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Boston -- Gov. Charlie Baker on Friday proposed an additional $15 million in education aid to help Massachusetts cities and towns that have accepted large numbers of students from Puerto Rico. "The number is significant enough we felt it was important for the commonwealth to step up," Baker said.
Boston (WWLP)--Massachusetts is on the short list to become home to Amazon's second North American headquarters, also known as HQ2. The online retailer selected Boston as one of its top 20 possible locations for its second headquarters after narrowing the list from 200. Western Massachusetts ...

AVON, Mass. - A violent crash shut down Route 24 in Avon early Friday morning. CBS Boston reports a car was split in half and ended up in the woods near the Harrison Boulevard exit on the northbound side of the road just before 3 a.m. A utility pole was damaged and wires came down in the crash.
Amid nationwide fears of large-scale immigration raids -- seen as imminent in California -- Bay State pro-migrant groups are gearing up to respond to any ICE sweeps in the commonwealth. "People are living in fear every day," said Eva Millona, executive director of the Massachusetts Immigrant and ...
Massachusetts' Secretary of the Commonwealth, William Galvin, said the filing is a warning for anyone else who would use an ICO to circumvent securities laws, according to the Herald. In a statement to BizJournal, Bensonoff said he did not think Caviar violated Massachusetts securities laws, and that he ...
The first people to feel the effects of a government shutdown in Massachusetts will be the state's several thousand non-essential federal employees, who would immediately stop getting paid. And at whom might they point blame? "Normally, we suggest that anything that happens when one party controls ...

And according to Evan Horowitz, who writes about data and public policy for The Boston Globe, a shutdown would be largely unnoticed by most people in the state. "Here in Massachusetts, you shouldn't expect major disruptions," Horowitz said. "It's going to play out as a big, symbolic battle -- but not with ...
Two state representatives want to turn Massachusetts into a sanctuary state for marijuana, filing legislation that would prohibit state and local police from participating in federal cases against people or licensed operators who follow state cannabis laws. "We have a state law, it's valid, and we think it should ...
Two men have been indicted for illegally harvesting and selling juvenile eels from New Jersey and Massachusetts waters. Federal Prosecutors say Joseph Kelley and James Lewis were indicted in Newark, New Jersey Thursday with conspiracy to smuggle the valuable eels, which are also known as ...
Boston -- The state unemployment rate dropped slightly in the final month of 2017, falling by one-tenth of a percentage point to 3.5 percent despite a loss of 500 jobs, state officials announced Thursday. The Massachusetts unemployment rate now stands six-tenths of a point lower than the national ...
The most common method Massachusetts Municipalities use to collect delinquent real property taxes is the tax deed authorized by Chapter 60, §53. As the tax deed provides a simple process and a generous payout, it is a logical choice. Unfortunately, both the process and payout cause Due Process ...
Boston (AP) -- Massachusetts' highest court has upheld the practice of allowing crime victims to recommend sentences for defendants. The Supreme Judicial Court rejected a challenge to the practice on Thursday. The U.S. Supreme Court has prohibited victims from making sentencing recommendations ...
Coyotes, once scarce in Massachusetts, began to make their way into the state in the 1950s and since then have saturated Massachusetts, primarily in urban and suburban areas. According to David Wattles, a biologist with the Massachusetts Division of fisheries and Wildlife, "These creatures are highly ...
After 911 Prank, Boy Vows to Call Only in an 'Emerginsy'. A Massachusetts police department has received a handwritten apology for a series of prank 911 calls from a young boy who promised not to call again except in an "emerginsy.". Jan. 19, 2018, at 2:19 a.m.. After 911 Prank, Boy Vows to Call Only in an 'Emerginsy' ...
"This is a great statement about the quality of life, about the quality of the workforce, the quality of the people and the institutions that make up Massachusetts," Baker said of Amazon's announcement Thursday. He told reporters it was too early to speculate on any proposals his administration might offer ...
The director of the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency says it's unlikely the state would experience a false ballistic missile alarm like the one ... "The only way we're going to have a false alert go out is by intentional wrongdoing, not by mistake," said Kurt Schwartz, director of the Massachusetts ...
NATICK, MA (WHDH) - Wegmans newest store will feature some unique things that no other location in Massachusetts offers. The supermarket chain's new store at the Natick Mall, which is slated to open on April 29, will feature a Mexican restaurant, tequila bar and burger bar. The store is a 146,500-square ...

