MASSACHUSETTS

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

Massachusetts U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren speaks from the stage during her open house at Springfield Technical Community College on March 9, 2018.
Mark M. Murray / The Republican / MassLive.com/photos

Massachusetts U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren joined a Colorado Republican on Thursday to roll out federal legislation that would resolve much of the tension between the federal prohibition on marijuana and the growing pot industries in states that have voted to legalize marijuana.

Right now, a group of hydroelectric dams on the Connecticut River are undergoing a once-in-a-generation process – a federal relicensing. NHPR’s Annie Ropeik went to the dams and talked with people who live, work and play nearby about what they hope might change.  

Marijuana plants.
Brett Levin / Creative Commons / flickr.com/photos/scubabrett22

The Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission won't issue the first marijuana business license until the end of next week at the earliest, and regulators already have more than 50 applications waiting for their consideration.

Turkeys at the Drumlin Farm Wildlife Sanctuary in Lincoln, Massachusetts.
Patrick Randall / Creative Commons / flickr.com/photos/animaliaproject

State wildlife officials are asking for help from birders others in the outdoors as they try to estimate the number of turkeys in Massachusetts.

Josh Zakim said he and incumbent William Galvin have "very different views" on the role of the Massachusetts secretary of state's office.
Sam Doran / State House News Service

Boston City Councilor Josh Zakim, making his first run at higher office, earned the upset endorsement of the Democratic Party convention Saturday, dealing a significant blow to Secretary of State William Galvin and showing that his campaign could be a legitimate threat to the state's longest-serving constitutional officer.

Jay Gonzalez said he offered "an ambitious, progressive agenda" at the Massachusetts Democratic convention Saturday.
Sam Doran / State House News Service

Pledging to win back the corner office in November on behalf of the "little guys" who fight for their beliefs, Massachusetts Democrat Jay Gonzalez on Saturday accepted his party's endorsement for governor, giving the former state budget chief a lift coming out of the Democratic convention in a primary in which neither candidate has been able to separate themselves as a frontrunner.

A handgun with bullets.
Brett Hondow / Creative Commons

Is there a way to take away a person's legally licensed gun, fairly and constitutionally, if their family raises a “red flag”? Massachusetts lawmakers are working on that question.

Marijuana plants.
Jesse Costa / WBUR

June 1 is a key date for efforts in Massachusetts to set up a legal adult-use cannabis industry.

An armed officer outside Sidney High School in Sidney, Ohio.
'G is for Gun' / Kate Way / Julie Akeret

One of the most controversial responses to the spate of deadly school shootings in the U.S. has been the idea of arming teachers. The idea has become a reality in some 13 states.

How One Unaccompanied Minor Made Her Way To Massachusetts

May 30, 2018

Recent news reports about the U.S. government losing track of nearly 1,500 immigrant children in its care has prompted outrage and confusion. These are children who came here as unaccompanied minors and were placed with sponsors. Their sponsors are often parents or close relatives already living in the country.

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