GOVERNMENT & POLITICS

Updated at 8:52 a.m. ET

After creating an exclusive time zone for his country three years ago, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has pledged to change his country's clocks so that they're back in sync with South Korea.

North Korean time, or Pyongyang time as it is called, was moved back by 30 minutes in 2015. The shift returned North Korean clocks to where they were before colonization — 8.5 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time. GMT is the standard time against which all other time zones in the world are set.

The Trump administration has decided to hold off on imposing most of its tariffs on imported steel and aluminum until at least June 1.

Tariffs were scheduled to take effect at 12:01 a.m. Tuesday on imports from Canada, the largest U.S. supplier of steel and aluminum, as well as Mexico, Argentina, Australia, Brazil and the EU.

A source familiar with the decision says the administration has reached an agreement in principle with Australia, Argentina and Brazil, which may avoid the need for tariffs against those countries altogether.

Holyoke City Councilor Nelson Roman, who is pushing to lower the voting age in his city to sixteen in municipal elections.
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A public official in Holyoke, Massachusetts, is pushing to allow 16- and 17-year-olds to vote in city elections. 

Republican Party delegates have endorsed Governor Charlie Baker for re-election, during their state convention Saturday in Worcester.  That was expected. But what wasn’t was that enough delegates threw their support behind Scott Lively,  a little-known conservative challenger to Baker, meaning the incumbent will face a primary challenge this September.

This wasn’t exactly the convention outcome the Baker people were hoping for.

Updated 9:57 p.m. ET

Judge Thomas Estes, right, with his attorney David Hoose.
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This week, the highest court in Massachusetts heard arguments about whether Thomas Estes, a district court judge from the western part of the state, should face punishment for an affair with a court employee. 

The Environmental Protection Agency has announced more than $8 million in “brownfield” remediation grants, money that will fund assessments and cleanups of old industrial sites throughout New England.

Updated at 5:05 a.m. ET

Following a historic meeting between North Korea's Kim Jong Un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in, the leaders appeared side by side to make an extraordinary announcement: The two nations — technically in a state of war for more than six decades — would work toward a permanent peace treaty and the elimination of nuclear weapons from the peninsula.

Progress continues on the MGM Springfield casino project as they look to the grand opening in five months. This is the view north on Main Street.
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MGM announced Thursday it plans to open its Springfield, Massachusetts, casino slightly ahead of schedule, on August 24. The news comes amid speculation the casino giant is wavering on its commitment to the project.

The New England Association of Schools and Colleges has rejected a plan to consolidate Connecticut’s twelve community colleges into one system.

The Association, which accredits schools, says combining the community colleges would create a new institution and that new school would need to apply for its own accreditation. It could not keep the current accreditation of the twelve individual community colleges. 

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