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Drought conditions officially over in Massachusetts

April showers bring May flowers, and also an end to the drought in Massachusetts. No areas of the state are labeled as abnormally dry for the first time in months, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor. The state’s Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs also confirmed the news...

Thursday, May 11, 2017 - 1:15pm

Pregnant workers' rights bill set to pass in Massachusetts

Legislation mandating accommodations for pregnant women on the job appears likely to become law this session, barring unforeseen complications, after the Massachusetts House unanimously passed a bill that already has the support of a majority of the Senate and the governor. The so-called Pregnant...

Thursday, May 11, 2017 - 11:48am

Baker to work with White House on opioid addiction

Update: Gov. Charlie Baker will be among the members of a new commission to combat drug addiction and the opioid crisis, The White House officially announced on May 10.  Baker will be accompanied by another Bay Stater,  Bertha K. Madras, an addiction researcher who previously...

Thursday, May 11, 2017 - 9:37am

4 dead, at least a dozen injured after Jeep crashes through auto auction inBillerica (Updated)

Update:   A fourth victim died on May 10 following injuries sustained during the May 3 crash, Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan announced.  Elliott Rowlands Jr., 50, of Buzzards Bay, died at Lahey Clinic. The investigation remains active and is being conducted by the DA's...

Wednesday, May 10, 2017 - 5:11pm

Rate of fentanyl-related opioid deaths continues to rise: Report

Opioid-related deaths in Massachusetts due to fentanyl continue to climb, according to a new report released by the state’s Department of Public Health, but there are also signs of progress in the fight against the overall epidemic. The department on Wednesday released its first quarterly...

Wednesday, May 10, 2017 - 4:46pm

MIT students gear up for 'Star Wars'-themed robot competition

Whether or not they’re Star Wars fans, undergrads in MIT’s Department of Mechanical Engineering are hoping the force is with them this week as they gear up for the school’s annual robot competition. Undergrads in a design and manufacturing engineering class will put their...

Wednesday, May 10, 2017 - 2:10pm

This is the most dangerous school zone in Boston

Parents might want to think twice before sending their students off to school alone — a recent study shows that school zones are hotbeds of crime. The most dangerous school zone in Boston? That would be around James P. Timilty Middle School. Serving grades six to eight, more than 280 crimes...

Wednesday, May 10, 2017 - 12:31pm

Uber raises fares in some states in order to pay for driver injury insurance

Uber riders in eight states will see a rate hike as the ride-hailing company rolls out a pilot program that provides injury-protection insurance to drivers. The program will be available in Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, South Carolina, Delaware, Illinois, Arizona and Oklahoma....

Tuesday, May 9, 2017 - 5:05pm

Anti-Muslim letter targeting Massachusetts politician proves blue states aren’t immune to racial bias

Shrewsbury residents opened their mailboxes on May 1 to find tri-folded letters stuffed inside. Scrawled across them in capital letters was anti-Muslim rhetoric targeting the town’s only Islamic selectman candidate. Police are investigating the “hate-filled” letters, sent just...

Tuesday, May 9, 2017 - 5:00pm

Pot regulation unsettled six months after ballot law's passage

The Legislature, Gov. Charlie Baker and Treasurer Deborah Goldberg continue to play a game of cat-and-mouse when it comes to marijuana regulation. On Nov. 8, 2016, Massachusetts voters approved a ballot law legalizing possession and use of marijuana, and authorizing a retail pot industry. But 183...

Tuesday, May 9, 2017 - 1:12pm

Judge to hear arguments on vacating Hernandez murder conviction

After former NFL tight end Aaron Hernandez committed suicide in his prison cell on April 19, his lawyers asked the state's highest court to vacate his murder conviction for the 2013 killing of Odin Lloyd.  A judge is set to hear arguments concerning that request on Tuesday, according to...

Tuesday, May 9, 2017 - 10:05am

Amid protests, GE breaks ground on new Boston headquarters

Dogged protesters who say General Electric is getting unfair benefits from the state attended a groundbreaking ceremony for GE's new Boston headquarters on Monday morning. Mayor Marty Walsh and Gov. Charlie Baker joined General Electric executives for the ground-breaking ceremony at the...

Monday, May 8, 2017 - 12:29pm

Veterans use improv classes to gain confidence back in civilian life

Before Andrew McCarty went into the military, he was involved in theater and improv troupes. He had no problem standing in front of hundreds of people and doing something silly to make them laugh. But when he got out of the service, something had changed. “When I went through my transition...

Monday, May 8, 2017 - 5:00am

Life gets harder for hungry Massachusetts residents due to increasing food costs: Study

One in 10 Eastern Massachusetts residents isn't sure where their next meal is coming from, according to new data released by the Greater Boston Food Bank. Though that’s a slight improvement on last year’s analysis, the study also showed that it’s become more expensive for...

Sunday, May 7, 2017 - 2:35pm

Hernandez suicide note to fiancee released

A suicide note written by former NFL star Aaron Hernandez was released Friday by the Bristol County District Attorney’s Office. After Hernandez committed suicide in his cell at the Souza-Baranowski Correctional Center, officials found three hand-written notes next to a Bible in that cell....

Friday, May 5, 2017 - 4:04pm

Destruction of last Massachusetts toll booths scheduled for this weekend

If you’ve driven on the Massachusetts Turnpike recently, you’re probably used to the lack of toll booths. The state’s Department of Transportation began taking down toll booths back in October, and the last remaining toll plazas in the state are set to be demolished this weekend...

Friday, May 5, 2017 - 2:47pm

Baker sees 'massive' loss of federal funds under new House health care bill

The health care bill that Congressional Republicans plan to bring to the House floor for a vote Thursday afternoon would result in "a massive loss of critical funds" for Massachusetts, Gov. Charlie Baker said. A vote on an amended version of the American Health Care Act is expected to...

Thursday, May 4, 2017 - 10:59am

Healing wounds in Chinatown through art

New urban developments have ushered in gentrification throughout Boston, but one neighborhood, Chinatown, has been hit especially hard. But the Pao Arts Center is a project that, though new, wants to reclaim the neighborhood and allow Chinatown to offer the culture, support and community resources...

Thursday, May 4, 2017 - 5:03am

Bicyclist in Back Bay hit-and-run dies

The bicyclist who was struck in a hit-and-run crash in Back Bay died early Tuesday, police confirmed. A car matching the description of the hit-and-run vehicle was also found. Richard Archer, 29, of South Boston, was hit while traveling on Commonwealth Avenue near Claredon Street at 3:19...

Wednesday, May 3, 2017 - 12:25pm

Massachusetts immigrants, activists say they're 'here to stay' at May Dayrally

President Donald Trump has been outspoken about wanting to help American workers. But workers here who weren’t born in America don’t feel included in that sentiment. For International Workers Day, or May Day, on May 1, dozens of immigrants and activists gathered on the steps of the...

Wednesday, May 3, 2017 - 11:33am