Regional News

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

On Tuesday, Maine primary voters will participate in a ranked-choice voting experiment so unprecedented that the state’s top election official sometimes compares what’s about to happen to a perilous space mission.

As national pride month picks up steam, members of Maine’s LGBTQ community are celebrating a fresh victory. The Maine Bureau of Motor Vehicles will no longer require people getting IDs and driver’s licenses to select only male or female to indicate their gender.

The portrait of Russell Sturgis at the Worcester Art Museum has a new sign next to it with information about his connections to slavery.
Robin Lubbock / WBUR

At the Worcester Art Museum's early American portrait gallery, I was recently struck by a painting of a man named Russell Sturgis.

A constitutional convention debates the so-called "millionaire's tax" on May 18, 2016.
Shira Schoenberg / The Republican

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court holds the fate of a roughly $2 billion tax proposal to fund transportation and education. 

In Gill, Massachusetts, Police Sgt. Christopher Redmond wore a body camera in this 2015 photo.
Patrick Johnson / The Republican / masslive.com/photos

The police union in Springfield, Massachusetts, has agreed to have officers wear body cameras. The department-wide policy is part of new contracts announced Friday. 

Bill Cosby in 2012.
Sen. Chris Coons / Creative Commons / flickr.com/people/59014345@N05

A federal appeals court in Massachusetts has ruled an insurance company must pay to defend Bill Cosby against a defamation lawsuit.

A train sitting on the platform at Union Station in Springfield, Massachusetts.
Adam Frenier / NEPR

Starting next weekend, and continuing into next week, rail service will double on a daily basis between Springfield, Hartford and New Haven. We talk about that news and more in this week's panel.

Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy has vetoed a bill that would have allowed small businesses to take advantage of a state tax break that’s now only available to large manufacturers. The tax break is for hiring apprentices. Malloy says he is worried it would allow small businesses to sell the credits to wealthy individuals looking for tax loopholes.

Television set with static.
Alex Watson / Creative Commons / flickr.com/photos/sifter

A cable company in Berkshire County is pulling another Massachusetts-based TV station off of its systems. And that's upset some residents and lawmakers. 

'Red Flag' Gun Bill Clears Massachusetts Senate

Jun 7, 2018
The Massachusetts Statehouse.
Nidavirani / Creative Commons

The Massachusetts House and Senate are now both on record in favor of legislation creating a judicial process designed to temporarily take guns away from dangerous individuals.

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