Regional News

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

Alden Bourne / NEPR

Baystate Hospital in Springfield, Massachusetts, could receive half a million dollars from the state for care it's provided to hurricane evacuees from Puerto Rico.

UMass Amherst in a file photo.
Rhobite / Creative Commons / en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:Rhobite

Among news items this week, a study revealed out-of-state students have an easier time of getting into UMass Amherst than students from Massachusetts. 

Investigators brought shovels onto the property in Springfield, Massachusetts, where three bodies were previously found.
Greg Saulmon / The Republican / masslive.com/photos

Hampden District Attorney Anthony Gulluni said investigators are using ground-penetrating radar to search a Springfield, Massachusetts, property where three bodies have been found in recent days. 

Marijuana plants.
Jesse Costa / WBUR

June 1 is a key date for efforts in Massachusetts to set up a legal adult-use cannabis industry.

Keurig Green Mountain is laying off 35 people in Vermont, effective Friday, June 1, according to the state’s Department of Labor.

Why would anyone want to buy a closed nuclear power plant, along with its long legacy of radioactive waste?

The casino is planned for the site of the old Showcase Cinemas off I-91 in East Windsor, Connecticut, seen in a file photo before demolition work began.
Ryan Caron King / WNPR

Plans by Connecticut's two federally recognized tribes to jointly build a casino in East Windsor have received a boost from federal regulators. 

An armed officer outside Sidney High School in Sidney, Ohio.
'G is for Gun' / Kate Way / Julie Akeret

One of the most controversial responses to the spate of deadly school shootings in the U.S. has been the idea of arming teachers. The idea has become a reality in some 13 states.

Governor Dannel Malloy has signed legislation that bans bump stocks and other devices that increase the rate of fire of weapons. 

An economic development organization in Wilmington is offering $20,000 to the entrepreneur who comes up with the best business plan and is able to open up a new store in the downtown area.

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