The Connecticut River at Springfield, Massachusetts, on April 3, 2017.
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Aiming At A Cleaner River, Springfield, Mass., To Get $50M Loan For Sewer Upgrade

The Springfield Water and Sewer Commission has qualified for a $50 million low-interest loan that could help the Connecticut River run cleaner.

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Organic Dairy Farmers Squeezed By Low Prices And Production Quotas

Organic dairy farmers are getting paid less because of an oversupply of their milk; a market glut that’s led one major organic buyer to delay signing on new farmers.

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Beacon Hill In 5

Massachusetts Rep. David Linsky urged his colleagues to advance his "extreme risk protective order" bill, which would create a process to temporarily reduce an individual's access to firearms if they pose a danger to themselves or others.
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Mass. Gun Laws, Pot Regulation, Governors Meet: Beacon Hill In 5

While President Trump called for schools to be better secured, and expressed a need to address mental health issues, many in Massachusetts are calling for even stricter gun regulation.

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Massachusetts has picked another big transmission line for a potential energy contract, with the Northern Pass project in doubt.

That new project is New England Clean Energy Connect, which would bring Canadian hydropower through Maine.

Massachusetts regulators announced late Friday they would start negotiating a contract with the project's developer, Central Maine Power Company.

NPR is reporting that "a federal grand jury has indicted 13 Russians and three Russian entities in connection with the attack on the 2016 presidential election."

Included in the indictment are details of how the accused allegedly used social media to disseminate information in support of Sen. Bernie Sanders' and Donald Trump's presidential campaigns.

Handmade bicycle builders and enthusiasts gather in Hartford this weekend for the North American Handmade Bicycle Show. It's the first time the show has been held in New England.

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A view from Ann Uccello Street in Hartford, Connecticut, looking toward Main Street.
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As Bid Deadline Nears To Build Near Hartford Ballpark, Community Considers What’s Next

The city of Hartford, Connecticut, is planning changes around its new downtown baseball stadium.

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London's Contemporary Jazz Scene Shines On 'We Out Here'

The U.K.'s jazz scene is flourishing these days thanks, in part, to the young artists pumping it with new life. We Out Here, the latest compilation project from DJ and producer Gilles Peterson 's indie label Brownswood Recordings , is a fitting proclamation of ownership from the contemporaries who are adding color to the landscape. The project's nine tracks were recorded in August 2017 over a three day period. Smooth and concise, this compilation is spearheaded by saxophonist Shabaka...

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Classical Music

Songs We Love: Florence Price, 'Violin Concerto No. 2'

By her own admission, composer Florence Price had two strikes against her. "To begin with I have two handicaps – those of sex and race. I am a woman; and I have some Negro blood in my veins," is how she began a 1943 letter to Serge Koussevitzky, the revered conductor of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. She added later, "I would like to be judged on merit alone." Koussevitzky never gave her music a chance, but along the way a few others did. Even so, her music is little known – and some of it...

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Gun Laws

Students Who Lived Through Florida Shooting Turn Rage Into Activism

Sunday afternoon, Cameron Kasky is doing push-ups in a park near Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. Kasky, a junior, says kids like himself are doing something new, demanding a fresh look at America's gun laws. "The crescendo has hit its point. It's enough and it's over," he says. "I haven't got a shred of doubt that this is going to be our change." Police say 19-year-old Nicholas Cruz has confessed to murdering 17 people last Wednesday with an AR-15 semi-automatic rifle, which the...

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Scientists Explore Ties Between Alzheimer's And Brain's Ancient Immune System

Beer has fueled a lot of bad ideas. But on a Friday afternoon in 2007, it helped two Alzheimer's researchers come up with a really a good one. Neuroscientists Robert Moir and Rudolph Tanzi were sipping Coronas in separate offices during "attitude adjustment hour" at Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard's largest teaching hospital. And, by chance, each scientist found himself wondering about an apparent link between Alzheimer's disease and the immune system. Moir had been surfing through...

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How Immigration Could Motivate Democrats In 2018

Last week was supposed to be a pivotal moment for an immigration deal. But despite days of debate and numerous proposals, senators were not able to pass a concrete immigration solution. Four separate immigration measures failed in the Senate . Part of the conundrum is that President Trump seems unwilling to sign any bill that does not include a commitment to narrowing legal immigration, after originally saying he would pass any bill that lawmakers could agree on. If Congress does not come up...

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