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Tendzin Parsons, at right, was sentenced to a year in jail after pleading guilty in Northampton District Court January 5th, 2018. His lawyer, Stephen Ferrarone, stands with him.
Carol Lollis / Daily Hampshire Gazette / gazettenet.com

A former western Massachusetts bus driver has been sentenced to a year in jail in connection to the 2016 death of a third-grader.

File Photo / The Republican

The U.S. Attorney in Massachusetts has announced his office plans to pursue federal marijuana crimes and trafficking in the state. 

A representation of Los Tres Reyes from Puerto Rico. Three Kings Day is an important celebration among Latino families in the U.S., and is both a religious and cultural celebration.
National Museum of American Art

After Hurricane Maria, thousands of Puerto Ricans who never planned to leave the island are spending their first January 6 -- also known as Three Kings Day -- in the cold, snowy northeast. 

Electricity lines.
pxhere / Creative Commons

Some Eversource customers who braced for higher charges could end up paying less for their electricity after the energy company proposed changes based on the new federal tax law.

Bridgeport, Connecticut, Mayor Joe Ganim filed paperwork with the State Elections Enforcement Commission in Hartford on Wednesday to launch his campaign for governor. 

The recent cold spell has spurred oil-fired power plants throughout New England into action. But the operator of the regional electricity grid says pollution control regulations could throttle supplies from those sources.

Over the last decade, relatively low-polluting natural gas has been New England’s dominant fuel for electricity generation. But in winter, demand for gas can skyrocket from consumers who need it to heat their homes, and that can limit supplies for electricity generation.

An aging trash incinerator located on Hartford’s riverfront will continue to burn garbage in the coming years. But a new developer chosen by the state said it will work to drastically reduce the amount of waste incinerated at the state’s largest trash plant.

Figurines in snow.
Peter Lee / Creative Commons / flickr.com/photos/oldpatterns

Western Massachusetts and northern Connecticut can expect snow and wind Thursday. But the weather's not likely to generate the blizzard conditions eastern New England could see.

KendraLiz Gonzalez had been in cosmetology school for only two months when Hurricane Maria swept through Puerto Rico, destroying her school. So she took her twin girls, hopped on a plane, and came to Hartford, where she's staying with her aunt.

This week's extreme weather tested the state's shelter system for the homeless.

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