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The Massachusetts Senate unveiled a long-awaited $590 million tax relief proposal Thursday as the Democratic-led Senate and House, and Democratic Gov. Maura Healey, work to come up with a final tax-cutting plan. The Senate proposal would increase the rental deduction cap from $3,000 to $4,000, increase the child and dependent tax credit from $180 to $310 per child or dependent and bump up the earned income tax credit from 30% to 40% of the federal credit. The Senate, like the House, would also raise the state’s estate tax threshold from $1 million to $2 million. The Senate is expected to debate the bill next week.

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The prosecutor in the murder trial of a man charged with killing a Massachusetts police officer and an innocent bystander nearly five years ago told jurors in opening statements that the suspect acted with deliberation when he used the officer’s own gun to shoot him multiple times. The defense, however, on Thursday described a defendant who has spent years struggling with mental illness made worse by frequent marijuana use. Emanuel Lopes faces 11 charges in all, including two counts of murder, in connection with the killings of Weymouth police Sgt. Michael Chesna, a veteran and married father of two, and bystander Vera Adams, a 77-year-old widow, on July 15, 2018.

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A growing number of states are decriminalizing fentanyl testing strips, seeking to protect people who use drugs from unwitting exposure to the highly potent synthetic opioid ravaging the U.S. with overdose deaths. The strips have the support of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as a way to help prevent fentanyl overdoses. But the strips are still technically illegal in some states under drug paraphernalia laws dating back decades. Now at least 20 states, including Ohio, Mississippi and Pennsylvania just this year, have legalized the test strips in a bid to combat rising deaths from the ever-present opioid crisis.

Small private galleries have the ability to offer up new works by contemporary artists, big and small, well-known and unknown. Here in the Berkshires, we have a vast variety of galleries offering up artists working in a multitude of mediums. Offered here is a just a sampling of shows being offered by small art galleries in June.


Any company that can wag the flag of AI in front of the bull's face has seen its stock price soar, but investors should be warned that there are a lot of companies that are claiming to be in the forefront of AI when they are not.

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