MASSACHUSETTS

Coverage of Massachusetts from New England Public Radio, NPR, and other NPR stations.

At "Springfield's Big Gamble," (left to right) Reminder Publication's Mike Dobbs, Mark Pazniokas of The Connecticut Mirror, The Berkshire Eagle's Kristin Palpini, Af Am Point of View's Rick Hurst and New England News Collaborative editor John Dankosky.
Joyce Skowyra / NEPR

NEPR and the New England News Collaborative hosted a lively discussion on June 19, 2018, with some of the region's top reporters on the casino beat.

MGM Springfield Allowed 4 a.m. Last Call

Jun 21, 2018
Progress continues on the MGM Springfield casino project as they look to the grand opening in five months. This is the view along Main Street looking south.
Don Treeger / The Republican / masslive.com/photos

Massachusetts casino regulators gave MGM Springfield the go-ahead to serve alcohol until 4 a.m., two hours later than other establishments in the state.

Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno in February 2018.
Dave Roback / The Republican / masslive.com/photos

Springfield, Massachusetts, Mayor Domenic Sarno is facing criticism after he vetoed an ordinance establishing a chief diversity officer for the city.

The Massachusetts State House.
AlexiusHoratius / Creative Commons

Massachusetts lawmakers on Wednesday agreed to historic wage and benefits legislation designed to improve the lives of hundreds of thousands of workers, but the bill's passage was tainted with charges that legislators had backtracked on important worker issues in order to appease the retail industry sector.

Revelers at a Dead & Company show in Hartford, Conn., in June 2018.
Karen Brown / New England Public Radio

Recently, I decided to revisit my youth and go to a Dead show.

For the uninitiated, Dead & Company includes a few original members of the iconic '60s band The Grateful Dead, plus a few other musicians.

The last time I was among that much tie-dye was in the 1980s, when I was a college student following the Dead around the Bay area.

And I will admit — because I’m pretty sure there's a statute of limitations — I was not unfamiliar with the pungent haze wafting through the lawn seats, nor the marijuana-laced baked goods being offered to the crowed.

Specimen bottles are collected for packaging for drug testing Jan. 7, 2014, at Little Rock Air Force Base in Arkansas.
U.S. Air Force

Massachusetts voters legalized marijuana at the ballot box in 2016, and retail sales are poised to begin on or about July 1. But there still isn't much guidance coming from state officials about how businesses should deal with drug testing their employees when it comes to pot.

Bristol County Sheriff Thomas Hodgson during a training class conducted at Bristol County Jail and House of Correction in North Dartmouth, Massachusetts, in December 2017.
Jesse Costa / WBUR

A new civil rights lawsuit filed Tuesday in Boston's federal court says Bristol County Sheriff Thomas Hodgson detained an immigrant based solely on the man's immigration status — which is illegal under current law.

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker signs legislation this week in a file photo.
Sam Doran / State House News Service

In a sudden reversal, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker's administration canceled its plan to send National Guard members and equipment to the southwestern U.S. border, citing the federal government's "inhumane" practice of separating undocumented children from their families.

Voting in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Robin Lubbock / WBUR

Voters will not have an opportunity to impose an income surtax on the state’s wealthiest earners this November, after the Supreme Judicial Court ruled Monday that the proposal known as the “millionaire tax” cannot appear on the ballot.

Nine months after Hurricane Maria devastated the island of Puerto Rico, there are an estimated 300 families still living in hotels in Massachusetts with FEMA and the state footing the bill.

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