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Hosted by Sam Hudzik of New England Public Radio, a collection of recent features, interviews and commentaries.

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Khalif Neville on keyboard, with his father Charles Neville on saxophone.
Courtesy Khalif Neville

We're still seeing the fallout of what could be the biggest political story in our region this year: the dramatic fall from power of former Senate President Stan Rosenberg. His resignation followed a critical ethics report. Many of Rosenberg's constituents told us they are sad and disappointed he's leaving, though not all think it's the wrong move.

A row of buildings on Main Street in Hartford, Connecticut, in 2013.
John Phelan / Creative Commons

The city of Hartford, Connecticut, is planning changes around its new downtown baseball stadium. The once-busy, historic North End neighborhood now has a lot of vacant lots and boarded-up buildings. We check in with Hartford residents about what should come next, what the area needs and what might be lost.

A fisherman holds up a lobster covered in eggs.
Courtesy / Gul of Maine Research Institute

Retail stores in Massachusetts are expected to start selling marijuana legally in the state this summer. Some cities and towns have taken steps to temporarily block pot shops within their borders. And others have banned them altogether. 

On Nov. 27, the Council of Churches of Western Massachusetts hosted a summit on church security. Pictured, Assistant US Attorney Kevin O'Regan, left, talks to attendees.
Sean Teehan / NEPR

This December marked five years since the murders at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. Twenty first-graders and six adults were gunned down. 

Milking equipment at Luther Belden Farm in Hatfield, Massachusetts.
Carrie Healy / NEPR

As Massachusetts lawmakers ponder whether to give more tax credits to a dwindling number of dairy farmers, those farmers are innovating. One example: a milking robot. We visit Luther Belden Farm in Hatfield.

PawSox players in the dugout in 2014.
Eric Kilby flickr.com/photos/ekilby / Creative Commons

Worcester is making a serious pitch to be the new home of the top minor league team for the Boston Red Sox. But the Paw Sox of Pawtucket may have other plans. 

Musician Gabriel Kahane met and talked with people on the train after the U.S. election. He took notes, and then wrote some songs.
Gabriel Kahane / Courtesy of the artist

NEPR News Now is a collection of recent features, interviews and commentaries. 

Edward Nunez of Freedom Credit Union speaks at a press conference about getting help to hurricane victims in Puerto Rico held in Holyoke, Massachusetts on Thursday, Sept. 28, 2017.
Mike Plaisance / The Republican

NEPR News Now is a collection of recent features, interviews and commentaries. 

Some immigrants without authorization who've been victims of crimes may be eligible for a U visa. Here, immigration lawyer Susan Roses, left, reviews documents and with Antonia concerning her U-visa filing.
Jesse Costa / WBUR

NEPR News Now is a collection of recent features, interviews and commentaries.

The Massachusetts Statehouse in April 2017.
William Zhang / Creative Commons

NEPR News Now is a collection of recent features, interviews and commentaries.

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