NEW ENGLAND

Coverage of New England from New England Public Radio, NPR, and other NPR stations.

As summer approaches, New England begins its reopening phase. What does that mean for families and traveling? Dr. John O'Reilly, Chief of General Pediatrics at Baystate Health talks with Dara Kennedy and Maya Shwayder on what parents need to know as they consider COVID vaccinations for their kids.

Thinking of sending your children to summer camp? Abbie Charrier, Director of Camps and Trips for New England Sports Camps, will discuss the provisions her camps have made in preparation.

Dara Kennedy and Maya Shwayder will talk with Connecticut House Minority Leader, Republican Vincent Candelora on the state's reopening plan and vaccine policy.

Over the past year, there's been a sharp decline of women visiting their doctors. For National Women's Check-up Day, Dr. Molly Shipman, a leading physician at Women's Health, explains why women need to focus on their own personal health.

What have you been dreaming about? And Another Thing will look into the subconscious aspect of dreams that some people may be encountering in a pandemic mental state.

A classroom.
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A Massachusetts lawmaker hopes to follow to lead of Connecticut and Maine, and eliminate the religious exemption for childhood vaccine requirements in schools.

It's a celebration of mothers, in all forms. Family therapist Dr. Gayanni DeSilva will explain the everchanging role of moms (and dads) during the pandemic.

Hosts Dara Kennedy and Maya Shwayder will also explore surrogacy. The rewards are often fulfilling, however the process of surrogacy can be challenging. Jessica Stumpf, Executive Director of the Vermont Surrogacy Network will talk about her experience as a surrogate mother and how her organization recruits both surrogates and potential families.

Nettie Lesser’s grave is tucked in the back of Mount Auburn Cemetery in a quiet area surrounded by trees and birds and a carpet of purple flowers starting to bloom. The plot blends into the scene around it, the only marker a small plaque the size of a hockey puck; you wouldn’t know it was a grave unless you were looking for it.

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker.
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As the COVID-19 metrics continue to move in the right direction in Massachusetts, Gov. Charlie Baker says he remains hopeful the state can achieve a full reopening by August 1.

In his first address to joint congress, President Joe Biden introduced agenda polices surrounding child care, education, and immigration. Dara Kennedy and Maya Shwayder will dissect President Biden’s key components of his address then talk with members of the community that will be directly affected.

As Mental Health Awareness month comes to a close, Dara Kennedy and Maya Shwayder will explore its rise over the course of the pandemic. Psychiatrist, Dr. Gayanni DeSilva explains ‘languishing’ - a term for those who have trouble explaining their anxiety or depressive moods. Dara and Maya will also examine how Black and Latinx communities have been disproportionately affected by mental health with UCONN psychiatrist Dr. Michelle Williams and Mt. Holyoke Dr. Jen Matos.

The push to switch from fossil fuels to renewable forms of energy will mean a lot more demand for battery storage. It's just part of massive efforts to modernize the electric grid in New England and the nation to meet the challenge of climate change.

Massachusetts Sen. Ed Markey hopes President Biden's $2 trillion infrastructure plan will include money to replace the Bourne Bridge.
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President Biden’s $2 trillion infrastructure plan lays out his vision of better transit, broadband and more, but it doesn’t yet specify which projects could get funded.

That’s where members of Congress come in.

President Joe Biden’s energy goals will make significant changes to where New England gets its power. How states choose to embrace these goals as part of their climate change plans could shake up the region's energy market over the next decade. This week, all eyes are on Biden, who will convene world leaders for an Earth Day summit.

A health care worker administers a COVID-19 vaccine at the FEMA mobile unit in Bridgeport, Connecticut, in March.
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All six New England states are pausing use of the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine. The decisions follow a federal recommendation for a pause while investigators look into six cases of a rare and severe blood clot reported in women who received the vaccine.

New England Council Backs Bank Protections For Pot Industry

Apr 6, 2021
The cash drawer at INSA in Easthampton, Massachusetts, in a file photo.
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The New England Council, a business-minded organization that maintains close ties to members of Congress from the six northeast states, last week voiced its support for federal legislation to protect banks working with state-legal marijuana companies from federal regulatory penalties.

Amtrak's Northeast Regional line rolls through Connecticut past a gas power plant.
Annie Ropeik / New Hampshire Public Radio

President Biden’s $2.3 trillion infrastructure plan could bring expanded or improved Amtrak train service to every state in New England.

