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Jesse Brown wins Republican nomination for U.S. House in Massachusetts' 9th Congressional District.

Sep. 08, 2022 08:37 AM EDT
WASHINGTON (AP) — Jesse Brown wins Republican nomination for U.S. House in Massachusetts' 9th Congressional District.

Robert Burke wins Republican nomination for U.S. House in Massachusetts' 8th Congressional District.

Sep. 06, 2022 22:48 PM EDT
WASHINGTON (AP) — Robert Burke wins Republican nomination for U.S. House in Massachusetts' 8th Congressional District.

Massachusetts lawmakers reach compromise on sports betting

Aug. 01, 2022 09:58 AM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts lawmakers reached a deal early Monday on a bill that would legalize betting on professional and collegiate sports, joining more than 30 other states, including several neighbors. The House and Senate versions of the bill differed on collegiate sports...

Massachusetts governor asks lawmakers to alter climate bill

Jul. 29, 2022 18:51 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Gov. Charlie Baker sent back to lawmakers on Friday a bill mandating some of the steps Massachusetts needs to take to meet a goal of net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. In a letter to lawmakers, the Republican governor said he agreed with much in the bill, but...

Congressional hopeful pleads not guilty to gun theft charges

Jul. 28, 2022 14:10 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — A former Massachusetts state senator and Republican candidate for Congress pleaded not guilty Thursday to charges including allegedly stealing a gun from an elderly constituent and misleading investigators about what happened. Dean Tran, 46, of Fitchburg, stated in...

Massachusetts lawmakers OK sweeping abortion access bill

Jul. 26, 2022 19:22 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts lawmakers approved a sweeping abortion bill Tuesday aimed in part at building a firewall to protect access to the procedure after the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade last month. The bill would protect abortion providers and people seeking...

Sweltering heat strikes US East Coast, Deep South

Jul. 21, 2022 18:41 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Dangerously high temperatures threatened much of the Northeast and Deep South on Thursday, as huge swaths of the country sweltered under a heat wave that could continue for days and send temperatures soaring in places like Boston, Little Rock and Virginia Beach. As...

Massachusetts lawmakers OK compromise climate change bill

Jul. 21, 2022 18:12 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — A compromise bill mandating some of the steps Massachusetts needs to take to meet a goal of net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 was approved by House and Senate lawmakers on Thursday. The Massachusetts House approved the compromise bill on a 143-9 vote. The...

Massachusetts lawmakers approve more than $52B budget plan

Jul. 18, 2022 17:24 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts lawmakers approved a $52.7 billion state budget Monday, more than two weeks into the state’s new fiscal year. The unanimous votes in both chambers came after a six-member House and Senate conference committee finished hammering out the details of the...

Editorial Roundup: New England

Jul. 15, 2022 07:16 AM EDT

Rutland Herald. July 9, 2022. Editorial: Regressive decision In our email this week came a note from State Auditor Doug Hoffer. The headline stated, “Vermont Supreme Court Deals Serious Blow to Government Transparency and Accountability.” We could...