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Hartford’s mayor announced the city is launching the Reentry Welcome Center for people returning to the community after being incarcerated.

More than 200 people turned up at the corner of Washington and School Streets to the SEIU immigrant rally in reaction to statements made by President Trump threatening to strip federal funding from so-called "sanctuary cities."
Jesse Costa / WBUR

Lawrence, Massachusetts, and Burlington, Vermont, are two of 23 jurisdictions that received a letter from the U.S. Justice Department threatening to pull certain federal grant funds if the communities cannot prove they comply with federal immigration authorities.

Yoamar Vergara, at front, and others who evacuated Puerto Rico fill out job applications for positions at MGM Springfield.
Sean Teehan / NEPR

Yoamar Vergara was living in the Puerto Rican city of Bayamon when Hurricane Maria hit the island's shores. Two days later, a friend living Springfield, Massachusetts, said she could move in.

Springfield Bishop Mitchell Rozanski.
Karen Brown / NEPR

Catholic schools in western Massachusetts, like elsewhere in the country, have been losing students in recent years, and some have closed. 

The Dr. Seuss museum in Springfield, Massachusetts, put up a new mural, after the original drew controversy for its depiction of a Chinese man.
Sean Teehan / NEPR

Visitors to the Dr. Seuss museum in Springfield, Massachusetts, will be greeted by a new mural starting Tuesday. That’s after the original one was taken down, following criticism that it was racist. 

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