Regional News

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

A shortage of affordable housing and an increase in low-wage jobs are to blame for a crisis in Connecticut cities. That’s according to a report from Quinnipiac University and the Urban League of Southern Connecticut.

An empty parking lot outside the Stop & Shop on Lincoln Street in Holyoke, Massachusetts.
Nancy Eve Cohen / NEPR

In our look back at news of the week, 31,000 employees of grocery chain Stop & Shop continued their strike across New England. The workers left their jobs last week amid a longstanding dispute over a new contract. 

The U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C.
Robert Lyle Bolton / Creative Commons / flickr.com/photos/robertlylebolton

Updated 4:38 p.m.

U.S. senators representing Massachusetts and Connecticut, all Democrats, are weighing in on the release of special counsel Robert Mueller’s report on Russia and President Donald Trump.

Massachusetts state Rep. Tricia Farley-Bouvier, D-Pittsfield, testifies at a hearing with a panel of legislators about the importance of a bill of rights for foster parents.
Shira Schoenberg / The Republican / masslive.com/photos

Two bills at the Massachusetts Statehouse aim to address problems for children and foster families in the state’s child welfare system.

Former Vice President Joe Biden told a rally in Dorchester, Mass., Thursday that the 31,000 Stop & Shop workers on strike in New England are part of a movement to "take back this country."

"I know you're used to hearing political speeches, and I'm a politician. I get it," said Biden, who is mulling over a White House bid in 2020. "But this is way beyond that, guys. This is way beyond that. This is wrong. This is morally wrong, what's going on around this country. And I have had enough of it. I'm sick of it, and so are you."

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