Regional News

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

Maple syrup producers take pride in their pure, natural product. So when the U.S. Food and Drug Administration proposed new labels to say maple syrup contains “added sugar,” producers fought back.

The Friday before Memorial Day marks the traditional start of the hiking season in Vermont. This year, it's also the opening of a newly relocated section of the Long Trail that includes a wheelchair and stroller accessible boardwalk.

Commencement was two days away and Karina Lasalle Arroyo had hauled out nearly seven months’ worth of luggage from her time in Connecticut.

She stood in a dormitory parking lot and confirmed she was ready to go home.

Judge Thomas Estes, right, with his attorney David Hoose.
Ally Jarmanning / WBUR

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court on Thursday publicly censured a western Massachusetts judge and ordered his suspension after he admitted to having "an undisclosed sexual relationship" with a woman who worked on a team he oversaw.

Right-wing talk show host Alex Jones is facing another defamation lawsuit from families of victims of the 2012 Newtown school shooting. Jones has claimed the shootings were faked.

A thin man with a touch of gray leans against a wall in Boston’s South End and takes a long drag on his cigarette.

He’s pondering a question: Why are opioid overdose death rates steady or dropping for most drug users in Massachusetts, but rising among blacks?

“I have no idea why it’s higher among blacks, none at all,” says Gary. We’ve agreed to use just first names in this story for people whose drug history might hurt their chances of employment or housing.

Nurses on the picket line at Baystate Franklin Medical Center in Greenfield, Mass. during a one-day strike in June 2017.
Dave Roback / The Republican / masslive.com/photos

The Massachusetts Nurses Association and Baystate Franklin Medical Center have reached a settlement on a new contract.

Once a week, every week, the health center at Stamford High School offers sophomore Roger Sanchez an oasis—someplace he can talk to a trusted adult about life’s pressures and problems, a place he feels free and unjudged.

Ciro, a retired police dog, is led into the Pittsfield Veterinary Hospital for his last call.
Karen Brown / New England Public Radio

Earlier this week, police officers from across western Massachusetts paid their respects to a fellow member of the force: a terminally ill dog from the Pittsfield K-9 unit.

Live racing was popular at the Great Barrington Fairgrounds in the last century.
Courtesy Fair Grounds Community Redevelopment Project / State House News Service

Horse racing could make a return to the fairgrounds in Great Barrington, Massachusetts, as soon as next year. The operators of the Suffolk Downs race track in East Boston have a deal to lease the Berkshire County facility.

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