Local Features

Annie Ropeik/NHPR

Massachusetts opted last week for one large power line to cover a big chunk of its energy needs for the next 20-plus years.

The Northern Pass proposal beat out other big transmission projects and dozens of smaller options for the right to supply all renewable power the Commonwealth wants.

This I Believe New England: David's Inferno

Jan 30, 2018
Scott Indermaur

Have you ever encountered moments in life when you weren't sure you had the wherewithal to climb out of bed and face another day?  Moments when you saw no light whatsoever at the end of your tunnel, when you wanted to, well, just give up? 

Fred Bever / New England News Collaborative

When President Donald Trump delivers his State of the Union address Tuesday, his audience in the House chamber will include a number “Dreamers” who could face deportation as early as March — including one who grew up in Portland, Maine.

Peter Goldberg/Gamm Theatre

Two of Rhode Island’s leading theaters, Trinity Rep and the Gamm, have combined talents. The result of this joining of forces is a winner, all the way.

Gulf of Maine Research Institute

Lobster conservation techniques pioneered by Maine fishermen helped drive a population boom that's led to record landings this century. That's the conclusion of new, peer-reviewed research published this month. 

The paper also finds that lobstermen in southern New England could have used the same techniques to prevent or at least slow the collapse of their fisheries — even in the face of climate change — but they didn't.

Courtesy of Burbage Theatre Co.

 


 

How about a feisty fantasia of a play that lasts just 90 minutes, is filled with fierce fun, and moves rapidly as it offers ideas that would be called shocking by some, and right-on by others?

John Bender

Bernice King, daughter of civil rights icon Martin Luther King Jr. expanded on her late father’s philosophy at Providence College Thursday night. King discussed her father’s legacy and current national divides.

Elisabeth Harrison

The single largest piece of the state budget – roughly $1.4 billion from general revenue – goes to education. 

John Dillon/VPR

 

An escalation in immigration enforcement over the past year has brought a new level of anxiety for the several thousand migrant farm workers living in Vermont.

Elisabeth Harrison

Unemployment is down, cranes are rising over Providence, and there’s hope for a better future. That was the message from Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo, who delivered her 4th State of the State address Tuesday evening in Providence.

Ian Donnis / RIPR

Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo used her latest State of the State address to paint an upbeat picture of the Ocean State.

Playwright Tackles Stigma of Opioid Addiction

Jan 9, 2018
Stefy Hilmer / C.O.A.S.T.

Playwright Ana Bess Moyer Bell was studying for a master’s degree at New York University when the opioid epidemic hit home.  Friends in their 20s began dying of drug overdoses.

BEN JAMES / NEPR

Monuments to the Confederacy have become sites of renewed controversy in recent months. But not all acts of confrontation and reconciliation occur in public.

Ximena Conde

In an unassuming building about a mile from the Rhode Island Statehouse, there’s a treasure trove of history at the State Archives. Located in downtown Providence, the vast archives house documents dating back centuries.


SOIL SCIENCE / FLICKR.COM/PHOTOS/SOILSCIENCE / CREATIVE COMMONS

About half of New England’s households are on septic systems, the highest proportion in the country. 

For decades, most conventional systems have done a good job of removing pollutants and pathogens. But they're not very good at removing nitrogen, which is in human waste.

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