MASSACHUSETTS

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

The U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments on Monday in an immigration case that could create a profound precedent for some immigrants living in the country without authorization.

Flooding in Peabody, Massachusetts, in 2011.
Rusty Clark / Creative Commons / flickr.com/photos/rusty_clark

Municipal leaders will meet this week in Greenfield, Massachusetts, with state environmental officials. The state is holding meetings to help cities and towns prepare for the impact of severe weather.

The U.S. Supreme Court hears oral arguments Monday in Pereira v. Sessions, a case that, for thousands of immigrants, could mean the difference between staying in the country and being deported.

At the center of it all is a Brazilian immigrant who overstayed his visa and for almost 16 years has lived on Martha’s Vineyard.

‘What Could Happen? We Don’t Know’

Inside the Massachusetts Statehouse.
Brian Moen / Creative Commons / flickr.com/photos/emoeby

Invigorated and recharged from a quiet week on Beacon Hill last week, Massachusetts lawmakers are returning for budget debates. 

A rendering of an MGM casino set to open in September. It's under construction in Springfield, Massachusetts.
MGM Springfield

Recently, there's been rumblings that MGM, which is currently building a casino in Springfield, Massachusetts, is looking at buying a Boston-area casino also under construction. So what might this mean for Springfield? 

Before he signed a package of criminal justice reforms Friday, Gov. Charlie Baker outlined new legislation he was filing to fund some of its costs and alter some of its provisions.
Sam Doran / State House News Service

Implementing a massive criminal justice reform law signed last week will cost Massachusetts an estimated $15 million this fiscal year and as much as $40 million next year, according to Gov. Charlie Baker.

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

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