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Former employees of prominent western Massachusetts music venues are coming forward with claims of wage theft and intimidation.

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Last fall, after United Technologies Corp. announced it would spin off its Otis Elevator and Carrier divisions, then Governor-elect Ned Lamont vowed he would watch the Farmington-based conglomerate "like a hawk" to retain its workforce in Connecticut.

But this weekend's news that UTC would merge with Raytheon Co., and move its headquarters to Waltham, MA., came with little advanced notice to the Lamont administration.

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Massachusetts state officials are pleased that another high tech company is being lured away from Connecticut, and will set up headquarters in the Bay State. Raytheon Technologies Corp. — formed from the proposed merger of Waltham-based Raytheon and Connecticut-based United Technologies — would be headquartered in Greater Boston, the companies said. 

A health official in Springfield, Massachusetts, said she was surprised by a jump in the number of opioid overdose deaths in the city, and she doesn't know why it happened.

The discharge canal at Pilgrim, where water used for cooling at the plant is released back into Cape Cod Bay.
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The Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station in Plymouth pumps about a half-billion gallons of water from Cape Cod Bay into the plant every day. The water cycles continuously, passing through the plant’s condenser, and returning to the bay about 10 minutes later — and 30 degrees warmer.

Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts, now has another challenge on its hands: it could lose its accreditation.

More than 130 years after Emily Dickinson's death, scholars and devotees continue to scrutinize her poetry and rewrite her life story. 

The Springfield Armory National Historic Site has a new leader. 

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Tucked away in the northwest corner of Connecticut, just a few miles from the Massachusetts border, stands the New England Accordion Connection and Museum Company. The museum houses over 600 accordions, thousands of pages of sheet music, and a jukebox filled with hours of accordion music.

One of the toughest jobs in Major League Baseball might belong to Donnie Gardiner.

He's the facilities superintendent at Fenway Park, the iconic 107-year-old home of the Boston Red Sox. It's the oldest ballpark in Major League Baseball, and Gardiner's job is to keep the place running.

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The president of Hampshire College has quit her post amid mounting turmoil over the future of the small private school in Amherst, Massachusetts. 

Fighting to retain its Boston-area casino license, Wynn Resorts executives on Wednesday detailed changes in the company's governance and policies, adjustments made in the wake of a litany of sexual misconduct allegations against former founder and CEO Steve Wynn.

Stop & Shop returns to the negotiating table with its unions on Wednesday. The state treasurer of Massachusetts has criticized the company's proposals — and she has a unique perspective. 

Wynn Resorts mishandled sexual misconduct allegations against founder Steve Wynn, then concealed the accusations from Massachusetts regulators when seeking one of the state’s coveted casino licenses, according to a report by investigators for the Massachusetts Gaming Commission.

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With recreational marijuana on sale in Massachusetts, Connecticut lawmakers are looking at legalizing recreational cannabis more seriously than ever.

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What would you do with all that time if you didn't have to drive during your daily commute?

This hour: like it or not, autonomous vehicles (AVs) will be a major part of our not-too-distant transportation future. We take a look at some of the promises and challenges of automating vehicles and ask what they will mean for the cities of our future.

MGM Springfield is trying to figure out how to keep people under 21 from getting onto its casino floor. 

For 27 years, Mark Schand lay in his prison cot in Massachusetts and plotted out the retail empire he'd been envisioning since well before his arrest.

"I would lay in bed, my eyes wide open, looking at the ceiling, just thinking of a color scheme, and picture the uniform," said Schand.

Weedmaps had this message put up on I-91 in New Haven on January 23. It's a reminder to Connecticut residents that marijuana is available for purchase in Massachusetts.
Frankie Graziano / Connecticut Public Radio

A New Haven-based addiction treatment organization is going after the messaging on an interstate billboard with another billboard.

Massachusetts Democrats will hold their annual convention in Springfield this fall, but the city's Democratic mayor will apparently not be at the event.

Super Bowl tickets are super expensive, as always, but the average resale price is about $1,000 less than at this time last year.

And the price of admission to the big game has been dropping steadily since Sunday, when the Patriots won the AFC Championship. Again.

Luigi Disisto is a 47-year-old man who has autism and lives at a private special education center based in suburban Boston best known for being the only school in the country that shocks its students with disabilities to control their behavior.

Disisto wears a backpack equipped with a battery and wires that are attached to his body to deliver a two-second shock if he misbehaves.

Hampshire College says it wants a “strategic partner” to help it face a tough financial outlook. But the school's president stopped short of saying she wants to merge with another college.

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On a brisk winter day, Stephen Puleo, author of Dark Tide: The Great Boston Molasses Flood of 1919, gestured towards the spot where a tank in Boston's North End burst, releasing a tsunami of hot molasses into the streets 100 years ago, on January 15, 1919.

Updated on Jan. 8, 2018 

Massachusetts residents getting state assistance can now show their benefits card to buy discounted museum or concert tickets — and in some cases, get in for free.

The Block Island Wind Farm off the coast of Rhode Island in October, 2016.
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Connecticut has joined nine states for a landmark agreement to reduce carbon emissions from transportation in the Northeast region.

This hour, as the federal government backs away from fighting climate change, what role can states play?

Outgoing Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy has acknowledged that there have been some capacity problems on a newly-established rail line.

The startup of the Pioneer Valley Arabic Music Ensemble was mentioned in an announcement a few months ago in a western Massachusetts newspaper. No audition was necessary — just an interest, an instrument and a willingness to be directed. 

The Berkshire Museum announced on Tuesday that it's all done selling its art.

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