Regional News

News from the region from New England Public Radio, NPR, and other NPR stations.

Admissions staff at several New England colleges, including Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts, say they will not penalize high school students punished for participating in walkout demonstrations.
Carol Lollis / Daily Hampshire Gazette / gazettenet.com

Admissions staff at a growing number of New England colleges said they will not penalize high school students punished for participating in walkouts in the wake of the deadly shooting in Parkland, Florida.

Clean needles at Tapestry Health in Holyoke, Massachusetts.
File photo / MassLive / masslive.com/photos

The Public Health Council in Springfield, Massachusetts, is set to vote February 28 on starting a needle exchange program. And for the first time in decades, advocates think it may well pass.

Bok choy and lettuce from a Massachusetts farm.
Tim Sackton / Creative Commons / flickr.com/photos/sackton

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.

Solomon Goldstein-Rose celebrates with supporters after his win in the Democratic primary in September 2016.
Jerrey Roberts / Daily Hampshire Gazette / gazettenet.com

Massachusetts House Speaker Bob DeLeo has not publicly said whether state Representative Solomon Goldstein-Rose of Amherst will be able to keep his committee assignments. Goldstein-Rose announced on Tuesday he was leaving the Democratic Party to become an independent.

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

Feb 22, 2018
Northampton state Representative Peter Kocot in a file photo.
File photo / State House News Service

Northampton Rep. Peter Kocot, who has served in the legislature since 2002, has died, according to the House Speaker's office.

Drinking Fountains
uncoolbob / Creative Commons / flickr.com/photos/uncoolbob

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.

President Trump’s budget proposal calls for a restructuring of the World Trade Center Health Program that provides medical treatment to 9/11 first responders and survivors.

Haitian activists and immigrants protest on Boston City Hall Plaza on Jan. 26.
Jesse Costa / WBUR

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.

The city of Hartford already uses a real-time acoustic device to detect the sound of gunshots as a way to help solve crimes. Now, the city wants to use it also to identify children who may need help processing the trauma from gun violence.

Tom Moore's head of school security recently came to him with a suggestion: trauma bags. These are tools the military often uses in battle and include clotting agents to stop massive wounds. Schools are now stocking up.

"That's not something you do lightly," said Moore, superintendent of schools in West Hartford, Conn., a leafy suburb outside the state's capital city. "I want people to understand this is the reality. This is what we have to do."

Moore said it's a sad state he finds himself in — buying items used by armed forces for teachers.

Pages