GOVERNMENT & POLITICS

Springfield City Councilor Marcus Williams, left, leads a meeting of the council's Public Safety Committee on June 12, 2018.
Sean Teehan / NEPR

The president of the Springfield, Massachusetts, City Council says the council has been left out of the loop when it comes to contract negotiations for police officers.

Updated at 12:15 p.m. ET Tuesday

President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un signed a broad statement Tuesday that calls for a "firm and unwavering commitment to complete denuclearization of the Korean peninsula," after their historic summit in Singapore — the first ever meeting between a sitting U.S. president and a North Korean leader.

Gisella Collazo, right, outside South Congregational Church with Emily Rodriguez of the Pioneer Valley Project.
Don Treeger / The Republican / masslive.com/photos

A woman who faced deportation and took sanctuary at a Springfield, Massachusetts, church has received a one-year stay of removal from Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

On Tuesday, Maine primary voters will participate in a ranked-choice voting experiment so unprecedented that the state’s top election official sometimes compares what’s about to happen to a perilous space mission.

As national pride month picks up steam, members of Maine’s LGBTQ community are celebrating a fresh victory. The Maine Bureau of Motor Vehicles will no longer require people getting IDs and driver’s licenses to select only male or female to indicate their gender.

Veteran diplomats say it could take years to assess the results of this week's nuclear summit between President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

Trump doesn't expect to wait that long.

"I think within the first minute, I'll know," whether Kim is serious about giving up his nuclear weapons, the president told reporters Saturday. "Just my touch. My feel. That's what I do."

Updated at 1:25 p.m. ET.

President Trump is signaling he's willing to support a move toward the legalization of marijuana, which would be a departure from the position of his attorney general, Jeff Sessions.

'Red Flag' Gun Bill Clears Massachusetts Senate

Jun 7, 2018
The Massachusetts Statehouse.
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The Massachusetts House and Senate are now both on record in favor of legislation creating a judicial process designed to temporarily take guns away from dangerous individuals.

Updated at 12:23 p.m. ET

House Republicans huddled for hours Thursday morning in another attempt to find party unity on an issue that divides the GOP like no other: immigration.

The meeting concluded with little tangible progress toward a final bill, but Speaker Paul Ryan told reporters there was agreement within the House GOP that they would continue to work on a bill that addressed "four pillars" of immigration policy outlined earlier this year by the White House. Ryan said that is "the most optimistic, plausible chance of getting [a bill] into law."

Sol LeWitt's "Wall Drawing 867" installed at UConn in Storrs, Connecticut, pictured in October 2017.
Bethany / Creative Commons / flickr.com/photos/vedder

For the last 40 years or so, publicly-funded buildings in Connecticut were required by law to spend one percent of their total costs on art. 

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