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Governor names new head of Massachusetts State Police

Nov. 13, 2019 5:14 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker on Wednesday named a new head of the embattled Massachusetts State Police as the agency works to regain the public trust. Lt. Col. Christopher Mason will replace Col. Kerry Gilpin, who announced last week she is retiring as state police superintendent, Baker...

Commission's order supports ban on marijuana vaping products

Nov. 12, 2019 7:08 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — The state's four-month ban on marijuana oil vaping products will remain in place after the state's Cannabis Control Commission issued a quarantine order Tuesday. The order targets vape pens, vape cartridges, aerosol products, and inhalers that use oil-based vaping materials. It doesn't apply...

Meet one of the state's more than 10,000 'super commuters'

Nov. 12, 2019 12:45 PM EST

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — Six days a week, Ricarte Burgos wakes up at 3:30 a.m. to drive halfway across Massachusetts to get to work. Fortunately, the 40-year-old Springfield resident narrowly avoids the morning traffic jam along the Massachusetts Turnpike at that hour. But the journey carries with it...

Vaping-related lung transplant performed at Detroit hospital

Nov. 11, 2019 10:19 PM EST

DETROIT (AP) — Doctors at a Detroit hospital have performed what could be the first double lung transplant on a man whose lungs were damaged from vaping. No other details of the transplant were released Monday by Henry Ford Health System, which has scheduled a news conference Tuesday. The patient has asked...

Massachusetts Senate to debate prescription drug price bill

Nov. 10, 2019 9:20 AM EST

BOSTON (AP) — The Massachusetts Senate is set to debate legislation that Democratic leaders say will address the soaring cost of prescription drugs. This legislation would create a process to help identify drug price thresholds that supporters of the bill say pose a public health risk. The bill would also...

Gov. Baker nominates former chair of state GOP to court post

Nov. 9, 2019 9:31 AM EST

BOSTON (AP) — Republican Gov. Charlie Baker is defending his decision to nominate the former head of the Massachusetts Republican Party for the position of clerk magistrate of the Stoughton District Court. Baker on Wednesday nominated Kirsten Hughes to the post. In a press release announcing the...

Vaping industry drops fed lawsuit against Massachusetts ban

Nov. 7, 2019 3:39 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — The vaping industry has dropped its federal lawsuit challenging Massachusetts' temporary ban on the sale of vaping products while a separate suit advances in state court. The Vapor Technology Association filed notice late Wednesday dismissing its lawsuit in Boston federal court. The...

Head of scandal-ridden Massachusetts State Police retires

Nov. 6, 2019 4:03 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — The head of the scandal-ridden Massachusetts State Police announced Wednesday that she's retiring next Friday, abruptly ending a tumultuous two-year tenure as the state's top cop. Col. Kerry Gilpin largely maintained a low profile as the 2,200-member police force was rocked by waves of...

Massachusetts reports 3rd death linked to vaping

Nov. 6, 2019 11:05 AM EST

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts health officials say a third state resident has died from a vaping-related lung illness. The state Department of Public Health announced Wednesday that a man in his 50s from Worcester County died, after telling officials he vaped both nicotine and the marijuana compound THC....

Judge: Medical marijuana products exempt from vaping ban

Nov. 5, 2019 4:26 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — A Massachusetts judge says the state's ban on the sale of vaping products can't be enforced on medical marijuana products. Suffolk Superior Court Judge Douglas Wilkins ruled Tuesday that marijuana card holders seeking to purchase marijuana vaping products should be exempt from the four-month...