City Hall in Springfield, Massachusetts.
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Springfield, Massachusetts, is on its way toward limiting single-use plastic bags. An ordinance proposed in the City Council cleared its first legislative hurdle.

Outgoing Chicopee, Massachusetts, Mayor Richard Kos.
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Chicopee, Massachusetts, Mayor Richard Kos said he's not running for re-election. This creates at least the second race for an open mayoral seat in western Mass. this year. 

John Barbieri, former police commissioner in Springfield, Massachusetts, at center.
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The former police commissioner in Springfield, Massachusetts, has received a payment from the city after his abrupt departure last week.

Acting Police Commissioner Cheryl Clapprood, at right, with Mayor Domenic Sarno, in Springfield, Massachusetts.
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Topping the short list of news this week is Springfield police commissioner John Barbieri's retirement from the post. The move comes amid fresh accussations of police brutality and several officers facing state and federal charges. 

Springfield, Massachusetts, City Council President Justin Hurst, at podium, speaks at a press conference with other city councilors.
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City councilors in Springfield, Massachusetts, are demanding that Mayor Domenic Sarno establish a citizen police commission in the wake of Police Commissioner John Barbieri’s sudden retirement.