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It was a big night for supporters of ranked-choice voting. 

Officials in Connecticut and New York are praising a federal court decision, which says the Environmental Protection Agency needs to do more to control air pollution.

Springfield City Councilor Marcus Williams, left, leads a meeting of the council's Public Safety Committee on June 12, 2018.
Sean Teehan / NEPR

The president of the Springfield, Massachusetts, City Council says the council has been left out of the loop when it comes to contract negotiations for police officers.

Opioids
Hailey R. Staker / U.S. Air Force

Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey announced Tuesday that the state is suing Purdue Pharma on behalf of 670 residents who were prescribed OxyContin, became addicted to opioids, overdosed and died.

What Philip Roth Has To Tell Us About Anti-Semitism

Jun 13, 2018
South Carolina passed a law to counter anti-Semitism on college campuses, following a violent white supremacist rally last year in Charlottesville. Pictured, rally participants prepare to enter Emancipation Park on August 12, 2017.
Anthony Crider / Creative Commons / flickr.com/people/16086041@N00

I know it might seem confusing. Why wouldn’t Jews support a law that combats anti-Semitism? Wouldn’t that be like gay people opposing a law against homophobia, or people of color rejecting a law against racism?

A train sitting on the platform at Union Station in Springfield, Massachusetts.
Adam Frenier / NEPR

The Baker administration has announced two major steps towards increased train service in western Massachusetts.

A federal judge in Boston on Monday invoked the Declaration of Independence in a formal order to release two Brazilian nationals who had entered the United States illegally.

“This country was born with a declaration of universal human rights,” Judge Mark Wolf wrote to begin his 62-page opinion, “proclaiming that: ‘all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights,’ and that ‘among these’ is ‘Liberty.’ ”

Officials from the Federal Emergency Management Agency are assessing the damage caused by multiple tornadoes and storms that hit Connecticut last month. Two people died and more than 120,000 homes and businesses lost power.

A sign taped to the door told customers that Story and Soil Coffee was closing early for a staff training.

Gisella Collazo, right, outside South Congregational Church with Emily Rodriguez of the Pioneer Valley Project.
Don Treeger / The Republican / masslive.com/photos

A woman who faced deportation and took sanctuary at a Springfield, Massachusetts, church has received a one-year stay of removal from Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

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