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

Massachusetts Sen. Cynthia Creem (center) is the branch's new majority leader.
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With changes in place in Senate leadership, can we expect an overhaul to the criminal justice system to follow? Last week, Massachusetts Senate President Harriette Chandler named a new second in command, Sen. Cynthia Creem, a Democrat from Newton. Chandler previously held that position when Amherst's Stan Rosenberg was Senate president. 

Massachusetts lawmakers are considering measures to give police more authority to confiscate guns from residents.

Under two bills up for debate, police could take guns away from people who are believed to be an “extreme risk” of suicide or violence to others.

Some gun rights activists say that would end up unfairly labeling people who are mentally ill, keeping them from ever owning guns again.

Eversource is asking New Hampshire regulators to reconsider their rejection of the Northern Pass project.

The utility filed a motion Wednesday with the state Site Evaluation Committee, or SEC. It wants the committee’s Feb. 1 denial of the project thrown out and the case re-heard. Eversource argues the SEC didn’t do its required diligence in discussing all the criteria the project had to meet to get a permit. 

Mass. Dept. of Education data about school discipline incidents, by district, concerning firearms ( Size of dots corresponds to number of students disciplined for firearm-related incidents 2012-2017.

The shooting in Parkland, Florida, is an occasion for a reckoning. When it comes to guns and schools, the United States has a problem.

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The Cannabis Control Commission has agreed to delay the launch of home delivery of marijuana and social consumption of marijuana products until at least this fall, a move that would address two of the most-criticized parts of the agency's draft industry regulations. 

Guns for sale in Millbury, Massachusetts.
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Gov. Charlie Baker says Massachusetts is joining the "States for Gun Safety" coalition, which includes Connecticut, Rhode Island, New York and New Jersey.

Bok choy and lettuce from a Massachusetts farm.
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Massachusetts residents who have been using what used to be called food stamps to buy fruits and veggies from farmers markets and farm stands have been getting a bonus for those purchases.

Northampton State Rep. Peter Kocot, 61, Passes Away After Illness

Feb 22, 2018
Northampton state Representative Peter Kocot in a file photo.
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Northampton Rep. Peter Kocot, who has served in the legislature since 2002, has died, according to the House Speaker's office.

Drinking Fountains
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Massachusetts is expanding a program testing water in public schools. Officials are using leftover money from an existing initiative to include Head Start and special education programs.

Haitian activists and immigrants protest on Boston City Hall Plaza on Jan. 26.
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Immigrant advocates in Massachusetts are suing the Trump administration, saying its decision to terminate Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Haitians and Salvadorans is racially motivated.