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8 minutes | Sep 24, 2021
'Abysmal' Turnout In Holyoke, But 'Very Good Set Of Options' For Voters In November
Tuesday was preliminary election day in a few western Massachusetts communities. In the race for Holyoke mayor, City Councilor Michael Sullivan and Joshua Garcia, who's the town administrator in Blandford, advanced to November's general election.
8 minutes | Sep 17, 2021
An 'Alarming And Scary' COVID Rise, And A Huge 'Gap' In Hospital Staffing
Calling the spike "alarming and scary," Mayor Domenic Sarno said there were more then 250 new cases of COVID-19 in Springfield, Massachusetts, on Tuesday and Wednesday combined.
8 minutes | Sep 10, 2021
'Probably The Right Call' For Sheriff To Keep Incarcerated People From Troubled Courthouse
Despite what officials have called extensive mold cleanup and environmental testing at the Roderick Ireland Courthouse in Springfield, Massachusetts, Hampden County Sheriff Nick Cocchi this week said he believes the courthouse still isn't safe. He's refusing to send people in his department's custody there .
8 minutes | Aug 13, 2021
A Call For 'Clarity' On Mask Rules, And A Plea For The Unvaccinated To Get The Shots
This week, some health officials in western Massachusetts issued mask mandates or advisories amid rising COVID-19 rates.
8 minutes | Jul 30, 2021
'The Governor Has To Be The One To Step Up' As Massachusetts Shifts Mask Guidelines
This week, the Centers for Disease Control recommended people go back to wearing masks indoors in places where the delta variant of COVID-19 is surging — including those who have been vaccinated.
8 minutes | Jul 23, 2021
A 'Holding Pattern' For Many Amid Rising COVID-19 Case Rates
COVID-19 case rates have been on the rise over the last few weeks in Massachusetts and elsewhere.
8 minutes | Jul 16, 2021
Western Mass. Mayoral Campaigns Raising Cash, But 'Too Early To Tell' Who Voters Favor
You might be thinking about your vacation plans or backyard barbecues, but there are several mayoral races heating up across western Massachusetts.
8 minutes | Jul 2, 2021
The Short List Lights Up A Conversation About Cannabis — Now Legal In Connecticut
On Thursday, possession of marijuana became legal for recreational use in Connecticut. That's after the General Assembly and Governor Ned Lamont signed off on the legislation last month.
8 minutes | Jun 18, 2021
Massachusetts Vaccine Lottery Might Nudge Some To Get A COVID-19 Shot
This week, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker announced a COVID-19 vaccine lottery, designed to encourage people to continue to get their shots.
9 minutes | Jun 11, 2021
In A 'No-Win Situation,' Springfield Police Commissioner Clapprood 'Has To Start Listening'
This week, a group of seniors gathered in downtown Springfield t0 renew their call for Police Commissioner Cheryl Clapprood to be removed from her job.
11 minutes | Jun 4, 2021
2011 Tornado Ripped 'The Heart Out of Springfield,' But Also 'Transformed' It
This week marks 10 years since a devastating tornado ripped through a swath of western Massachusetts. Three people were killed and 200 injured, and it caused more than $200 million in damages.
8 minutes | May 28, 2021
As COVID Rules End In Mass., Uncertainty About Mask Use And Vaccination Efforts
This weekend, nearly all COVID-19 safety restrictions will be lifted in Massachusetts. That includes mask requirements — at least for people who are vaccinated.
8 minutes | May 14, 2021
'Opioid Issues Are A Serious Problem' As Overdose Deaths Climb
Massachusetts public health officials announced this week opioid overdose deaths climbed by 5% in the state last year.
8 minutes | May 7, 2021
'Access Is Everything' As Massachusetts Pivots Its COVID-19 Vaccine Strategy
Massachusetts announced changes this week to its COVID-19 vaccine distribution strategy. More shots will be provided to regional sites, mobile clinics and doctor's offices.
8 minutes | Apr 30, 2021
When It Comes To Reopening, 'People Have Been On A Roller Coaster This Whole Time'
This week, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker announced a further rollback of the state's COVID-19 restrictions.
8 minutes | Apr 23, 2021
Sarno To Appeal, But 'Good Decision' To Allow Springfield Police Commission To Go Forward
A Massachusetts superior court judge has largely sided with the Springfield City Council in its lawsuit against Mayor Domenic Sarno over a 2018 ordinance seeking to establish a police commission.
8 minutes | Apr 17, 2021
Youth Mental Health Crises Likely To 'Linger After The Pandemic'
This week on The Short List: Many children in western Massachusetts in a mental health crisis are struggling to get services they need.
8 minutes | Apr 2, 2021
As Massachusetts Kids Return To Schools, Reopening May Be 'More For The Optics'
Many Massachusetts schools will open for full, in-person learning on April 5. Others, including Springfield, will start with a hybrid model, and bring back younger students first.
8 minutes | Mar 26, 2021
'Certainly Been Some Drawbacks,' But Improvement Seen In Vaccine Rollout In Massachusetts
This week Massachusetts governor Charlie Baker was grilled by a legislative oversight committee looking into his administration's COVID-19 response.
8 minutes | Mar 19, 2021
'If You Live In Skin That Isn't White,' There Is No Surprise To 'Visible And Deadly Aggressions'
There was stunning news this week of a series of murders in the Atlanta area, where a white man killed eight people including six Asian women. The man charged has reportedly confessed to the killings but said he was not motivated by racism. This has sparked renewed discussion around updating and clarifying hate crime laws in Massachusetts.
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