REGIONAL NEWS

Northampton, Massachusetts, author Debra Jo Immergut.
Submitted / Stephen Lewis

After years of editing a lifestyle magazine, Northampton, Massachusetts, writer Debra Jo Immergut has published her first novel. 

Advocates for families relocated from Puerto Rico want the Federal Emergency Management Agency to come up with a longer-term solution for Transitional Shelter Assistance for Hurricane Maria evacuees.

On July 4, 2018, more than 150 immigrants from 50 countries were officially declared U.S. citizens during a ceremony in Sturbridge, Massachusetts.
Sean Teehan / NEPR

People from 50 countries are now U.S. citizens after an Independence Day ceremony in Sturbridge, Massachusetts. The event came amid escalating immigration enforcment policies and rhetoric.

New England Residents Cope With Heat Wave

Jul 3, 2018
Justin Esiason, with the town of Amherst Conservation Department, offers water to people swimming at Puffers Pond in Amherst, Massachusetts on July 1, 2018, when temperatures reached in the high 90s.
Kevin Gutting / Daily Hampshire Gazette / gazettenet.com

A heat advisory is still in effect for much of New England. Health officials urge people to take precautions against the extreme heat.

Pipes for a sale at a Dead & Company show in 2018 in Connecticut.
Karen Brown / New England Public Radio

A new survey of Massachusetts residents found more than a fifth of adults said they'd used marijuana in the past 30 days. The study was commissioned by the Massachusetts legislature, to help gauge the eventual impact of marijuana legalization in the state. 

Irida Kakhtiranova, who's living at the Unitarian Church in Northampton, Massachusetts, making pierogies.
Karen Brown / NEPR

On a recent morning, Irida Kakhtiranova was rolling out a ball of dough on the metallic table in the Unitarian church kitchen in Northampton, Massachusetts.

People protest the Trump administration's "zero tolerance" approach to immigration in Springfield, Massachusetts, on June 30, 2018.
MARK M. MURRAY / The Republican / masslive.com/photos

Two western Massachusetts Democrats running for a seat in the U.S. House agree major change is needed at the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency. But they're declining to go so far as to say it should abolished.

A marijuana store advertisement in Seattle, Washington.
adrienblanc / Creative Commons / flickr.com/people/49457879@N07

No stores in Massachusetts yet are able to sell marijuana for recreational use, but the first could open within a few weeks. 

A PVTA bus.
MARK M. MURRAY / The Republican/ Masslive.com / photos

Fare increases just went into effect at the Pioneer Valley Transit Authority. They include a significant increase for some people with disabilities.

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker signs a law raising minimum wage and establishing paid family leave on June 28, 2018.
Shira Schoenberg / The Republican / masslive.com/photos

Governor Charlie Baker signed compromise legislation that will gradually increase Massachusetts' minimum wage, require paid leave for workers and mandate an annual sales tax holiday. It was designed to keep a series of ballot questions off the November ballot, including a proposal to cut the state sales tax. Without them, will election turnout take a hit? 

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