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Before the Hartford Reentry Welcome Center opened, people in the city fresh out of prison didn’t have one central place where they could find housing, counseling or even a clean, safe place to use the bathroom. Now, they do. The center - located in City Hall -  is a partnership between Community Partners in Action, the City of Hartford, the Department of Corrections and more than 40 local organizations.

Updated at 9:42 a.m. ET on Friday

Federal authorities have opened an investigation into a series of explosions that set off fires in several small towns in Massachusetts on Thursday night, killing one person and injuring several others.

The National Transportation Safety Board announced Friday that it is sending a team to investigate "what certainly appears to be multiple explosions involving a natural gas pipeline."

The MGM Springfield casino on opening day, Friday, August 24, 2018.
Heather Brandon / NEPR

The volume of people who have visited MGM Springfield since it opened three weeks ago has well exceeded the gaming company's estimates. But casino executives told Massachusetts gaming regulators Thursday they are running into an issue with minors on the gaming floor.

The Worcester City Council on Wednesday approved a $100.8 million stadium financing package to bring the Red Sox’s top farm team to central Massachusetts in a record-setting deal for a minor-league franchise.

A plan to move the club from Pawtucket, Rhode Island, to Worcester in 2021 still needs authorizations from the AAA International League — where the team competes — Minor League Baseball and Major League Baseball. But an ownership group led by former Red Sox president Larry Lucchino has now cleared the highest hurdle in a three-year effort to find a new home.

Governor Charlie Baker and Mayor Domenic Sarno visited Forest Park Middle School in Springfield, Massachusetts, in May 2017.
Don Treeger / The Republican / Masslive.com/photos

Mayor Domenic Sarno of Springfield, Massachusetts -- a Democrat -- has crossed party lines and endorsed Republican Governor Charlie Baker.

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