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Baker most popular governor in the country: poll

Though a recent poll showed that the Republican president’s support is slipping, some Republican governors — especially in blue states — are gaining popularity, according to a new poll. And the most popular governor in the entire country? That ranking goes to Massachusetts...

Tuesday, July 18, 2017 - 10:31am

Federal money begins to flow into Mass. for Green Line Extension

The federal government last week made its first payment towards the Green Line Extension project, a transportation initiative that over the years has been the source of headaches associated with delays and cost overruns. The wire transfer of $1.7 million from the Federal Transit Administration...

Tuesday, July 18, 2017 - 10:28am

Remains found in Dartmouth belong to fugitive wanted for 1980 murder

The remains of a long-time fugitive who once topped the FBI’s Most Wanted list have been recovered in North Dartmouth, Massachusetts. The FBI’s Boston office confirmed on Friday that the remains found Thursday, buried in the back of a North Dartmouth property, belonged to Donald Eugene...

Friday, July 14, 2017 - 1:59pm

Controversial taxes pitched as funding source for free college in Massachusetts

Higher education students and advocates continued their quest to make public colleges and universities free or debt-free in Massachusetts by asking lawmakers to start by providing one full year of tuition and fees at community colleges, state universities, and the University of Massachusetts system...

Friday, July 14, 2017 - 9:08am

Do hands-free laws make our roads safer?

Texting while driving is already against the law in Massachusetts, but a proposed bill that was recently approved by the state Senate is looking to take things further by requiring completely hands-free driving. The Senate’s law would allow for bluetooth or other hands-free calls, but would...

Wednesday, July 12, 2017 - 3:51pm

DAs insignificant, courts broken, Mass. voters say in ACLU poll

Less than half of Massachusetts voters think that the criminal justice system is working, with voters across racial and ideological lines believing that the system works differently for different people, according to a new poll by the ACLU of Massachusetts. Voters also feel helpless as to how to...

Wednesday, July 12, 2017 - 2:50pm

While opposed, Baker says mind open on safe communities act

Gov. Charlie Baker, not wanting to undercut a brand new Latino advisory panel sworn in Monday, said he would be a "hard sell" on legislation to make Massachusetts a sanctuary state, but admitted it wouldn't be the first time he's changed his mind. The bill, known as the Safe...

Tuesday, July 11, 2017 - 9:37am

Mass. budget accord reached, negotiators slash spending

House and Senate leaders agreed to a $40.2 billion budget that avoids tax increases and mostly holds spending flat at state agencies for fiscal 2018, according to two sources close to the negotiations, including one of the legislators involved in the talks. The bill, filed Friday at 9:40 a.m., and...

Friday, July 7, 2017 - 11:54am

House speaker says to pause weed bill to focus on overdue state budget

House Speaker Robert DeLeo, in a dramatic move intended to "remove any distractions" from the goal of reaching a deal on an already late state budget, asked House lawmakers negotiating a bill to regulate the retail marijuana industry to suspend their talks with the Senate Wednesday night...

Thursday, July 6, 2017 - 9:18am

Mass. among half dozen states without budgets in place

Five days into the new fiscal year, Massachusetts has scant and dwindling company on the list of states yet to finalize a 2018 spending plan. After Maine and New Jersey reached deals to end their government shutdowns, just six states remain in budgetary limbo: Massachusetts, Oregon, Wisconsin,...

Wednesday, July 5, 2017 - 2:09pm

Trial begins Wednesday in ACLU suit over Massachusetts voter registration deadline

In Boston's 2015 general election, more than 1,000 people who registered to vote couldn't — because they hadn't registered early enough, according to the local American Civil Liberties Union chapter. Massachusetts law requires residents to register to vote at least 20...

Wednesday, July 5, 2017 - 2:06pm

Dispatch takes on politics, mental health issues on stage

Frontman Chad Urmston says, almost ironically, that Dispatch is the “biggest band nobody’s heard of,” but that quip doesn’t necessarily ring true in Boston, the band’s home base. The indie rock sensation did, after all, draw 166,000 people to the Hatch Shell for what...

Wednesday, July 5, 2017 - 1:44pm

Quincy man's hand partially amputated in 4th of July fireworks accident

A Quincy man was injured in a fireworks explosion Tuesday night that resulted in a partial amputation of his hand. Police said the incident occurred around 9:45 Tuesday night.  The 32-year-old Quincy man was kneeling on the ground trying to light a firework.  The firework caused "...

Wednesday, July 5, 2017 - 9:31am

Is that actually a great white shark you saw?

Though there may not be a “boom” of great white sharks off of Cape Cod this summer, there will still be some of the sea creatures swimming around. With a few sightings already confirmed this year, beachgoers may be wondering if they’ll spot a Jaws look-a-like themselves....

Tuesday, July 4, 2017 - 5:02am

Boston's got a big bug problem -- here's how to avoid the bites

Bostonians won’t be the only ones enjoying a bite during backyard barbecues this over Fourth of July weekend, according to a new study Boston is one of the buggiest cities in America. With the warm weather, also comes mosquitoes, ticks, fleas, ants and other creepy, crawly and sometimes...

Monday, July 3, 2017 - 10:45am

Will Cape Cod see a 'shark boom' this summer? Not quite

Every summer, it seems those who flock to the Cape and Islands have flashbacks to the fictional New England beach thriller "Jaws." There were already a few great white shark sightings this year, most recently off of Scituate on Massachusetts’ South Shore and near Cape Cod’s...

Monday, July 3, 2017 - 5:06am

It's confirmed, Boston drivers suck the most

You can blame Boston traffic all you want, but it’s no secret Boston, and on a greater scale, Massachusetts, drivers suck, and a recent Allstate study really drives the point home. Boston ranked dead last out of 200 major U.S. cities, according to the study, which was based on Allstate...

Sunday, July 2, 2017 - 9:29am

Best beaches near Boston to beat the crowds

Nothing says summer like heading to the beach and dipping your toes in the sand, but sometimes the crowds at beaches near Boston can be anything but relaxing. Here’s a roundup of our favorite secret beaches sure to help you ditch the crowds this summer. Bound Brook Island Beach —...

Sunday, July 2, 2017 - 7:48am

Some drug-addicted babies not reported to state properly: Audit

As the opioid epidemic rages on, it’s not only adults that are affected by dangerous drugs. Babies can be born with a physical dependence to addictive drugs if they already have the illicit substances in their system by being exposed to drugs in utero. In such instances, Massachusetts law...

Thursday, June 29, 2017 - 12:59pm

Mass. could join neighbors in banning handheld devices while driving

Massachusetts is poised Thursday to take one step closer to becoming the 15th state to ban drivers from using handheld cellphones while behind the wheel. The Senate plans to consider legislation that calls for a major expansion of the texting-while-driving ban established in 2010. The bill, S...

Thursday, June 29, 2017 - 12:05pm