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Attorney General, Maura Healey.
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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

Hatfield man pleads guilty to crash that killed friend

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A western Massachusetts man who crashed his car, killing one of his best friends, has been sentenced to 2 ½ years in jail after pleading guilty to vehicular homicide while drunk and manslaughter. Robert Crowther, of Hatfield, was also sentenced to five years of probation on … 0

Body of hiker 17, recovered from Franconia Falls in Lincoln

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

LINCOLN, N.H. — Authorities say a 17-year-old Massachusetts hiker has died after falling into Franconia Falls in Lincoln. Emergency crews searched for Julia Hassan of Lowell for four hours before recovering her body Tuesday. Conservation Officer Jeremy Hawkes said Hassan was at the falls with friends who wanted … 0

Harvard prof’s White House bid to focus on ‘unrigging the political system’

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

WASHINGTON — A Harvard law professor wants to “hack” the political system by running for president. On Tuesday, Lawrence Lessig began a crowd-funded campaign for the Democratic nomination, filing the necessary paperwork with the Federal Election Commission. Lessig said he plans to set himself apart from Democratic frontrunner … 0

In Mass., some unsure on Iran

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

BOSTON — With just over a month before the deadline for Congress to act on an international nuclear deal with Iran, more than half of Massachusetts’ all-Democratic delegation is still on the fence, according to a poll of … 0

New England ratepayers warm to mild summer

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

HARTFORD, Conn. — The mild summer so far has allowed New Englanders to often turn off their air conditioners, helping cut costs with reduced demand for electricity. An abundance of natural gas and more efficient power plants have helped reduce the wholesale price of energy, a respite from … 0

Massachusetts gas prices drop 6 cents per gallon

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

BOSTON — The average cost of a gallon of gas in Massachusetts has dropped 6 cents in the past week, and is now down 20 cents in the past month. AAA Northeast announced Tuesday that self-serve, regular is selling for an average of $2.52 per gallon. That price … 0

Rescuers help hiker with head wound

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

LANCASTER, N.H. — The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department says hikers and a conservation officer teamed up to help a hiker suffering from a head wound near Mt. Moriah. The department says 41-year-old Elizabeth Brown of Massachusetts suffered a cut after hitting a low-hanging tree limb on … 0

Mental state of Lunenburg ax attack suspect questioned

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

WORCESTER — A defense attorney for a Lunenburg woman charged with attacking her live-in boyfriend with an ax says her client should be found not guilty because of her mental state at the time, which included hearing the voices of Jesus and Mary. Lawyer Sarah Hamilton said Monday … 0

Baker takes plunge

Monday, August 10, 2015

BOSTON — A deep freeze fell briefly upon Beacon Hill on a warm August day as Gov. Charlie Baker, members of his staff and other top state officials took the ice bucket challenge to help find a cure … 0

Activists say patients suffer from slow implementation of medical pot law

Monday, August 10, 2015

BOSTON — Medical marijuana advocates gathered recently on the State House steps for a vigil to remember patients who died before they could gain safe and legal access to medical cannabis, with advocates describing them as victims of the state’s slow implementation of its medical marijuana program. “We’ve … 0