Baker takes aim at ‘surprise’ bills in health care overhaul
BOSTON (AP) — Gov. Charlie Baker introduced legislation Friday aimed at overhauling Massachusetts' health care system by restricting how hospitals and doctors bill patients and requiring walk-in...
Massachusetts governor announces new cybersecurity program
BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker has announced a new program to help municipalities bolster their cybersecurity.
The Republican governor addressed the third annual...
Massachusetts reports more vaping-related lung illnesses
BOSTON (AP) — Public health officials in Massachusetts are reporting 10 more confirmed or probable cases of vaping-related lung illnesses.
The Department of Public Health said Wednesday the...
No court decision on Massachusetts vaping product ban
BOSTON (AP) — A decision on whether to lift Massachusetts' four-month ban on the sale of all vaping products has been delayed over a technicality.
Hearing set in suit challenging state’s vaping products ban
BOSTON (AP) — A federal judge is set to hear arguments in a lawsuit challenging Massachusetts' four-month ban on the sale of vaping products.
State reports first death from vaping-related lung injury
BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts health officials are reporting the state's first death from a vaping-related lung injury.
The state Department of Health said Monday it reported the death of a...
Hearing set for Gov. Baker’s $18B transportation bond bill
BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts lawmakers are holding a public hearing on Republican Gov. Charlie Baker's $18 billion transportation bond bill.
Baker says the bill will support a new statewide...
Rhode Island issues emergency rules to ban vaping products
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island health officials have issued emergency health regulations to ban the sale of flavored vaping products in the state.
The Latest: Judge nixes temporary halt to vaping product ban
BOSTON (AP) — The Latest on a federal judge's ruling on a ban of vaping products in Massachusetts (all times local):
A federal judge has upheld Massachusetts' four-month ban...
Vaping group mounts legal challenge to temporary sales ban
BOSTON (AP) — A national industry group has asked a federal judge to immediately end Massachusetts’ four-month ban on the sale of all vaping products.
Vape shops file legal challenge to Massachusetts product ban
BOSTON (AP) — Three vape shops have filed a legal challenge to Massachusetts' four-month ban on the sale of all e-cigarette and vaping products.
Issues remain at state foster system after pledge of reform
BOSTON (AP) — Months after Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker pledged to upgrade the state's troubled foster care system, concerns remain.
The Boston Globe reports social workers face a series...
Children’s Hospital to use grant to fight adolescent vaping
BOSTON (AP) — Boston Children's Hospital has received a $100,000 grant from Harvard Pilgrim Health Care to help fight adolescent vaping.
City hit by explosions a year ago sees gas leak, evacuations
BOSTON (AP) — A gas leak forced the temporary evacuation Friday of hundreds of residents from a Massachusetts city still reeling from a destructive series of gas explosions and fires a year...
Vermont considering banning sale of vaping products
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Officials say Vermont Gov. Phil Scott is exploring whether the state should institute a ban on the sale of vaping products.
The Latest: Massachusetts panel OKs ban on vape sales
BOSTON (AP) — The Latest on a ban on all vaping products in Massachusetts: (all times local):
The Massachusetts Public Health Council has unanimously approved a four-month...
Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker declares health emergency and calls for four-month temporary ban on all vaping products
BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker declares health emergency and calls for four-month temporary ban on all vaping products.
New law aims to help unions representing public workers
BOSTON (AP) — Unions representing public workers in Massachusetts will now be allowed to charge non-members costs associated with representing them through the grievance process.
Thousands of youths turn out for Boston climate strike
BOSTON (AP) — Thousands of young climate change activists have marched and rallied in Boston as part of a global, youth-led day of environmental action.
‘Blood money’? Purdue settlement would rely on opioid sales
The tentative multibillion-dollar settlement with OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma would raise money to help clean up the opioid mess by ... selling more OxyContin.
South Boston’s Vietnam War memorial to be rededicated
BOSTON (AP) — The South Boston Vietnam Memorial, one of the nation's first formal memorials to Vietnam veterans, is being rededicated on its 38th anniversary.
Victim of natural gas explosions remembered 1 year later
LAWRENCE, Mass. (AP) — An intersection in a Massachusetts city affected by a series of natural gas explosions a year ago has been dedicated in honor of the only person to die in the...
Gov. Baker: I’ll take cue from commission on pot law changes
BOSTON (AP) — Gov. Charlie Baker is saying he'll take his cues from the state's Cannabis Control Commission on any proposed changes to the state's marijuana law.
