Massachusetts

Massachusetts Transportation Secretary Stephanie Pollack, at right, with Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker.
Sam Doran / State House News Service

Mass. 'Literally Wasn't Opening The Mail': How The RMV Process Is Supposed To Work

The review system for driver violations at the Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles is broken. After more than a year's worth of unopened paper violations from other states were found, more than 1,600 drivers are just now having the law catch up with them.

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Civil Rights

ACLU Says Forcing Immigrants To Prove They Are Not A Danger Is Unconstitutional

These are happy days for Gilberto Pereira Brito and his family. Inside the kitchen of their Brockton apartment, his three young children climb all over him like hes a human jungle gym. Four-year-old Taliyahs eyes light up when she talks about the fireworks they watched together on the Fourth of July. But just beneath the surface of this summertime revelry, Pereira Brito and his family are still coming to terms with the very recent past. Im in the process with [ICE], and theyre talking back...

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Regional News

A voting sign.
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Mass. Commission Looking At Campaign Finance To Meet In Springfield

The Massachusetts Citizens Commission, which is charged with looking into political campaign finance, will meet in Springfield Wednesday.

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From left, Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker, Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo, and Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont.
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Three New England Governors Meet To Talk Shared Policy

As ICE Plans Nationwide Raids, Rep. McGovern Travels To Detention Centers

Jul 15, 2019

Immigration and Customs Enforcement arrests were planned for several U.S. cities Sunday.

Meanwhile, immigrants at the southern border with Mexico are being held in dangerously overcrowded detention centers as they hope to enter the country. Some of those centers have come under intense criticism because of inhumane and unsanitary conditions.

As Everett Casino Opens, MGM Revenues Dip

Jul 15, 2019
A sign at MGM Springfield's casino.
Don Treeger / The Republican / masslive.com/photos

MGM Springfield’s gambling revenues for June are just under $20 million, the casino’s second weakest full month since opening nearly a year ago.

A Hampshire Hope coalition meeting addressed Section 35, the legal process in Massachusetts through which people who abuse drugs or alcohol to a dangerous degree can be committed to treatment against their will.
Karen Brown / NEPR

People with addiction in Massachusetts can be forced into treatment by a legal process that some feel is unnecessarily punitive. At a community meeting Friday, health advocates and those in the criminal justice system had a range of perspectives on how that should change.

The Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant in Vernon, Vermont, stopped operations in December 2014.
United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission / Creative Commons

A cooling tower at the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant in Vernon has been demolished as part of the plant's decommissioning process.

The Massachusetts Statehouse.
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You know it's mid-July when there's no deal on a Massachusetts state budget, a hands-free cell phone bill, and others. Negotiations on those are behind closed doors. But not all is silent on Beacon Hill. 

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Apollo 11

Seeing Apollo Through The Eyes Of Astronauts

Fifty years ago, two astronauts became the first humans to set foot on the moon. Like many explorers, they documented their accomplishment in photographs. The images they took are some of the most enduring of the 20th century, traveling from Life magazine to MTV to Twitter. For most of us, the photos brought back by Apollo 11 are iconic and a little difficult to comprehend. But for astronauts, they represent something more: hours of training, risks taken and the many people on the ground who...

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Congress

House Votes To Condemn Trump's 'Racist Comments'

Updated at 7:05 p.m. ET The House of Representatives approved a resolution Tuesday evening condemning the president for a series of racist tweets about four Democratic lawmakers. The vote was mostly along party lines, as the House split 240-187, with four Republicans supporting the nonbinding measure. Republican Reps. Fred Upton of Michigan, Brian Fitzpatrick of Pennsylvania, Susan Brooks of Indiana and Will Hurd of Texas joined with Democrats to rebuke the president, as did Michigan Rep....

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Commentary

People walking down a street.
Christopher Holland / Creative Commons / flickr.com/photos/christopherholland

Walking A Mile In A Client's Shoes

There's a woman I've worked with who never stops moving. She might visit the program office in the morning for a few minutes. Then she’s out the door, two or three shopping bags full of belongings on her arm.

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Summer Fiction Series

 The poet January Gill O'Neil teaches at Salem State University and is head of the Massachusetts Poetry Festival. Her most recent collection is called "Rewilding."
John Andrews / Courtesy January Gill O'Neil

Daily Life, Divorce, Race In New Collection By Massachusetts Poet

The poet January Gill O'Neil writes a lot about life after her divorce. That includes what she calls the ordinary, boring stuff. But her poems about a trip to the hardware store or a night roller-skating with her kids feel universal.

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Environment

Sherry Patch, town administrator in Sunderland, Massachusetts, stands on a deck that looks out over the Connecticut River. It's part of a new trail in the town.
Jill Kaufman / NEPR

Accessible Trail On The River In Sunderland, Mass., Is Now 'Heart Of The Town'

This weekend is the official opening of new trail on the Connecticut River in Sunderland, Massachusetts.

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In Contrast

The Future of Hampshire College

Ken Rosenthal, Interim president of Hampshire College, talks with Ilan Stavans.

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New England Public Media will enhance services, strengthen local journalism for audiences across western New England.

Tanglewood

Tanglewood Returns!

Starting July 13 on Saturdays & Sundays!

From legislation to legalization follow the local impacts of the cannabis industry.

In the Gallery

Cathi Burton Exhibits at NEPR

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Presto!

Ronn McFarlane on Presto!

Morning Classical Music host, John Nowacki, talks with Ronn McFarlane, American lutenist, composer and teacher

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Leora Brown with her son Jackson. She had deliberated whether to vaccinate her children.
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How Doctors Can Convince Vaccine Skeptics To Immunize Their Kids

As outbreaks of measles continue across the country, public health leaders are doubling down on the importance of childhood vaccination.

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