Regional News

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

Mark Schand scoops ice cream at his Sweetwater smoothie cafe in New Britain, Connecticut.
Karen Brown / NEPR

From his prison cot, for 27 years, Mark Schand plotted out a retail empire he’d been envisioning since well before his arrest.

Patriots fan Dan Sancomb of Billerica, Massachusetts, celebrates the team as it heads to the Super Bowl in 2018.
Jesse Costa / WBUR

The Patriots are going for the franchise's sixth Super Bowl title as they take on the Los Angeles Rams. A victory would tie New England with the Pittsburgh Steelers for the most Super Bowls won by a franchise.

Black ice on a lake, fast-frozen with no snow, is a unique natural element.
Ellery Berenger / NEPR

A few weeks of dry, cold January weather in western Massachusetts created ponds that were frozen sheer and smooth — like panes of glass — for the first time in years.

WBUR Employees Take First Step In Forming A Union

Jan 29, 2019

Ninety-four employees at WBUR, an NPR affiliate in Boston, filed notice Tuesday of their intent to form a union, according to staff organizers. The radio and multimedia producers, reporters, hosts and editors say they represent 80 percent of station staff members who create content online and for the radio.

A petition presented to leaders at WBUR and its owner, Boston University, asks the station and school to recognize the union and agree to begin contract negotiations.

Connecticut drivers are the worst. At least when it comes to skipping out on highway tolls in neighboring Massachusetts.