Massachusetts

Hundreds rally for immigration protections at Massachusetts State House

Singing “We will walk with you,” and holding signs that read “Mass. stands with immigrants” hundreds of protestors gathered at the Massachusetts State house on Wednesday to protest the family separation policy and to call on state officials to do more to protect...

Wednesday, June 20, 2018 - 6:17pm

Millionaire's tax will not be on Mass. ballot in November, SJC rules

Massachusetts voters will no longer have the opportunity to weigh in on whether or not the state should impose the so-called millionaire's tax, an income surtax on the state’s highest earning residents, after the state’s highest court struck the question from the November...

Monday, June 18, 2018 - 5:05pm

Gov. Baker gets 'C' in environmental report card

A coalition of environmental groups, for the third year in a row, has awarded the Baker administration a passing but average grade for its environmental protection efforts, knocking officials for not moving the needle from year to year. Grades in the report card, issued by six groups, range from...

Wednesday, June 13, 2018 - 9:44am

AG Healey sues opioid maker Purdue Pharma, calling out execs' role in epidemic

Attorney General Maura Healey is suing Purdue Pharma, alleging that the company, which makes opioids like OxyContin, misled consumers about the drug’s addiction and health risks in order to get more people to take these drugs and to thus increase its profits. The lawsuit, filed Tuesday in...

Tuesday, June 12, 2018 - 3:54pm

On eve of marijuana legalization, impaired driving panel just getting started

With legal marijuana sales expected to begin within a month, the commission that is supposed to make recommendations to prevent operating under the influence of marijuana and impaired driving is slated to meet for the first time Wednesday. The Special Commission on Operating Under the Influence...

Tuesday, June 12, 2018 - 9:36am

Convicted child rapist Wayne Chapman held without bail on new lewd charges

Convicted child rapist Wayne Chapman was expected to be released from prison soon, but that action was postponed as he faces new charges of indecent exposure and lewd acts. Chapman, 70, was ordered held without bail on Wednesday after pleading not guilty at his arraignment in Ayer District Court...

Wednesday, June 6, 2018 - 1:18pm

Next time you spot a turkey around Massachusetts, tell the state

You may have seen them strolling the streets of Cambridge, or been chased down by one in Brookline. You may even follow them on Twitter. We’re talking about turkeys, of course, and the next time you see such a fowl, the state is asking that you take notice and fill out a survey. Every...

Tuesday, June 5, 2018 - 1:00pm

Mass. sending chopper, soldiers to southwest border to support Trump's immigration effort

The Massachusetts National Guard will be sending a helicopter and a two-person flight crew to the southwestern border later this month to support President Donald Trump's mission to curb illegal border crossings and drug trafficking by leaning on states for support, according to officials. The...

Monday, June 4, 2018 - 10:25am

Gov. Baker will seek greater penalties for serial sex offenders

As the case of a convicted child rapist who is set to be released from prison continues to make headlines, Gov. Charlie Baker said Wednesday that he plans to file legislation shortly to increase penalties for serial sex offenders. Wayne Chapman was sentenced in 1977 to serve 30 years in prison for...

Wednesday, May 30, 2018 - 4:02pm

Boston beaches get safety rating from water quality report

Summer means spending time by the sea, and luckily there are plenty of Boston beaches, and even more just outside of the city. But not all beaches are equal: The water quality at some beaches can be better than at others, providing a safer summer setting for your swims, and a new report by an...

Wednesday, May 30, 2018 - 2:15pm

MSPCA rescues nearly 400 birds from Mass. cockfighting ring

Nearly 400 roosters that were involved in a Northampton cockfighting ring were rescued by the Massachsuetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, marking the largest bust in the animal non-profit's history, the organization said. While the birds are housed at MSCPA-Nevins Farm, the...

Tuesday, May 29, 2018 - 2:53pm

Despite progress, Mass. LGBT community still faces challenges: Report

Massachusetts has been on the forefront of LGBT acceptance, legalizing same sex marriage 11 years before the country as a whole — but the LGBT community here still faces challenges, a new report shows. Boston Indicator, a research center within the Boston Foundation, released a report with...

Friday, May 25, 2018 - 2:37pm

Former Boston mayoral candidate Tito Jackson will head a marijuana dispensary

Former Boston mayoral candidate Tito Jackson has switched career gears, leaving politics to enter the world of marijuana. Jackson has been tapped as the CEO of Verdant Medical Inc., a nonprofit medical marijuana company that hopes to open dispensaries in Massachusetts. “I know many will...

Friday, May 25, 2018 - 11:25am

When to leave Boston for Memorial Day weekend getaways

Memorial Day weekend getaways are a great way to take advantage of that Monday off of work, but you don’t want spend your whole time headed to the beach or your family’s barbeque stuck in Boston traffic. AAA worked with INRIX, a transportation analytics company, to look at worst times...

Thursday, May 24, 2018 - 4:04pm

Natick museum exhibit puts spotlight on women in WWII

When you think of women in World War II, the first image that pops into your mind is probably of Rosie the Riveter, with her flexed arm and polka-dotted bandana. “But that just scratches the surface of what women did,” says Sue Wilkins, director of education at The International Museum...

Wednesday, May 23, 2018 - 4:15pm

Massachusetts House speaker sweeps sports betting off 2018 legislative table

House Speaker Robert DeLeo all but dashed the dreams of sports betting enthusiasts hoping that Massachusetts lawmakers might move quickly to capitalize on the newly legal industry, indicating Wednesday that he intended to take his time making a decision on whether to embrace sports gambling. The U...

Wednesday, May 23, 2018 - 3:57pm

Most Massachusetts 2017 opioid deaths occurred in Boston: Report

There have been at least 201 confirmed opioid-related overdose deaths in Massachusetts in the first three months of 2018, according to a new quarterly report from the state health department. That’s an estimated 5 percent decline compared to the first three months of 2017, according to the...

Wednesday, May 23, 2018 - 12:29pm

Apple and Perkins School for the Blind partner to teach kids how to code

To Apple, the world of technology should be accessible to everyone, and that’s why the company is partnering with Perkins School for the Blind in Watertown to teach kids how to code. The tech giant has an initiative called Everyone Can Code, which includes a curriculum meant to bring the...

Tuesday, May 22, 2018 - 4:38pm

MBTA to offer reduced weekend commuter rail fares this summer

Summer is the time for weekend getaways, and the commuter rail can connect you to spots across Massachusetts. But if you don’t want to spend all your vacation money on MBTA fares, take note of the summer deal. The MBTA commuter rail announced this week that there will be a special weekend...

Tuesday, May 22, 2018 - 10:25am

First same-sex marriages in US were 14 years ago today in Massachusetts

Thursday marks the 14th anniversary of the first same-sex marriages in the United States, which took place here in Massachusetts. According to data obtained by the News Service, there have been 32,469 same-sex marriages performed in Massachusetts since May 17, 2004, based on numbers that run...

Thursday, May 17, 2018 - 3:34pm