Massachusetts

Tasers might compel police to use force, opponents say

After less than a year on the job with Tasers, instances of use of force by the Massachusetts State Police has doubled. Department officials say the data could be misleading, because the devices were never fired in many cases, but civil rights advocates warn an overreliance on stun guns by law...

Tuesday, March 19, 2019 - 9:28am

Massachusetts tolls owed $26.8M from out-of-state drivers

The state of Massachusetts is working to collect $26.8 million in unpaid Massachusetts tolls racked up by out-of-state drivers, according to the Boston Herald.  The staggering uncollected amount has been steadily growing since the state switched to an all-electronic toll system back in...

Sunday, January 27, 2019 - 2:39pm

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker introduces bill to tax opioid manufacturers

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker has proposed a new bill this past week that would tax manufactures of opioid medications, according to CBS Boston.  Baker introduced the bill in his state budget, proposing to bill pharmaceutical companies of opioids with a 15% excise tax in Massachusetts....

Sunday, January 27, 2019 - 12:21pm

350,000 without power across Massachusetts after nor'easter

More than 350,000 Massachusetts homes are without power as of Thursday morning following the second nor’easter within a week that dumped heavy, wet snow across the state. The Cape and Islands were mostly saved from this storm’s wrath, but the nor’east dropped between 5 and 20...

Friday, January 18, 2019 - 3:53pm

Former Fessenden students file lawsuit over alleged sexual abuse in '60s,'70s

Two former students of the Fessenden School west of Boston have filed a lawsuit seeking compensation for the alleged sexual abuse they suffered by employees of the all-boys boarding school in the 1960s and 1970s. The lawsuit was recently filed in Middlesex County Superior Court on behalf of two...

Friday, January 18, 2019 - 1:39pm

Kristine Guillaume is first black woman president of 145-year-old Harvard Crimson newspaper

The Harvard Crimson announced this week that Harvard junoir Kristine Guillaume will be the next president of the newspaper, making her the first black woman to helm the student paper in its 145 year history. Guillaume will lead the 146th guard, the term for the paper’s board of executives....

Friday, January 18, 2019 - 10:09am

With CCC in 'rhythm,' Mass. could see 8 new retail marijuana stores a month

About five weeks since the first non-medical marijuana stores opened in Massachusetts, the chairman of the Cannabis Control Commission said it is still too early to determine what, if any, changes need to be made to the law or regulations. During a Monday appearance on Boston Herald Radio, CCC...

Friday, December 28, 2018 - 9:27am

Jan. 1 income tax cut worth $175M to Massachusetts workers

While there's growing talk of a possible recession, Massachusetts workers are about to receive a $175 million income tax break and there's now a possibility that the 5 percent income tax rate that voters approved in 2000 will actually happen in 2020. As the weekend got underway Friday, the...

Monday, December 17, 2018 - 11:43am

Luis Ramirez out after just over a year as MBTA General Manager

After just more than one year managing the MBTA, Luis Ramirez is leaving the transit agency, and Transportation Secretary Stephanie Pollack said Tuesday she has chosen MBTA control board member Steve Poftak to take over in the new year. Pollack said Poftak will start as MBTA general manager on Jan...

Tuesday, December 11, 2018 - 11:00am

Revolutionary Clinics dispensary debuts cannabis coffee pods

In the budding marijuana industry, people are finding more ways to consume cannabis, from the traditional toke to a THC-infused frozen pizza. Now, Revolutionary Clinics, a dispensary in Cambridge and Somerville, has another option: cannabis coffee, apple cider and more brew-at-home beverages....

Friday, December 7, 2018 - 2:49pm

Massachusetts bald eagle population on the rise

After nearly becoming extinct in the 1950s, Massachusetts bald eagles are slowly but surley making a comeback following three decades of efforts made by MassWildlife to see the national bird thrive once again. Last week, state wildlife officials shared that they have discovered 76 pairs of...

Monday, December 3, 2018 - 2:50pm

Massachusetts pot shop sales exceed $2.2M in first five days

In the first five days that retail marijuana stores were open in Massachusetts, consumers bought more than $2.2 million worth of marijuana and marijuana products.  The Cannabis Control Commission announced Tuesday afternoon that the two stores that opened last Tuesday — Cultivate in...

Wednesday, November 28, 2018 - 10:07am

Thanksgiving travel 2018: Best and worst times to leave Boston

Everyone knows that Thanksgiving travel is hectic, and for Thanksgiving 2018, the roads may be even worse, officials warn, as AAA predicts the most New England travelers for the holiday in more than a decade. Nationwide, more than 54.3 million Americans are expected to hit the roads, rails or air...

Tuesday, November 20, 2018 - 3:49pm

PHOTOS: Massachusetts residents make first retail marijuana purchases

Retail marijuana sales began on Tuesday in Massachusetts, and after quite a wait — at the legislative level and in line Tuesday morning — residents were ready. Shoppers lined up early at the only two currently operational retail pot shops in the state: Cultivate Holdings in Leicester...

Tuesday, November 20, 2018 - 2:32pm

Recreational marijuana sales to start Tuesday in Massachusetts

Recreational marijuana sales will begin in Massachusetts on Tuesday, according to the state Cannabis Control Commision. Massachusetts voters approved legal recreational marijuana on Nov. 2016. It became legal to grow, possess and use marijuana that December, and pot shops were set to open July 1,...

Friday, November 16, 2018 - 5:23pm

Not all Merrimack Valley residents impressed by holiday meal offered by Columbia Gas

Columbia Gas is offering 20,000 Thanksgiving meals to those affected by the Merrimack Valley gas explosions, but some residents who haven’t yet been able to return to their homes are disappointed by what they say is a “too little, too late” gesture. Residents of Andover, North...

Monday, November 12, 2018 - 5:08pm

PHOTOS: See Yes on 3 supporters react to historic transgender rights Question 3 win

Massachusetts has once again shown itself to be a leader in LGBTQ rights after residents voters overwhelmingly on Tuesday to uphold a transgender public accommodations law, barring discrimination on the basis of gender identity in places like bathrooms, restaurants and parks. Sixty eight percent...

Wednesday, November 7, 2018 - 10:46am

Mass election results 2018: Voters strike down nurse ratios, uphold trans protections

Polls are closed in Massachusetts on Election Day 2018 and the election results are starting to trickle in. Here's what Massachusetts races have been called.  Question 1, concerning patient-to-nurse ratios, has been the most contested ballot question of the election, and Massachusetts...

Wednesday, November 7, 2018 - 9:45am

Massachusetts Election Day 2018 guide: Everything to know about voting in the midterms

Are you ready for Election Day 2018 in Massachusetts? If you didn’t vote early and aren’t sending in an absentee ballot, you’ll have to head to the polls on Tuesday, Nov. 6 to cast your vote in the midterms.  Eyes are on the 2018 midterm elections all across the country, and...

Friday, November 2, 2018 - 12:43pm

Honoring the memory of Parkland shooting victim, Joaquin Oliver, his parents unveil billboard in Boston

Parents of Parkland shooting victim Joaquin Oliver along with gun control activists and local politicians unveiled a billboard in Boston comparing Massachusetts’s strong gun laws to those in Florida, calling for gun reform across the country. “If I had attended high school in...

Thursday, November 1, 2018 - 12:43pm