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Suicide rates have increased in nearly every state over the past two decades, and half of the states have seen suicide rates go up more than 30 percent.

Suicide is a major public health issue, accounting for nearly 45,000 deaths in 2016 alone. That is why the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta decided to take a comprehensive look at suicides from 1999 to 2016.

Connecticut Juvenile Training School Closes

Apr 13, 2018

Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy said Friday that he’s not expecting the Connecticut Juvenile Training School in Middletown, the state’s only juvenile prison, to ever be used again as a youth detention facility.

“We can reasonably predict that we will have less need for prisons in the future,” Malloy said, “So whether this prison, as badly built and designed as it was, will ever be used for something? I am not sure whether those cells will be. They were cells that were built, for instance, without toilets. Which, you know, made not sense at all.”

Springfield Bishop Mitchell Rozanski.
Karen Brown / NEPR

St. Mary's High School in Westfield, Massachusetts, will remain open for at least another year, after all. Its closure was announced this month, but the Springfield Roman Catholic Diocese is offering help.

Mass. To Sue Trump Administration Over Census Change

Mar 27, 2018
U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross on March 1, 2017.
United States Patent and Trademark Office

The Massachusetts attorney general says she will join a lawsuit seeking to stop the Trump administration's decision to add a question regarding citizenship to the 2020 U.S. Census. 

Updated 2:30 a.m. ET Tuesday

The U.S. Commerce Department announced late Monday that it will restore a question about citizenship to the 2020 census questionnaire.

In an eight-page memo Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross says the Justice Department has requested that the census ask who is a citizen in order to help determine possible violations of the Voting Rights Act, to help enforce that law.

As thousands of Massachusetts students are readying another march for gun control this Saturday, most voters stand with them.

Figures on overdose deaths grab headlines, but treatment data could save lives. In response, health officials have released new information on emergency room visits for drug overdoses, numbers that paint a fuller picture of the state's opioid crisis.

Floodwater rises in Marshfield during the nor'easter on March 13, 2018.
Jesse Costa / WBUR

As yet another nor'easter swept across the region — the fourth this month — two-thirds of Massachusetts voters say climate change is bringing more frequent or severe storms to the state.

St. Rose de Lima Roman Catholic Church in Chicopee, Massachusetts.
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Dozens of Catholic churches in Springfield, Massachusetts, have closed over the past decade, as membership has fallen. Lately, diocesan leaders have been asking parishioners how they can improve the church.

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