MASSACHUSETTS

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

Since the Democrats won back control of the House, Massachusetts Congressman Richard Neal has become one of the party’s most influential members as the chairman of the powerful Ways and Means Committee.

A coyote.
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Some animal rights activists are calling on Massachusetts wildlife officials to ban coyote hunting contests in the state. 

George Perrot in a recent photo circulated by the Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism at Brandeis University.
Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism / Brandeis University

A Massachusetts man who was released from prison after serving 30 years for a Springfield rape he says he didn't commit is facing new charges.

AG Healey Sends Warnings To Violators Of State's 'Ban The Box' Rule

May 6, 2019

Attorney General Maura Healey is warning state businesses not to unfairly discriminate against job applicants with criminal records.

Healey’s office says an investigation made public Monday found 19 businesses had violated the state’s “ban the box” law,  which bars employers from asking about criminal record information on a candidate’s initial job application.

The attorney general says the law is meant to prohibit companies from screening out people with a criminal background before they have a fair chance to go through the job process.

The Massachusetts Statehouse in Boston.
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Massachusetts legislators on Beacon Hill are scheduled to vet more than 200 bills on Tuesday. 

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