MASSACHUSETTS

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

After speaking at a New England Council breakfast on July 16, 2018, Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren told reporters that the U.S. government needs to offer a strong response to alleged Russian interference in the 2016 election.
Katie Lannan / State House News Service

U.S. Senators from Massachusetts and Connecticut reacted negatively Monday to President Trump’s one-on-one meeting and joint press conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

One hundred dollar bills.
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Last week, we talked about the Massachusetts budget. Another week has elapsed. Are the expectations any better that the conference committee might make a deal this week?

Marijuana in a bloom room at the INSA marijuana dispensary in Easthampton, Massachusetts.
Jerrey Roberts / Daily Hampshire Gazette / gazettenet.com

This episode, we focus on a single plant. Weed, cannabis, marijuana, pot --  whatever you call it, Massachusetts is on a slow march to full legalization.

A sales associate at New England Treatment Access in Brookline, a medical dispensary, places medicinal marijuana into a container.
Jesse Costa / WBUR

The Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission is reviewing its first license application from an independent testing laboratory, a critical link of the supply chain without which non-medical marijuana cannot be sold. 

Auto Voter Registration Bill Could Soon Reach Massachusetts Governor

Jul 12, 2018
Several rows of sign-holders greet voters as they drove down the driveway to White Brook Middle School in Easthampton.
Sam Hudzik / NEPR

The Massachusetts Senate unanimously passed a bill Thursday intended to encourage more participation in elections by enrolling voters when they interact with the Registry of Motor Vehicles or MassHealth -- unless they opt out. 

Brett Kavanaugh addresses the audience at Trump's nomination press conference on July 9, 2018.
D. Myles Cullen / The White House

U.S. Senators from Massachusetts and Connecticut have spoken out against President Trump’s nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court.

Beach sand.
Petr Kratochvil / Creative Commons

On Saturday, nearly 500,000 pounds of donated sand will transform one of North Adams's main roads into an urban beach for the 20th annual Eagle Street Beach Party.

Empty classroom with chairs.
Creative Commons

Massachusetts House lawmakers have passed a measure that would make major changes to public education funding, but some school advocates say the measure falls short — particularly compared to the Senate version.

U.S. Attorney Andrew Lelling sits down with members of the media in his office on Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2018.
Sam Doran / State House News Service

U.S. Attorney for Massachusetts Andrew Lelling issued a statement on Tuesday expanding upon his previous comments about how his office will approach the newly state-legal marijuana industry, which remains wholly illegal under federal law.

Massachusetts state Sen. Eric Lesser in a file photo.
Dave Roback / The Republian / masslive.com/photos

Massachusetts is the only state in the country without a budget for the current fiscal year, which started July 1. One item that could slow legislators down is a proposed immigration amendment.

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