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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

Man wanted for stabbing dog with machete captured: Police

A man who officials say randomly attacked a woman and stabbed her dog with a machete in Taunton last month has been arrested. Thomas Vargus, 45, one of the Massachusetts State Police Most Wanted fugitives, was arrested Sunday in Pennsylvania, police said on Monday. Vargus allegedly attacked a...

Monday, October 23, 2017 - 11:49am

Boston LGBTQ advocacy group reminds of importance of allies on National Coming Out Day

Coming out as LGBTQ can be intimidating, but it can also be an extremely powerful act, the Human Rights Campaign says. That’s why the HRC started National Coming Out Day 29 years ago. Today, LGBTQ youth are coming out to their family and friends at younger and younger ages, said Valerie...

Wednesday, October 11, 2017 - 5:05am

Dr. Seuss museum to remove mural after complaints it depicted 'racialstereotype'

Springfield’s Dr. Seuss museum says it will remove a mural that depicts a Chinese character after three authors threatened to boycott a museum event over the “jarring racial stereotype.” The three authors, Mike Curato, Mo Willems and Lisa Yee, were invited to attend and read at...

Friday, October 6, 2017 - 3:13pm

Massachusetts to send 69 police officers to Puerto Rico

A team of local and state police officers are heading from Massachusetts to Puerto Rico to help with security duties as the U.S. territory is still reeling from two devastating hurricanes, Gov. Charlie Baker announced. Sixty-nine officers from across the state will be split into three separate two...

Thursday, October 5, 2017 - 10:09am

More former Milton Academy students come forward about experiencing sexual misconduct

After an investigation into Milton Academy in February found that four employees engaged in “sexual misconduct” with students decades ago, more former students have come forward saying that they were victims of sexual abuse. Six more former students contacted Milton to say that they...

Wednesday, October 4, 2017 - 10:46am

Insurers, advocates compromise on Mass. birth control coverage bill

The morning-after emergency contraception pill would be as accessible as a flu shot in Massachusetts and birth control pills could be purchased in 12-month supplies, under compromise legislation agreed to by the insurance industry and reproductive rights advocates. The compromise does not include...

Tuesday, October 3, 2017 - 3:47pm

MIT physicist wins Nobel Prize for discovery of gravitational waves

One hundred years ago, Albert Einstein predicted the existence of gravitational waves — but he assumed they would never be detectable. Now, Rainer Weiss, professor emeritus of physics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, has won the Nobel Prize in physics for 2017 for his work in...

Tuesday, October 3, 2017 - 2:43pm