Regional News

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Aerial map of the Edward J. Dwyer conservation area in Easthampton, Mass., where three trees were tagged with racist and anti-Semitic graffiti in late December 2018.
Courtesy / The Pascommuck Conservation Trust

Bright orange racist and anti-Semitic graffiti sprayed on three trees sometime after Christmas can still be seen in the woods along the Manhan River in Easthampton, Massachusetts.

Massachusetts Senate President Karen Spilka answers questions beside Speaker Robert DeLeo.
State House News Service

Massachusetts state Senator Karen Spilka was elected to her first full term as Senate President on Wednesday, the third woman to wield the gavel in that historic body since 2007.

Congressman Richard Neal.
Dave Roback / The Republican /

Congress begins work Thursday while 800,000 federal employees are out of work or working without pay.

Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker.
State House News Service

Salaries for governors in New England have been on an upward trend. Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker's pay raise makes him the highest-paid governor in the region.

Massachusetts U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren talks with reporters outside her home in Cambridge after announcing that she is setting up an exploratory committee for a run for the presidency in 2020.
Robin Lubbock / WBUR

Will she or won't she? U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren has inched closer to answering that question.