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    1. Congressman Richard Neal loses bid to be ranking Democrat on House Ways and Means Committee

      Congressman Richard Neal loses bid to be ranking Democrat on House Ways and Means Committee
      The Springfield representative won the endorsement of the House Democratic Steering and Policy Committee Wednesday on a 23 to 22 vote. But the full caucus sided with the 79-year old Levin, upholding the tradition of giving chairmanships to the most senior member. Neal, 61, congratulated his elder colleague after the vote.
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    2. Springfield tax rate reduced for homeowners and businesses on 7-6 City Council vote

      Springfield tax rate reduced for homeowners and businesses on 7-6 City Council vote
      Russell F. Denver, director of the Affiliated Chambers of Commerce of Greater Springfield, said the city competes for business with surrounding communities and beyond the state. He praised the council for reducing the business tax burden, saying dipping the rate below $39 is significant in promoting business retention and growth.
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    3. Defense, Homeland Security contracts key for many Western Massachusetts businesses, colleges

      Defense, Homeland Security contracts key for many Western Massachusetts businesses, colleges
      Springfield’s Smith & Wesson has had a number of military contracts in recent years, including providing handguns to Air Force police officers and members of Iraq’s army, said Paul J. Pluff, director of marketing services. Smith & Wesson has more than 950 employees in its firearms factory in Roosevelt Avenue.
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    4. Westfield officials to demolish forrmer Lambson Furniture warehouse in attempt to deal with blight

      The City Council recently approved the use of $60,000 in free cash to finance the removal of the storage building located to the rear of Bentley Billiards, off Elm and Thomas streets. City Advancement Officer Jeffrey R. Daley said this week demolition of the building is awaiting state approval under an emergency request because of extensive deterioration of the structure.
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