Massachusetts residents who read closely may notice something odd in their paperwork: it’s called the optional income tax rate and it’s exactly what it sounds like. Instead of 5.2 percent, you can opt to pay the state 5.85 percent.
More police departments are offering their parking lots to the public as a way to make Craigslist-type transactions safer for residents.
UMass Amherst has reversed its ban on Iranian students from entering certain engineering and science programs. But some students say the revised policy is still discriminatory.
After creating a policy on February 6th that banned Iranian students from entering specific programs in the colleges of engineering and natural sciences, the university has reversed the policy.
Iranian students are now barred from entering specific programs at the university, effective February 1st. UMass says it’s following federal law.
Mayor Alex Morse says he and Polito talked about economic development and schools. The state is currently considering taking Holyoke’s school district into receivership because of poor test scores.
U.S. Attorney General Nominee Loretta Lynch appeared on Wednesday before the Senate Judiciary Committee.
According to the USDA, the apple harvest across Massachusetts is expected to be down 8 percent from last year. Far bigger drops are predicted for growers in Connecticut and New Hampshire, with Maine seeing a nearly 50 percent surge in apples.
The three candidates vying for the seat now held by retiring Massachusetts state Representative Sean Curran of Springfield saw eye-to-eye on most of the issues discussed at a candidate roundtable. But as New England Public Radio’s Tom Relihan reports, they diverged on gun control.
State Rep. Thomas Petrolati was not charged with any crime, and on the streets of Ludlow, his constituents appear to hold him in high regard.
The passenger rail service that will run between Pittsfield and New York City is still several years away.
A fire at the Forbes Library in Northampton, Massachusetts caused more damage than expected, resulting in the entire second floor being shut down for several weeks.
The horn was placed back on display last week, exactly 254 years after it was made.
The town voted earlier this year to shut its police department over concerns that the closing of the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant will significantly cut its tax base.
Motorists can expected increased scrutiny and hefty penalties for texting while driving and other activities that take their attention off the road.