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Berkshire Museum / Creative Commons

A group opposed to the sale of artwork by the Berkshire Museum calls a judge's decision on Thursday that the museum could proceed "terribly disappointing" and says most of it could end up out of public view.

Mount Ida College in Newton, Massachusetts, in 2011.
John Phelan / Creative Commons

The University of Massachusetts has reached a preliminary agreement to acquire Mount Ida College, enabling the university system to establish a major presence in Newton, about ten miles from downtown Boston.

Prison entrance.
Jesse Costa / WBUR

After months of contemplation, the Massachusetts legislature has approved and sent to Gov. Charlie Baker a pair of bills overhauling the state’s criminal justice system.

Three developers have submitted bids to sell offshore wind to Connecticut. That could mean big things for New London's economy, but officials and advocates said the state needs to act fast to ensure it doesn't miss the boat.

A little over a week after his first pick for chief justice of the state Supreme Court was turned down by the state senate, Governor Dannel Malloy announced his new choice Thursday.

14 States Suing EPA Over Methane Emissions

Apr 6, 2018

New York and several states from New England have filed a lawsuit against the EPA and its administrator, Scott Pruitt, for not doing enough to combat methane pollution.

Fourteen states, including Connecticut, Massachusetts, Vermont, and Rhode Island, have joined New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s lawsuit against the agency.

Schneiderman says the EPA is violating the Clean Air Act by unreasonably delaying its obligation to control methane pollution from the oil and gas industry.

Sonja Farak, left, stands during her arraignment at Eastern Hampshire District Court in Belchertown, Mass., Tuesday Jan. 22, 2013.
Don Treeger / The Republican / masslive.com/photos

The state's highest court on Thursday ordered the dismissal of more than 11,000 convictions linked to disgraced former state drug lab chemist Sonja Farak.

The Berkshire Museum in Pittsfield, Mass.
Berkshire Museum / Creative Commons

The Berkshire Museum in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, received approval from state's highest court Thursday for an agreement allowing it to sell up to 40 artworks. The decision clears the way for a contentious sale that will include some pieces by Norman Rockwell.

A stretch of the Housatonic River that under an EPA proposal would be dredged to remove PCBs.
Nancy Eve Cohen / NEPR

The New England EPA is suggesting mediation may help speed up the clean up of the Housatonic River. 

Springfield Building Commissioner Steve Desilets conducts an inspection of the living space at South Congregational Church on Thursday, April 5, 2018. Mayor Domenic Sarno called for the inspection.
Greg Saulmon / The Republican / masslive.com/photos

City officials said Thursday a Springfield, Massachusetts, church has passed an inspection for “minimum life safety and sanitary requirements.” A Peruvian woman facing deportation has been living there with her two American-born children. 

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