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FILE - In a Thursday, Oct. 24, 2019 file photo, Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker speaks to the media after a private meeting with Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo and Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont, in Providence, R.I. Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker has apologized for using the word “rant” to describe U.S. Rep. Ayanna Pressley's remarks Monday, Jan. 20, 2020, during an event honoring Martin Luther King Jr. (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)

Baker apologizes for calling Pressley's MLK speech a 'rant'

Jan. 20, 2020 5:48 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker apologized Monday after he used the word “rant” to describe remarks from U.S. Rep. Ayanna Pressley at an event honoring Martin Luther King Jr. Pressley, a Boston Democrat, had delivered a speech about inequality and the unfinished fight for civil...

Gov. Baker to deliver annual state of the state address

Jan. 20, 2020 9:41 AM EST

BOSTON (AP) — Gov. Charlie Baker is preparing to deliver his annual state of the state address at a time of growing challenges for Massachusetts. Baker is expected to touch on some of those themes during his televised address Tuesday. The red hot economic boom of recent years in the eastern portion of the...

Bill aims to have more students eating school breakfasts

Jan. 18, 2020 10:06 AM EST

BOSTON (AP) — A push to expand school breakfast programs in Massachusetts is making its way through the Legislature. The Massachusetts Senate this week unanimously approved legislation aimed at increasing participation rates in the programs. The bill would require public schools with 60 percent or more of...

Governor announces bill to overhaul state police

Jan. 16, 2020 2:25 PM EST

NEW BRAINTREE, Mass. (AP) — Gov. Charlie Baker unveiled legislation Thursday aimed at overhauling the way Massachusetts State Police hires, promotes and disciplines troopers, and includes jettisoning a mandate that the agency's commander be appointed from within. The proposed overhaul comes as the agency...

State police union agrees to GPS tracking with new contract

Jan. 15, 2020 7:10 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — The Massachusetts State Police union agreed to adopt GPS technology that tracks police cruisers in exchange for modest pay raises in the latest contract agreement with the state, according to officials from both sides of the negotiations. The State Police Association of Massachusetts, which...

Ruling means city can't deny refugees over mayor's objection

Jan. 15, 2020 6:10 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — Refugees will continue to be placed in a Massachusetts city where the mayor is strongly opposed to the newcomers after a federal judge ruled Wednesday that local governments can’t be granted “veto power” over the resettlement process, a refugee resettlement agency said...

Bill aims to protect those with developmental disabilities

Jan. 15, 2020 5:03 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — A bill that would create a state registry that identifies individuals who have been credibly accused of abusing people with intellectual or developmental disabilities was unanimously approved by the Massachusetts House. The bill would require the state's Disabled Persons Protections...

New York called to include menthol in flavored tobacco ban

Jan. 13, 2020 7:15 PM EST

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York lawmakers could ban flavored tobacco products amid growing concern over the tobacco and vaping industry's use of flavorings to attract young people and African Americans, though it's unclear whether a push to ban menthol cigarettes will succeed. The Democratic Senate Majority...

Boston expanding designated ride-hailing drop off sites

Jan. 11, 2020 1:04 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — Boston is expanding its use of designated ride-hailing locations to drop off and pick up riders. Mayor Marty Walsh announced Saturday the installation of three ride-hailing drop-off zones in the city's booming South Boston Seaport. “A world-class city needs world-class transportation,...

Massachusetts allocates $1M to protect houses of worship

Jan. 7, 2020 3:59 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker announced the state set aside $1 million in security funding to protect houses of worship from potential terrorist attacks. The grant will provide additional funding for nonprofit organizations that are at high risk of hate crimes but aren't eligible for...