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Farmers grateful to have normal growing season after devastating 2023 floods
07-16-2024 7:02 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

CONWAY — After a frantic emergency response to save animals and equipment on July 10, 2023, David Fisher and Maggie Toran assessed their farm field as memories of Hurricane Irene came flooding back.At their horse-powered, community-supported...

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Clean energy bill passes clears House with GOP opposition
07-18-2024 4:25 PM

By SAM DRYSDALE

BOSTON — The Massachusetts House was split along party lines Wednesday night in voting to support climate and energy legislation that would “help accelerate the green transition,” according to the bill’s lead architect. “The bill before you continues...


Opening doors for immigrants: UMass Dining’s Pam Adams finds work for Haitian community
07-17-2024 12:05 PM

By ANTHONY CAMMALLERI

AMHERST — On the 10th floor of the University of Massachusetts Amherst Campus Center, Samuel Noel, a welder by trade, works as a dishwasher — his first job in the United States.Noel, a Haitian immigrant who moved to Greenfield’s Days Inn shelter on...


House to move on energy bill: Siting, new clean energy targets featured
07-16-2024 7:04 PM

By Chris LisinskI

House Democrats will make a push for new clean energy policies Wednesday, bringing forward a late-session bill overhauling how Massachusetts approves new power projects and seeking even more megawatts from green sources.The House teed up a 97-page...


Dolphin mass stranding on Cape found to be the largest in US history
07-15-2024 8:16 PM

By STEVE LeBLANC

Rescuers who helped free more than a hundred dolphins from the Cape Cod shoreline say they’ve confirmed that the mass stranding that began June 28 was the largest involving dolphins in U.S. history.There were two previous events on record in Hawaii...


Beacon Hil Roll Call, June 17-21
07-15-2024 10:53 AM

By Bob Katzen

THE HOUSE AND SENATE: Beacon Hill Roll Call records local representatives’ and senators’ votes on roll calls from the week of June 17-21.MATERNAL HEALTH (H 4773): House 153-0, approved and sent to the Senate a maternal health bill that would require...


AG: ‘Back to drawing board’ on settlement
07-13-2024 9:01 AM

By SAM DRYSDALE

After the U.S. Supreme Court blocked a landmark $6 billion opioid settlement last month that would have steered up to $110 million to the Bay State for prevention, treatment and recovery programs, Massachusetts Attorney General Andrea Campbell said...


Senate economic development bill loaded with policy and $2.86 billion
07-12-2024 10:08 AM

By ALISON KUZNITZ

More teenagers could be prosecuted in the juvenile court system under a policy that senators tacked onto their sweeping $2.86 billion economic development bill during deliberations Thursday.Senators unanimously engrossed the sprawling package (S...


Holyoke startup headlines state tech innovation initiative
07-11-2024 8:26 PM

By JAMES PENTLAND

HOLYOKE — A state grant program intended to spur manufacturing, particularly in clean technologies, shone a spotlight Thursday on a Holyoke startup working to reduce food waste.“The goal is to fund investment in awesome companies,” Yvonne Hao,...


State House clears bill to ban video while driving
07-11-2024 4:10 PM

By ALISON KUZNITZ

BOSTON — Massachusetts drivers could be banned from FaceTiming their friends and livestreaming onto social media platforms while they’re on the road under legislation the House quietly passed last week.Lawmakers approved a distracting driving bill (H...


Comerford shares details of Quabbin water legislation at forum
07-10-2024 9:55 AM

By ERIN-LEIGH HOFFMAN

ORANGE — State Sen. Jo Comerford met with area residents on Monday to answer questions and provide updates pertaining to bills that she and state Rep. Aaron Saunders have put forward to study the feasibility of giving western Massachusetts...


Lawmakers wade into CCC ‘trainwreck,’ mull possible action
07-10-2024 9:32 AM

By CHRIS LISINSKI

Lawmakers from both parties signaled Tuesday they share a government watchdog’s concerns about upheaval at the Cannabis Control Commission, but Democrats who wield decision-making power stopped short of indicating what kind of response they might...


Mass. joins neighbors to coordinate electricity transmission
07-10-2024 7:41 AM

By COLIN A. YOUNG

Massachusetts joined nine other states Tuesday in an agreement to coordinate their efforts to increase the transmission of electricity between three different regions of the grid and get a better handle on offshore wind infrastructure needs and...


Guest columnist Ian Rhodewalt: Biden should resign over role in genocide
07-09-2024 4:03 PM

By IAN RHODEWALT

 While it is true that President Joe Biden gave a historically disastrous debate performance, and the fallout in the following week put his chances of winning r-election in distinct jeopardy, we should not forget that he has been funding, abetting,...


Demographic changes fuel enrollment fears at UMass
07-09-2024 12:50 PM

By COLIN A. YOUNG

University of Massachusetts President Marty Meehan has been closely watching the spate of higher education closures, and said in an interview over the weekend that UMass has a strategy he hopes will spare it from the same concerning demographic shift...


Senate chair optimistic about long-term care bill
07-06-2024 8:15 PM

By ALISON KUZNITZ

BOSTON — The House chair of the Elder Affairs Committee lambasted the Senate’s monthslong delay in taking up a long-term care reform bill this week, but his Senate co-chair later expressed optimism about the legislation reaching Gov. Maura Healey’s...


DPH: Use bug spray to guard against West Nile, EEE
07-06-2024 1:01 PM

By ALISON KUZNITZ

BOSTON — Health officials urged Bay Staters last week to use bug spray outdoors this summer, after mosquito samples tested positive for two viruses.The Department of Public Health said the Eastern equine encephalitis (EEE) virus was detected in...


Bidenomics leaves state’s former industrial heartland of Pioneer Valley behind
07-05-2024 3:04 PM

By SAIJEL KISHAN

President Joe Biden’s trio of legislative packages designed to revive U.S. manufacturing prowess is already helping regions from upstate New York to West Virginia. To the frustration of its local development agency, one that’s getting left behind is a...


Wheelchair users look to House for relief
07-05-2024 10:02 AM

By SAM DRYSDALE

BOSTON — Leyla Connolly’s battery-powered wheelchair has been broken for more than a year. As she waits for it to be fixed, she is consigned to her Dorchester apartment, where she feels trapped without a safe way to leave to get groceries, go to...


Housing advocates cheer $5.4B stimulus bill, though transfer tax falls by wayside
07-02-2024 4:48 PM

By ALEXA LEWIS

Local policymakers and affordable housing advocates and developers are welcoming a bill that cleared the state Senate unanimously late last week authorizing $5.4 billion in state borrowing to spur housing production amid a mounting housing supply...


A really healthy dose of art: State teams with Art Pharmacy to buttress mental, emotional health
07-02-2024 4:05 PM

By ALISON KUZNITZ

BOSTON — Some Massachusetts patients seeking physical and behavioral health care services could receive treatment in the form of arts and culture activities under a new model being embraced by state officials.The Massachusetts Cultural Council, the...

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