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    1. MassDOT Secretary Stephanie Pollack responds to delayed Western Mass. project funding (video)

      MassDOT Secretary Stephanie Pollack responds to delayed Western Mass. project funding (video)

      During an Aug. 5 meeting with The Republican editorial board, state Transportation Secretary Stephanie Pollack responded to a question about the perceived inequality in major project funding and the appearance that eastern Massachusetts is given preference over the western part of the state. Although western Massachusetts is receiving attention from the state Legislature, including focus on the Union Station renovation and Northampton's Norwottuck Rail Trail, these projects and many more have been in the pipeline for years.

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    2. In Springfield, Steve Wozniak talks Apple's early days, the future of humans and machines

      In Springfield, Steve Wozniak talks Apple's early days, the future of humans and machines

      Steve Wozniak captivated the crowd Friday night at the MassMutual Center, telling stories from the early days of Apple, promoting technological advances like self-driving cars and describing the philosophy that has driven him to such success. The Apple co-founder participated in a question-and-answer session moderated by NECN's Latoyia Edwards. The talk was put on by the Springfield Public Forum with help of sponsors including MassMutual, Wilbraham & Monson Academy and Paragus Strategic IT. MassLive was the media sponsor.

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    3. Innovative startups show off to business leaders at Springfield's Valley Venture Mentors

      Innovative startups show off to business leaders at Springfield's Valley Venture Mentors

      A mop that greatly reduces the likelihood of work-related injuries and a GPS tracker for the family pet that also collects data on exercise. These are just two of the ideas that were turned into promising startups with the guidance of Valley Venture Mentors, a non-profit mentoring and acceleration program headquartered at Tower Square. VVM hosted a small pitch session on Friday at the end of a daylong tour of innovative businesses hosted by the Economic Development Council of Western Massachusetts.

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    4. West Springfield seeks state help with Front Street Mill redevelopment process

      West Springfield seeks state help with Front Street Mill redevelopment process

      The town has asked for the Front Street Mill to be designated a "priority development site" by the state, allowing for high-visibility marketing and greater likelihood of receiving grants. 150 Front St., 101 Front St., the fish ladder and the power canal would be targeted in the plan to make the mostly vacant property flourish. Consultants with UMass Amherst have suggested mixed-use business and residential properties, beautification and more opportunities for recreation.

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    5. Historic airplane Gee Bee Z, 'The City of Springfield,' proposed for new LEGO set

      Historic airplane Gee Bee Z, 'The City of Springfield,' proposed for new LEGO set

      In honor of its history and its unique design, Comeau is asking LEGO to create a kit that would allow children and adults alike to make their own models of the Gee Bee Z, also called "The City of Springfield." Gee Bee stands for Granville Brothers, the manufacturers of the plane that won every race it entered. The company was based at the former Springfield Airport during the Great Depression, and went bankrupt a few years after pilot Lowell Bayles was killed on Dec. 5, 1931, in a fiery crash of the only Gee Bee Z in existence. Comeau's ...

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    6. Charging stations for Tesla electric cars proposed for Riverdale Shops in West Springfield

      Charging stations for Tesla electric cars proposed for Riverdale Shops in West Springfield

      The town is considering a plan to add chargers for Tesla electric cars at the Riverdale Shops, giving drivers the chance to quickly "super charge" their vehicles on trips around the northeast. Assistant town planner Tara Gehring said the proposal serves two purposes. The first is to close a gap. The two nearest Supercharge stations, which Tesla says take 30 minutes to give the Model S enough power to drive 170 miles, are far away. By number of miles, the nearest stations are in Albany, N.Y., and Milford, Conn.

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