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The Massachusetts Senate approved a first-of-its kind state tax for outdoor recreational businesses in the town of Charlemont.
Masslive / Republican File

The Massachusetts Senate approved a first-of-its kind state tax for outdoor recreational businesses in the town of Charlemont. If approved, a three percent tax would be levied.

A winter storm hit Pittsfield, Massachusetts, in a file photo.
Adam Frenier / NEPR

After a succession of nor’easters and another big storm reportedly hitting New England today, some schools have had to close their doors more than the number of snow days allotted by state education officials. 

St. Rose de Lima Roman Catholic Church in Chicopee, Massachusetts.
File Photo / The Springfield Republican /

Dozens of Catholic churches in Springfield, Massachusetts, have closed over the past decade, as membership has fallen. Lately, diocesan leaders have been asking parishioners how they can improve the church.

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

Residents opposed to the sale of artwork by the Berkshire Museum, in a final attempt, asked the state Supreme Judicial Court on Tuesday to stop the transaction, or at the very least appoint a museum management expert to oversee the process.

State Police Colonel Kerry Gilpin.
MassLive /

A review initially launched to look at overtime payments made to a handful of Massachusetts State Police members has uncovered possibly more malfeasance. Audit results have been turned over to the attorney general, and 19 members of the force face hearings to address discrepancies between patrols they said they worked, and overtime amounts they were paid.

It’s mid-March and Hartford Public High School teacher Bridget Allison goes over essay-writing tips for her fourth-period class. After a while, she checks in on a group of students who are seated together — a few of the evacuees from Puerto Rico.

New Britain, Connecticut, Mayor Erin Stewart announced on Facebook on Monday that she will seek the Republican nomination for governor.

A Connecticut lawmaker is once again pushing legislation he says will prevent controversial transfers of state land to municipalities, businesses or individuals.

The endangered North Atlantic right whale population took a big hit last year, with a record number killed by fishing gear entanglements and ship strikes. Now, an ongoing debate over threats posed by Maine's lobster industry is gaining new urgency.

The scene on Monday, the day after a fatal fire at 49 Belmont Ave. in Springfield, Massachusetts.
Dave Roback / MassLive /

Sunday morning's fire on Belmont Avenue in Springfield, Massachusetts, killed Aden Abdakadr and his two children, Ahmed Ahmed, who was two, and Fatumo Ahmed, who was one year old.