New England News
2:39 pm
Tue November 18, 2014

In Massachusetts, Casino Law Survival Means Cash For Municipalities

A rendering of the planned MGM resort and casino complex in Springfield, Mass.
Credit Via MGM's project website

Gambling money will begin flowing into local government coffers in earnest now that the state's casino law survived an Election Day repeal effort.

In the coming weeks, MGM says it will make more than $1 million in community payments to Springfield, where it is building an $800 million resort. The company will also pay over $1.5 million to eight surrounding municipalities by Dec. 6.

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4:31 pm
Mon October 27, 2014

Mass Court Rejects Lawsuit By Independent Gubernatorial Candidate Blocked From Debate

United Independent Party Founder and Candidate for Governor of Mass., Evan Falchuk
Credit Via candidate's website

A court has rejected a lawsuit by independent candidate for Massachusetts governor Evan Falchuk.

Falchuk was seeking to participate in the debate, scheduled for Monday at 8 p.m. in Worcester.

Falchuk said he was initially invited to the debate, but the offer was later rescinded. Falchuk filed the lawsuit in Suffolk Superior Court.

Falchuk said he was disappointed with the decision, but was glad to have his day in court.

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New England News
4:35 pm
Tue September 16, 2014

Mass. Gaming Commission Awards Casino License to Wynn's Everett Proposal

Casino mogul Steve Wynn, right, speaks as Everett, Mass., Mayor Carlo DeMaria looks on during a news conference at Everett City Hall on Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2012

Originally published on Tue September 16, 2014 2:54 pm

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission has awarded the Boston-area casino license to Wynn Resorts, which plans to build a casino resort in Everett.

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8:08 am
Wed September 10, 2014

Slim Margin Dampens Martha Coakley's Victory Ahead Of General Election

Massachusetts Democratic gubernatorial candidate Martha Coakley speaks to supporters as she claims victory in the primary election, Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014, in Boston.

Originally published on Wed September 10, 2014 11:39 am

Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley won the Democratic primary for governor Tuesday night, narrowly beating her closest rival, Steve Grossman, setting up a showdown with Republican nominee Charlie Baker and three independents in November.

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New England Snapshot
3:11 pm
Wed August 27, 2014

Massachusetts Mall Offers 'Sensory-Friendly' Shopping Hours For Kids With Autism

Hope Tremblay (left) and Sarah Hunter at the Holyoke Mall's Sensory-Friendly Shopping Night
Credit Karen Brown for NEPR

One in 68 children are thought to have autism spectrum disorder, according to the Centers for Disease Control. The disorder varies widely in severity, but one common trait is the tendency to get over-stimulated by noise, lights, and other trappings of modern life. A recent effort tried to bring down the sensory stimulation — just in time for back-to-school shopping.

The Holyoke Mall is one of the most obvious places to do back-to-school shopping, but one of the last places you’d take a child who has problems with sensory overload. That describes both of Mary Ellen Demaris’s sons.

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4:47 pm
Fri August 22, 2014

Warren Disavows PAC Urging Her To Run For President

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U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren has written to federal regulators stating that she has nothing to do with a newly formed political organization urging her to run for president in 2016.

Lawyers for the first-term Massachusetts Democrat, who was elected in 2012, delivered a letter to the Federal Elections Commission on Friday stating that Warren "has not, and does not, explicitly or implicitly, authorize, endorse, or otherwise approve" of any activities by "Ready For Warren."

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The Exchange
9:00 am
Tue August 5, 2014

Bay State Gambling Debate: What It Means For N.H.

Credit Lisa Brewster / Flickr/CC

We're checking in with the ongoing debate over casino projects in Massachusetts and the referendum coming this November on whether to repeal the three-year-old law. We'll also look into how the gambling debate in Massachusetts might impact New Hampshire.



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New England News
8:15 am
Thu July 31, 2014

Mass. Gets New Abortion Clinic Protection Law

Originally published on Wed July 30, 2014 4:38 pm

Police in Massachusetts will have new powers to disperse crowds around abortion clinics under a new law signed by Governor Deval Patrick Wednesday.

The governor signed the bill flanked by the Attorney General and the Senate President, the two most powerful women on Beacon Hill. He praised the lawmakers' speedy response to the recent supreme court decision which struck down Massachusetts' 35-foot buffer zone law around abortion clinics.

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New England Snapshot
1:59 pm
Wed July 9, 2014

Williamstown's Clark Art Institute Re-Opens With New Look, Expanded Focus

Landscape architect Gary Hillderbrand describes the new setup at the Clark, as executive architect Maddy Burke-Vigeland looks on.
Credit Jeremy Goodwin for NEPR

This story originally published by NEPR.

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NH News
6:00 am
Mon June 2, 2014

N.H. Legislature To Vote On Returning Massachusetts Settlement Money To Towns

14 communities along the Merrimack River could see some back tax payments from Massachusetts returned.
Credit BEV Norton / Flickr Creative Commons

State lawmakers will vote this week on whether to accept a deal that would give 18 towns about $540,000 in back tax payments.  A state House and Senate committee of conference approved a measure addressing back payments from Massachusetts to towns along the Merrimack and Connecticut River watersheds on Friday. 

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New England Snapshot
4:38 pm
Wed May 28, 2014

Training Aims To Help Massachusetts Police Understand Mental Illness

In a training exercise, Somerville Police Officer Eli Kim, left, tries to book Somerville Officer Samir Messaoudi — playing the role of a man with schizophrenia — while Cambridge Police Officer Fred Cabral does the sound effects of voices in Messaoudi’s head.
Credit Via WBUR, courtesy Cambridge Police Department

This story produced by WBUR. 

Earlier this month, Somerville Police Officers Alan Monaco and Timothy Sullivan responded to a call about a fight between two young men. They found one of them, Mike, in an agitated state.

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New England News
7:13 am
Thu May 22, 2014

Massachusetts Governor To Sign Early Voting Bill

Credit cleOpatra via Flickr CC

Gov. Deval Patrick is preparing to sign a bill that would allow early voting up to 11 days before Election Day, making Massachusetts the 33rd state to allow early voting.

The bill would also allow online voter registration and let 16- and 17-year-olds pre-register to vote.

A final compromise version of the bill has been approved by the Massachusetts House and Senate and shipped to Patrick for his signature.

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New England Snapshot
10:54 am
Fri May 16, 2014

Part-Time Faculty Form Union At Northeastern University

Part-time faculty gathered at a bar in Boston's North End to celebrate their union victory.

Originally published on Fri May 16, 2014 8:30 am

In a striking move, part-time faculty at Northeastern University voted to unionize Thursday, making it the third Boston-area college in the past seven months to do so. Kirk Carapezza and Mallory Noe-Payne report at our On Campus blog.

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New England Snapshot
5:07 pm
Wed February 26, 2014

Mass. Fire Chief To Reluctantly Retire, Nearly Six Decades After First Call

The fire chief of a small town in Franklin County, Massachusetts, is retiring at the end of the month.

While that might not be big, headline news, Everett Ricketts’ tenure at the Wendell Fire Department is nothing to dismiss – 57 years, 38 of them as chief.

Read or listen to Henry Epp's report on New England Public Radio's website.

New England Snapshot
5:40 pm
Wed February 12, 2014

Humble Startup Or 'Monsanto Of Herbalism'? Pittsfield Company Comes Under Fire

A trademark issued to a tiny business in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, for its vinegar-based health tonic is causing a firestorm of criticism. The makers of "Fire Cider" are finding themselves portrayed as corporate usurpers.

Read and hear Jeremy Goodwin's story at the New England Public Radio website.