Our panel looks at the big stories in the news.
In the U.S. eggs, measured by the number Americans eat and changing industry standards, are big ticket items. A ballot question in Massachusetts would make it illegal to sell veal, pork or eggs from animals who’ve been confined to crates or cages of a certain size. Other New England states have already adopted some farm-animal welfare regulations concerning pigs or calves. But not regarding chickens.
The Springfield Sting begins its first season on Saturday. The minor league ABA team is the first pro basketball club in Springfield since the Armor — an NBA Development League team — left the city in early 2014.
Eric Sinacori got caught selling drugs, but avoided charges by agreeing to become a confidential informant for UMass police.
Extreme drought conditions have lessened some in parts of Hampshire and Franklin counties. Still, most of western Massachusetts is still in the throes of a severe drought.
Regardless of the outcome, this presidential election is the first time a woman is the presidential nominee of a major party. And the first woman to vote for president after passage of the 19th Amendment was apparently a resident of Western Mass.
“I personally like the sort of — the symbolism of going on [Election] Day with my family,” said state Senator Eric Lesser. His opponent, Chip Harrington, agreed.
The question is on the ballot in the 3rd Hampshire State Representative district, which includes Amherst, Pelham and half of Granby.
Proponents of Springfield’s Empowerment Zone say it offers autonomy to principals and teachers, which is often found in charter schools, with the mandate to serve all students, which is a hallmark of traditional public schools.
It will be years before we have a clear picture of the health effects, good and bad, of making marijuana legal in states that take that step.
According to a new study, there were more than 3,000 students on waitlists for vocational schools in Massachusetts as of October 2015. And the report estimates that another 2,200 would want attend one if they were offered where they live.
Neither Worcester Congressman Jim McGovern nor Springfield Representative Richie Neal face major party challengers this year. So where does their campaign money go?
This fall, a farm stand in Ashland, New Hampshire, offered a unique amenity – an outhouse that owner Chris Owens had converted into a makeshift voting booth.
The officers had approached a car they believed was involved in an earlier armed robbery when the driver allegedly ran over one and struck the other.
The plan is modeled after similar trail networks in England and Spain.