REGIONAL NEWS

Connecticut's congressional delegation reacted strongly as images of the Parkland school shooting flooded TV screens and social media Wednesday afternoon.

Lilian Calderon spent her first night with her family in Rhode Island after being detained for nearly a month by federal immigration authorities in Massachusetts. 

The Berkshire Museum in Pittsfield, Massachusetts.
Adam Frenier / NEPR

The vice president of the Berkshire Museum's board is defending a deal the museum struck with the Massachusetts attorney general's office. 

On Point radio host Tom Ashbrook has been dismissed from WBUR. Ashbrook, who has hosted the nationally syndicated show for 16 years, was placed on leave in December, 2017 after 11 current and former station employees filed complaints of bullying and sexual misconduct that spanned the past 10 years.

Officials have just confirmed the first death of a Massachusetts child from flu-related complications: a 6-year-old girl in Haverhill. They are continuing to track what’s clearly the worst flu season in years.

Health officials always say that every flu season is bad, and it is. Many thousands of adults and dozens of children die nationwide every year. But now, we’re starting to see indications that this is the most intense season in recent recorded history.

Federal authorities were in Hartford this week, taking comment on President Donald Trump’s proposal to expand offshore drilling for oil and gas. Lately, the politics surrounding offshore drilling have changed a lot.

For the first time in seven years, say Massachusetts officials, the death rate from opioid-related overdoses is decreasing.
Massachusetts Department of Public Health

The number of opioid-related overdose deaths in Massachusetts fell an estimated 8.3 percent from 2016 to 2017, marking the first year-over-year decline in several years, the Department of Public Health announced Wednesday. 

With the sale of the Boston Herald to a Colorado media company, Boston will remain a two-newspaper town.

Digital First Media outbid would-be buyers Gatehouse Media and Revolution Capital Group, paying $11.9 million for the paper.

The Herald’s auction came after publisher Patrick Purcell filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy on Dec. 8, 2017, citing declining revenue and readership.

Members of Connecticut’s U.S. congressional delegation are calling for an investigation into the Department of the Interior over a decision on a new tribal casino in the state.

The Berkshire Museum in Pittsfield, Mass.
Berkshire Museum / Creative Commons

There are plenty of complaints about a deal the Massachusetts attorney general struck with Berkshire Museum. 

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