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A packet of heroin emptied out on a latex glove at Greenfield Police Department.  Each bag costs around seven to ten dollars.

Mass. bill would let addicts turn in drugs without fear of prosecution

Monday, February 8, 2016

BOSTON — Special kiosks set up at some police stations collect unwanted and unused prescription medication, and some departments accept unwanted guns and ammunition on dedicated takeback days. Massachusetts police departments could next become a point for addicts seeking recovery to turn in unwanted heroin and other drugs, without the threat of prosecution, under legislation recently filed by Rep. Ann-Margaret … 0

State and Regional Briefs

Sunday, February 7, 2016

New England to get brunt of snowstorm heading east BOSTON — Forecasters say parts of New England could get the brunt of a snowstorm that’s heading for the east coast. The National Weather Service on Sunday issued a blizzard warning for southeast Massachusetts, including Cape Cod and the islands. Up to 18 inches … 0

Watershed moment for NE energy?

Sunday, February 7, 2016

BOSTON — Tapping into Canadian hydropower is hardly a new concept in energy-starved New England. But Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker’s proposal to authorize long-term contracts between utilities and hydropower producers is being viewed in some quarters as a potential game-changer for the region. The move is not without doubters, and the question of how to deliver Canadian hydro on a large scale remains … 0

Beacon Hill Roll Call, Jan. 25 to 29, 2016

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

By BOB KATZEN THE HOUSE AND SENATE: Beacon Hill Roll Call records local representatives’ and senators’ votes on roll calls from the week of Jan. 25 to 29. HEALTH DISPARITIES (H 3969) — House 152-3, approved and sent to the Senate a bill creating a state Office of … 0

Clean energy effort moves forward with New England proposals

Friday, January 29, 2016

Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Connecticut have dozens of proposals to consider as they look for enough additional electricity for tens of thousands of homes to meet their clean energy goals. All told, 51 proposals need to be vetted in coming months as the three states look to sign … 0

State and Region Briefs

Friday, January 29, 2016

Book with connection to Salem witch trials being auctioned SALEM — A psalm book once owned by a judge in the Salem witch trials is being sold. The previously unknown seventh edition of “The Bay Psalm Book” that … 0

Zika case confirmed in Mass.

Friday, January 29, 2016

BOSTON — State health officials have confirmed one case of the Zika virus in Massachusetts and said additional cases will not come as a surprise, though the virus cannot be spread from one infected person to others. “We are aware of one case in Massachusetts, a person who … 0

Senate bill would overhaul public records

Friday, January 29, 2016

BOSTON — Government watchdog groups praised a bill outlined by Massachusetts Senate leaders Thursday that seeks to modernize public records rules that critics have labeled among the most outdated and cumbersome in the nation. The measure, advanced by the Senate Ways and Means Committee, would establish new timetables … 0

Marathon bombing documents shed little new light

Friday, January 29, 2016

BOSTON — Hundreds of newly released court documents in the case of Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev shed little new light on the 2013 attack, but hundreds more could stay secret for years while he appeals. Tsaranev, 22, … 0

State/Region Briefs

Friday, January 29, 2016

Mass. Senate OKs equity pay bill BOSTON — The Massachusetts Senate has unanimously approved a bill that would ensure men and women earn equal pay for comparable work. The legislation passed on Thursday would prohibit employers from discriminating … 0

Gov. Baker: $40B budget holds line on spending, taxes

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

BOSTON — Gov. Charlie Baker plans to boost state spending next fiscal year by 3.5 percent, making targeted investments while holding the line on many government accounts despite back-to-back years of major jobs gains that are pushing up … 0

Racial disparities seen in Conn. police use of stun gun weapons

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

HARTFORD, Conn. — Connecticut officers who drew their stun guns on the job last year were more likely to fire when the suspect was black or Hispanic, according to a first-of-its-kind set of statistics that could stoke the … 0

AG Healey investigating cost of hepatitis C drug

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

BOSTON — The Massachusetts attorney general’s office said Wednesday that it is investigating whether the makers of a breakthrough treatment for hepatitis C are violating state law by pricing the drugs too high. Attorney General Maura Healey on … 0