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

A train sitting on the platform at Union Station in Springfield, Massachusetts.
Adam Frenier / NEPR

A 30-plus-member advisory panel looking at expanded east-west passenger rail service in Massachusetts meets for the first time Tuesday.

A gambler playing a slot machine at MGM Springfield.
Don Treeger / The Republican /

The MGM casino in Springfield, Massachusetts, reported its revenues dropped slightly in November. But it's paying out more to slot machine gamblers.

"Golden lady justice" in Bruges, Belgium.
Emmanuel Huybrechts / Creative Commons /

The word “justice” has been intertwined with our culture and society for hundreds of years. It’s also Merriam-Webster’s 2018 word of the year.

Worcester firefighters on the scene of a deadly fire, which broke out on December 9, 2018.
Scott J. Croteau / The Republican/ / photos

Massachusetts lawmakers are pushing ahead on a bill that would give first responders better access to confidential counseling. This comes in the wake of the death of an on-duty firefighter in Worcester.

The Massachusetts Statehouse all dressed up for the end of 2018.
Katie Lannan / State House News Service

This week, Massachusetts is tying up loose ends. No, not gift wrapping: politics.