MASSACHUSETTS

Coverage of Massachusetts from New England Public Radio, NPR, and other NPR stations.

Evacuees from Puerto Rico gather in Springfield, Massachusetts, on Thursday, April 19, 2018, facing a housing crisis.
Greg Saulmon / The Republican / MassLive.com/photos

A Massachusetts federal judge has granted a reprieve for refugees from Puerto Rico staying in local hotels since Hurricane Maria last year. 

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker signs legislation in a file photo.
Sam Doran / State House News Service

The Massachusetts state budget is sitting on Governor Charlie Baker's desk. Now the big question: what's he going to do with his veto pen?

After months of organizing rallies and lobbying legislators, immigration rights advocates were hopeful their efforts would lead to legislation that would protect immigrants in the state.

Just last month, a large group of protesters stormed Gov. Charlie Baker’s office, demanding that he sign off on the so-called Safe Communities amendment and threatening to vote him out of office if he refused.

Massachusetts House Revisits Old Laws To Protect Reproductive Rights

Jul 19, 2018
Speaker of the Massachusetts House of Representatives Robert DeLeo talking to the press after state lawmakers sent Gov. Charlie Baker legislation eliminating old abortion and contraception laws.
Chris Triunfo / State House News Service

After warning that shifts on the U.S. Supreme Court could put reproductive rights at risk in Massachusetts, state lawmakers on Thursday morning sent to legislation to Gov. Charlie Baker’s desk that would eliminate old state laws dealing with abortion and contraception, including a mid-1800s law banning all abortion and a ban on contraception for unmarried couples.

A cup of coffee.
Julius Schorzman / Creative Commons

A Japanese company is developing a novel way to connect college students to corporate recruiters: offer free coffee at its cafes in exchange for giving up some personal information.

Gavel.
Joe Gratz / Creative Commons / flickr.com/photos/joegratz

Six states, including Massachusetts, along with New York City are suing the federal government, saying it is unlawfully forcing them to engage in federal immigration enforcement to receive anti-crime funds.

Fresh produce at Pike Place Market in Seattle, Washington.
Eric Hunt / Creative Commons

Updated on July 20, 2018: A temporary solution will allow food stamp recipients to keep using SNAP benefits at farmers markets and food stands through the end of August. The funding comes from the National Association of Farmers Market Nutrition Programs. Our original reporting is below.

Now that summer is in full swing and farmers markets are abundant with fresh, local produce, the technology that enables people to use food stamps to buy that food faces a major snag. 

New police officers from western Massachusetts salute during a graduation ceremony at the Police Training Academy at Springfield Technical Community College in 2010.
Mark M. Murray / The Republican / masslive.com/photos

Massachusetts lawmakers have approved a $2 surcharge on car rentals to fund training for police officers in cities and towns across the state. 

The sign above a handicapped parking spot in downtown Springfield, Massachusetts.
Adam Frenier / NEPR

In his Pelham, Massachusetts, home, Peter Acker tried to maneuver down his basement stairs. He's on crutches after injuring his knee this spring -- and hurting it again recently.

Massachusetts Lawmakers Compromise On $41.9 Billion Budget Plan

Jul 18, 2018
The Massachusetts Statehouse in April 2017.
William Zhang / Creative Commons

The Massachusetts House and Senate agreed on Wednesday to a $41.88 billion budget deal for the fiscal year that began on July 1. The compromise spending plan is 17 days overdue.

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