REGIONAL NEWS

Fresh produce at Pike Place Market in Seattle, Washington.
Eric Hunt / Creative Commons

Update on July 20, 2018: A temporary solution will allow food stamp recipients to keep using SNAP benefits at farmers markets and food stands through the end of August. The funding comes from the National Association of Farmers Market Nutrition Programs. Our original reporting is below.

Now that summer is in full swing and farmers markets are abundant with fresh, local produce, the technology that enables people to use food stamps to buy that food faces a major snag. 

New police officers from western Massachusetts salute during a graduation ceremony at the Police Training Academy at Springfield Technical Community College in 2010.
Mark M. Murray / The Republican / masslive.com/photos

Massachusetts lawmakers have approved a $2 surcharge on car rentals to fund training for police officers in cities and towns across the state. 

The sign above a handicapped parking spot in downtown Springfield, Massachusetts.
Adam Frenier / NEPR

In his Pelham, Massachusetts, home, Peter Acker tried to maneuver down his basement stairs. He's on crutches after injuring his knee this spring -- and hurting it again recently.

The city of Hartford has selected RMS Companies to develop 32 properties surrounding Dunkin’ Donuts Park near the intersection of Albany Avenue and Main Street  -- an area known as “Downtown North.”

Massachusetts Lawmakers Compromise On $41.9 Billion Budget Plan

Jul 18, 2018
The Massachusetts Statehouse in April 2017.
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The Massachusetts House and Senate agreed on Wednesday to a $41.88 billion budget deal for the fiscal year that began on July 1. The compromise spending plan is 17 days overdue.

Construction of the MGM casino in Springfield, Massachusetts, in July 2018.
Don Treeger / The Republican / masslive.com/photos

A month before MGM opens a casino in Springfield, Massachusetts, city officials are either defending or staying quiet about the company's attempt to block lawsuits from shooting victims in Las Vegas.

Erin Riley juggles on a unicycle on July 17, 2018 at the MassMutual Center.
Lily Abrahams / NEPR / nepr.net

Six hundred jugglers will flock to Springfield this week for the International Jugglers' Association Annual Festival scheduled for July 16-22.

Some Maine lobster dealers who have seen sales to China shoot up over the last decade are now suddenly shut out.

Late last week, China more than doubled tariffs on lobster from U.S. sources as part of the emerging trade war between the two countries. But the lobster industry as a whole, and lobstermen in particular, are trying to take it all in stride.

Weymouth Vigil Remembers Victims Of Fatal Shooting

Jul 18, 2018

About 2,500 people filled the stands of the Weymouth High School football stadium Monday night to pay their respects to 42-year-old police officer Michael Chesna and 77-year-old Vera Adams, who were both killed Sunday.

Monday would have been the six-year anniversary of Officer Chesna joining the Weymouth Police Department.

Instead, police Chief Rick Grimes posthumously promoted him to lieutenant.

A scene from a May 2017 event on Route 116 Vietnam Veterans Memorial Bridge between Holyoke and South Hadley, Massachusetts.
MassDOT / Public domain

There’s a last-minute push on Beacon Hill to allow local communities in Massachusetts to vote on new regional taxes to pay for their own transportation projects, an option available in most other states.

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