BOSTON – Holyoke Mayor Alex Morse, who made history when he was first elected at the age of 22 to lead his home city, will try to make history again by challenging a powerful committee chairman and the dean of the state’s Congressional delegation, U.S.≠≠≠ Rep. Richard Neal, in the 2020 election.

SOMERVILLE (AP) — A Boston man charged with striking and killing a woman crossing a Somerville street over the weekend and then driving from the scene has pleaded not guilty.

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire has passed legislation fighting back against a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that cleared the way for other states to collect sales tax from the state’s businesses.

BOSTON — Cities and towns that don’t cooperate with federal immigration agents could be turned down for public safety grants under a recent court ruling that amounts to a win for the Trump administration’s efforts to punish communities for sanctuary policies.

BOSTON — The drawn-out wrangling over details of a nearly $43 billion spending plan earned Massachusetts a new distinction this week: It became the only state that starts its fiscal year in July and still doesn’t have a formal budget.

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MIDDLETON — Gov. Charlie Baker touted the state's economic prowess before a gathering of North Shore business leaders Thursday, but warned that a shortage of housing threatens to tamp down gains made in recent years.

BOSTON  — Anti-poverty advocates are making a major push to expand welfare benefits as part of a campaign to lift tens of thousands of children out of “deep poverty.”

SALEM — A Dracut man who, while out on bail in a Newbury child enticement case, traveled to New Jersey to meet what he thought was an 8-year-old girl and her mother at a hotel back in 2017 has been found guilty. 

BOSTON – With bee colonies in distress, grassroots support appears to be growing for legislative intervention. Environment Massachusetts on Wednesday announced that 20,000 Massachusetts residents had signed petitions that are being delivered to every legislator asking for the use of pesticid…

BOSTON – While the MBTA works through the summer to get its Red Line back to normal service levels following a derailment last month, the battered public transit system's Blue Line left commuters looking for another way to get to work when it partially shut down Wednesday morning.

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BOSTON — A top Democrat in the Legislature asked Republican Gov. Charlie Baker to file another stopgap budget as talks aimed at producing a permanent state spending plan for the fiscal year that began on July 1 dragged on Tuesday without resolution.

BOSTON — Advocates of a statewide ban on plastic shopping bags are among those now urging lawmakers to toss the latest attempt at legislation in the trash.

BOSTON — Package store owners are resisting a proposal to lift the state’s prohibition on discounts for beer, wine and liquor sales, saying it will drive small, mom-and-pop retailers out of business.

BOSTON – In the first eight days that Encore Boston Harbor was open, gamblers wagered more than $93.5 million on the slot machines alone at the Everett casino and the Wynn Resorts operation counted $16.79 million in total revenue, or more than $2 million a day.

BOSTON – With lawmakers in the House and Senate gearing up to take a run at a broad transportation financing package in the next several months, a cadre of business groups is working on a parallel path to influence whatever legislation eventually emerges.

WORCESTER  (AP) — Red Sox executives joined officials from the state and the city of Worcester on Thursday to break ground on a 10,000-seat stadium for the ballclub’s Triple-A affiliate.

BOSTON – The Registry of Motor Vehicles has not only been failing to review out-of-state driver violations, but has often failed to warn other states about infractions in Massachusetts, officials said Friday as they announced that license suspensions stemming from a mishandled notification b…

BOSTON — When Brian Perez begins his freshman year at Northern Essex Community College this fall, he'll already have a semester's worth of credits under his belt.

BOSTON – Both branches of the Legislature have scheduled rare Friday sessions as lawmakers continue their wait for the now 11-day late, $42.7 billion state budget.

NEW ORLEANS — Thousands of Louisianans broke out sandbags or fled to higher ground Thursday as Tropical Storm Barry threatened to turn into the first hurricane of the season and blow ashore with torrential rains that could pose a severe test of New Orleans’ improved post-Katrina flood defenses.


