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Whose decline is more severe: Joe Biden’s or the news media’s?

The decisive problem right now isn't Joe Biden or the press; it is what is being done to the American people.

Lawmakers assure Great Barrington officials: Local permits required to reintroduce horse racing at Fairgrounds

Town officials have said Sterling Suffolk Racecourse would need at least two special permits: One for commercial amusement and another for floodplain protection, and possibly a third for work in the town’s water quality protection overlay district.

Concerns aired about Suffolk Downs’ plans for horse racing at fairgrounds

Suffolk needs a change in state law to permit it to hold races in Great Barrington while at the same time allowing it to maintain its simulcasting and betting operations back in East Boston. Racing at the fairgrounds would also require permits from the town.

PROFILE: Sen. Adam Hinds looks back at legislative accomplishments – and challenges

The Edge recently sat down with Hinds in his Pittsfield office to discuss his proudest accomplishments, how to align workforce development needs with the education system, and his hopes and concerns about the rollout of recreational marijuana in the state, among other things.

News Brief: Hinds accepts seat on tax review commission

Established by statute in 2018, the purpose of the Commission is to review each tax expenditure every five years and evaluate its purpose, intent, goal and effectiveness.

Business Briefs: Berkshire Nonprofit Awards; WCMA Summer Space; STEM grant for BCC, MCLA; Lee Bank promotes Brown; BMM community events

Berkshire Community College and Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts have announced that the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education has awarded the institutions $24,980 to establish the STEM Transfer Summer Bridge Program.

News Briefs: Local infrastructure funding; more funding for Rural School Aid

Sen. Adam G. Hinds, D-Pittsfield, announced that Wednesday that the Massachusetts Senate adopted his budget amendment to increase funding for the Rural School Aid grant program by $1 million, raising the total appropriation for this account to $2.5 million in the fiscal year 2020 Senate budget.

News Briefs: Hinds staff office hours; Rural School Aid grant funding program restored

The Senate Committee on Ways and Means fiscal year 2020 budget proposal released Wednesday appropriates $1.5 million for the Rural School Aid grant program.

News Briefs: GB construction update; GB candidates’ forum; Conservation Land Tax Credit bill approved

A public forum for all Great Barrington candidates will be held Wednesday, May 1, at 6:30 p.m. at the Claire Teague Senior Center, 917 South Main St.

EYES TO THE SKY: Space walk anniversary, better light for Massachusetts

While the world celebrates the 50th anniversary of the July 20, 1969, Apollo 11 moon walk – and we are continually awed by the results of space exploration since – it is sobering to learn that in 85 percent of locations on Earth, only a few stars are visible when looking up to the sky at night.

News Brief: Mass. Senate passes FY ’19 supplemental budget

Furthering the Senate’s continued commitment to support working families and those in need, the budget bill eliminates the so-called “Cap on Kids” and includes $30 million for the Low Income Heating Energy Assistance Program, among other considerations.

New Briefs: Jury finds two guilty of aggravated rape; Mass. Senate passes comprehensive rules proposals

The Massachusetts Senate passed two comprehensive reports updating the Senate and Joint rules related to harassment, diversity and transparency.

Bring back the trains to (and from) the Berkshires

By bringing back the trains, we could take a huge step in restoring the Berkshires to vibrant economic health, and integrate the best of its industrial past with the best of 21st-century economic development and environmental sustainability.

News Briefs: Lee police chief wins Unsung Hero Award; Senate takes action to extend unemployment insurance for locked-out National Grid workers

This legislation is designed to address the concerns of the approximately 1,250 workers scheduled to stop receiving unemployment benefits Jan 14, 2019, due to the ongoing National Grid lockout.

News Briefs: GB Town Hall reconfiguration; Pignatelli honored by Mass. Rivers Alliance

Pignatelli and Gobi were responsible for the passage of a $2.4 billion environmental bond bill, signed by Gov. Charlie Baker in August, which allocated $55 million in funds for river and wetland restoration programs across the Commonwealth.

News Briefs: Berkshire Museum art sales complete; Hinds appointed to rail committee

MassDOT’s East-West Passenger Rail Study is charged with evaluating strategies for providing passenger rail service between Boston and Pittsfield by way of Springfield.

Officials celebrate Great Barrington’s newly formed cultural district

Town officials say the new cultural district will engage in marketing and communication efforts such as cultural district signage and brochures. District officials will also develop a shared calendar of events and promote downtown activities and businesses.

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