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The entire island of Puerto Rico lost power Wednesday morning-- its second major outage in a week.

Talk show host Alex Jones has responded to a lawsuit from the parents of two children killed in the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, Conn. Jones has repeatedly claimed on his website, Infowars, that the shooting was staged.

Evacuees from Puerto Rico and activists gathered in Springfield Thursday.
Christopher Ayala / NEPR

In the wake of an island-wide blackout, evacuees from Puerto Rico living in western Massachusetts gathered Thursday at the Springfield offices of U.S. Senators Elizabeth Warren and Ed Markey to call for a housing solution. 

Before he signed a package of criminal justice reforms Friday, Gov. Charlie Baker outlined new legislation he was filing to fund some of its costs and alter some of its provisions.
Sam Doran / State House News Service

Implementing a massive criminal justice reform law signed last week will cost Massachusetts an estimated $15 million this fiscal year and as much as $40 million next year, according to Gov. Charlie Baker.

Air quality in our region continues to rank among the worst in the country. The 2018 State of the Air Report from the American Lung Association gave failing grades in air quality to most of the counties in the region.

Three-quarters of the federal cash that was recently allocated to help families in Eastern Connecticut with crumbling foundations has been diverted by state officials for other needs.

University of Massachusetts Boston.
Joe Difazio / WBUR

Some students and faculty at the University of Massachusetts Boston campus want officials at the system's flagship school, UMass Amherst, to reconsider their plan to acquire the 74-acre Newton campus of Mount Ida College.

A March for Our Lives rally at Court Square in Springfield, Massachusetts, in March 2018.
Mark M. Murray / The Republican /

Students across the country are walking out of school Friday to advocate for gun control. In Massachusetts, where schools are closed for vacation week, local activists are holding a community conversation in Springfield. 

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 /

Union nurses at Baystate Franklin Medical Center in Greenfield, Massachusetts, went on strike last week for the second time in less than a year. They're back at work now, and say they want to resume negotiations. 

Hampshire College President Miriam Nelson.
Courtesy Hampshire College

Incoming Hampshire College president Miriam Nelson says she is looking forward to the challenge of leading the liberal arts school. She was named to the position this week.