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The Connecticut River at Springfield, Massachusetts, on April 3, 2017.
Ryan Caron King / WNPR

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

A view from Ann Uccello Street in Hartford, Connecticut, looking toward Main Street.
Heather Brandon / NEPR

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

The MassMutual headquarters in Springfield, Massachusetts.
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Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company plans to nearly double its Bay State workforce over the next few years, consolidating offices around the country as part of plan that includes a newly disclosed package of state incentives worth roughly $46 million, the company announced Thursday.

Springfield, Massachusetts, City Hall.
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City councilors in Springfield late Monday night called for increasing diversity in Mayor Domenic Sarno's cabinet. Sarno has pushed back strongly.

Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno.
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On Monday night, the Springfield, Massachusetts, City Council will consider a resolution that calls for more diversity in Mayor Domenic Sarno's cabinet. 

The present supermajority requirement to pass local zoning changes has been a "legal barrier" to municipalities that want to create housing in "sustainable locations," Massachusetts Secretary Jay Ash said Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2018.
Sam Doran / State House News Service

Flanked by two top economic development officials, Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker told lawmakers Tuesday that the gap between housing demand and supply "poses the most serious long-term hurdle to continued economic growth" in the state. And then he pitched a plan that municipalities said they can get on board with.

In 2003, Greenfield, Massachusetts, adopted a mayoral form of government, technically changing from town to city, according to state regulations. But Greenfield kept calling itself a town for 14 more years.
Andrew Varnon / NEPR

In official state documents, we used to be referred to as “The City known as the Town of Greenfield.” Kind of embarrassing.

New Haven Mayor Toni Harp is in Washington, D.C., for the U.S. Conference of Mayors this week, but she did not attend a meeting with President Donald Trump that was on the agenda.

Hartford’s mayor announced the city is launching the Reentry Welcome Center for people returning to the community after being incarcerated.

More than 200 people turned up at the corner of Washington and School Streets to the SEIU immigrant rally in reaction to statements made by President Trump threatening to strip federal funding from so-called "sanctuary cities."
Jesse Costa / WBUR

Lawrence, Massachusetts, and Burlington, Vermont, are two of 23 jurisdictions that received a letter from the U.S. Justice Department threatening to pull certain federal grant funds if the communities cannot prove they comply with federal immigration authorities.

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