REGIONAL NEWS

Connecticut’s governor says his top legislative priority for 2018 will be to tighten the state’s gun laws, outlawing bump stocks and other weapons modifiers. 

The School for International Training will be slashing staff at its campus in Brattleboro.

SIT opened in 1964 and was one of the first schools to stress international learning with a focus on overseas travel and study.

Authorities say a missing inmate who escaped from the Carl Robinson Correctional Institution in Enfield may have stowed away under a state service vehicle or garbage truck.

Alden Bourne / NEPR

A ceremony took place at the Springfield Armory in Springfield, Massachusetts on Monday to mark the transfer of about 5,000 guns owned by the U.S. Army.

Food bank shelves in Washington, D.C.
Crista Friedli / Bread for the World

Congress is expected to debate a new farm bill this year, and with it, funding to the food assistance program known as SNAP. One western Massachusetts agency is worried that any cuts in benefits would have a negative impact on the hungry.

Dave Roback / The Republican

With the recent cold snap, the Massachusetts Congressional delegation called on Department of Health and Human Services to release additional money to help low-income people pay their heating bills. 

Irma Flores stirs milk while her daughter Gabriela Portillo-Perez speaks with her grandmother Isabel in El Salvador. The Trump administration announced Monday it would be ending temporary protected status for refugees from El Salvador.
Jesse Costa / WBUR

The Department of Homeland Security announced Monday that it will not renew Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Salvadorans.

snow
Julie Falk / Creative Commons / flickr.com/photos/piper

Researchers at the University of New Hampshire have a new way of measuring snow totals this winter that could help them learn more about climate change.

Cash.
Ed Ivanushkin / Creative Commons / flickr.com/photos/barsen

Tax collections in December left Massachusetts flush with an unbudgeted windfall of cash, and have exceeded estimates by $728 million. 

Xiomara Vega moved to Connecticut from Puerto Rico with her three-year-old daughter after Hurricane Maria knocked out the electricity in her home. She’s trying to make a new life there, but she doesn’t want to forget her old one. And celebrating Three Kings Day -- the Christian holiday also known as the Epiphany -- is a big part of that.

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