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

Finance planning.
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While President Trump's federal tax changes have been associated with some companies paying out big bonuses, much of its impact on residents, communities and states is still unclear. State House News Service reporter Matt Murphy tells us whether lawmakers in Boston have a good grasp of the tax bill's implications.

The effects of the partial government shutdown were already reverberating in Massachusetts on day 2, as tourists visiting Boston expressed their disappointment at the closure of the Bunker Hill Monument in Charlestown.

The monument is a U.S. National Park — run by the federal government — and will remain closed until the federal government reopens.

Gov. Charlie Baker's proposed increase in education money includes $15 million for school districts that have seen an influx of students from Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands after last year's hurricanes.
Sam Doran / State House News Service

The annual budget proposal Gov. Charlie Baker plans to file next week will call for a general local aid increase of $37.2 million over this year, and an almost $119 million hike in education aid to cities and towns.

A demonstrator at a women's march in Jan. 2017.
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Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker pitched his newest opioid bill to state lawmakers this week. It calls for dozens of provisions to overhaul treatment, tightening restrictions on prescribing, with a focus on educating young people on the dangers of opioids. 

Rick Sullivan, president and CEO of the Economic Development Council, seen in file photo, has issued the organization's support for Enfield, Conn., in its bid to become the second national headquarters for Amazon.
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A bid to bring Amazon's second headquarters to Enfield, Connecticut, fell short. The two-state plan was backed by Rick Sullivan, head of the Economic Development Council of Western Massachusetts.

Springfield, Massachusetts, police on the scene of a shooting on Baldwin Street in September 2017. Officers look on the ground for evidence.
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The eight biggest cities in New England saw the total number of murders last year jump more than 20 percent from the year before. But city to city, the statistics represent a mixed bag that some law enforcement officials said reflects little more than the randomness of murder and death.

A car tail light.
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Two New England states could allow people who don't identify as male or female a new way to indicate their gender on their driver's license. 

Massachusetts Secretary of Health and Human Services Marylou Sudders.
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By the end of this week, the federal government will either shut down, or pass another spending extension in order to keep government running. 

Former Massachusetts Senate President Stanley Rosenberg confirmed to reporters Thursday that he had separated from his husband Bryon Hefner, who is undergoing treatment after allegations of sexual assault.
Sam Doran / State House News Service

Former Massachusetts Senate President Stan Rosenberg has separated from his husband, Bryon Hefner, less than two months after sexual misconduct allegations surfaced against Hefner, sources close to Rosenberg told WBUR Thursday.

One in five Massachusetts voters — a total of 21 percent — report having received an “unwanted sexual advance or other verbal or physical harassment of a sexual nature at work,” according to a new WBUR poll (topline, crosstabs) out Thursday.