Regional News

News from the region from New England Public Radio, NPR, and other NPR stations.

Bristol County Sheriff Thomas Hodgson during a training class conducted at Bristol County Jail and House of Correction in North Dartmouth, Massachusetts, in December 2017.
Jesse Costa / WBUR

A new civil rights lawsuit filed Tuesday in Boston's federal court says Bristol County Sheriff Thomas Hodgson detained an immigrant based solely on the man's immigration status — which is illegal under current law.

Richard Robinson has been sworn in as Connecticut’s next Chief Justice of the Supreme Court. He is the first African American to hold the post. 

A last-minute budget move criticized as a “hidden tax” on electric and gas utility customers goes into effect next week. It will take more than $75 million in energy efficiency money collected from consumers and, instead, sweep that money into the state’s general fund.

A PVTA bus.
MARK M. MURRAY / THE REPUBLICAN / MASSLIVE.COM/PHOTOS

Pioneer Valley Transit Authority riders face a fare increase of 20 percent in less than two weeks. The bus company has been working to make sure its customers are aware it.

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker signs legislation this week in a file photo.
Sam Doran / State House News Service

In a sudden reversal, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker's administration canceled its plan to send National Guard members and equipment to the southwestern U.S. border, citing the federal government's "inhumane" practice of separating undocumented children from their families.

Voting in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Robin Lubbock / WBUR

Voters will not have an opportunity to impose an income surtax on the state’s wealthiest earners this November, after the Supreme Judicial Court ruled Monday that the proposal known as the “millionaire tax” cannot appear on the ballot.

Nine months after Hurricane Maria devastated the island of Puerto Rico, there are an estimated 300 families still living in hotels in Massachusetts with FEMA and the state footing the bill.

New Haven, Hartford, and Springfield are now connected by rail service. The inaugural trains left Friday morning from Springfield and New Haven, meeting in Hartford for a ceremony to mark the opening of the revived line. 

A jar of marijuana buds for sale inside the River Rock dispensary in Denver, Colorado.
Steve Brown / WBUR

Many adults in Massachusetts supported the legalization of recreational marijuana. And it seems delayed.

Nurses walk the picket line outside Berkshire Medical Center in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, on Oct. 3, 2017.
Adam Frenier / NEPR

Nurses at Berkshire Medical Center have called off a second strike planned for June 18 and reached a tentative agreement with the hospital.

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