Massachusetts

You can now use your Mass. license photo for 14 years

If you hate going to the RMV, here’s some good news: Massachusetts license photos can now be used for more than a decade, meaning you can renew your license online instead of in-person more often.  The Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles (RMV) announced this week that license...

Tuesday, December 12, 2017 - 10:36am

Pie Face Challenge started by Mass. native raises awareness for gastroparesis

As you’re home for the holidays this year, considering pieing your family and friends in the face. After all, it’s for a good cause. The idea comes from Andrew Belliveau, a 20-year-old Lynn native who is currently a junior at Elms College in Chicopee. Belliveau created the...

Monday, December 11, 2017 - 5:00am

New Mass. Senate president elected, investigation launched

The Senate initiated an Ethics Committee investigation on Monday night into its now former president Sen. Stanley Rosenberg in a dramatic day of upheaval that saw Worcester Democrat Harriette Chandler installed as the new acting Senate president pending the outcome of an investigation into sexual...

Tuesday, December 5, 2017 - 10:57am

Mass. Senate pres to step down while investigation into husband unfolds

Senate President Stanley Rosenberg, under mounting pressure from inside and outside of the State House, will step down as the leader of the Senate for the duration of an investigation into allegations of sexual assault against his husband Bryon Hefner. Rosenberg, in a letter that was shared with...

Monday, December 4, 2017 - 12:26pm

Salvation Army receives first anonymous jewelry donation of the season

The Salvation Army’s red kettles are as much of a sign of the holidays as the Boston Common Christmas Tree, and now another marker of the season is here: The first anonymous jewelry donation into one of those kettles. An anonymous donor dropped a diamond-and-gold fish brooch into a Salvation...

Monday, December 4, 2017 - 10:38am

Mass. Senate pres backs investigation into husband after sexual assault allegations

Disturbing allegations of sexual assault against the husband of Senate President Stanley Rosenberg roiled Beacon Hill on Thursday, challenging Rosenberg's capacity to lead the chamber as Gov. Charlie Baker and others called for a full investigation into the "distressing" claims made...

Friday, December 1, 2017 - 9:17am

Gov. Baker, Polito will seek second term in 2018, advisor says

Gov. Charlie Baker and Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito will run for re-election in 2018, according to a senior political advisor, marking an expected, but significant turning point as Baker's political team begins to take steps to build the campaign apparatus that will be necessary to win another four...

Tuesday, November 28, 2017 - 9:36am

Native Americans voice past and current struggles on National Day of Mourning

The story of Thanksgiving is often presented as a heartwarming, welcoming tale in which Pilgrims and Native Americans came together to share crops, bonding over the feast. But that story leaves out the struggles and horrors Natives faced at the hands of those colonists, their descendants argue....

Thursday, November 23, 2017 - 11:24am

Baker highlights road safety initiatives ahead of holiday travel

As Massachusetts residents prepare for all their travels this holiday season, Gov. Charlie Baker is highlighting legislative proposals that aim to keep the commonwealth’s roadways safe. In 2016, there were 389 deaths on Massachusetts roads, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation...

Wednesday, November 22, 2017 - 10:22am

New State Police head pledges investigation into altered arrest report

The just-appointed superintendent of the State Police plans to conduct an investigation into a revised arrest report that was at the center of a recent shakeup in the agency's senior ranks. "Colonel Gilpin has determined that her office will conduct an investigation into the revisions...

Thursday, November 16, 2017 - 4:07pm

Here's the best time to leave Boston for Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is always one of the busiest travel holidays of the year, and next week will be no different. In fact, it may be more hectic than usual, with a record 28.5 million people expected to fly on U.S. airlines, between Nov. 17 and Nov. 28, according to Airlines for America — a 3...

Wednesday, November 15, 2017 - 5:15pm

Baker offers new ways to tackle opioid epidemic

Less than two years after signing an opioid abuse prevention bill, Gov Charlie Baker returned Tuesday with a multi-pronged proposal to further ramp up the fight against opioid addiction, including legislation that revives the concept of holding addicts involuntarily for treatment for up to 72 hours...

Wednesday, November 15, 2017 - 9:50am

Revere Husband pleads not guilty to killing Lynn school teacher

The Revere man accused of strangling and stabbing his beloved second-grade teacher wife was ordered held without bail after being arraigned on first-degree murder charges in Suffolk Superior Court on Tuesday. Andrew MacCormack, 29, pleaded not guilty to the murder of 30-year-old Vanessa MacCormack...

Tuesday, November 14, 2017 - 3:51pm

Mass. House passes bill giving inmates early release options

The Massachusetts House unanimously approved legislation Monday that would allow inmates in state jails and prisons to shorten their time behind bars by participating in rehabilitation programming, a major policy shift intended to reduce recidivism. The bill (H 4012), filed in February by Gov....

Tuesday, November 14, 2017 - 9:31am

Head of State Police retires after allegations of altered police report

Massachusetts State Police Superintendent Col. Richard McKeon is retiring amid accusations that he ordered a trooper to remove embarrassing details from an arrest report for a state judge’s daughter. McKeon, who was appointed to head the State Police by Gov. Charlie Baker in 2015, announced...

Monday, November 13, 2017 - 11:16am

Politician's plan to serve as mayor and state rep 'incredibly insulting,' Baker says

A state representative's plan to keep his job in the Legislature while also serving as the mayor of Attleboro is "insulting" to voters and his colleagues, according to Gov. Charlie Baker. "I think it's incredibly insulting, to the voters and to the mayors and to the...

Monday, November 13, 2017 - 11:14am

Baker will seek funds to address influx of Puerto Rican students

Gov. Charlie Baker plans to request additional school funding from the Legislature to help cities pay for the education of hundreds of children who have arrived from Puerto Rico since Hurricane Maria battered the Caribbean island in September. The administration sent a memo on Tuesday to...

Thursday, November 9, 2017 - 9:47am

Free contraception bill on fast track in Mass. House

A bill that would guarantee copay-free coverage for birth control in Massachusetts earned initial approval in the House Wednesday morning and appears likely to be advanced to the Senate later in the day. The bill (H 4009) would guarantee free access to oral contraception for women in Massachusetts...

Wednesday, November 8, 2017 - 3:59pm

Massachusetts is hiring a marijuana inspector

Massachusetts’ marijuana industry is beginning to bud, and that means state jobs in the field are up for grabs. Are you interested in becoming a cannabis inspector? The opening for a pot inspector was recently posted on the Mass.gov career site. The position falls within the Massachusetts...

Tuesday, November 7, 2017 - 1:09pm

Baker to launch hate crimes task force

Days after new data reported that anti-Semitic hate crimes have increased in New England by about one third over last year, a state task force created in the 1990s to combat hate crimes will be revived Monday. Gov. Charlie Baker is planning to sign an executive order re-establishing the Governor...

Monday, November 6, 2017 - 10:08am