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Westfield State University, in Westfield, Mass.
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Westfield State University is investigating a racist message left on a dorm room door.

University president Ramon Torrecilha said he learned about this Tuesday evening after a student posted a photo on Twitter. It showed a name tag on a door with a handwritten message: a racial epithet for black people, then "live here."

A new wave of forest loss is underway in New England, at a rate of 65 acres a day. That's the conclusion of a new regionwide study spearheaded by a Harvard University forest research group. And the authors say New England could lose more than a million acres of forest cover over the next half-century.

The polling place at St. Elizabeth Parish Center in North Adams, Mass., on Sept. 19, 2017.
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The field is down to two for North Adams mayor after Tuesday's primary.

Tom Bernard and Bob Moulton Jr. were the top two vote-getters in the field of five, and will square off in November's general election.

The Amazing World of Dr. Seuss Museum in Springfield
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Since it opened in June, the new Amazing World of Dr. Seuss Museum has attracted thousands of visitors to Springfield. It features murals and statues of some of the author's most famous characters, like Horton the Elephant and the Cat in the Hat.

Not long after the state Supreme Court tossed his original felony convictions and ordered two new trials in 2016, former Hartford Mayor Eddie Perez started getting a city pension worth $2,328.76 a month

Varieties of marijuana.
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Before retail sales of marijuana begin in Massachusetts, researchers are studying the drug's current effect on public safety.

The last two mayors of North Adams: John Barrett (left) and Dick Alcombright (right). Their portraits hang side-by-side inside North Adams City Hall.
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Berkshire County's second largest city, North Adams, is holding its mayoral primary Tuesday. And it's the first time an incumbent has not been on the ballot since the Reagan administration.

Hurricane Jose is still churning itself in the Atlantic in the slot between Bermuda and the east coast. The storm will continue to move north today and slowly weaken as it gets farther away from the warm waters of the Gulf Stream.

There will be impacts to our weather — likely beginning Tuesday morning and continuing into Wednesday — from this storm. However, we still don’t know the exact track of it and so a few unknowns remain.

MGM International has announced its intention to build a resort casino in Bridgeport. The gaming giant Monday held a ground-breaking ceremony for the project at Steelepoint Harbor on the city’s waterfront. 

Raise Up Massachusetts
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Community organizations, labor groups and business leaders gather to testify at the Massachusetts Statehouse Tuesday for a legislative hearing on a number of bills that would gradually raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour.  

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