Today is the deadline for political candidates in Northampton to turn in their nomination papers. Last week former building commissioner Tony Patillo took out papers to run against incumbent Mayor David Narkewicz. Patillo is also collecting signatures for an at-large seat on the City Council. Contested races are shaping up in Wards 2, 6, 7 and possibly Ward 3.
U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is stepping down.
The U.S. military will have a wider role to fight the Taliban alongside Afghan forces after the current mission ends next month.
The President shrugged off criticism of his executive action on immigration.
It's official--electric rates in Western Mass will be going up 29 percent as of January first