Stories of our connected and rapidly changing region.


Science of Family Separation and Trauma Suggests Long-Term Damage

June 22, 2018

A Harvard brain scientist who studies trauma in children is warning of lasting damage to the young migrants who’ve been separated from their parents at the border.

Devils, Damselflies, And History: A Trip Down Connecticut’s ‘Wild And Scenic’ Eightmile River

June 21, 2018

The trees are dense, the path is narrow, and everywhere, there’s the sound of water. I hike to a clearing and hear a waterfall dashing against rocks below, sending clouds of mist wafting over my trail. This is my first stop on a journey down New England’s southernmost “wild and scenic” river, the Eightmile.

To Light Up Or Not? Gen Xers Reconsider Pot After Legalization

June 20, 2018

In 2016, voters decided to legalize recreational weed. The state is now days away from licensing retail marijuana stores, and the question of whether to partake is back on many people’s minds.

South County Beach Community In Rhode Island Continues To Retreat As Ocean Creeps Inland

June 19, 2018

The cottages in these rows are in a prime oceanfront location, but they won’t be here for long. Within the next two years, they will be moved about a quarter mile inland, because the ocean is creeping in closer and closer every year.

‘We’re Just Hoping For A Miracle’: Hurricane Maria Evacuees Brace For End Of Housing Assistance

June 18, 2018

Nine months after Hurricane Maria devastated the island of Puerto Rico, there are an estimated 300 families still living in hotels in Massachusetts with FEMA and the state footing the bill. But that changes at the end of June when this assistance expires. Many of the evacuees staying in hotels don’t know where they will be living next month.

Teaching Kids That Connecticut History Goes Beyond White Guys

June 14, 2018

In Connecticut, third- and fourth-graders study the history of their state. In many schools, students choose to research one person or event from an approved list. The people on that list have been mostly men, and all white. But because of an unusual collaboration, it now includes Native American, Latino and African-American men and women.

Hartford Rail Line Revives ‘Gateway To New England’

June 13, 2018

This week the new Hartford Line commuter rail will link Springfield, Massachusetts, to New Haven, Connecticut, and cities in between. For less than $16, commuters can catch more than 12 trains each day and travel speeds up to 110 miles an hour.

Entrepreneurs In Vermont Put Kombucha To “Spirited” Use

June 13, 2018

Visit the beverage cooler at your grocery store and you’ll find bottle after bottle of kombucha. The increasingly-popular fermented drink is made from tea, sugar, bacteria and yeast. But now the tart, fizzy, probiotic beverage is making its way somewhere new: behind the bar.

Maine Voters Choose To Keep New Ranked-Choice System

June 13, 2018

It was a big night for supporters of ranked-choice voting.

Why Is Energy Giant Eversource Wading Into The Water Business?

June 13, 2018

Eversource is currently trying to buy its second water company in the past year. The region’s biggest electric utility hopes to provide water service to hundreds of thousands of customers across four New England states.


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