New England

Four Of Six New England States Raising Minimum Wage In 2017

Dec 30, 2016
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Massachusetts' 2017 rate of $11 an hour puts it in a tie for top statewide rate in the country, along with Washington state.

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New England has roughly 400,000 immigrants without legal status living and working from Connecticut and Rhode Island to Maine.

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For college students, the academic year is well underway. Students have spent the first semester making new friends and adjusting to classes and dorm life.

But unlike previous generations, these young adults are more likely to report anxiety and depression.

And that has campus mental health centers struggling to keep up with demand.

At Keene State College in New Hampshire, English major Aidan Bolduc sits near a window in the atrium, as other students banter over summer escapades and coursework.

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There’s some good news for sushi lovers. A new report finds that over an 8-year period, mercury levels in Gulf of Maine tuna declined 2 percent a year — a decline that parallels reductions in mercury pollution from Midwest coal-fired power plants.

Two years ago, Dr. Nicholas Fisher, a professor of marine sciences at Stony Brook University in New York, had a bit of luck — he found out that a colleague had established a collection of 1,300 western Atlantic bluefin taken from the Gulf of Maine between 2004 and 2012.

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Part 3 of a four-part New England News Collaborative series called "Facing Change"

Next month, a mix of Syrian and Iraqi refugees will begin arriving in Rutland, Vermont. They’ll be the first of 100 that will be resettled there over the next year. 

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Part 2 of a four-part New England News Collaborative series called "Facing Change"

New England is an old region, and not just by historical standards.

The population here is aging faster than almost any other place in the country. Fewer people are having children, and many of the states struggle to keep younger generations living and working here.

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Part 1 of a four-part New England News Collaborative series called "Facing Change"

New England is facing a demographic crisis: its people are getting too old to work. States are desperate for young workers who can fill jobs, attract businesses and pay taxes. 

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For one of New England's biggest developers, Brady Sullivan Properties, there’s been a lot of bad news over the past year. State and federal investigators have found lead contamination and illegal toxic dumping. And those are just the cases that made headlines – in recent years there have been other complaints involving Brady Sullivan projects from homeowners and others. Regulators haven’t taken a comprehensive look at all these incidents to see if there’s a pattern at play. For the New England News Collaborative, NHPR’s Jack Rodolico reports,

Patriots Fans Breathe Sigh Of Relief After Ravens Matchup

Dec 13, 2016
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Despite a comeback by the Baltimore Ravens in the second half, the Patriots were able to hold onto a lead and win at home last night 30 to 23. The game started as a defensive battle, with several short drives, and the Patriots' defense putting up the first points with a safety on the Ravens. 

New England Defensive Captain Devin McCourty said it's big to get points on the board against a top team like Baltimore. 

The Conservation Law Foundation is asking the Rhode Island Public Utilities Commission to reconsider its decision not to reject a consumer tax that would help pay for natural gas pipeline expansions in the region. The PUC denied CLF’s request in September.

The project was billed as a regional solution to rising electricity costs. But since then New Hampshire and Connecticut have followed Massachusetts in dropping the project. CLF Attorney Max Greene said the state of Maine has signaled it will consider the project but only if other New England states participate. 

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Dorcas International Institute is one of the state’s largest immigration and refugee organizations. Since the election, many Rhode Islanders have reached out to the institute, a nonprofit that provides education, resettlement assistance and other services for immigrants and refugees.

Executive Director Kathy Cloutier said some people are making donations; others want to know how they can help to make sure immigrants still feel welcome in the state.

New England Readies For Trump’s Refugee Plans

Nov 29, 2016
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Rhode Island resettled more than 300 refugees over the last year, including more than 100 from Syria. An even larger number of refugees are expected to arrive this year. But that could change under President-elect Donald Trump. 

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In a big preseason sale, Sugarloaf, Sunday River and four other New England ski resorts are being sold. And that’s just part of an $830 million deal that includes ski resorts, theme parks and other recreation properties around the country.

Sugarloaf and Sunday River’s land and infrastructure are owned by a massive real estate investment trust called CNL Lifestyle Properties. Now the resorts are changing hands in a deal that involves two companies, Kansas City-based EPR Properties and Och-Ziff, a multibillion-dollar institutional asset management firm based in New York.

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Rail improvements may be on track for the New England Central Railroad, but another rail project stalled this year in New Hampshire, when lawmakers stopped a plan for commuter rail service into Boston. Now, it seems the November 8th election could change the tide for that commuter rail expansion.

Earlier this year, it seemed a commuter rail line could really happen for Southern New Hampshire.  

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

The rare New England cottontail rabbit and other shrubland species are getting some new help from the U.S. Fish and wildlife Service. The agency is targeting 15,000 acres of land in six northeastern states, to be included in a new "Great Thickets National Wildlife Refuge."

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