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Published: 12/3/2018 11:22:04 PM
Bald eagle population in Mass. continues to grow

WESTBOROUGH (AP) — State wildlife officials say the number of bald eagles in Massachusetts continues to grow.

The state Division of Fisheries and Wildlife announced Monday it had identified 76 territorial pairs of bald eagles this year, up from 68 pairs last year and 59 seen in 2016.

This year’s eagles fledged 65 chicks.

Wildlife officials say there are probably more eagles because not every nest has been documented.

Bald eagles disappeared from Massachusetts in the early 1900s.

The state re-introduced the birds of prey to the Quabbin Reservoir in 1982 and they can now be found from the Berkshires to Cape Cod.

The bald eagle is the largest raptor in Massachusetts, with a wing span of up to 7 feet and a weight of up to 15 pounds.

Arrest made in fatal shooting at Springfield market

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — Police have made an arrest in connection with a robbery that turned deadly at a Springfield convenience store.

Police say 22-year-old Duryl Hale is facing several charges in connection with the shooting at the Knox Street Market on Friday night, including armed assault with intent to rob and assault and battery by discharging a firearm.

Police responded to reports of an armed robbery at the store at around 6:45 p.m.

Officers found that two people had been shot. One victim was pronounced dead at the scene while the other was taken to Baystate Medical Center and is expected to survive. The victim’s names were not released.

The shooting remains under investigation.

It could not immediately be determined if Hale had a lawyer who could respond to the allegations.

Surgeon general to speak at summit on opioids crisis

BOSTON (AP) — The U.S. Surgeon General will speak at a national summit in Boston focused on police efforts to address the opioid epidemic.

Dr. Jerome Adams is among the featured speakers at the Police Assisted Addiction & Recovery Initiative’s second annual National Law Enforcement Summit.

The two-day gathering starts Thursday at Harvard Medical School.

PAARI was founded in 2015 to help support the police department in Gloucester, Massachusetts as it launched a new opioid treatment effort. The organization now also supports similar police efforts nationwide.

The organization says roughly 400 law enforcement leaders from 28 states and Canada will attend the summit.

Republican Gov. Charlie Baker, state Health and Human Services Secretary Marylou Sudders and an official from U.S. Customs and Border Protection are also expected to speak.

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