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   The $42 billion budget passed by the Massachusetts Legislature and sitting on Governor Charlie Baker’s desk contains many earmarks for projects and programs in western Massachusetts.

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     Massachusetts officials have begun to weigh the pros and cons of legalized sports betting, along with the “hows” and “wheres.”    There are a lot of ramifications following Monday’s major decision by the Supreme Court that gave states the green light to consider legalizing waging on sports.

   The abrupt exit of Stan Rosenberg from the presidency of the Massachusetts Senate has led to speculation about who will be the leader of the chamber in 2019.   Another Democrat from western Massachusetts is considering running for Senate President.

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     Democrats in the Massachusetts Senate moved this week to address a leadership crisis that was threatening to drown the legislative agenda in the final few months of the two-year session.

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    The Massachusetts Department of Transportation is updating the state’s rail plan to prioritize projects that the agency said should be pursued over the next several years.

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Massachusetts U.S. Senator Ed Markey has thrown his support behind the effort to get high-speed train service between Springfield and Boston.

  One of the items that did not make it to the final version of the $40 billion state budget approved a week late by the Massachusetts legislature was a high-speed rail study.  Specifically, a requirement that MassDOT do a report on the costs and benefits of linking Springfield and Boston via high-speed rail.

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       A proposal to have the Massachusetts Department of Transportation do a feasibility study of Springfield-to-Boston high-speed passenger rail service is picking up steam.

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The major project to resurface the elevated 2-mile section of Interstate 91 through downtown Springfield, Massachusetts is now in its second year.

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      A State Senator from western Massachusetts is in the middle of a tour today intended to highlight support for expanding passenger rail service between Springfield and Boston.

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  Hospital emergency rooms are on the front lines in saving lives during the opioid crisis. Now some ERs in western Massachusetts will be getting an additional resource.

   The Massachusetts legislature meets this weekend on Beacon Hill where lawmakers face a glut of bills and a Sunday night deadline.

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      The Massachusetts Department of Transportation would be required to conduct a feasibility study on high-speed passenger rail service between Springfield and Boston under an amendment to the state budget that was passed unanimously by the legislature.