Regional News

News from the region from New England Public Radio, NPR, and other NPR stations.

Ed Wingenbach, the new president of Hampshire College, spoke to reporters on July 18, 2019.
Dusty Christensen / The Daily Hampshire Gazette /

Hampshire College's new president said the way for the Amherst, Massachusetts, school to get back on its feet is to embrace its roots as an innovator in higher education.

Evan Matthews, head of the quasi-public agency responsible for promoting investments in Connecticut’s three deepwater ports, has been placed on administrative leave. 

The news comes as the state continues work to finalize a $93 million public-private investment in New London’s State Pier. 

Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont.
Ryan Caron King / Connecticut Public Radio

Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont's administration has reached an agreement with state employee union leaders on a plan to adjust the schedule for paying off pension liability, a move designed to provide budget relief. 

A copy of The Westfield News.
Don Treeger / The Republican /

The newspaper in Westfield, Massachusetts, has been sold. The new owner said it plans to keep the paper a daily publication.

The Encore Boston Harbor casino in Everett, Massachusetts.
Jesse Costa / WBUR

Investigators for the Massachusetts Gaming Commission have "preliminarily found Encore to be in compliance" with state rules and regulations for the card game blackjack.