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Bryon Hefner indicted on felony charges of sexual assault

Bryon Hefner, husband of Massachusetts Sen. Stan Rosenberg, has been indicted on felony charges in connection with sexual assault, criminal lewdness and distributing nude photos without consent, local and state officials announced. Hefner, 30, was indicted Thursday by a statewide grand jury. He is...

Thursday, March 29, 2018 - 5:26pm

Massachusetts school board opposes arming teachers

Massachusetts education officials have shut down the idea of arming teachers in classrooms across the commonwealth. After the Parkland school shooting in which 17 people were killed, President Donald Trump called for teachers to carry firearms in schools as a way to protect students from more...

Wednesday, March 28, 2018 - 5:00pm

Harvard takes steps to become a more inclusive campus

Harvard University is making some changes in an effort to be more inclusive. The school’s Presidential Task Force on Inclusion and Belonging released its final report this week, which includes recommendations, goals and tools to make the Ivy League campus a culture of belonging. The task...

Wednesday, March 28, 2018 - 10:52am

Mass staties suspended after pay scandal probe

During an internal affairs investigation into the Massachusetts State Police over discrepancies between the pay for overtime shifts and the actual shifts worked, nine troopers have been suspended without pay and another nine have retired. Twenty-one total troopers, including troopers, sergeants...

Monday, March 26, 2018 - 10:27am

House votes to tax and regulate rooms rented through services like Airbnb

Trying to bring state law in line with the new ways in which people rent short-term lodging, the Massachusetts House on Thursday passed legislation to regulate and tax the short-term rental industry. Short-term rentals through websites like Airbnb, HomeAway and VRBO have grown in popularity over...

Friday, March 23, 2018 - 10:22am

Cape Cod teacher charged with sexually assaulting first grade students

A Massachusetts elementary school teacher has been charged with sexual assaulting students during school hours. Noah Campbell-Halley, 36, is a technology teacher at the Stony Brook Elementary School in Brewster. He was arrested by Brewster Police on Thursday following an investigation sparked by...

Friday, March 23, 2018 - 10:00am

Boston March For Our Lives is ready to make a difference

This weekend, Boston area students are continuing their fight to end gun violence by taking to the streets for a march to Boston Common. March For Our Lives is a national movement, and the sister event in Boston is expected to attract around 50,000 people. Here and around the country, students...

Wednesday, March 21, 2018 - 2:31pm

Legal marijuana may lead to influx of poison control calls

Poison control officials in Massachusetts are gearing up for an expected spike in calls about accidental exposure to marijuana once legal sales of the substance begin on July 1. That expectation is based on the experiences of states that legalized marijuana previously and have years of data on...

Wednesday, March 21, 2018 - 10:15am

Industries dump more pollution in Mass. waters than legally allowed: Report

There are regulations that restrict how much pollution can be dumped into a waterway, but industries in Massachusetts don’t seem to always follow the rules. Massachusetts industries dumped excessive amounts of chemicals into the commonwealth’s rivers and streams more than 120 times in...

Tuesday, March 20, 2018 - 2:53pm

RMV to close this weekend ahead of ID changes: What you need to know

The Registry of Motor Vehicles will close its service centers this weekend as the department upgrades its computer systems for the first time in 30 years. The new system will help the RMV issue its new types of driver’s licenses, called Real ID — part of a federal mandate to increase...

Tuesday, March 20, 2018 - 12:33pm

Massachusetts marijuana dispensary creates THC lip balm

Cannabis connoisseurs are doing more with marijuana than ever, creating all sorts of edibles, tinctures and topicals. Now, a Massachusetts dispensary has developed a THC-infused lip balm. Ermont Inc., a medical marijuana dispensary in Quincy and the mastermind behind the marijuana-infused frozen...

Tuesday, March 13, 2018 - 5:01am

Boston students broaden scope of walkout against gun violence

On March 14, thousands of students from Boston-area schools are expected to walk out of their classrooms and head to the state house. It’s part of a national action on the one-month anniversary of the school shooting in Parkland, Florida — but for these students, the scope of the...

Friday, March 9, 2018 - 3:07pm

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...

Thursday, March 8, 2018 - 10:20am

Storm brings more seals onto Mass. beaches, but don't disturb them, aquarium says

Seals are pretty cute, but if you see one lying on a Massachusetts beach, please don’t disturb it, the New England Aquarium is warning residents. After a seal pup was recently found on a New Hampshire road, the aquarium is reminding people that weather events like the intense coastal storm...

Wednesday, March 7, 2018 - 10:52am

'Are we next' spray-painted outside Wellesley Middle School

Wellesley police are investigating after a spray-painted message showed up on a Wellesley Middle School sidewalk Tuesday morning. The bright orange spray paint that greeted students, staff and parents Tuesday morning read, “ARE WE NEXT,” taken by many to be a reference to the recent...

Tuesday, March 6, 2018 - 1:45pm

Mass. officials urge travel caution ahead of storm

Officials are warning Massachusetts residents to avoid driving and be cautious with all travel ahead of Wednesday’s expected storm. The nor’easter expected to hit Wednesday threatens the area, still recovering from the last storm, with heavy snow, strong winds and coastal flooding....

Tuesday, March 6, 2018 - 12:43pm

Mass. ranked second-best state for women: Report

March marks Women’s History Month, and though times have changed, there’s still a lot of work to be done when it comes to women’s rights — as evidenced, clearly, by the women’s marches and #MeToo movements that have been spreading around the country. Women in the...

Monday, March 5, 2018 - 2:59pm

Thousands without power, streets flooded as nor'easter hits Mass.

The nor’easter bearing down on the east coast is causing rampant flooding and power outages throughout Massachusetts. More than 37,000 Massachusetts residents were without power as of 1 p.m. on Friday, according to the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency. The agency has issued an...

Friday, March 2, 2018 - 1:29pm

Nor'easter to bring strong rain, winds to Boston this weekend

An old adage says that March comes “in like a lion,” so it's appropriate that the month will be off to a rough start for Bay Staters with a nor’easter expected to hit at the end of this week. A “multi-facet” coastal storm will pummel the eastern Massachusetts area...

Wednesday, February 28, 2018 - 1:32pm

BPS, state high school graduation rates increase

Boston Public Schools students are graduating within four years at a higher rate than ever before, the district announced. Throughout BPS schools, 72.7 percent of students graduated within four years for the 2016-17 school year — a .3 percentage-point increase from the year before, according...

Tuesday, February 27, 2018 - 11:12am