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THE OTHER SIDE: The king is not dead — not really

Well, in one fell swoop, the new conservative majority—it might be more accurate to call them the new MAGA majority—betrayed originalism and textualism.

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.

News Briefs: Neal endorses Harrington; MassTrails program

MassTrails will provide a total of approximately $5 million in matching grants through the first round of funding in fiscal year 2020 and will also offer technical assistance and resources to individuals, municipalities, non-profits and other public entities to design, construct and maintain high-quality Massachusetts trails.

Lee snags almost $5 million in state infrastructure funds, clearing the way for ‘transformative’ Eagle Mill project

Mill Renaissance LLC must still obtain site plan approval, conservation commission approval, the allocation of historic tax credits and additional commercial. Developer Jeffrey Cohen hopes to start construction on the $60 million project in the fourth quarter of 2019.

Markey, Warren, Neal to file legislation forcing Charter to carry Massachusetts stations

North Adams Mayor Tom Bernard noted the irony that WWLP, the NBC affiliate in Springfield, sent a camera crew to the news conference but coverage of it would not be available to Charter's Berkshire County subscribers.

U.S. Rep. Neal’s Democratic opponent styles herself a ‘problem solver’

Amatul-Wadud is running for Congress to address what she believes are some hard truths about the living conditions in the district that Rep. Neal and others won’t talk about.

Warren electrifies Mahaiwe crowd, but questioners get few specifics

The Warren campaign estimated more than 1,000 people attended the rally, including those at the packed Mahaiwe and the overflow crowd that could not be admitted to the 700-seat theater.

News Briefs: Amatul-Wadud in Sheffield; FY19 conference budget report approved; Mass. solar, wind power increase

Among the issues Amatul-Wadud is raising in her run for Congress are climate change; universal public education; and affordable, high-speed internet access for every resident of the 1st Congressional District.

Bits & Bytes: Independence Day at Shakespeare & Company; Terry a la Berry at Lenox Library; blood drive at Camphill Ghent

Shakespeare & Company artists and special guests from the community including U.S. Rep. Richard Neal, D-Springfield; Rep. William “Smitty” Pignatelli​, D-Lenox; and Sen. Adam Hinds, D-Pittsfield, will read the Declaration of Independence as part of Shakespeare & Company's Fourth of July celebration.

Markey, Warren and Neal demand Charter restore Massachusetts channels

"Without these stations, Berkshire County residents lose access to Massachusetts-specific information that matters to them, including Boston sports and news from their state capital, which is not reported on by an Albany station in New York." U.S. Sen. Ed Markey, in a letter to Charter-Spectrum

News Brief: Congressional Art Competition entries on display

The exhibition will remain up through this weekend and the winner will be announced next week.

Springfield attorney challenges U.S. Rep. Neal from the left, points to ‘open secrets’ about his donors

There is a reason Amatul-Wadud cares so much about people. It's because, as a lawyer specializing in probate, families, custody and visitation rights, "I get to see people in their most intimate spaces."

Housatonic Heritage wins grant for historic Clinton Church

Phase 1 work will focus on areas of the building that most urgently need attention and will include a new wood shingle roof, abatement of mold and mildew, improved drainage, replacement of the basement floor slab, raising the building to make the basement usable, and repair or modification to the parsonage.

News Brief: Dems seek insurance companies’ assistance to better address opioid crisis

Reps. Richard Neal and Frank Pallone Jr. sent a letter to 14 insurance companies asking for details regarding the challenges plans face and their efforts to address the epidemic.

News Briefs: Lenox real estate taxes due; Rhodes calls on Faso to address union pensions

The Butch Lewis Act of 2017 is a bipartisan bill that would help repair the nation’s union pension crisis by providing critical financial support to protect pension plans at risk of insolvency.

News Briefs: Senate approves Dewey Court conveyance to Great Barrington Housing Authority; nonprofit independence upheld as Johnson Amendment protected

During deliberations in the U.S. Senate, the chamber's parliamentarian blocked language that would have repealed the Johnson Amendment, a provision in the current U.S. tax code that prohibits charitable organizations from endorsing candidates for political office.

Business Briefs: BHRSD grant; Chang-Chavkin Scholars program; MNN urges protection of Johnson Amendment; new Goodwill CEO; Tunnel City Coffee opens new roastery

Led by new director of learning and teaching Kristi Farina, the grant to Berkshire Hills Regional School District will support building inclusive practices and student achievement and growth.
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