Latest Massachusetts state government News

State to audit 2 school districts; 22 new COVID-19 deaths

Oct. 21, 2020 5:14 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts education officials have made good on a promise to audit school districts that have not updated their timeline for bringing students back for in-person instruction despite community coronavirus transmission rates considered safe. State Education Commissioner Jeffrey Riley in a...

AG joins suit alleging fraud by addiction treatment company

Oct. 21, 2020 5:06 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — The Massachusetts attorney general is joining a lawsuit against a network of addiction treatment facilities and its founder alleging that they charged the state's Medicaid program for unnecessary testing and fraudulently profited from lab tests. A whistleblower initially brought a case...

OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma to plead to 3 criminal charges

Oct. 21, 2020 4:01 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Drugmaker Purdue Pharma, the company behind OxyContin, the powerful prescription painkiller that experts say helped touch off an opioid epidemic, will plead guilty to federal criminal charges as part of a settlement of more than $8 billion, the Justice Department announced Wednesday. ...

Report: Massachusetts troopers who commit crime rarely fired

Oct. 18, 2020 2:57 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — A Massachusetts trooper led fellow officers on a chase and had to be subdued, another took cash under the table for unauthorized police escorts for funeral processions and yet another partied in Las Vegas with people connected to organized crime. None of them were fired. The Boston Globe...

Massachusetts ban on pandemic evictions, foreclosures ending

Oct. 17, 2020 9:15 AM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — The state’s ban on evictions and foreclosures imposed during the early days of the coronavirus pandemic expires on Saturday, leaving many worrying about their housing security. Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker this week unveiled a $171 million initiative he said will help tenants and...

New Hampshire to challenge Massachusetts income tax decision

Oct. 16, 2020 2:20 PM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — The governor of New Hampshire on Friday promised a legal challenge to a decision by neighboring Massachusetts to continue taxing New Hampshire residents who normally work in Massachusetts but who have been working from home during the coronavirus pandemic. New Hampshire Gov. Chris...

Massachusetts foster parents could be first to unionize

Oct. 15, 2020 6:29 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts could become home to the first union to successfully represent foster parents. SEIU 509 announced plans Thursday to unionize thousands of foster parents across the state. Union officials say that while foster parents provide nurturing and compassion, they also require the...

More communities in high-risk zone: 23 new deaths reported

Oct. 15, 2020 4:29 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — The number of Massachusetts cities and towns that are considered at high risk for transmission of the coronavirus has grown to 63 from 40 in just one week, according to the state Department of Public Health. The weekly statewide map released Wednesday is based on data collected from Sept. 27...

Massachusetts veterans' services agency gets new leader

Oct. 15, 2020 3:37 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Cheryl Lussier Poppe was named secretary of the Massachusetts Department of Veterans’ Services on Thursday, replacing the former leader of the agency who resigned amid an investigation into dozens of coronavirus-related deaths at the Holyoke Soldiers' Home. Poppe, who has been the...

Housing activists erect a sign in front of Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker's house, Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2020, in Swampscott, Mass. The protesters were calling on the governor to support more robust protections against evictions and foreclosures during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

Housing activists march to Gov. Baker’s home to push bill

Oct. 14, 2020 7:27 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Housing activists marched to Gov. Charlie Baker's home in Swampscott on Wednesday to call on him to support more robust protections against evictions and foreclosures during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. About 100 to 150 protesters said the Republican governor and Democratic leaders in...