Regional News

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

Passengers disembarking from a Peter Pan bus in Boston, Massachusetts, on February 10, 2020.
Alden Bourne / NEPR

There's been a lot of debate about a new study from the Massachusetts Department of Transportation on expanded rail service between the eastern and western parts of the state.

Connecticut Towns Want Permission To Buy Clean Power On Behalf Of Residents

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A growing list of Connecticut towns want to play a bigger role in procuring clean energy, but first they need state lawmakers to give them the authority.

Known as community choice aggregation, the model gives local governments the right to buy power on behalf of their residents, enabling them to focus on buying more renewable energy or lowering costs, or both.

Over GOP Leader’s Objections, Trump Faces Primary In Connecticut

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Connecticut’s secretary of the state said Friday that Republicans will have a choice of at least three candidates in a presidential primary on April 28, but the party’s state chairman asserted that the GOP doesn’t want one and might go to court to stop it.

President Donald J. Trump, who won 85.6% of the vote in the New Hampshire primary this week, will be contested in Connecticut by William Weld, the former governor of Massachusetts, and a former Democratic presidential candidate, Rocky De La Fuente.

The Massachusetts Statehouse.
Jesse Costa / WBUR

The Trump administration has proposed a rule change for Medicaid, putting up to $2.4 billion in jeopardy in the Massachusetts budget. 

Massachusetts East-West Rail Backers Knock Study's Modeling

Feb 14, 2020
Massachusetts Rep. Lindsay Sabadosa, at left, and state Sen. Eric Lesser found fault with MassDOT's approach to its east-west rail study.
Sam Doran / State House News Service

The long push to expand passenger rail service to western Massachusetts hit a key milestone last week when a still-in-progress state study put initial numbers on the projected impact.