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BOSTON — Anyone caught bringing untaxed e-cigarettes into the state could face hefty fines and seizure of their vehicle under a proposed ban on flavored vaping products that's working its way through Beacon Hill.

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BOSTON — With the clock running down on Gov. Charlie Baker’s temporary vaping ban, lawmakers took steps to permanently ban flavored vaping and nicotine products.

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NEWBURYPORT — The city is preparing year-round activities in commemoration of the 250th anniversary of the death of George Whitefield, often referred to as “the forgotten Founding Father.”

BOSTON — Medical marijuana patients won’t be able to get their vape products, after all, following a decision by state regulators to block the products from returning to pot store shelves.

BOSTON — Access to the overdose-reversing drug naloxone can be had without a prescription in Massachusetts and a majority of states. A “standing order” allows nurses, drug counselors, family members or friends of people dealing with opioid addiction to carry and administer the lifesaving medicine.

BOSTON — As the governor's ban on the sale of vaping products lifted at noontime Tuesday for medical marijuana patients, the Cannabis Control Commission stepped in and ordered a quarantine of all marijuana vaping products except those that vaporize flower for medical patients.

BOSTON — Consumers will dig deeper into their pockets to heat their homes and keep the lights turned on this winter, with electricity and natural gas rates set to increase.  

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MARBLEHEAD — When Evan Heenehan unzipped the 6-foot-tall nylon "grow tent," the smell of marijuana quickly filled the basement of Barry Levine's house on a quiet street.

BOSTON — Lowell officials are backing away from a controversial deal with a New Hampshire landfill to dispose of chemical-laden wastewater in the Merrimack River amid concerns about contamination and a public outcry.

BOSTON — Environmentalists and lawmakers are raising alarms about chemical-laden wastewater from a New Hampshire landfill being dumped into the Merrimack River.

BOSTON — With their stores shuttered for the day, more than 100 convenience store owners gathered outside the Statehouse on Wednesday to amplify their opposition to efforts at the city and state levels to ban menthol cigarettes along with flavored vaping and tobacco products.

BOSTON – Gov. Charlie Baker has nominated former MassGOP chair and Quincy City Council member Kirsten Hughes as clerk magistrate of Stoughton District Court.

BOSTON — A judge has lifted the state's ban on marijuana-infused vaping products for medical patients, ruling that the state Department of Public Health overstepped its authority.

BOSTON — Law enforcement officials urged lawmakers Tuesday to approve Gov. Charlie Baker's plan to toughen impaired driving laws to keep stoned motorists off the road.

BOSTON — The marquee primary race between incumbent Sen. Ed Markey and Rep. Joe Kennedy III has become a high-stakes popularity contest over which campaign boasts more support among the state's Democrats, labor unions and environmental groups.

BOSTON — Members of Congress from Massachusetts were among the House Democrats who voted Thursday to advance their impeachment inquiry of Republican President Donald Trump.

BOSTON — With Gov. Charlie Baker's temporary vaping ban set to expire in two months, if not sooner, lawmakers want to permanently outlaw the sale of flavored vape products.

BOSTON — Hanging out the wash used to be a regular chore, whether strung on a line across a backyard or back alley, until the advent of gas and electric dryers made it unnecessary.

BOSTON — A national automaker group is jumping into the debate over updates to the state's "right to repair" law, foreshadowing a costly fight ahead of next year's ballot.

BOSTON -- Opioid addicts seeking treatment with drugs, such as methadone, face myriad barriers in Massachusetts, according to a new report which calls for more resources and policy changes to improve access to the programs.

SALEM — Two of the state's top judges have written a letter to Immigration and Customs Enforcement asking the federal agency to stop deporting defendants whose state court cases — some as serious as child rape and attempted murder — are still pending. 

BOSTON — The number of people sickened by vaping-related lung illnesses in Massachusetts continues to rise, public health officials say, with at least 30 confirmed cases.

Maine’s fishery regulators, on behalf of the state’s vital lobster industry, appear to be willing to meet the right whale take reduction team halfway on the removal of lobster buoy lines — but only in federal waters.

BOSTON (AP) — The Transportation Security Administration says for the third time this month officials have discovered a loaded gun in a passenger’s carry-on bag at Boston’s airport.

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire Executive Councilor Andru Volinsky announced his campaign for governor Wednesday, becoming the second Democrat to enter the race to challenge Republican Gov. Chris Sununu next year.

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BOSTON — Animal welfare activists called on lawmakers Tuesday to ban the use of elephants, big cats and other exotic animals in traveling circus shows.

BOSTON (AP) — A state judge on Monday allowed Massachusetts’ four-month ban on the sale of all vaping products to remain in effect but said Gov. Charlie Baker failed to follow required procedures in enacting the measure.


BOSTON – Standing between an expansive gold-plated brass flatware set and a silver tea set, Treasurer Deborah Goldberg slid two nearly identical, four-and-a-half carat diamond rings onto her pinky finger.

BOSTON — Scores of high school students can retake a portion of last year’s MCAS exam after state education officials voided a controversial question that some deemed racially insensitive.

BOSTON – Health care providers and insurers would be required to boost their spending on addiction services, behavioral health, primary care and geriatric services by 30 percent over the next three years under a sweeping health care bill that Gov. Charlie Baker filed Friday afternoon.

 BOSTON — Columbia Gas of Massachusetts has tapped a veteran energy executive to oversee its natural gas safety operations as the embattled utility seeks to restore public confidence following a series of gas leaks and disasters.

BOSTON — Federal and state health officials are warning against using e-cigarettes, particularly those containing marijuana extracts, as the number of people sickened by a vaping-related lung illness continues to grow.


BOSTON — A popular state program that gives rebates to consumers who purchase electric and fuel cell vehicles is getting a new lease on life.

NASHUA, N.H. — Dale Holloway, charged with opening fire during a wedding in Pelham, chose not to appear at his arraignment Tuesday and will remain held without bail, the lead prosecutor said. 

The Maine Lobstermen’s Association has volleyed back at NOAA Fisheries, saying it will continue pursuing “critical points” from its analysis of data used by the federal fishery regulator to determine causes of injuries or deaths to North Atlantic right whales.

BOSTON — Nearly 400,000 people are wanted by Massachusetts courts for offenses dating back half a century as the state’s backlog of outstanding arrest warrants continues to grow.

BOSTON — In a push to reduce use of shopping bags and other plastics, environmentalists are taking aim at a new enemy — disposable straws.

BOSTON — Daniel Polonia Morillo lived in the country for years under someone else’s identity, using stolen documents belonging to a U.S. citizen from Puerto Rico to get food stamps, health care and other public benefits.

PELHAM, N.H. — Dale Holloway, the man charged with opening fire during a wedding at a Pentecostal church on Saturday morning, is the stepson of Luis Garcia, a pastor at the church murdered earlier this month, authorities confirmed. 

BOSTON -- Fishing industry advocates gathered at the Statehouse on Thursday to celebrate the annual Seafood Day, highlighting the contributions of the multi-billion dollar sector.

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