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San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz talks to about 250 people at Gateway City Arts in Holyoke, Massachusetts.
Jill Kaufman / NEPR

Right after Time magazine named her one of the most influential people of 2018, San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz traveled to Holyoke, Massachusetts, a city some call Little Puerto Rico.

A dash cam photo released by Maine State Police shows John Williams robbing a convenience store Wednesday morning in Norridgewock, Maine. Maine authorities say Williams fatally shot a sheriff's deputy, stole his cruiser and robbed the Cumberland Farms.
Maine State Police / via Associated Press

The man wanted for the murder of a sheriff's deputy in Maine early Wednesday morning had been expected to appear at a court hearing in Massachusetts that same day on unrelated gun charges.

San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz in a PBS NewsHour video from October 2017.
PBS NewsHour / YouTube

The mayor of San Juan, Puerto Rico, is visiting western Massachusetts, starting Wednesday, to discuss Puerto Rico's future and ongoing challenges seven months after Hurricane Maria.

Pea seedlings.
Rev Stan / Creative Commons / flickr.com/photos/revstan

The cold, wet weather this month has set the vegetable growing season behind in some parts of New England. And some farmers are already dealing with crop loss.

Judge Thomas Estes, right, with his attorney David Hoose .
Ally Jarmanning / WBUR

Should a judge who admitted to engaging in sexual acts with an employee in his court — including in his chambers — keep his job?

Bryon Hefner pleaded not guilty on Tuesday morning to all 10 charges at his arraignment in Suffolk Superior Court.
Jonathan Wiggs / Pool

The man at the center of a scandal that has rocked the Massachusetts Senate appeared in Suffolk Superior Court Tuesday and pleaded not guilty to indecent assault and battery, open and gross lewdness and dissemination of an illicit nude photograph.

Flooding in Peabody, Massachusetts, in 2011.
Rusty Clark / Creative Commons / flickr.com/photos/rusty_clark

Municipal leaders will meet this week in Greenfield, Massachusetts, with state environmental officials. The state is holding meetings to help cities and towns prepare for the impact of severe weather.

Inside the Massachusetts Statehouse.
Brian Moen / Creative Commons / flickr.com/photos/emoeby

Invigorated and recharged from a quiet week on Beacon Hill last week, Massachusetts lawmakers are returning for budget debates. 

Manuel Oliver creates a mural outside South Congregational Church in Springfield, Massachusetts, on April 20, 2018.
Alden Bourne / NEPR

The father of one of the students killed in Parkland, Florida in February was in Springfield, Massachusetts, on Friday, making his opinions known through art.

A rendering of an MGM casino set to open in September. It's under construction in Springfield, Massachusetts.
MGM Springfield

Recently, there's been rumblings that MGM, which is currently building a casino in Springfield, Massachusetts, is looking at buying a Boston-area casino also under construction. So what might this mean for Springfield? 

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