MASSACHUSETTS

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

The Taser X26 Electronic Control Device (ECD) made by Taser International, Inc.
File photo / Masslive / masslive.com/photos

In a ruling Tuesday, the highest court in Massachusetts has opened the door for stun guns to become legal in the state.

Commercial fishing groups are joining in federal court to challenge the creation of the Atlantic Ocean's first-ever marine national monument. But the federal government is now asking for the case to be tossed out.

At stake is the future of roughly 5,000 square miles off the coast of Massachusetts, called the Northeast Canyons and Seamounts.

Hats and signs that were left at the pop-up memorial for the Boston Marathon bombing are arranged on tables at the Boston City Archives.
Elizabeth Gillis / WBUR

Last week ended before the Massachusetts Senate could move on the supplemental budget bill. One program suspended on Sunday, because the bill wasn't passed, is the Healthy Incentives Program, which needed more funding in order to continue to offer the bonus fruits and veggies to snap recipients through June 30. 

Attendees of a City Council meeting in Springfield, Mass. stood up and applauded after approval of an order preventing the city from interfering in religious institutions that provide sanctuary to immigrants.
Sean Teehan / NEPR

We take a look at a unanimous vote taken by the Springfield, Massachusetts, City Council, as it passed an order saying the city will not interfere with institutions granting sanction to immigrants

Tom Latanowich.
Yarmouth Police Department via WBUR

The man described by authorities as a career criminal and charged with the shooting death of Yarmouth, Massachusetts, police officer Sean Gannon is being held without bail.

A 29-year-old man with a lengthy criminal record will face a murder charge this morning for fatally shooting a Yarmouth police officer on Thursday afternoon.

State police say 32-year-old Sean Gannon was shot Thursday afternoon in Barnstable on Cape Cod. He was in a group of fellow officers from Yarmouth, Bourne and state police serving a warrant in Marstons Mills.

Officials have not yet said what happened during the warrant serving, but it ended with Gannon being shot. He was taken to Cape Cod Hospital, where he later died.

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

As the Massachusetts Senate unanimously passed a bill to increase oversight of the student loan industry in the state, the measure's House backers pointed to their own borrowing experiences to make the case for why their chamber should follow suit.

The Ramsdell Public Library in Great Barrington, Massachusetts, on August 17, 2007.
Paul Geffen / Creative Commons / https://goo.gl/WrfyV4

It's budgeting season in communities across New England. And it happens to be National Library Week. Terry Cowgill of the Berkshire Edge wrote about what he calls "the budget cutting ritual" in Great Barrington, Massachusetts. Libraries and budget cuts often go together.

Mount Ida students and personnel gather outside of Alumnae Hall for a meeting with UMass Dartmouth Chancellor Robert E. Johnson.
Jesse Costa / WBUR

Students at Mount Ida College in Newton, Massachusetts, are scrambling for information after learning last week that the 118-year-old school will be acquired by the University of Massachusetts.

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker sat next to VP-elect Mike Pence during an RGA meeting in a November 2016 photo tweeted by Pence.
@mike_pence Twitter / State House News Service

Gov. Charlie Baker will skip a big-money GOP fundraiser in Boston on Tuesday where Vice President Mike Pence will be the featured guest at an event expected to raise $500,000 for President Trump's campaign and the Republican National Committee.

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