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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...

MBTA planning on multi-billion-dollar commuter rail overhaul

Nov. 5, 2019 10:21 AM EST

BOSTON (AP) — The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority is planning to spend $10 billion to $28 billion on updates to the commuter rail. The Boston Herald reports the Fiscal and Management Control Board approved on Monday a series of resolutions directing the MBTA to start working on an overhaul of...

State invests nearly $1M to improve local cranberry bogs

Nov. 2, 2019 3:29 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts cranberry growers are getting assistance to help overhaul their bogs. Republican Gov. Charlie Baker's administration announced this week that 21 growers have received a total of nearly $1 million for bog renovation projects. The new grant program is meant to help growers reduce...

Massachusetts selects second planned offshore wind project

Oct. 30, 2019 3:07 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts is forging ahead with plans to develop offshore wind farms despite mixed signals from federal regulators. The Baker administration announced that Mayflower Wind has been selected by the state's electric distribution companies to begin contract negotiations to provide 804...

Florida editorial roundup

Oct. 30, 2019 2:16 PM EDT

Recent editorials from Florida newspapers: ___ Oct. 30 The Palm Beach Post on regulating vape products: We applaud Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody for launching a much-needed investigation into how companies are marketing and selling vape products in Florida. Her action is welcome, because the state is...