks, and one proposed tax cut is getting support from surprising sources. Some Democrats in the General Assembly support repealing the estate tax.

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Hartford Tenants Win Relocation From Unsafe Apartment Complex

Peeling paint, leaking showers, mice and mold—these are just some of the problems that residents of a Hartford apartment complex say they have been dealing with for years. But now, people living at the Barbour Gardens apartment complex claimed a victory in their fight with management after the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development announced they would help residents relocate to safe housing.

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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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Higher Education

Members of the Hampshire College Community listen to a presentation by alumna Suzanne Perkins on February 15, 2019.
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Hampshire College Alumni Group Pushes Back Against Plan For School's Future

Hampshire College alumni led a session on campus Friday arguing that plans for staff cuts and a drastically reduced incoming class should not go forward.

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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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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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Teacher, Students Push To Make Spring Peeper Massachusetts' Official State Amphibian