Gov. Baker pushing bill to overhaul housing zoning rules
BOSTON (AP) — There was a time — say, back in the mid-1970s — where finding a home to buy or an apartment to rent in Massachusetts would cost far less than an arm and a leg.
Massachusetts Green Beret killed in Afghanistan returns home
CHICOPEE, Mass. (AP) — A Green Beret from Massachusetts killed during combat operations in Afghanistan has returned home.
The Republican newspaper reports the body of Master Sgt. Luis...
5 East Coast governors push feds on offshore wind power
BOSTON (AP) — The governors of five East Coast states are urging federal regulators not to put any additional roadblocks in the way of the country's nascent offshore wind industry.
Governors endorse better Boston-Providence rail service
BOSTON (AP) — The governors of Massachusetts and Rhode Island are both behind a plan to bolster and speed up commuter rail service between Boston and Providence.
Governors of 4 states to take part in transportation summit
BOSTON (AP) — The governors of Massachusetts, Maryland, Rhode Island and New Hampshire are planning to meet to discuss transportation issues.
Health officials: Opioid-related deaths drop nearly 11%
BOSTON (AP) — A Massachusetts Department of Public Health report shows the number of people who have died of opioid-related overdoses fell nearly 11% in the first six months of 2019.
Weekend station closures planned to help speed MBTA repairs
BOSTON (AP) — State transportation officials have signed off on weekend closures of key portions of subway lines in the fall to speed up desperately needed repairs to the aging Boston-area transit...
Traffic congestion in Massachusetts reaches tipping point
BOSTON (AP) — Traffic congestion in Massachusetts has reached a tipping point as the state's existing transportation infrastructure bumps up against a surging economy.
BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts legislators probing the state's Registry of Motor Vehicles in the aftermath of a crash that killed seven motorcyclists are growing impatient with state officials'...
Baker nominates 4-term Taunton mayor to county post
TAUNTON, Mass. (AP) — Taunton Mayor Thomas Hoye plans to step down after Gov. Charlie Baker nominated him to the post of Bristol County Register of Probate.
Baker vetoes union fees bill, citing privacy concerns
BOSTON (AP) — Gov. Charlie Baker has vetoed a bill that would allow unions representing public workers to charge non-members costs associated with representing them through the grievance...
Sorry diners: No state tax holiday for restaurants
BOSTON (AP) — If you plan on dining out during the state's sales tax holiday later this month, you'll still have to pay the 6.25 percent Massachusetts meals tax.
BOSTON (AP) — The Massachusetts Legislature has begun a summer recess without finalizing several key bills.
The House and Senate met until nearly midnight on Wednesday but never took what...
Baker signs overdue state budget, puts veto pen aside
BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker on Wednesday signed an overdue $43.3 billion state budget into law, hours before a stopgap spending plan for state government was about to...
Baker says he didn’t know of registry backlog before crash
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...
YARMOUTH, Mass. (AP) — Massachusetts' governor has announced emergency financial help for Cape Cod businesses recovering from last week's tornados.
BOSTON (AP) — For the second consecutive year, Massachusetts has racked up a sizeable year-end budget surplus.
State Revenue Commissioner Christopher Harding says a preliminary accounting of...
BOSTON (AP) — Two state lawmakers are demanding an end to most non-disclosure agreements in state government.
Democratic Sen. Diana DiZoglio and Republican Rep. Alyson Sullivan are also...
BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts lawmakers will again attempt to hold a hearing into lapses at the state motor vehicle department exposed by a New Hampshire crash that killed seven...
BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts' governor is proposing a new tax break to encourage companies to let their employees work from home.
Republican Gov. Charlie Baker said Thursday the goal is to...
Massachusetts Senate approves child marriage ban
BOSTON (AP) — The Massachusetts Senate has approved legislation banning child marriage.
The state Senate unanimously approved Thursday a bill preventing persons under the age of 18 from...
BOSTON (AP) — Gov. Charlie Baker has activated the Massachusetts National Guard to help cleanup and recovery efforts in four Cape Cod communities struck by tornadoes and high winds this...
BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts House lawmakers have approved legislation creating a $1.3 billion fund to help local cities and towns address climate change.
HARWICH, Mass. (AP) — Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker says he'll seek a federal disaster declaration to support cleanup and recovery efforts on Cape Cod after a tornado and high winds caused...