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Gov. Baker: Tax hike will help towns address climate change

Jan. 18, 2019 3:46 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — Gov. Charlie Baker is proposing an increase in the state excise tax on real estate transfers to help Massachusetts communities better prepare for the effects of climate change. Baker said Friday the plan will be included in his proposed state budget for the fiscal year that begins July 1. The...

Police: Man hurt in ATV crash dies from injuries

Jan. 18, 2019 3:16 PM EST

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) — Massachusetts police say a man injured in an all-terrain vehicle crash last week has died. Springfield police spokesman Ryan Walsh says the man died Wednesday from injuries sustained during the crash. Masslive.com reports the man has not been publicly identified. The crash...

Man who rear-ended taxi, killing passenger, gets prison time

Jan. 18, 2019 3:02 PM EST

FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) — A Boston man who had been bar hopping on St. Patrick's Day two years ago before he drove into the rear of a taxi at more than 120 mph, killing the passenger, has been sentenced to up to eight years in prison. Prosecutors say 43-year-old Michael Spinale was sentenced Thursday after...

Man on Massachusetts most wanted list caught in Miami

Jan. 18, 2019 2:37 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — A man on the Massachusetts State Police's most wanted list for allegedly assaulting and kidnapping a woman in March has been captured. State police say 50-year-old Kevin Hamel was caught Friday morning in Miami by the U.S. Marshals after State Trooper Thiago Miranda determined his...

Lawsuits ramp up pressure on family that owns opioid company

Jan. 18, 2019 1:56 PM EST

The legal pressure on the prominent family behind the company that makes OxyContin, the prescription painkiller that helped fuel the nation's opioid epidemic, is likely to get more intense. The Sackler family came under heavy scrutiny this week when a legal filing in a Massachusetts case asserted that family...

Teacher pleads not guilty to assault and battery charges

Jan. 18, 2019 1:11 PM EST

TAUNTON, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts middle school teacher has been charged with assault and battery on a minor. The Taunton Daily Gazette reports that Brian Clemmey, a teacher at Parker Middle School in Taunton, pleaded not guilty Thursday and was released on the condition that he have no contact with...

Ex-lawmaker Lyons elected chairman of state GOP

Jan. 18, 2019 11:36 AM EST

BOSTON (AP) — Former state Rep. Jim Lyons has been elected chairman of the Massachusetts Republican Party. The state party in statement Thursday says the former lawmaker from Andover won the election by a 47-30 margin over Brent Andersen, the party's treasurer. He succeeds Kirsten Hughes. Lyons served four...

12-year-old boy saves grandfather having stroke

Jan. 18, 2019 10:25 AM EST

SOUTHBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — A 71-year-old Massachusetts man is recovering from a stroke he suffered while driving on a major highway and a doctor says he has his 12-year-old grandson to thank. Benjamin Bubis, a seventh-grader from Canton, was on his way to soccer practice on Tuesday on Interstate 495 when...

Woman sues luxury resort after severe allergic reaction

Jan. 18, 2019 8:45 AM EST

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) — A luxury Massachusetts resort has been sued by a woman with a nut allergy who landed in the hospital after being served a veggie burger containing cashews. The Berkshire Eagle reports that the suit filed in federal court in Springfield this week against Canyon Ranch Wellness...

Lawyers for man accused in runner slaying withdraw from case

Jan. 18, 2019 12:28 AM EST

WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) — A man charged with killing a Google employee from New York who went missing while out for a run in Massachusetts is getting a new lawyer. A judge approved a motion from the court-appointed defense team for Angelo Colon-Ortiz to withdraw from the case Thursday. Lawyer Louis Aloise...