Massachusetts

With new MIT system, self-driving cars can navigate rural roads

What if you want to take your self-driving car for a spin down a rural road that doesn’t appear on any map? Despite how far the technology has come, that's an unlikely scenario — until now, thanks to researchers at MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory...

Tuesday, May 8, 2018 - 3:52pm

Loans available to help those recovering from Massachusetts nor'easter

The federal government has made low-interest disaster relief loans available to Massachusetts residents and businesses affected by the winter storm and flooding that caused more than $23.8 million in damages March 2-3, the U.S. Small Business Administration announced Tuesday. Businesses and...

Tuesday, May 8, 2018 - 1:25pm

Sen. Rosenberg heeds calls for resignation, will step down Friday

Former Senate President Stanley Rosenberg, who spent more than 27 years in the state Senate and became the first openly gay president of the body, bowed to pressure from his colleagues to resign on Thursday and will leave the Legislature at the end of the week. Rosenberg's resignation comes on...

Thursday, May 3, 2018 - 1:28pm

Staties update: Trooper tracking tech in place, Troop E absorbed

By the end of the day Wednesday, State Police brass will be able to track the whereabouts of any trooper assigned to one of the department's roughly 1,000 marked cruisers. The announcement that GPS-tracking technology is being brought online Wednesday came a month after Gov. Charlie Baker and...

Wednesday, May 2, 2018 - 3:59pm

State Police eliminate Troop E, will start body camera program after overtime pay scandal

The Massachusetts State Police department announced Monday that it is eliminating Troop E, a standalone section of the department that monitored the Massachusetts Turnpike, after an audit showed disparities between overtime pay and overtime shifts actually worked by those troopers. Members of...

Wednesday, May 2, 2018 - 3:57pm

AG calls for substance abuse prevention education in all Mass. schools

As the opioid epidemic rages on, Attorney General Maura Healey is calling for substance abuse prevention education in all Massachusetts public schools. This week, Healey announced on Wednesday, she’ll tour middle schools across the commonwealth that have implemented Project Here, a public-...

Wednesday, May 2, 2018 - 11:53am

Agriculture officials taking applications to start hemp industry

While the Cannabis Control Commission begins accepting applications to grow and sell marijuana, the Department of Agricultural Resources is now accepting applications to grow the same plant for very different purposes. Farmers in Massachusetts can now apply to grow, process and sell hemp, which...

Tuesday, May 1, 2018 - 1:11pm

Consultant sees Walsh as possible 2022 gov contender

Boston Mayor Marty Walsh's recent political activity could signal his interest in running for the Corner Office in four years, a prominent Democrat consultant told WCVB-TV. During its political roundtable that aired Sunday morning, WCVB noted Walsh endorsed Congressman Michael Capuano, has...

Monday, April 30, 2018 - 12:52pm

Bryon Hefner pleads not guilty, ordered to stay away from Massachusetts State House

The man at the center of a scandal that has rocked the Massachusetts Senate appeared in Suffolk Superior Court Tuesday and pleaded not guilty to indecent assault and battery, open and gross lewdness and dissemination of an illicit nude photograph. During a court appearance just around the corner...

Tuesday, April 24, 2018 - 3:05pm

Cambridge police investigating after officer hit black Harvard student

A video of a Cambridge Police Officer punching a black Harvard student while he was physically restrained has prompted an investigation, the result of which will be made public, Cambridge Mayor Marc McGovern assured. Cambridge Police officers responded on Friday night to multiple 911 calls...

Monday, April 16, 2018 - 5:15pm

Gender wage gap costs Mass women $23B a year: Report

Massachusetts women are losing out on billions of dollars a year because of the gender wage gap, a new analysis has said. In Massachusetts, women are typically paid 82 cents for every dollar paid to a man, the National Partnership for Women & Families found. That leads to a yearly pay...

Monday, April 9, 2018 - 5:22pm

As Massachusetts lawmakers look to raise smoking age to 21, e-cigaretteregulation gets wrapped up in bill

Debate over raising the age to buy tobacco products to 21 has largely focused on the health risks of smoking and the ability of teenagers to obtain cigarettes from older friends, but pending legislation also restricts certain smokeless and tobacco-free products. In addition to increasing the legal...

Friday, April 6, 2018 - 2:59pm

Swimmers peeing in Walden Pond is putting the iconic spot at risk

Walden Pond was a refuge for poet and naturalist Henry David Thoreau, a pristine and isolated piece of nature in Concord, Massachusetts. But the famous lake (yes, Walden Pond is actually a lake) is no longer a secret. About half a million people visit the state reservation each year, and those...

Friday, April 6, 2018 - 1:57pm

Mass students behind March for Our Lives have planned multiple town halls

The Massachusetts students who organized the recent March for Our Lives have planned another activist event: Town Hall for Our Lives. Working with March For Our Lives Boston and Stop Handgun Violence, students have organized five town halls to take place this Saturday, April 7. “We may not...

Wednesday, April 4, 2018 - 4:09pm

Applications pour in from potential marijuana licensees

Marijuana regulators could approve the first prospective marijuana businesses for expedited licensing next week, after the Cannabis Control Commission's staff is able to review more than 200 applications that were started in the first 24 hours since the commission began accepting applications...

Tuesday, April 3, 2018 - 4:27pm

Distracted driving going up nationwide: Report

We’ve all heard of the dangers of texting, tweeting or doing whatever else on your cell phone while driving, but it seems people aren’t heeding those warnings. Across the country, there’s actually been an increase in people driving while distracted, according to a new report....

Monday, April 2, 2018 - 5:02am

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