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Congressman Richard Neal

  The opioid crisis cuts across state lines.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Massachusetts Representative Richard Neal tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock he’s working on legislative fixes to try to combat heroin. 

  It’s a been a bumpy road for the MGM Springfield project of late.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Massachusetts Representative Richard Neal tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock he’s still ambivalent about casinos. 

  The Boston Pops recently had a special guest performer.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Massachusetts Representative Richard Neal tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock about his big night. 

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Cities and towns across the region honored military veterans today with parades, wreath-laying ceremonies,and speeches. One western Massachusetts college held its annual multigenerational observance.

Rain forced the relocation of American International College’s Veterans Day celebration from its traditional location at the permanent veteran’s memorial on the main Springfield campus to an indoor venue.

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The redevelopment of Union Station in Springfield, Massachusetts into a regional transportation hub – a project that took decades to realize – is one year away from completion

The $88.5 million taxpayer-funded project is on-time and on-budget according to Christopher Moskal, executive director of the Springfield Redevelopment Authority.

"Right on budget, right on time we should be open to the public in late December ( 2016)," said Moskal.

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The federal government has awarded Berkshire Community College nearly $2 million to improve student graduation rates and expand its ability to serve low-income students.

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Massachusetts Congressman Richard Neal says the suspected bombing of the Russian passenger plane over Egypt by ISIS terrorists could change the response Russia has had towards the group.

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Massachusetts Congressman Richard Neal says new House Speaker Paul Ryan will be hemmed by his own Republican Party.

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Congressman Richard Neal was in Pittsfield Friday to meet with city leaders and representatives of SABIC. The Saudi-based company has announced plans to move its Pittsfield plastics division to Texas next year.

 The Iran vote was one of the most contentious of this entire term.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Massachusetts Representative Richard Neal tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock why he supported the agreement. 

  The White House has begun a hard sell on the Iran deal.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Massachusetts Representative Richard Neal tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that he’s busy going line-by-line before deciding.

  A Marine from Springfield was buried Monday after being shot and killed in Tennessee.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Massachusetts Representative Richard Neal tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that Sullivan will be warmly remembered.

  If Boston gets the Olympics in 2024, what’s in it for the rest of the state?

That’s the question Massachusetts Representative Richard Neal wants to answer, as he tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock in today’s Congressional Corner.

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Olympic competition could be coming to western Massachusetts if Boston lands the 2024 summer games.  

The Deerfield River, which runs through Berkshire and Franklin Counties, would be the setting for Olympic canoe slalom if Boston is awarded the 2024 Summer Olympics. Boston 2024 announced the venue but said the exact location on the river where the competition would be staged has yet to be determined.

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What officials said is the final piece of funding for a major transportation project in western Massachusetts was announced today in Springfield.

Massachusetts is committing the remaining funds needed to complete the redevelopment of Union Station in Springfield into an intermodal regional transportation hub. It brings the total amount of federal, state, and local funds for the project to $88.5 million.

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Massachusetts Congressman Richard Neal visited a specialty paper company he says is succeeding despite high energy costs this morning. The Democrat toured the facility with Congressman Joe Kennedy of eastern Massachusetts.

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Massachusetts Congressman Richard Neal has delivered an early endorsement as the municipal campaign season is getting underway.    The veteran Congressman is supporting Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno’s reelection bid. 

Neal stood beside Sarno in front of Springfield City Hall Friday and praised the mayor’s record on economic development, managing the city’s finances, and for devoting considerable time to the efforts to improve the public schools. 

" I think Domenic Sarno has done a terrific job as mayor and I intend to support him," declared Neal.

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Massachusetts Congressman Richard Neal recently proposed legislation aimed at preventing prescription drug and heroin overdoses.

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Congressmen from western Massachusetts and eastern New York are encouraging the neighboring areas to continue developing the science, engineering and technology industries across state lines.

Massachusetts is about four months into the Baker era.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Massachusetts Representative Richard Neal tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock about working with the new governor.

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Hillary Rodham Clinton is expected to make the announcement Sunday that's been anticipated for months.  New Yorkers now have a former Senator and former governor potentially in the field.

The former secretary of state and New York senator is about to undertake her second presidential bid, entering the race in a strong position to succeed President Barack Obama as the nominee of the Democratic Party.

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It’s been more than a year since North Adams Regional Hospital closed. Pittsfield-based Berkshire Health Systems now operates a satellite emergency facility there. Congressman Richard Neal says a divide between the former hospital’s leadership and unions played a role in the closure.

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Massachusetts Congressman Richard Neal will be touring a couple of western Massachusetts farms Tuesday. Governor Charlie Baker will also celebrate Massachusetts Agricultural Day at the State House.

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Massachusetts Congressman Richard Neal says former Secretary of State of Hillary Clinton did nothing wrong in using a personal email account while she was in office. Clinton has been criticized this week for using private email when she was the nation’s top diplomat.

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The Vince Lombardi trophy is heading to Washington, D.C this afternoon. Owner Robert Kraft of the Super Bowl-winning New England Patriots is bringing the trophy to Massachusetts Congressman Richard Neal’s office. 

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During a tour of businesses in Pittsfield, Congressman Richard Neal says the ongoing battle over homeland security funding and President Obama’s immigration actions represents the breakdown of civility that exists in Congress.

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Massachusetts Congressman Richard Neal spent Monday afternoon in the westernmost part of his district touring businesses.

U.S. President Barack Obama delivered his State of the Union Speech Tuesday night. Local officials react to issues mentioned ranging from free community college to the state of the economy to raising taxes on the wealthy.

  President Obama said his immigration actions are a response to an intransigent Congress.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Massachusetts Representative Richard Neal tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that a sensible bill would likely pass the House. 

  Massachusetts will soon be controlled by a Republican governor.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Massachusetts Representative Richard Neal tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that Governor-elect Charlie Baker was helped by Martha Coakley’s primary campaign. 

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