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Following the death of a man on the Merritt Parkway this month, officials say more tree trimming alongside state highways is needed.

Boston Approves Tax Break For Amazon's Seaport Plans

Mar 16, 2018

Boston’s planning and development agency on Thursday night approved a measure giving Amazon a tax break for proposed office space in the Seaport.

Amazon is negotiating a lease for forthcoming office space in the massive Seaport Square development.

The plan approved by the Boston Development and Planning Agency (BPDA) would give Amazon a $5 million reduction in property taxes in exchange for the company adding 2,000 workers.

Town Hall in Amherst, Massachusetts.
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Residents of Amherst, Massachusetts, will soon vote on whether to put an end to their centuries-old Town Meeting and adopt a new form of government.

The debate hasn’t always been friendly in this most liberal of New England towns.

A student at the Ralph C. Mahar Regional School in Orange, Massachusetts, reads the names of 17 victims in last month's school shooting in Parkland, Florida. A chime was sounded after each name.
Jill Kaufman / NEPR

A big story this week was the student walkouts across the region and the country, on the one-month anniversary of the high school shooting in Parkland, Florida.

The legal retail of marijuana in Massachusetts begins July 1. That’s prompted Connecticut lawmakers to once again consider legislation to allow the sale of marijuana in the state. Similar legislation failed last year.

Right now, every student at a public college in Connecticut, including those who are undocumented must pay a portion of their tuition towards a financial aid fund. But undocumented students are not allowed to apply for the aid they help to fund.

Massachusetts state Rep. Diana DiZoglio in a campaign handout image.
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On Beacon Hill, the Massachusetts House of Representatives has adopted new rules dealing with sexual harassment and how employees can safely report it.

Robert DeLeo, speaker of the House, has insisted leadership takes any allegations of sexual harassment in the House seriously.

A blackjack game.
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MGM is asking the Massachusetts Gaming Commission to help pay for Springfield-area residents to train as casino employees. The company has indicated it will hire more than 1,000 Springfield residents to work in the casino when it opens in September.

John Adams Courthouse, home of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court.
Joe Difazio / WBUR

Advocates in Massachusetts say U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials are targeting courthouses in the state and arresting undocumented immigrants who are showing up for scheduled court dates.

Students at the Ralph C. Mahar Regional School in Orange, Massachusetts, take place in a national walkout on March 14, 2018.
Jill Kaufman / New England Public Radio

On the dot of 10 a.m., even as walkways were still being treated for ice the morning after a nor'easter, students from the Ralph C. Mahar Regional School in Orange, Massachusetts, and many teachers, took part in Wednesday's national school walkout.