Springfield Mayor Dom Sarno says the city has been disproportionately targeted for the resettling of refugees. Sarno has written a letter to the State Department asking them to stop the influx for safety reasons. Local charities have settled 1,500 refugees in Western Mass since 2011 using federal funds. The vast majority of refugees have been funneled into the city of Springfield.
They were arrested as part of a yearlong FBI investigation into people trying to travel to Syria to join Islamic State.
The race goes on during a pause in the trial of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, who was convicted earlier this month of the 2013 bombing.
Mountain Road (Route 141) will be closed during the day for most of next week so city and state crews can clean up the remaining debris from last October's microburst.
Bay State Repeal has filed a draft ballot initiative petition with the Attorney General’s office.