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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

Cannabis Control Commission votes to delay marijuana delivery, cafes

Home delivery of marijuana and social consumption of marijuana products will not be part of the legal marijuana industry when it launches in Massachusetts this summer. The Cannabis Control Commission acquiesced Monday to criticism from Gov. Charlie Baker's administration, the Legislature and...

Tuesday, February 27, 2018 - 9:28am

Gov. Baker will join Northeast gun safety coalition

A day after four of his Democratic counterparts announced a gun safety coalition, Republican Gov. Charlie Baker signaled plans to join their data-sharing group. Separately, Attorney General Maura Healey plans to join her Democratic counterparts Monday in Washington to tout steps states have taken...

Monday, February 26, 2018 - 9:48am

Mass. opioid deaths down, but Baker says too soon to declare 'victory'

The number of opioid-related overdose deaths in Massachusetts fell an estimated 8.3 percent from 2016 to 2017, marking the first year-over-year decline in several years, the Department of Public Health announced Wednesday. A total of 1,977 people died of suspected or confirmed opioid overdoses in...

Thursday, February 15, 2018 - 9:21am

Here's how the Valentine's Day card industry got its start

Long before Valentine’s Day could ever be called a “Hallmark holiday,” the romance card industry had its roots in Worcester, Massachusetts thanks to one woman. Esther Howland is considered the pioneer of the American Valentine’s Day card industry. In the 1800s, she...

Tuesday, February 13, 2018 - 2:26pm

Perkins welcomes virtual assistance technology at Watertown campus

One recent night, Kim Charlson and her husband wanted to take an inventory of their downstairs freezer. It’s something everybody has to do, Charlson said, but because they’re blind, the chore is a bit tricky. Though the couple has labeled their frozen food with braille, Charlson can...

Tuesday, February 13, 2018 - 5:05am

Mass. authorities seize 30 pounds of fentanyl from drug traffickers

State and local authorities have seized 77 pounds of narcotics — including heroin, cocaine and more than 30 pounds of the deadly opiate fentanyl — as the result of a six-month long investigation, according to Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley’s office. The...

Friday, February 9, 2018 - 9:59am

Wynn resigns, company touts Everett casino plans

Steve Wynn, the public face of the company building a $2.4 billion resort casino in Everett, has resigned less than two weeks after the Wall Street Journal detailed charges of "a decades-long pattern of sexual misconduct" by Wynn, including instances of pressuring employees to perform sex...

Wednesday, February 7, 2018 - 9:29am

Secretary of State worried Trump administration is 'sabotaging' 2020 census

The Trump administration is attempting to sabotage blue states like Massachusetts by putting them at a disadvantage during the 2020 United States Census, Secretary of State William Galvin said, and he is prepared to sue the federal government to stop what he views as the politicization of the...

Tuesday, February 6, 2018 - 2:55pm

Baker: 'no way' Rosenberg should regain Mass. Senate presidency if chargesare true

New allegations of a breach in the supposed "firewall" between Sen. Stanley Rosenberg and his husband while the Amherst Democrat was leading that chamber prompted one Democratic candidate for governor on Monday to call for Rosenberg's resignation and Gov. Charlie Baker said that, if...

Monday, February 5, 2018 - 4:09pm

6 arrested after 2,000 people gather at UMass Amherst following Patriots Super Bowl loss

Six people were arrested and 12 others transported to area hospitals after a chaotic crowd of nearly 2,000 formed at the University of Massachusetts Amherst Sunday night following the New England Patriots’ Super Bowl loss. People began to gather on the Southwest plaza of the school's...

Monday, February 5, 2018 - 10:42am

Workers at Logan vote to strike, allege threats and intimidation

Hundreds of workers employed by JetBlue subcontractors at Logan Airport have voted to strike, citing alleged intimidation and threats over their attempts to organize as union members. "We expect even more to join us in the coming days," Dayel Gathers, who works for subcontractor FSS,...

Friday, February 2, 2018 - 1:35pm

Immigrants ignite the economy in these states, study finds

With the country’s immigration policy — from border security and the looming DACA termination to President Trump’s travel ban from mostly Muslim countries — remaining a hotly debated topic, WalletHub has taken a look at the economic impact immigrants have in the U.S. Using...

Thursday, February 1, 2018 - 11:25am

Gaming officials explore undisclosed Wynn sexual harassment settlement

Reopening the question of Wynn Resort's suitability to build a casino in Everett, Massachusetts gaming regulators honed in Wednesday on the failure of the company and its namesake Steve Wynn to disclose to investigators in 2013 that Wynn had privately paid out a $7.5 million settlement to...

Thursday, February 1, 2018 - 9:28am

Marijuana black market could be topic for Baker, Mass. US Attorney

Gov. Charlie Baker plans to meet with U.S. Attorney Andrew Lelling next month and the governor thinks state and federal law enforcement priorities could converge on cracking down on the illicit marijuana market. At the state level, where marijuana has been legalized for medical and other uses,...

Tuesday, January 30, 2018 - 9:47am

Mass. Gaming Commission investigates Everett casino after sexual misconduct claims

Everett’s Wynn casino project faces scrutiny after casino mogul Steve Wynn stepped down from his position on the Republican National Committee amid sexual misconduct allegations. A Wall Street Journal report on Friday detailed dozens of stories from Wynn Reports employees who say Wynn...

Monday, January 29, 2018 - 11:54am