GOVERNMENT & POLITICS

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.
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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. 

Marijuana plants.
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The Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission won't issue the first marijuana business license until the end of next week at the earliest, and regulators already have more than 50 applications waiting for their consideration.

Updated on June 6 at 10:10 a.m. ET

Democratic hopes to take back the House may have gotten a major boost on Tuesday, with the party seeming likely to avoid its worst nightmare as Democrats appear to have survived California's top-two "jungle primary."

Charlemont Town Hall.
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The western Massachusetts town of Charlemont has voted to establish a fire department, even though it's had one for more than 100 years.

Josh Zakim said he and incumbent William Galvin have "very different views" on the role of the Massachusetts secretary of state's office.
Sam Doran / State House News Service

Boston City Councilor Josh Zakim, making his first run at higher office, earned the upset endorsement of the Democratic Party convention Saturday, dealing a significant blow to Secretary of State William Galvin and showing that his campaign could be a legitimate threat to the state's longest-serving constitutional officer.

Jay Gonzalez said he offered "an ambitious, progressive agenda" at the Massachusetts Democratic convention Saturday.
Sam Doran / State House News Service

Pledging to win back the corner office in November on behalf of the "little guys" who fight for their beliefs, Massachusetts Democrat Jay Gonzalez on Saturday accepted his party's endorsement for governor, giving the former state budget chief a lift coming out of the Democratic convention in a primary in which neither candidate has been able to separate themselves as a frontrunner.

The Massachusetts Statehouse.
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With all of the paperwork in, more than half of incumbent state legislators from western Massachusetts will get a free ride during this year's elections.

A handgun with bullets.
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Is there a way to take away a person's legally licensed gun, fairly and constitutionally, if their family raises a “red flag”? Massachusetts lawmakers are working on that question.

UMass Amherst in a file photo.
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Among news items this week, a study revealed out-of-state students have an easier time of getting into UMass Amherst than students from Massachusetts. 

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