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Drug Overdose Deaths Continue To Climb In New England

January 10, 2017

The number of deaths from heroin and synthetic opioids continues to rise in New England, according to data just released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Massachusetts Sheriff Offers Inmates To Help Build Trump’s Border Wall

January 10, 2017

Bristol County Sheriff Thomas Hodgson is offering President-elect Donald Trump some help to build his proposed wall along the U.S. border with Mexico.

Hurricane Matthew May Have Decimated Piping Plover Population

January 10, 2017

Bird lovers may see a lot less of the piping plover on the region’s beaches this summer. The little black-and-white shorebirds’ winter habitat in the Bahamas was hit hard by Hurricane Matthew last year, taking a heavy toll on the birds.

Digital Savvy Earns Money For New England Musician

January 10, 2017

Matt Farley might be one of the most prolific recording artists of all time. He’s not a household name, but he’s got thousands of songs scattered across digital music services like Spotify and iTunes.

Fugitive From Rhode Island Detention Facility Is Caught In Massachusetts

January 6, 2017

Fugitive James Morales, who escaped from a Rhode Island detention facility over the weekend, has been captured in Somerville, Massachusetts State Police said.

Homelessness Is Not A Crime

January 4, 2017

In the last few years, towns around New England have passed and enforced laws meant to keep people who are homeless moving away from certain neighborhoods and businesses.

U.S. Education Secretary to Future Administrations: “Protect All Students”

January 4, 2017

The U.S. Secretary of Education said there’s a few things the upcoming administration should do to continue the work completed over the last eights years.

From the Ring to the Beltway: Linda McMahon Preps for Federal Role Under Trump

January 4, 2017

Connecticut’s own Linda McMahon goes to Washington next year, hoping to be confirmed as head of the Small Business Administration. She was tapped recently by President-elect Donald Trump, a longtime friend who she supported during the campaign.

Will Hampshire College’s Flag Fight Affect Enrollment?

December 28, 2016

Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts, has been at the center of a controversy that’s attracted attention and criticism from around the country. Now it’s college application season — a crucial time for the school’s bottom line.

Feds Back Ambitious Plan to Speed up Northeast Rail Service

December 28, 2016

The Federal Railroad Administration has proposed a $120 billion plan to expand rail service on the Northeast Corridor from Washington, D.C., to Boston. That would include some new tracks, new lines, and more trains.


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