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A PVTA bus.
MARK M. MURRAY / THE REPUBLICAN / MASSLIVE.COM/PHOTOS

Pioneer Valley Transit Authority riders face a fare increase of 20 percent in less than two weeks. The bus company has been working to make sure its customers are aware it.

A jar of marijuana buds for sale inside the River Rock dispensary in Denver, Colorado.
Steve Brown / WBUR

Many adults in Massachusetts supported the legalization of recreational marijuana. And it seems delayed.

Nurses walk the picket line outside Berkshire Medical Center in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, on Oct. 3, 2017.
Adam Frenier / NEPR

Nurses at Berkshire Medical Center have called off a second strike planned for June 18 and reached a tentative agreement with the hospital.

A train sitting on the platform at Union Station in Springfield, Massachusetts.
Adam Frenier / NEPR

Massachusetts transportation officials this week announced funding for more north/south rail service in the Pioneer Valley, and for a long-awaited study examining trains between Boston and western Massachusetts. 

Smith and Wesson pistol.
James Case / Creative Commons / flickr.com/photos/capcase

Massachusetts authorities say hundreds of residents previously cleared by a state board to own a firearm may lose their gun licenses because of a clash between state and federal regulations. 

'We're All In Lockdown': Lessons From Northampton, Mass.

Jun 15, 2018
Anabel Rosero, left, walks with her daughter Anaisha Feliciano, 12, after Anaisha had been released from a lockdown at JFK Middle School in Northampton, Thursday.
Carol Lollis / Daily Hampshire Gazette / gazettenet.com

When a man with two guns was spotted on a Northampton, Massachusetts, middle school campus, the police responded perfectly. No one was hurt. Best-case scenario, right?

Nancy MacLean - Democracy In Chains

Jun 15, 2018

Nancy McLean is a professor of history and public policy at Duke University, a fellow of the Society of American Historians, and the award winning author of many books, most recently, the 2017 National Book Award Finalist Democracy In Chains, which Booklist called, “Perhaps the best explanation to date of the roots of the political divide that threatens to irrevocably alter American government.” 

In her talk at the University of Massachusetts on November 13th, 2017, McLean shared the story of how she reached her conclusions and explained their significance.

Evacuees from Puerto Rico gather in Springfield, Massachusetts, on Thursday, April 19, 2018, facing a housing crisis.
Greg Saulmon / The Republican / MassLive.com/photos

Some families in New England who fled Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria nine months ago are still using housing vouchers from FEMA to pay for hotels. The voucher program ends on June 30.

A sales associate at New England Treatment Access in Brookline, a medical dispensary, places medicinal marijuana into a container.
Jesse Costa / WBUR

Prospects for retail pot shops opening for business in Massachusetts by a July 1 target date appear to be dimming. 

The Massachusets Statehouse with a rainbow flag flying in front of it on June 14, 2007, the date the state legislature voted to uphold the legality of same-sex marriage.
Tim Pierce / Creative Commons / commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Mass_statehouse_rainbow_flag.jpg

Top Democrats in the Massachusetts House of Representatives will take a fresh look later this month at legislation that would block businesses from citing religion as the basis for ignoring state anti-discrimination laws.

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