UMass Medical School student Timothy Winn prepares doses of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine at the Hotel Grace homeless shelter in Worcester.
Jesse Costa / WBUR

All residents 16 and over will be eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine fairly soon in New England, but the date varies by state.

Wood Heat Tax Credit Gives New England Industry ‘Something To Rally Around’

Feb 12, 2021

Congress included the new tax credit in December’s COVID-19 stimulus bill, offering 26 percent off the cost of installing high-efficiency wood boilers.

New England’s wood heat industry is hoping a new tax credit and marketing campaign can convince more homeowners to buy a high-efficiency wood boiler.

It Has Been Slow To Arrive, But High-Speed Rail Could Be Coming

Feb 4, 2021

In 2016, federal officials unveiled a plan for high-speed rail along the Northeast Corridor that included a 50-mile passage from Old Saybrook to the village of Kenyon, R.I.

The route went through Old Lyme and other historic small towns while bypassing New London. The plan, called NEC Future, met with heavy — almost unanimous — opposition. Hundreds turned out at meetings to oppose the plan. Sen. Richard Blumenthal seemed ready to lash himself to the tracks, calling the idea “half-baked and hare-brained” and “unworthy of any sort of taxpayer dollars.”

An emerald ash borer.
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The U.S. government has lifted a quarantine on an invasive insect, the emerald ash borer, that's killed many trees in Massachusetts and Connecticut. But critics of the change have been more vocal outside those states.

Studies show that climate change could prompt millions of Americans to relocate in the coming decades. And by some measures, New Hampshire and northern New England could be ideal places to move.

But preparing for those potential waves of climate migrants will be no easy task – and some are already arriving.

The Mountain West always felt like home for Judith and Doug Saum. Until recently, they lived in the hills above Reno, Nevada.

Severe storms. Heat waves. Rising seas. New England is already seeing the impacts of climate change, and scientists project they will become more severe and deadly, shaping how we live and work in the northeastern U.S.

In a special ahead of Inauguration Day, the New England News Collaborative and America Amplified look at climate change in our region and how President-elect Joe Biden’s administration could affect future climate action. Biden has proposed the most ambitious climate platform of any incoming U.S. president in history.

A driver buckles up.
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A highway safety advocacy group says Vermont and New Hampshire are "dangerously behind" adoption of recommended traffic laws, and Massachusetts and Connecticut are faring only slightly better. 

U.S. Rep. Jim McGovern, center top, presided over the House chamber when it recessed during the lockdown. On the left, staff members motion for lawmakers to stay seated.
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Updated at 9:25 p.m. 

As pro-Trump extremists breached the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday, Rep. Jim McGovern of Massachusetts was presiding over the House.

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Workers earning the minimum wage in four of the six New England states will see a bit more in their paychecks in 2021. But the gap continues to widen between New Hampshire – where the rate hasn't changed in over a decade – and the rest of the region.

The Sierra Grille restaurant in Northampton, Massachusetts, announced in October 2020 it was closing.
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The latest unemployment rates decreased in four of the six New England states.

A warmly-lit Frosty the Snowman decoration.
Martha Ackmann / NEPM

I’m not much for holiday decorating, but I do have a soft spot for a three-foot tall Frosty the Snowman.

It will take months — maybe even years — to figure out why the polls were so wrong leading up to Election Day. But the autopsy is already well underway.

“The polls were a stinking pile of hot garbage,” tweeted Sean Trende, the senior elections analyst for RealClearPolitics (RCP), expressing a view with which few pollsters would take issue.

The American Airlines counters at Bradley International Airport in Windsor Locks, Connecticut.
Alden Bourne / NEPM

Despite a warning from the CDC to avoid travel for Thanksgiving, officials at Bradley International Airport say they expect to see increased traffic around the holiday. But it'll be nothing like previous years. 

2 Dead After Explosion At Conn. VA Hospital

Nov 13, 2020

Officials say two people are dead and three others are injured following an explosion at a Veterans Affairs hospital in Connecticut.

A scene in Vermont.
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Updated Nov. 11 at 9:15 a.m.

As new COVID-19 cases continue to climb across the country, New England states are trying to limit the spread of the virus by travelers within the region.

Democrats describe themselves as the only party taking the threat of climate change seriously. And President Trump’s continued denial of climate science and rollbacks of environmental protections haven’t made it easy for Republicans to change that.

But some New Hampshire conservatives think their candidates could be doing more to run – and win – on climate change.


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