Cash and income tax forms.
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For the second straight year, the Massachusetts income tax rate will not automatically drop in 2018.

Three Western Mass. Hospitals Penalized By Medicare

Dec 27, 2017
Mercy Medical Center in Springfield, along with Baystate Franklin Medical Center in Greenfield, and Baystate Noble Hospital in Westfield are among hospitals penalized for rates of patient injury.
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Nearly three-dozen New England hospitals will see a reduction in federal funding over the the current fiscal year, as a penalty for patient injuries.

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A contractor for a natural gas pipeline company improperly dumped thousands of gallons in Agawam, Massachusetts.

Outgoing North Adams, Massachusetts, Mayor Dick Alcombright poses in his office. Alcombright decided not to run for a fifth term this year and will be replaced in January, 2018 by Tom Bernard.
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The new year brings new mayors to three cities in western Massachusetts: Agawam, Easthampton and North Adams. In North Adams, Tom Bernard will replace Dick Alcombright, who decided not to run for re-election after eight years in office.

Dora Robinson in her living room in Springfield, Massachusetts. Her home is filled with artwork from the African diaspora that she's collected over the years.
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Monuments to the Confederacy have become sites of renewed controversy in recent months. But not all acts of confrontation and reconciliation occur in public.

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For the most part, the minimum wage gap among New England states will narrow in 2018.

2017 will soon be in the rear-view mirror.
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With the year drawing to a close, we asked our panelists to reflect on the big stories from western New England in 2017.

Septic system installation underway for a home on steep slopes.
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About half of New England’s households are on septic systems. That’s the highest proportion in the country. 

Joe Blumenthal, owner of Downtown Sounds in Northampton, Massachusetts.
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As the Christmas shopping season winds down, economists will be taking stock of the country’s retail health.

One of Connecticut’s most uncommon species of evergreen can still be found -- if you know where to look.