REGIONAL NEWS

Marijuana.
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The state's Cannabis Control Commission has released the names of 11 companies that have applied to run marijuana businesses in nine communities in western Massachusetts. If licensed, the companies promise to bring tax revenue, jobs and other economic benefits to the cities and towns that host them.

A billboard in Springfield, Massachusetts, advertises construction careers for women.
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Seven years ago, getting into carpentry wasn’t even on Tyeka Robinson’s radar. She was a single mom struggling to make ends meet.

“I was working these odd and end jobs and not enough money to pay the bills,” she said. “I didn’t have a clue how to join the trades.”

Connecticut Casinos Seek Later Last Call

Jul 5, 2018
Mohegan Sun casino, in 2008.
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Mohegan Sun and Foxwoods are pushing to keep their casino bars open beyond Connecticut’s current 2 a.m. cut-off on weekends, and 1 a.m. on weekdays. This comes after Massachusetts regulators said MGM Springfield could serve alcohol until 4 a.m. on the casino floor.

Gordon Thorne at 33 Hawley, in Northampton, Massachusetts, the site of a future Northampton Community Arts Trust performance space. Thorne was one of the trust's founders.
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For many, his name is connected to Thorne's Marketplace in Northampton, Massachusetts, which he once owned, but Gordon Thorne was also a visual artist and a philanthropist. He died last week at the age of age of 77.

Northampton, Massachusetts, author Debra Jo Immergut.
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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.
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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.

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