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Experts urge better opioid rescue drug access to save lives

Jan. 29, 2023 10:24 AM EST

ALBANY, Ga. (AP) — Jessie Blanchard started small nearly five years ago, just trying to get enough of the rescue drug naloxone that reverses opioid overdoses to keep her daughter from dying from an overdose. She pleaded with colleagues at the college where she’s an adjunct...

Editorial Roundup: New England

Jan. 27, 2023 12:35 PM EST

Hearst Connecticut Media. January 22, 2023. Editorial: Solution to economic growth in CT is not a mystery When responding to a question recently about the possibility of raising taxes on high earners, Gov. Ned Lamont’s spokesperson resorted to a familiar refrain:...

New England states getting hit by latest winter storm

Jan. 23, 2023 16:54 PM EST

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Some of the New England states were getting hit with a winter storm Monday that was snarling roads, knocking down electric wires and keeping some children home from school. A winter storm warning issued by the National Weather Service is due to expire Monday...

Thomas Birmingham, former state Senate president, dies at 73

Jan. 22, 2023 17:54 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — Former Massachusetts Senate President Thomas Birmingham, who helped ensure passage of the the state's landmark 1993 education law, has died. He was 73. Birmingham grew up in the working class city of Chelsea and went on to attend Harvard College and Harvard Law...

Today in History: JAN 22, Supreme Court gives abortion right

Jan. 22, 2023 00:02 AM EST

Today in History Today is Sunday, Jan. 22, the 22nd day of 2023. There are 343 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Jan. 22, 1973, the U.S. Supreme Court, in its Roe v. Wade decision, declared a nationwide constitutional right to...

Tax the rich? Liberals renew push for state wealth taxes

Jan. 20, 2023 18:40 PM EST

Supporters of taxes on the very rich contend that people are emerging from the COVID-19 pandemic with a bigger appetite for what they’re calling “tax justice.” Bills announced Thursday in California, New York, Illinois, Hawaii, Maryland, Minnesota, Washington and Connecticut...

March for Life eyes Congress for post-Roe abortion limits

Jan. 20, 2023 17:46 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — A half century after Roe v. Wade, March for Life supporters on Friday celebrated the Supreme Court's dismantling of that constitutional right to abortion and heralded the political struggle set loose by the court's decision. President Joe Biden pledged to do all in his limited...

First Black woman sworn in as Massachusetts attorney general

Jan. 18, 2023 16:12 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — Democrat Andrea Campbell was sworn in Wednesday as the first Black woman to serve as Massachusetts attorney general. Campbell, 40, took her oath of office at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center surrounded by family and supporters. As she did...

Editorial Roundup: New England

Jan. 13, 2023 13:13 PM EST

Hearst Connecticut Media. January 11, 2023. Editorial: As recreational pot sales begin in CT, history offers lessons moving forward It’s a historic week in Connecticut, as the sale of recreational marijuana finally becomes legal. Witnessing history is...

Court weighs tossing Boston marathon bomber's death sentence

Jan. 10, 2023 20:44 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's attorney urged a federal appeals court Tuesday to throw out the 29-year-old’s death sentence because of juror misconduct claims just months after it was revived by the nation’s highest court. Tsarnaev is making a renewed...