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Massachusetts Republicans meet in Springfield for convention

May. 21, 2022 19:33 PM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) — Massachusetts Republicans held their state party convention on Saturday as they wrestle with how far to the right they should move in a deeply blue state. Members of the state GOP gathered in Springfield ahead of this autumn's elections to hear from...

Editorial Roundup: New England

May. 13, 2022 07:13 AM EDT

Hearst Connecticut Media. May 11, 2022. Editorial: Should girls lacrosse players wear helmets? Of course they should If the absence of mandatory helmets in girls lacrosse seems baffling, consider the history of protective equipment in baseball. The most...

State settles with families of Holyoke Soldiers Home victims

May. 12, 2022 15:50 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts has agreed to pay $56 million to settle a class-action lawsuit brought by the families of veterans who died or became sick after contracting COVID-19 at a state-run veterans' care center during one of the deadliest outbreaks at a long-term care facility in the U.S.,...

Holiday stops Celtics' last 2 plays, Bucks take 3-2 lead

May. 11, 2022 23:26 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Giannis Antetokounmpo was having his best shooting night of the playoffs. Milwaukee dominated on the boards. And still the Bucks trailed Boston by 14 points in a game that could send the defending NBA champions to the brink of elimination. That's when Jrue Holiday...

Celebrity chef Mario Batali acquitted of sexual misconduct

May. 10, 2022 18:08 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Mario Batali was found not guilty of indecent assault and battery on Tuesday, following a swift trial in which the celebrity chef waived his right to have a jury decide his fate in a criminal case that arose from the global #MeToo movement against sexual abuse and harassment. ...

Massachusetts Senate OKs immigrant driver's license bill

May. 05, 2022 18:49 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — The Massachusetts Senate approved a bill Thursday that would allow immigrants in the country illegally to obtain state driver’s licenses, moving the proposed change one step closer to becoming law. If passed into law, Massachusetts would join 16 other states, and...

Massachusetts Senate to consider passing package of tax cuts

May. 04, 2022 19:36 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts’ strong economic outlook is prompting Democratic leaders in the state Senate to consider a package of tax cuts. Preliminary revenue collections for April totaled $6.9 billion — about $3 billion or 79.6% more than actual collections in April of last...

Report critical of ex-leader at veterans home torn by COVID

Apr. 29, 2022 17:17 PM EDT

The leader of a veterans' care center in Massachusetts where 76 veterans died after contracting the coronavirus in the spring of 2020 lacked both the leadership skills and the temperament to run such a facility when he was hired in 2016, according to a blistering state Inspector General's report...

Massachusetts Senate passes bill legalizing betting on pros

Apr. 29, 2022 10:12 AM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — The Massachusetts state Senate has passed a bill to legalize in-person and online betting on professional sports in the state, a move that according to chamber leadership would generate $35 million in tax revenue annually. The bill passed on a voice vote late Thursday...

Amtrak starts New York-Berkshires seasonal train service

Apr. 26, 2022 10:42 AM EDT

PITTSFIELD, Mass. (AP) — The Berkshires of western Massachusetts, one of the state's most popular touríst destinations, will be easier to reach for the next two summers with the launch of seasonal Amtrak service from New York City. The Berkshire Flyer service will start July 8 and...