Two people have already said they’ll run for the state Senate seat being vacated by Mike Knapik of Westfield. The ranking Republican on the Senate Ways and Means Committee is stepping down Friday. Knapik has accepted a top fundraising position with Westfield State University. He’s been on Beacon Hill for more than two decades and is respected on both sides of the aisle. Outgoing Easthampton Mayor Mike Tautznik says he’ll run for Knapik’s seat as a Democrat. Republican State Rep Don Humason of Westfield also says he’ll run in the special election.
An announcement on whether a grand jury has indicted a white police officer in the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager is expected this afternoon.
Hagel was appointed less than two years ago as Obama pushed his signature program of winding up wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.
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.