Massachusetts voters approved marijuana for medical use in 2012, but it took the state nearly three years to open its first dispensary. The timeline for retail pot shops is looking a little more expeditious, even with some delays and the uncertainty brought about by US Attorney General Jeff Sessions.
A well-known Massachusetts mother of two who thought she had a simple cold is dead after a bout of the flu turned fatal last week. Jenny Ching, 51, of Needham, went to a hospital when her symptoms grew worse, The Needham Times reported. Doctors there diagnosed the flu. The flu quickly turned to ...
The Baker administration's health and human services chief said Thursday she's "open to understanding more about" supervised injection sites for drug users, but that federal law would pose a challenge to launching any in Massachusetts. "It's just completely illegal federally, so it's hard for me to sort of ...
Boston -- The business research website AffluenceIQ has released a list of the 50 wealthiest people in Massachusetts, including billionaires from former Reebook CEO Paul B. fireman to casino magnate Sheldon G. Addison. AffluenceIQ publisher Mike Stern said this year, it's the new names on the list ...
As state regulators, investors and entrepreneurs ponder what a shift in federal marijuana law enforcement might mean for the burgeoning recreational pot industry here, medical marijuana patients have already felt its effects and are organizing to push back. Since U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions' ...
Gourmet doughnut shops in Massachusetts and Tennessee have placed a sweet wager on this weekend's playoff game between the New England Patriots and Tennessee Titans. If the Patriots win, Five daughters Bakery in Franklin, Tennessee, just south of Nashville, will send a dozen doughnuts to ...
The 2017-2018 flu season got off to an early start in Massachusetts, and it has already quickly made its way through thousands of state residents, according to Dr. Larry Madoff, director of epidemiology and Immunization at the Massachusetts Department of public health. "We have a high level of influenza ...
Massachusetts City Upholds Law Limiting surveillance. A Massachusetts city council has voted to uphold a local ordinance that limits the use of municipally-operated surveillance devices in the city's main business district. Jan. 11, 2018, at 8:47 a.m.. Massachusetts City Upholds Law Limiting Surveillance ...
The Massachusetts Securities Division confirmed that it sent letters of inquiry to the three largest discount brokers by assets, Fidelity, Charles Schwab Corp. and TD Ameritrade, according to the Wall Street Journal. Get the best of Barron's advisor Center every weekday. By signing up, I agree to the Privacy ...
Officials in Massachusetts, which legalized recreational pot by ballot in 2016, want to make theirs the latest sanctuary state for marijuana, setting up a potential clash with federal authorities, who have hinted at a looming crackdown on legal weed later this year. Using language common among immigration ...
Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke on Thursday announced a plan that would make more than 90 percent of the national outer continental shelf available for oil and gas exploration. "This reckless plan would threaten Massachusetts' fishing industry, our tourism industry and the environment with the threat of an ...
AAA Northeast says its weekly survey on Monday found the average price of a gallon of regular unleaded climbed five cents, to $2.48. That's a penny less than the national average of $2.49. But it's still 19 cents higher than at this time last year in the Bay State, when prices were averaging $2.29.
It is not clear what the legal ramifications are for the prosecution or defense of a drug-related case, but the recent decision of the Massachusetts state court to ban fentanyl and its analogs, such as carfentanil, from the courtroom reflects unfounded fear and misguided science. There is little doubt that fentanyl, ...
It hasn't proposed offering slot machines or casino table games such as blackjack or roulette. Massachusetts and the Martha's Vineyard town of Aquinnah opposed the gambling hall. They argued that a 1980s agreement granting the tribe nearly 500 acres (202 hectares) had specifically prohibited gambling ...
There are an estimated 200,000 TPS recipients from El Salvador living in the U.S. with more than 6,000 recipients living in Massachusetts, according to data from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). Salvadorans represent the largest share of a TPS holders in Massachusetts' immigrant ...
The U.S. Navy located the transport aircraft that crashed into the western Pacific in November, claiming the life of Lt. Steven Combs Jr., a Massachusetts native. In a statement released Saturday, the Japan 7th Fleet said in a statement that the C-2A Greyhound was discovered in a depth of about 18,500 feet.
Boston (AP) -- A dozen school districts that serve students who came to Massachusetts from Puerto Rico following Hurricane Maria are sharing in federally funded grants. Republican Gov. Charlie Baker's administration says the $60,000 in McKinney-Vento homeless education grants can be used for a ...
