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Cannabis Commission chair outlines goals, initial steps

As he sets out to stand up a legal marijuana industry here, Cannabis Control Commission Chairman Steven Hoffman said Wednesday he intends for retail marijuana sales to begin by July 2018, but did not guarantee that the nascent commission would meet that timeline. Hoffman, a retired business...

Wednesday, September 6, 2017 - 3:54pm

AG Healey: Massachusetts will join lawsuit to defend DACA

Joining with unidentified other states, Massachusetts will go to court to defend protections for young immigrants that the Trump administration rescinded Tuesday, Attorney General Maura Healey told the News Service. Rescinding the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals was "illegal" and...

Wednesday, September 6, 2017 - 1:25pm

Get the Lead Out: Parents urged to take action on lead in school drinking water

As children head back to school, environmental advocates are equipping parents with resources to address the issue of lead contamination in school water fountains. “Since Flint, the issue of lead in drinking water has come to national attention,” said Ben Hellerstein, state director of...

Wednesday, September 6, 2017 - 11:32am

Be wary of scammers pretending to be Chicopee Powerball winner, police say

After a Chicopee resident won the Powerball jackpot last week, local police are warning residents that scammers are creating social media accounts in the winner’s name. Mavis Wanczyk, 53, won the second largest jackpot in the lottery’s history last week, a $758.7 million prize. Now,...

Tuesday, August 29, 2017 - 1:05pm

Massachusetts responders to help with Harvey relief efforts

Massachusetts emergency responders have headed to Houston to assist with the catastrophic flooding in the Texas city caused by Hurricane Harvey. Now downgraded to a tropical storm, Harvey has dropped more than 30 inches of rain on some parts of Houston. On Saturday, three Coast Guard aircrafts (...

Monday, August 28, 2017 - 4:05pm

Cape Cod politician suggests killing great white sharks, experts denounce plan

After recent reports of shark sightings close to the Cape Cod shore, one politician there is proposing a “mitigation strategy” that would involve catching and killing great whites to ensure public safety. Barnstable County Commissioner Ron Beaty's announcement of his proposed...

Thursday, August 24, 2017 - 11:59am

Massachusetts has highest educated workforce in the country: Report

Massachusetts has the most educated workforce in the country, according to a new report — how do like them apples? Half of all Massachusetts workers had a bachelor’s degree or higher in 2016, according to a report published Wednesday by the Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center. That...

Wednesday, August 23, 2017 - 12:14pm

Video: Shark attacks seal off Cape Cod

Beachgoers who tried to enjoy Cape Cod’s Nauset beach on Monday got more than a summer day on the sand and views of the eclipse. The beach day turned frightening as swimmers saw a shark attack a seal only yards away from the shore. The shark took a fatal bite of the seal, turning the water...

Tuesday, August 22, 2017 - 10:25am

Former Romney aide Beth Lindstrom announces run against Warren

Elizabeth Warren has another challenger vying for her Senate seat. Beth Lindstrom, a former aide to Gov. Mitt Romney, announced her run on Monday. In a video posted online Monday, Lindstrom said that she is not a politician, “I’m a mom who cares deeply about Massachusetts and where we...

Monday, August 21, 2017 - 11:51am

Massachusetts has more hate groups than any other New England state: Report

After white supremacist gathered in Charlottesville, Va., institutions of all kinds are clamping down on hate groups, from domain providers to PayPal. But just how much of a concern are hate groups, especially here in New England? The Southern Poverty Law Center has a “hate map” on...

Thursday, August 17, 2017 - 1:17pm

State announces new regulations to reduce greenhouse gas emissions

Gov. Charlie Baker’s administration has issued new regulations for reducing greenhouse gas emissions in Massachusetts which target the natural gas distribution network, the transportation sector and the electric sector. The regulations announced out on Friday are the final steps that build...

Friday, August 11, 2017 - 1:16pm

State launches campaign against driving while high

Though marijuana is legal in Massachusetts, officials are reminding residents that that doesn’t mean they can drive while high. The state’s public safety office unveiled this week a new campaign aimed at highlighting the risks of driving while impaired by marijuana. “Drive high...

Thursday, August 10, 2017 - 2:25pm

All Mass. Pike Allston lanes are reopened ahead of schedule

If you take the Massachusetts Turnpike, your morning commute should be back to normal as of Monday morning. All four lanes in each direction on I-90 are open once again, as of 5 a.m. Monday, Aug. 7, according to the Massachusetts Department of Transportation. The Pike was previously whittled down...

Wednesday, August 9, 2017 - 8:59am

As legal recreational weed gains traction, doctors stay informed through new cannabis curriculum

Now that the recreational marijuana law has finally been signed by Gov. Charlie Baker and the state is shaping its Cannabis Advisory Board, the dream of legal weed is here to stay in Massachusetts. Though medical marijuana has been legal here since 2012, the addition of legal recreational...

Monday, August 7, 2017 - 7:07am

Amanda Knox says Michelle Carter was 'wrongfully convicted'

Amanda Knox made headlines when she spent nearly four years in an Italian prison after being convicted there for the murder of her roommate. After she was acquitted, her case gained attention as an example of a wrongful conviction, and now Knox is speaking out about another case she says was...

Friday, August 4, 2017 - 1:51pm

Woman guilty of coercing boyfriend to kill himself via text message to be sentenced today

A Massachusetts woman could be sentenced to up to 20 years in prison on Thursday for goading her teenage boyfriend into suicide with a series of text messages in 2014. Michelle Carter, 20, of Plainville was found guilty in June of involuntary manslaughter for urging her 18-year-old boyfriend,...

Thursday, August 3, 2017 - 10:50am

State begins erecting marijuana regulatory structure

The panel that will study and make recommendations on regulating marijuana in Massachusetts — the first piece of a growing regulatory structure — is on track to be finalized by the end of the week when the governor names the final five members. Treasurer Deborah Goldberg and Attorney...

Wednesday, August 2, 2017 - 12:05pm

Baker files legislation asking for August sales tax holiday

Gov. Charlie Baker is filing legislation Wednesday declaring a sales tax holiday for the weekend of Aug. 19 and Aug. 20. "The sales tax holiday gives consumers a much needed break and supports business across the Commonwealth for our hardworking retailers," Baker said in a statement....

Wednesday, August 2, 2017 - 11:47am

Obama advisors want former MA Gov. Deval Patrick to run for president in 2020

Could yet another (former) Massachusetts governor become a presidential candidate? That’s the hope of none other than those in Barack Obama’s inner circle, according to Politico. Former Gov. Deval Patrick is being encouraged to run for president in 2020 by former Obama advisers well-...

Wednesday, August 2, 2017 - 11:25am

Baker files bill to allow local police to honor some ICE detainer requests

A push from the Baker administration to respond to a Supreme Judicial Court ruling and reinstate a policy allowing state and local police to cooperate, on a limited basis, with federal immigration detainer requests met stiff resistance from civil liberties activists who questioned the...

Tuesday, August 1, 2017 - 2:32pm