Trade

Trump Announces Higher Tariffs On Goods From China After Dow Plunges 623 Points

Updated at 5:18 p.m. ET President Trump on Friday announced higher tariffs on goods from China, hours after Beijing said it will slap tariffs on $75 billion of autos and other U.S. goods. Earlier in the day, he "ordered" U.S. companies to stop doing business with China though it was unclear whether he had the power to do that. Trump tweeted that starting Oct. 1, $250 billion worth of goods from China currently being taxed at 25% will face tariffs of 30%. And, starting Sept. 1, $300 billion...

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Regional News

Volunteers Tom Andros, left, Mark Castro, top, and Luke Wing sort boxes of incoming food at the Food Bank of Western Massachusetts in Hatfield.
Kevin Gutting / Daily Hampshire Gazette / gazettenet.com

Immigration Policy Change Has New England Food Banks Worried

Food banks in New England are worried they're going to be serving many more people in coming months.

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Public Safety

Enfield and Longmeadow police are investigating a double fatal accident on Rte. 5 at the state line. Witnesses say a pickup truck being pursued by police sped through an intersection and struck a mail carrier's truck.
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2 Die In Violent Crash Following Police Chase On Massachusetts-Connecticut Border

Authorities have released the names of two men who died a in a violent crash involving a pickup and a mail delivery truck on the Massachusetts-Connecticut border following a police chase.

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The University of New Hampshire is renewing a long-term contract with a China-based group that’s raised concerns among U.S. intelligence agencies. Confucius Institutes, which partner with colleges and universities around the globe, have been accused of serving as propaganda outlets of the Chinese government. 

Scott Lively speaks at the 2018 Massachusetts Republican Convention in Worcester.
Sam Doran / State House News Service

Scott Lively — an anti-gay pastor in Springfield, Massachusetts, who tried to unseat Governor Charlie Baker — has announced he's leaving the state to open a bible college.

American eels are washing up dead on the shores of northern Lake Champlain, and biologists are investigating what may be killing them.

 City officials have issued a 'no recreation' advisory at the Nashawannuck Pond in Easthampton, Massachusetts,  pictured here, and the Lower Mill Pond, after some kind of bloom appeared last week.
Jerrey Roberts / Daily Hampshire Gazette/gazettenet.com

Officials in Easthampton, Massachusetts, are still advising residents to stay away from two ponds in the city that have been, in part, covered with an algae bloom. 

The UMass Amherst campus.
Mark Bonica / Creative Commons / flickr.com/photos/23119666@N03

Two former University of Massachusetts Amherst employees were indicted on allegations that they accepted illegal payments from contractors for work at the school, and a third man involved in the company was charged for allegedly making the payments, Attorney General Maura Healey said Wednesday. 

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Election 2020

Mass. U.S. Rep. Moulton Drops Out Of Presidential Race

Massachusetts U.S. Rep. Seth Moulton is ending his long-shot bid for the Democratic nomination for president. Though this campaign is not ending the way we hoped, I am leaving this race knowing that we raised issues that are vitally important to the American people and our future, the Marine veteran and 6th District congressman said at a Democratic National Committee meeting Friday afternoon. Moulton announced hes running for re-election for his North Shore congressional seat, and that he...

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Tim Brennan

Tim Brennan.
Jerrey Roberts / The Daily Hampshire Gazette / gazettenet.com

Outgoing Planning Chief: Regional Work 'Messy,' But 'Absolutely Essential'

The agency tasked with thinking big about transportatoin, environment and other challenges in the Pioneer Valley will soon undergo a leadership change. After more than four decades, Tim Brennan is retiring from the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission at the end of September.

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Springfield Casino

Entrance to the MGM casino on Main Street in Springfield, Massachusetts.
Nancy Eve Cohen / NEPR

In 1st Year, MGM Springfield Has Little Impact On Most Neighborhood Businesses

As the casino in Springfield, Massachusetts, was under construction a few years ago, several local retailers and restaurants said they got a lot of new business. But now — a year after it opened — not so much.

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Commentary

A view of Northampton, Massachusetts.
Massachusetts Office Of Travel and Tourism

In The City of Northampton, Mass., Small-Town Life Aplenty

A couple weeks ago, I had a plumbing issue. My garbage disposal came to a grinding halt, and none of the usual tricks to get it going again were working.

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Media

Marijuana plants.
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Magazines Emerge To Cover 'Cannabis Culture,' With A New England Twist

The magazine High Times has been going strong since 1974, when it would have been hard to imagine the current swing toward marijuana legalization. Now there's an enormous amount of cannabis information online, and even specific apps to locate pot shops. But there’s also a new crop of old-fashioned print publications, including some based in New England.

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A highway merge sign nudges traffic to the right while paving work is underway in Oregon.
Oregon Department of Transportation

'Zipper Merge' May Seem Aggressive, But It's Actually A Highway Congestion Reliever

Wherever you may be driving this summer, there will likely be lane closures for road construction and the need to merge. Traffic engineers have been espousing the "zipper merge" in high-volume construction areas for years.

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