The temperature in Worcester Sunday morning reached minus 9 degrees, breaking the previous record low of minus 5 degrees for the day back in 1942. The National Weather Service reports Boston was minus 2 degrees early Sunday, tying the record low for the day from 1896. An Arctic airmass over the ...
WEST SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) - Western Massachusetts felt record breaking cold Sunday morning continuing days of bone chilling conditions. "It was a record in our backyard this morning, minus 22 and we live in the Blueberry Hills section of Holyoke," Ray Crowley told 22News. Ray Crowley is one ...
FALMOUTH, Mass. -- Authorities say a 1-year-old girl has life-threatening injuries after she was attacked by the family dog, CBS Boston reports. Falmouth police said the girl was playing in the kitchen with her father nearby Sunday morning when the pit bull terrier attacked and bit her in the face. Her father ...
Massachusetts resident Ryan Canty captured drone footage of the frozen ocean at Old Silver Beach on Jan. 7. Advertisement. Canty told Storyful he captured the footage while visiting his grandmother, whose home is near the beach. Much of New England was hit with record snowfall and frigid ...
Bone-chilling cold is sweeping across Massachusetts once again this weekend, with strong winds making temperatures feel dangerously frigid. On Saturday, the National Weather Service issued a wind chill warning for communities in Western and Central Massachusetts and a wind chill advisory for areas ...
Twelve Massachusetts school districts will share $60,000 in federally funded, competitive McKinney-Vento homeless education grants, the Baker-Polito administration said Friday. The districts serve about 85 percent of the Puerto Rican students who came to Massachusetts after losing their housing due to ...
CRAIG LEMOULT, BYLINE: Up and down the Massachusetts coastline, communities saw icy, cold Atlantic waters racing through the streets and into homes and businesses. At The Landing Restaurant, which sits over the harbor in Marblehead, Mass., less than 20 miles up the coast from Boston, general ...
President Donald Trump at the end of December signed an overhaul of U.S. tax laws that could have a significant impact on Massachusetts taxpayers. For example, the federal tax law caps deductions for state and local property taxes and for mortgage interest. Both changes could hurt taxpayers in a state ...
LOWELL, Mass. -- A Massachusetts State Police trooper hanging out of a helicopter as it skimmed the frigid Merrimack River was able to pluck a man from the water in a last-ditch rescue effort. A state police spokesman tells the Boston Globe the helicopter was on scene in Lowell Wednesday night to ...
(WWLP) - The first storm of 2018 will bring accumulating snow to all of western Massachusetts beginning Thursday morning and lasting until the evening hours. Parking bans in effect in western Massachusetts ahead of Thursday's storm. A Winter Storm Warning is in effect all day Thursday for all of western ...
Officials said Tuesday that the Massachusetts-based Strong economy for Growth raised and spent almost $1.2 million to support the ballot questions. The bulk of the money, $990,000, went to Great schools Massachusetts, a committee set up to support a ballot question about lifting state caps on charter ...
A group that spearheaded legalization of recreational marijuana in Massachusetts is calling Attorney General Jeff Sessions' decision to rescind a federal policy that allowed pot to flourish in states that allow it a "distressing" and "regressive move.". Jan. 4, 2018, at 10:24 a.m.. Pro-Pot Group in State Blasts AG's Move on ...
Baker urged Massachusetts residents to stay off the roads. He asked private employers to allow workers to work from home if possible. The Massachusetts Trial Court said all courts across the state would be closed Thursday "in the interested of public and staff safety." "Those with scheduled court events ...
A "bomb cyclone" is headed for Massachusetts on Thursday, bringing potentially damaging winds and up to 12-15 inches of snow to much of the eastern part of the state. Central and western Massachusetts aren't out of the woods, either; the region could see anywhere from 4-8 inches when all is said and done. The storm is ...
As a 'weather bomb' makes its way towards the East Coast, multiple weather warnings have been issued across Massachusetts Wednesday. Blizzard conditions are expected Thursday in parts of Massachusetts. "Travel will be very dangerous," meteorologists with the National Weather Service wrote in a ...
As Massachusetts prepares to import large amounts of renewable energy, a technology-centered business group is emphasizing that any long-term clean power contracts sanctioned by the state should be affordable. On Thursday, the Massachusetts High Technology Council wrote to Department of Energy ...


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