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News Minute: Here is the latest Massachusetts news from The Associated Press

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BOSTON (AP) - Labor Day marks the launch of a two-month tax amnesty program in Massachusetts. The state Revenue Department says residents who owe taxes face no penalties if they pay during the period that begins today and ends October 31. About 300,000 people will be receiving notices in September indicating they are eligible.

PITTSFIELD, Mass. (AP) - The new bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Springfield has made his first trip to the Berkshires and promises he'll return. Ther Berkshire Eagle News reports that the Rev. Mitchell Rozanski said he had to browse maps on the Internet to become familiar with western Massachusetts. The 55-year-old Rozanski was auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Baltimore when Pope Francis appointed him bishop in June to lead Catholics in Berkshire, Franklin, Hampden and Hampshire counties.

BOSTON (AP) - Massachusetts' highest court is set to hear arguments this week in an appeal filed by a couple convicted of harassing their Andover neighbors through fake Craigslist ads for free golf carts and a false report of child abuse. William and Gail Johnson were convicted of criminal harassment for targeting their neighbors, Jim Lyons and his wife. The trouble began after the Lyonses objected to a proposal by William Johnson to develop land behind their house. Prosecutors said William Johnson enlisted a friend to place an ad offering free golf carts with the Lyonses' address and phone number. The couple was also subjected to other hoaxes.

WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) - The National Weather Service has confirmed a tornado touched down briefly in Worcester. Forecasters said it was the lowest rating on the tornado scale, with winds at about 85 mph in a storm that swept through last night. The tornado began at about 8:10 p.m. and ended four minutes later. It brought down trees and damaged cars, but no one was hurt. The Telegram reports that the tornado downed 10 utility poles and left about 400 electric customers without power.

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