MASSACHUSETTS

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

Eggs in a carton.
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Thirteen states are suing Massachusetts over a voter-approved law banning the sale of eggs or meat from some animals kept in small cages.

Massachusetts Bay Community College in Wellesley, Massachusetts.
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Students who relocated to Massachusetts from Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands because of Hurricane Maria will be immediately eligible to pay lower in-state public higher education tuition rates under a proposal unanimously approved on Tuesday by the state Board of Higher Education.

Sometime soon in Massachusetts, you’ll be able to walk into a cafe, ask for a marijuana product, and consume it right there without heading home first.

The state agency responsible for regulating legalized marijuana approved a policy on Monday that will allow for such establishments, so-called “cannabis cafes,” to open — where one can buy a cannabis product and then legally consume it on the premises, just like buying a drink at a bar.

Sen. Stanley Rosenberg in his office at the Statehouse.
Sam Doran / State House News Service

It's been quite a few weeks for the Massachusetts Senate. Last Friday, former state Senator Brian Joyce pleaded not guilty to charges that he used his Senate office to collect up to $1 million in bribes and kickbacks. That went down while the Senate was dealing with some internal confusion.

Mass. Auditor Suzanne Bump released a review of the Department of Children and Families on Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017.
Sam Doran / State House News Service

A review by the Massachusetts state auditor concludes that between 2014 and 2015, the Department of Children and Families did not report 19 cases of sexual abuse, physical abuse and neglect to district attorneys.

Rep. Richard Neal, left, and Rep. Jim McGovern in file photos.
C-SPAN

Springfield Congressman Richard Neal, like many Democrats and some Republicans, has repeatedly called on President Trump to release his tax returns. 

Former Massachusetts Senate Assistant Majority Leader Brian Joyce was arrested Friday by federal authorities.
Sam Doran / State House News Service

Former state Sen. Brian Joyce was arrested Friday morning and charged in a federal indictment for allegedly using his legislative seat for private gain.

Mass. Sen. Stanley Rosenberg walks by Campus Pond at UMass Amherst, his alma mater, after speaking to students there Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017.
Stephanie Murray / State House News Service

We start this week on Beacon Hill, where Democrat Stan Rosenberg has, for now, temporarily stepped aside from his position as Senate president. 

Audit: Mass. DCF Failed To Track Seriously Injured Children In Its Care

Dec 7, 2017
Mass. Auditor Suzanne Bump released a review of the Department of Children and Families on Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017.
Sam Doran / State House News Service

The Massachusetts Department of Children and Families failed to adequately track and report injuries and abuse of children who were under DCF supervision, a state audit released on Thursday found.

GOP lawmakers in Massachusetts are celebrating a seat gained after a special election Tuesday. 

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