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The fate of former Massachusetts State Senate President, Stan Rosenberg, could rest on the results of an investigation into whether he broke Senate rules, findings which could be made public soon.

At issue is Rosenberg's 30-year-old husband, Bryon Hefner, who recently pleaded not guilty to charges of sexual assault, criminal lewdness and distributing nude photographs without consent.

The activated sludge system, the "heart of the water treatment plant," at Springfield Water and Sewer, where wastewater is treated before going into the Connecticut River, in  2017.
Ryan Caron King / WNPR

A draft water pollution permit for a regional wastewater treatment plant on the Connecticut River in Springfield, Massachusetts, is now back in the hands of the Environmental Protection Agency. 

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.

Cash.
QuinceMedia / Creative Commons / quincemedia.com

The Massachusetts Senate passed their version of a midyear spending bill that included money for funding Regional Transit Authorities, money to reimburse school districts for educating special needs students, and more. 

The roughly $2.5 billion resort casino rising from the banks of the Mystic River in Everett, Massachusetts, will no longer carry the Wynn name. The change was announced Friday by the chief executive of Wynn Resorts as the company argued that disgraced founder Steve Wynn no longer has any ties to the project or company.

Democrat Setti Warren announced the end of his campaign for governor on Thursday.
Sam Doran / State House News Service

Reshaping the contest about five weeks before the party's nominating convention, former Newton mayor Setti Warren announced Thursday he is quitting the race for governor after conceding he could not raise the money necessary to unseat Republican Gov. Charlie Baker.

A dash cam photo released by Maine State Police shows John Williams robbing a convenience store Wednesday morning in Norridgewock, Maine. Maine authorities say Williams fatally shot a sheriff's deputy, stole his cruiser and robbed the Cumberland Farms.
Maine State Police / via Associated Press

The man wanted for the murder of a sheriff's deputy in Maine early Wednesday morning had been expected to appear at a court hearing in Massachusetts that same day on unrelated gun charges.

Pea seedlings.
Rev Stan / Creative Commons / flickr.com/photos/revstan

The cold, wet weather this month has set the vegetable growing season behind in some parts of New England. And some farmers are already dealing with crop loss.

Judge Thomas Estes, right, with his attorney David Hoose.
Ally Jarmanning / WBUR

Should a judge who admitted to engaging in sexual acts with an employee in his court — including in his chambers — keep his job?

Bryon Hefner pleaded not guilty on Tuesday morning to all 10 charges at his arraignment in Suffolk Superior Court.
Jonathan Wiggs / Pool

The man at the center of a scandal that has rocked the Massachusetts Senate appeared in Suffolk Superior Court Tuesday and pleaded not guilty to indecent assault and battery, open and gross lewdness and dissemination of an illicit nude photograph.

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