MASSACHUSETTS

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

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.

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.

The U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments on Monday in an immigration case that could create a profound precedent for some immigrants living in the country without authorization.

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.

The U.S. Supreme Court hears oral arguments Monday in Pereira v. Sessions, a case that, for thousands of immigrants, could mean the difference between staying in the country and being deported.

At the center of it all is a Brazilian immigrant who overstayed his visa and for almost 16 years has lived on Martha’s Vineyard.

‘What Could Happen? We Don’t Know’

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. 

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? 

Before he signed a package of criminal justice reforms Friday, Gov. Charlie Baker outlined new legislation he was filing to fund some of its costs and alter some of its provisions.
Sam Doran / State House News Service

Implementing a massive criminal justice reform law signed last week will cost Massachusetts an estimated $15 million this fiscal year and as much as $40 million next year, according to Gov. Charlie Baker.

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