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One day after announcing that fewer Massachusetts residents have died from opioid overdoses this year than last, Gov. Charlie Baker delivered a slate of proposals to combat the epidemic, including reforms for prescribing and treatment, at a press conference Tuesday.

A large crowd gathered on the green at Westfield State University to stand against racism in a rally organized by the education department.
Don Treeger / The Republican

Faculty members in the education department at Westfield State are demanding the university require employees be taught about whiteness and white supremacy. This follows racist incidents including notes on dorm room doors of some black students.

Meningitis Diagnosed In Student On UMass Amherst Campus

Nov 15, 2017
Vaccine administration in a file photo.
Caitlin O'Neil-McKeown / U.S. Air Force

University of Massachusetts Amherst officials say a student on campus has been diagnosed with meningitis weeks after another student fell ill with a related illness and are suggesting students consider an additional vaccination as a precaution.

PawSox players in the dugout in 2014.
Eric Kilby flickr.com/photos/ekilby / Creative Commons

Worcester is making a serious pitch to be the new home of the top minor league team for the Boston Red Sox. But the Paw Sox of Pawtucket may have other plans. 

The Connecticut Supreme Court has heard arguments in an appeal on whether a major gunmaker should be held liable in the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting.

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

Marijuana regulators in Massachusetts are trying to find a balance between getting pot stores open by next summer, and making sure all residents have a chance to get involved in the industry.

Pipes waiting to be burried in Otis State Forest in July, 2017.
Adam Frenier / NEPR

The Massachusetts section of a New York-to-Connecticut natural gas pipeline is up and running. 

The emerald ash borer.
David Cappaert bugwood.org / Creative Commons

The destructive emerald ash borer is moving deeper into New England's tree population. An infestation was just found in Hampshire County in western Massachusetts.

When juveniles are convicted of crimes in the state of Massachusetts, their criminal records may haunt them long past their punishments, with the potential to hurt job, housing and education prospects.

A provision in a proposed criminal justice reform bill, which the House begins debating Monday, would allow some of those records to be expunged after a period of time.

Jefferson Alvarez, a 22-year-old from Lawrence, hopes to one day seal and expunge a criminal record he obtained when he was a high school freshman.

U.S. Supreme Court.
MattWade / Creative Commons

George and Maxine Maynard have what you might call a complicated relationship with New Hampshire's state motto. 

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