State House News Service
Gov. Baker Calls for Tougher Opioid Laws, Southcoast Rail
On the opioid abuse front, Baker called on the Legislature to pass his Cares Act, and pledged that over the next five years his administration has plans to add 500 new treatments beds.
Boston, Not New Bedford, Chosen as Finalist for Amazon HQ2
There were 26 locations in Massachusetts vying to be the home of Amazon's second headquarters but only one made it onto the internet giant's shortlist: Boston.
State Officials Who Opposed Marijuana Law Now Defending It
Three constitutional officers who each opposed marijuana legalization are now defending the newly-legal pot industry and pushing back against U.S. Attorney Andrew Lelling, whose statements have sewn anxiety and uncertainty in the fledgling industry.
Task Force Urges Higher Taxes, More Regulation for Alcohol Industry
Higher taxes, increased fines and a significantly larger government oversight agency are among the recommendations of a task force that spent months reviewing laws and regulations that apply to the alcohol industry in Massachusetts.
Massachusetts Jobless Rate Falls to 3.6 Percent
The jobless rate in Massachusetts dipped downward by one-tenth of a percentage point last month as employers added 6,700 jobs last month, state officials reported Thursday.
Rosenberg Agrees to Relinquish Presidency During Investigation
Senate President Stanley Rosenberg will step down as the leader of the Senate for the duration of an investigation into allegations of sexual assault against his husband Bryon Hefner.
Report: Cape Wind Giving Up Nantucket Sound Lease
Cape Wind is ceasing development of its wind farm and giving up its federal lease, according to the Cape Cod Times.
Over 200 Bristol County Convictions Dropped Due to Disgraced Chemist
District attorneys from across the state on Thursday announced they would dismiss convictions involving evidence tainted by former state drug lab chemist Sonja Farak, a number the American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts tallied at more than 6,000.
Meningitis Outbreak Declared at UMass Amherst
With its Amherst campus filled with students who just returned from Thanksgiving break, University of Massachusetts officials on Tuesday said they are treating two cases of meningitis as an outbreak.
Deepwater May Fund UMD Look at Offshore Wind, Fishing
UMass Dartmouth is gearing up to lead a five-year, $1 million initiative to examine how offshore wind farms can coexist with commercial fishing and other industries.