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Judge accused of aiding wanted immigrant gets pay restored

Aug. 13, 2019 2:35 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — A Massachusetts judge charged with helping an immigrant escape a federal agent waiting to arrest him will be paid while her legal battle plays out, the state's highest court ruled Tuesday. Reversing course in a closely watched case that has showcased official resistance to the Trump...

The Latest: States vow suit over endangered species rollback

Aug. 13, 2019 12:33 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the Trump administration's changes to the Endangered Species Act (all times local): 3:20 p.m. California and Massachusetts say they'll go to court to fight the Trump administration's overhaul of the Endangered Species Act. Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey and...

Region hit hard by opioids embraces jail-based treatment

Aug. 9, 2019 11:49 AM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) — As western Massachusetts struggles with a dramatic spike in fatal overdoses, officials are embracing a controversial solution: sending men who have not committed any crimes to jails and prisons for court-ordered addiction treatment. Hampden County Sheriff Nick Cocchi has...

Families say Purdue Pharma must be 'held accountable'

Aug. 2, 2019 5:21 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — They came bearing oversized images of the sons and daughters they lost to drug overdoses and signs demanding justice from the pharmaceutical company they hold most responsible. The parents and their supporters rallied outside a Boston courthouse Friday as a judge heard arguments in...

Baker says he didn't know of registry backlog before crash

Jul. 31, 2019 4:32 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker said Wednesday he did not learn of problems his state's Registry of Motor Vehicles had with processing notifications sent by other states until after a crash that killed seven motorcyclists last month, though top agency officials have testified they were aware...

Massachusetts RMV knew of backlog years before deadly crash

Jul. 30, 2019 8:07 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Officials within the Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles grappled for years without success to clear chronic backlogs in the processing of notifications sent by other states of infractions by Massachusetts drivers, according to testimony on Tuesday at an oversight hearing prompted by a...

2nd person announces primary challenge to US Sen. Markey

Jul. 23, 2019 2:29 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — A business executive who spent his childhood in what he calls unstable, cruel and at times violent foster homes announced a primary challenge Tuesday to Democratic Massachusetts U.S. Sen. Edward Markey. Steve Pemberton, 52, whose memoir about his time as a foster child was turned into a...

Massachusetts investigates company tied to motorcycle deaths

Jul. 23, 2019 12:33 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — The Massachusetts attorney general's office has opened an investigation into the trucking company that employed the driver charged in the deaths of seven motorcyclists in New Hampshire. A spokeswoman for Attorney General Maura Healey confirmed Tuesday an investigation into Westfield Transport...

Lawmakers suspend inquiry into motor vehicle agency

Jul. 22, 2019 3:25 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts lawmakers opened and then abruptly suspended their inquiry Monday into troubles at the state motor vehicle department that were exposed by a crash that killed seven motorcyclists. The Legislature's Joint Committee on Transportation voted to recess just minutes into its oversight...

Probe prompts more than 1,600 driver license suspensions

Jul. 12, 2019 6:59 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — More than 1,600 Massachusetts drivers have had their licenses suspended following a Registry of Motor Vehicles review prompted by a deadly crash that killed seven motorcyclists in New Hampshire. The unprocessed out-of-state violations were discovered in bins at registry headquarters and...