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Native Americans voice past and current struggles on National Day of Mourning

The story of Thanksgiving is often presented as a heartwarming, welcoming tale in which Pilgrims and Native Americans came together to share crops, bonding over the feast. But that story leaves out the struggles and horrors Natives faced at the hands of those colonists, their descendants argue....

Thursday, November 23, 2017 - 11:24am

Baker highlights road safety initiatives ahead of holiday travel

As Massachusetts residents prepare for all their travels this holiday season, Gov. Charlie Baker is highlighting legislative proposals that aim to keep the commonwealth’s roadways safe. In 2016, there were 389 deaths on Massachusetts roads, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation...

Wednesday, November 22, 2017 - 10:22am

New State Police head pledges investigation into altered arrest report

The just-appointed superintendent of the State Police plans to conduct an investigation into a revised arrest report that was at the center of a recent shakeup in the agency's senior ranks. "Colonel Gilpin has determined that her office will conduct an investigation into the revisions...

Thursday, November 16, 2017 - 4:07pm

Here's the best time to leave Boston for Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is always one of the busiest travel holidays of the year, and next week will be no different. In fact, it may be more hectic than usual, with a record 28.5 million people expected to fly on U.S. airlines, between Nov. 17 and Nov. 28, according to Airlines for America — a 3...

Wednesday, November 15, 2017 - 5:15pm

Baker offers new ways to tackle opioid epidemic

Less than two years after signing an opioid abuse prevention bill, Gov Charlie Baker returned Tuesday with a multi-pronged proposal to further ramp up the fight against opioid addiction, including legislation that revives the concept of holding addicts involuntarily for treatment for up to 72 hours...

Wednesday, November 15, 2017 - 9:50am

Revere Husband pleads not guilty to killing Lynn school teacher

The Revere man accused of strangling and stabbing his beloved second-grade teacher wife was ordered held without bail after being arraigned on first-degree murder charges in Suffolk Superior Court on Tuesday. Andrew MacCormack, 29, pleaded not guilty to the murder of 30-year-old Vanessa MacCormack...

Tuesday, November 14, 2017 - 3:51pm

Mass. House passes bill giving inmates early release options

The Massachusetts House unanimously approved legislation Monday that would allow inmates in state jails and prisons to shorten their time behind bars by participating in rehabilitation programming, a major policy shift intended to reduce recidivism. The bill (H 4012), filed in February by Gov....

Tuesday, November 14, 2017 - 9:31am

Head of State Police retires after allegations of altered police report

Massachusetts State Police Superintendent Col. Richard McKeon is retiring amid accusations that he ordered a trooper to remove embarrassing details from an arrest report for a state judge’s daughter. McKeon, who was appointed to head the State Police by Gov. Charlie Baker in 2015, announced...

Monday, November 13, 2017 - 11:16am

Politician's plan to serve as mayor and state rep 'incredibly insulting,' Baker says

A state representative's plan to keep his job in the Legislature while also serving as the mayor of Attleboro is "insulting" to voters and his colleagues, according to Gov. Charlie Baker. "I think it's incredibly insulting, to the voters and to the mayors and to the...

Monday, November 13, 2017 - 11:14am

Baker will seek funds to address influx of Puerto Rican students

Gov. Charlie Baker plans to request additional school funding from the Legislature to help cities pay for the education of hundreds of children who have arrived from Puerto Rico since Hurricane Maria battered the Caribbean island in September. The administration sent a memo on Tuesday to...

Thursday, November 9, 2017 - 9:47am

Free contraception bill on fast track in Mass. House

A bill that would guarantee copay-free coverage for birth control in Massachusetts earned initial approval in the House Wednesday morning and appears likely to be advanced to the Senate later in the day. The bill (H 4009) would guarantee free access to oral contraception for women in Massachusetts...

Wednesday, November 8, 2017 - 3:59pm

Massachusetts is hiring a marijuana inspector

Massachusetts’ marijuana industry is beginning to bud, and that means state jobs in the field are up for grabs. Are you interested in becoming a cannabis inspector? The opening for a pot inspector was recently posted on the Mass.gov career site. The position falls within the Massachusetts...

Tuesday, November 7, 2017 - 1:09pm

Baker to launch hate crimes task force

Days after new data reported that anti-Semitic hate crimes have increased in New England by about one third over last year, a state task force created in the 1990s to combat hate crimes will be revived Monday. Gov. Charlie Baker is planning to sign an executive order re-establishing the Governor...

Monday, November 6, 2017 - 10:08am

These researchers are creating snake-like robots to help search-and-rescue efforts

After a natural disaster, like the recent hurricanes that ravaged the Caribbean or the back-to-back earthquakes that devastated Mexico, search-and-rescue teams need to navigate dangerous conditions to try to survey the damage and find survivors. But what if robots could go in their place,...

Monday, November 6, 2017 - 5:03am

Mass. should not go at time zone change alone, panel says

Massachusetts residents will fall back this weekend after all and will likely continue to adjust their clocks twice a year for the foreseeable future. A legislative commission studying whether the Bay State should shift permanently to Atlantic Standard Time — essentially the time zone that...

Thursday, November 2, 2017 - 10:36am

Missing New York woman found safe 42 years later in Massachusetts

A New York state woman who went missing more than four decades ago has been found alive and well in Massachusetts. On Aug. 3, 1975, Flora (Florence) Stevens, then 36 years old, went to a doctor’s appointment in Monticello, NY. Her husband dropped her off at a hospital in the Catskills for...

Tuesday, October 31, 2017 - 12:45pm

Restoring power across Mass. may take 'several days' Baker says

More than 200,000 Bay State residents are expected to be without power into Tuesday and full restoration of electricity could take days, according to Gov. Charlie Baker, who said lingering winds made it difficult Monday to recover from the powerful storm that ripped through the state overnight....

Tuesday, October 31, 2017 - 9:27am

More than 300,000 in Massachusetts lose power after storm batters Northeast

Hundreds of thousands of Massachusetts residents are without power Monday morning after a storm battered the state with strong winds and yesterday and into the early morning.  As of 6:45 a.m. Monday, there were about 304,000 power outages across the state, according to the Massachusetts...

Monday, October 30, 2017 - 10:04am

Boston Free Speech rally organizer files $50M lawsuit against Walsh for slander

One of the organizers involved with August’s controversial Free Speech rally on Boston Common is suing Mayor Marty Walsh for slander, claiming that the mayor’s description of the event falsely characterized him as part of a hate group. The suit was filed Monday in Berkshire Superior...

Wednesday, October 25, 2017 - 11:36am

Lyft and Massachusetts Brewers Guild partner up to make craft breweries more accessible

Massachusetts is practically overflowing with breweries, and to help you try out the many pours they have to offer, the Massachusetts Brewers Guild is partnering with Lyft to offer rides, promo codes and other perks to more than 90 craft breweries across the commonwealth. Lyft is now the official...

Tuesday, October 24, 2017 - 10:15am