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Connecticut’s insurance industry has been taking stock of its year, and a new report says the state should still pride itself on being the insurance capital of the world.

Since 2000, the number of Massachusetts residents living in impoverished neighborhoods has more than doubled, according to a new paper that calls for renewed housing investment in the state’s post-industrial Gateway Cities.

City Council President Justin Hurst of Springfield, Massachusetts, is sworn in by Judge Charles Groce III on January 7, 2019 at Springfield City Hall.
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The new city council president in Springfield, Massachusetts, says he'll continue to push for change at the police department.

Sea levels are rising all over the world, but in some East Coast regions they’re rising higher than in others.

Coastal communities along the Chesapeake Bay in Virginia, for instance, saw sea levels rise a foot-and-a-half over the 20th century, while seas in Portland, Maine, rose only about 6 inches. Boston lands in the middle, with seas rising about a foot over the same period. What gives? Isn’t it all the same ocean?

Springfield, Massachusetts, Police Commissioner John Barbieri, at right, with Mayor Domenic Sarno.
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A potential legal battle is brewing between the city council in Springfield, Massachusetts, and Mayor Domenic Sarno over the resurrection of the city's police commission.

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