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U.S. Attorney Andrew Lelling sits down with members of the media in his office on Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2018.
Sam Doran / State House News Service

U.S. Attorney for Massachusetts Andrew Lelling issued a statement on Tuesday expanding upon his previous comments about how his office will approach the newly state-legal marijuana industry, which remains wholly illegal under federal law.

A new unit at Connecticut's York Correctional Institution was formally unveiled Monday. The specialized unit focuses on preparing young women offenders for life after prison.

Three major insurance companies that have called Hartford home for more than a century are helping bail it out of financial trouble. Aetna, Travelers and the Hartford Financial Services group have paid the city $10 million this fiscal year, the first of five installments the companies have pledged to pay over the next five years.

Registrar of Deeds Donald Ashe gave his bi-annual forecast on the state of real property in Hampden County on December 7, 2017.
Don Treeger / The Republican / masslive.com/photos

Hampden County Registrar of Deeds Donald Ashe died Tuesday morning at the age of 83.

Remember acid rain? In the 1970s and ‘80s, scientists found that rain 100 times more acidic than normal was harming the mountain forests of New England and New York.

Construction of the MGM casino in Springfield, Massachusetts, as of June 2018.
Patrick Johnson / The Republican/ Masslive.com / photos

The MGM Springfield casino opens in about six weeks, and the company said it is hitting diversity goals for construction workers.

Guns for sale in Millbury, Massachusetts.
Sean / Creative Commons / flickr.com/photos/22280677@N07

In late June, a gun store in Charlemont, Massachusetts, posted a letter on Facebook from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms.

The parking space on a Monopoly board.
Chris Potter / Creative Commons/https://www.flickr.com/photos/86530412@N02/

The head of the Springfield Parking Authority said he's not nervous about the free parking MGM will offer the public.

Massachusetts state Sen. Eric Lesser in a file photo.
Dave Roback / The Republian / masslive.com/photos

Massachusetts is the only state in the country without a budget for the current fiscal year, which started July 1. One item that could slow legislators down is a proposed immigration amendment.

An election in Amherst, Massachusetts.
Kevin Gutting / Daily Hampshire Gazette / gazettenet.com

Massachusetts voters will decide three questions on the November ballot, including one that asks whether anti-discrimination protections for transgender people should be kept in place. 

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