GOVERNMENT & POLITICS

At town hall in Amherst, Mass., elections officials says the unofficial result is that a measure to change how the town is governed was approved Tuesday by voters
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The majority of residents in Amherst, Massachusetts, voted Tuesday to to put an end to their centuries-old Town Meeting and adopt a new form of government.

A Pioneer Valley Transit Authority bus makes a stop at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.
File Photo / The Republican

Representatives of the Pioneer Valley Transit Authority are traveling to Boston on Wednesday to make the case for providing enough funding to avoid proposed service cuts.

Updated 2:30 a.m. ET Tuesday

The U.S. Commerce Department announced late Monday that it will restore a question about citizenship to the 2020 census questionnaire.

In an eight-page memo Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross says the Justice Department has requested that the census ask who is a citizen in order to help determine possible violations of the Voting Rights Act, to help enforce that law.

It’s a political insult that dates back to the 1800s and has been used as recently as last fall by the President: "He couldn’t get elected dogcatcher." Often considered hyperbole, since there are no longer elected dogcatchers in the U.S., there's a town in central Vermont where it could be taken quite literally.

Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy met with the Republican and Democratic leaders of the State Senate this week in an effort to get his nominee for state chief justice confirmed. The nominee, State Supreme Court Associate Justice Andrew McDonald is a longtime friend and political ally of the Democratic governor, and is facing stiff opposition, mainly from Republicans.

Government health agencies have spent more than two decades shying away from gun violence research, but some say the new spending bill, signed by President Trump on Friday, will change that.

That is because, in agency instructions that accompany the bill, there is a sentence noting that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has the authority to conduct research on the causes of gun violence.

The kidnapping of 110 school girls from a Nigerian school in the northeast town of Dapchi on Feb. 19 came to an abrupt and joyful end for most of the families 30 days later. Early Wednesday, militants from Boko Haram, the same group that snatched the girls, brought back 104 of them, handing them over to federal officials, according to the Nigerian government.

Updated at 1:45 a.m. ET on Friday

In a major escalation of the president's "America First" trade policy, the Trump administration is preparing to impose stiff tariffs on Chinese imports. The goal is to reduce the U.S. trade deficit with China by $50 billion. President Trump is also calling for new limits on Chinese investment in U.S. technology, in an effort to protect what the administration calls America's "economic seed corn."

Sen. Karen Spilka Wednesday claimed support from enough of her colleagues to become the next Senate president.
File photo / State House News Service

Ashland Democrat Sen. Karen Spilka, the lead budget writer for the Massachusetts Senate, emerged Wednesday from a crowded but fluid field of Democrats interested in becoming the next Senate president.

Governor Dannel Malloy has sponsored two bills aimed at increasing protections for low-risk, young adults in the criminal justice system.

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