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Bradley Airport in Windsor Locks, Connecticut.
Jeff Cohen / WNPR

Bradley International Airport in Connecticut has started offering daily, nonstop flights to St. Louis for the first time in at least 16 years. 

When it’s time to pour the concrete, a construction worker may suffer through a back strain and use prescribed painkillers to stay on the job. Same for an injured deckhand heading to Georges Bank to haul in nets filled with fish.

A path from injury to medication, and then to addiction and death, may explain why workers in these jobs — men in particular — have had in recent years fatal opioid overdoses far more often in Massachusetts than do workers as a whole.

Maine's publicly-financed candidates will finally be getting $1 million in campaign funds despite Republican Gov. Paul LePage's attempt to unilaterally block the funding and a last-minute move by his administration that threatened to delay payments to 120 legislative candidates and a gubernatorial hopeful.

Ganim Benefits From Lamont's Fear Of Alienating Bridgeport

Aug 8, 2018

Bridgeport Mayor Joseph P. Ganim was more aggressive Tuesday in questioning why Ned Lamont might be reluctant to support a convicted extortionist for governor than Lamont was in challenging Ganim’s fitness to lead Connecticut after seven years in prison for using his office to routinely shake down city contractors for bribes.

While lawmakers may have returned to their districts to campaign for re-election, work continues on Beacon Hill.

No, not on legislation  — but on the restoration of the historic Senate Chamber, located directly below the famed golden dome.

Dozens of skilled craftsmen are painstakingly working out of sight, behind construction walls that seal off the chamber from the rest of the State House. The sounds of saws, hammers and all sorts construction equipment echo through the marble halls of the historic building.

From left, Beth Lindstrom, Geoff Diehl and John Kingston. The three GOP candidates for U.S. Senate are vying in a state primary September 4 to face Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren in the November general election.
Shannon Young / Mark M. Murray / Uncredited / The Republican / / Twitter

Three Republicans vying for their party's nomination to challenge Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren are sharply criticizing the Democratic incumbent while offering varying degrees of support for President Donald Trump. 

Brooke Hauser.
The Daily Hampshire Gazette /

A woman has been hired as top editor at The Daily Hampshire Gazette for the first time in the paper's more-than-230-year history.

Boston has a new police commissioner: William Gross.

He’s the first African-American to rise to the highest level of the department.

Gross was sworn in Monday in the heart of Mattapan, at the church that his mother has belonged to since he became a Boston police cadet in the 1980s.

A pocket of eastern Connecticut where hundreds, if not thousands, of homeowners are struggling with crumbling foundations has become a popular stop for political candidates seeking statewide office in this year's election.

Farmer Norm Davenport in Shelburne, Massachusetts, can't find enough customers to purchase his hay.
Nancy Eve Cohen / NEPR

In recent years, milk prices have dropped. And dairy farms -- including some in western Massachusetts -- have sold off their cows. Some say their hay customers are disappearing along with the animals.