GOVERNMENT & POLITICS

Updated at 8:31 p.m. ET

In the weeks since allegations of sexual harassment and assault against movie producer Harvey Weinstein became public, a number of other stories of abuse have come to light: in Hollywood, in newsrooms (including NPR's), and now, in statehouses across the country.

Town Hall in Agawam, Massachusetts.
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In the Agawam mayoral election on Tuesday, voters will choose between City Council president Jimmy Cichetti and former school superintendent Bill Sapelli.

The candidates are running to replace outgoing Mayor Richard Cohen, who is not seeking re-election after eight terms as mayor, but is on the ballot for a spot on the City Council.

Eagle Street in North Adams, Massachusetts, in a file photo.
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On Tuesday, North Adams, Massachusetts, will elect just its third mayor since 1984. After eight years in office, incumbent Richard Alcombright decided to give up the job.

Easthampton mayoral candidates Nicole LaChapelle, left, and Joy Winnie smile as they are introduced at the start of a debate at Easthampton High School.
File photo / Daily Hampshire Gazette

Easthampton is one of three western Massachusetts cities, along with Agawam and North Adams, with open mayoral races on Tuesday. 

Connecticut Senator Chris Murphy is warning President Donald Trump to remember that he needs congressional approval to launch any unilateral military action against North Korea. 

Former Holyoke City Councilor Jay Ferreira (left) and Mayor Alex Morse.
File photo / MassLive

Holyoke, Massachusetts, a city of about 40,000 residents, has been led the last six years by Alex Morse, who was a senior at Brown University when he first ran.

Updated at 3:10 p.m. ET

House Republicans unveiled a draft tax bill on Thursday, calling for deep cuts in both individual and corporate tax rates.

"With this bill, we will grow our economy by delivering more jobs, fairer taxes, and bigger paychecks to Americans of all walks of life," said Rep. Kevin Brady, R-Texas, chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee.

Updated at 6:43 p.m. ET

Sen. Richard Burr, R-N.C., wasted no time on Wednesday connecting the abstract story that is Russian election interference to strife in the real world.

With lawyers from Facebook, Twitter and Google sitting before him, the Senate Intelligence Committee chairman described a divisive scene in Houston last year — engineered entirely by Russian influence-mongers.

Abigail Morris (left) from Amherst, Mass., with Alyssa Helton from Whitesburg, Kentucky.
Karen Brown / New England Public Radio

After the last election, many people felt inspired to mend the country's deep divisions. So when a group of liberal activists in Leverett, Massachusetts, learned that a more conservative community in Letcher County, Kentucky, was open to a cultural exchange, they started to organize.

Government transparency may be one of the casualties of the bipartisan budget deal approved by the General Assembly. The public affairs television network CT-N took a budget hit that may force the network off the air as early as Wednesday when its current contract expires.

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