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Maura Healey, Democratic candidate for state attorney general.
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Lower cost for Narcan? Can do: AG Healey strikes deal to offset price of OD antidote for Mass. towns

Monday, August 31, 2015

BOSTON — The pharmaceutical company that makes the opioid overdose reversal drug naloxone, sometimes known as Narcan, will pay more than $300,000 into a new state trust fund to help make the medication more affordable to Bay State cities and towns, Attorney General Maura Healey announced Monday. Healey said her office reached an agreement with Amphastar Pharmaceuticals that requires the company to pay the state $325,000 — roughly the cost of 10,000 doses of Narcan — to help offset the cost of the drug, which has risen from about $22 per dose in March 2014 to reports of first responders paying as much as $65 … 0

MBTA’s repair backlog climbs above $7 billion

Monday, August 31, 2015

BOSTON — The cost of bringing Boston’s transit system into overall sound working order has climbed again and is now estimated at more than $7.3 billion, transportation officials said Monday. The new number represents an increase of more than $650 million in the state of good repair backlog over another estimate earlier this … 0

NE governors call for strict opioid labeling

Monday, August 31, 2015

The Coalition of Northeastern Governors on Monday called upon the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to require pharmaceutical companies to use “the most restrictive labeling language” on all immediate release opioid painkillers. The FDA already requires drug manufacturers use so-called “black box” warning labels on all extended release and long-acting opioid painkillers, but the gubernatorial coalition wants the FDA to go one step … 0

State/Region Briefs

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Police: Store employee made fake bomb threat to get out of work early WILLIAMSTOWN — A Vermont woman and her friend have been charged with making a fake bomb threat to the western Massachusetts supermarket where she was … 0

Lobster population is shifting northward

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

PORTLAND, Maine — The lobster population has crashed to the lowest levels on record in southern New England while climbing to heights never before seen in the cold waters off Maine and other northern reaches — a geographic … 0

A city’s silent sanctuary

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

CAMBRIDGE — Just blocks away from the bustling heart of this city, a community of monks offers a silent escape from it. The Society of Saint John the Evangelist, an order of Episcopal brothers, has kept a guesthouse … 0

State/Region Briefs

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

First openly transgender White House official from Mass. A former State House staffer made history Tuesday becoming the first openly transgender woman in history to join the White House staff. The Obama administration hired Raffi Freedman-Gurspan as their … 0

Child welfare workers visited home days before death girl’s death

Monday, August 17, 2015

AUBURN — State child welfare workers visited the Massachusetts foster home of a 2-year-old girl three days before her death, but did not disclose the reason for the visit or what was found, the agency said. The 2-year-old girl and a 22-month-old girl were discovered unresponsive at an … 0

State orders refunds for winter electricity rate hikes

Monday, August 17, 2015

BOSTON — In response to a bipartisan budget amendment sponsored by Sen. Ben Downing, D-Pittsfield and signed into law by Gov. Charlie Baker, the state Department of Public Utilities recently sent letters to Eversource and National Grid ordering … 0

State/Regional Briefs

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Maine man arrested after two-state chase in stolen cop car GREENLAND, N.H. — A Maine man is accused of using a stolen car to lead police on a chase in two other states. New Hampshire State Police say … 0

No bingo for tribe

Sunday, August 16, 2015

BOSTON — A referendum which would have allowed members of the Aquinnah Wampanoag tribe to bring electronic, bingo-style games to an unfinished tribal community center on Martha’s Vineyard failed to win a two-thirds majority vote on Sunday. Tribal chairman Tobias Vanderhoop said the vote was 110-110 with eight … 0

Rape case reveals prep school sordid ‘tradition’

Sunday, August 16, 2015

CONCORD, N.H. — St. Paul’s School boasts a glittering roster of alumni that includes senators, congressmen, a Nobel laureate and the current secretary of state. The elite prep school also allegedly has a sordid tradition of sexual conquest … 0

State and Regional Briefs

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Officials probe death of 1 foster child AUBURN — State officials and police are investigating why a foster child died and another has been hospitalized after they were reported unresponsive at their foster home outside of Worcester. Department of Children and Families spokeswoman Andrea Grossman said in a … 0