Latest Massachusetts state government News

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...

AP sources: Deval Patrick mulling Democratic White House run

Nov. 12, 2019 12:19 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick is considering making a late run for the Democratic presidential nomination, according to two people with knowledge of his deliberations, underscoring some Democrats' deep uncertainty about the party's current crop of contenders. Patrick, a close...

Debt collection company to pay $4M to Massachusetts

Nov. 11, 2019 3:07 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — The attorney general of Massachusetts says one of the nation's largest debt collection companies has agreed to pay $4 million to settle allegations that it engaged in deceptive and unfair collection practices. Attorney General Maura Healy in a statement Monday said Virginia-based Portfolio...

AP finds nearly 40 problematic dams in Massachusetts

Nov. 10, 2019 9:22 AM EST

BROCKTON, Mass. (AP) — When Frederick Law Olmsted designed this city's largest park in the 1930s, his centerpiece was a chain of small lakes and ponds. One of those, Ellis Brett Pond, was for years a popular swimming hole. Photographs from the 1950s show hundreds of people, adults and children alike,...

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...

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....

Correction: Police Cadet-Drug Test story

Oct. 31, 2019 5:12 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — In an Oct. 30 story about a Massachusetts court decision regarding a police cadet who was refused a job after he failed a drug test, The Associated Press erroneously reported the cadet's race. He is white, not black. A corrected version of the story is below: High court sides with police...

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...