BRETTON WOODS, N.H. (AP) — It seems bears enjoy a good view just like any other visitor to the White Mountains.

 BOSTON — Lawmakers plan to grill Baker administration officials about problems with the Registry of Motor Vehicles at an oversight hearing as the investigation of its mishandling of license suspensions due to out-of-state violations continues.

BOSTON — At least nine migrants, including six children, have died in federal custody since October, fueling calls for investigations of overcrowded conditions in detention centers on the U.S.-Mexico border.

BOSTON — The state should scale back or eliminate a controversial law that allows people to be involuntarily committed to substance addiction treatment, according to a new report.

NORTH ANDOVER — Officials huddled outside Rose & Dove Gift Shop on Tuesday morning to detail a new regional marketing campaign that will boost small businesses still struggling from the Sept. 13 gas disaster. They also provided an update on business recovery efforts.

BOSTON – Stung by recent policy pronouncements that have put the legality of hemp-derived CBD products in limbo, a coalition of Massachusetts hemp farmers is supporting a new bill to clarify the ability to sell CBD products and says the state needs to do more to protect the hemp industry.

SALEM — A Lawrence teen convicted of killing and beheading a classmate was sentenced to life in prison with parole eligibility after 30 years — the maximum penalty allowed for a juvenile murderer under state law.

The state shut down shellfish harvesting from Gloucester to Salisbury recently after potentially lethal red tide was found, and state and local officials say the ban could last three weeks or longer.

ROCKPORT— The view’s much better from the top. Just ask Ben Porter, a 16-year-old Rockport resident who just recently came home from climbing to the top of Mount Kilimanjaro.


CONCORD, N.H. — Groups representing municipalities and businesses are trying to put the brakes on New Hampshire's efforts to impose some of the nation's toughest drinking water standards for a class of toxic chemicals that have caused widespread contamination in the state.

BOSTON – Hundreds more drivers have had their Massachusetts licenses suspended as a result of a review of the state’s mishandling of out-of-state violation notices as Gov. Charlie Baker and his top transportation adviser announced Friday a “reprioritization” of public safety at the RMV.

BOSTON — Marijuana users could get high at "cafes" or have the drug delivered to their doorstep under new rules being considered by state regulators, though it may be a long time before those services are available.

PEABODY — Nine models and actresses have filed suit against the owner of Peabody’s Golden Banana, alleging that their images were used without permission to promote the club on social media. 

BOSTON – A new coalition, inspired by the success of groups who advocated for last year's paid family and medical leave law, is working to develop a plan to give Massachusetts families easier access to affordable, high-quality early childhood education and care.

BOSTON — Lawmakers are calling for stepped-up oversight of the state Registry of Motor Vehicles following revelations the agency failed to suspend the licenses of hundreds of drivers with out-of-state violations, including a man who is charged in the deaths of seven people on motorcycles in …

BOSTON — Scattering the ashes of a deceased family member in Massachusetts will soon cost more with the state set to double the required fee for cremation reviews.


BOSTON – Law enforcement will operate at a "heightened alert posture" for the Independence Day celebrations planned for the Charles River Esplanade this week and authorities have imposed strict restrictions on drone use, a state public safety official said Tuesday.

BOSTON — The state started a new fiscal year without a formal budget, for the second year in a row, as lawmakers continued to wrangle behind closed doors over a host of thorny issues.

HAVERHILL — Workers carefully began disassembling the old L.H. Hamel Leather Co. smokestack brick by brick. Meanwhile, residents of Hamel Mill Lofts below remain displaced for fear the more than 100-foot-tall structure may topple.

BOSTON (AP) — A former Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority employee has pleaded guilty to stealing more than $450,000 from fare collection boxes he was supposed to fix.


BOSTON — More than two-thirds of Massachusetts businesses offered health plans to their employees, according to new data amid a national debate over the best way to expand health insurance coverage — and to what extent private insurers should play a role in that coverage.

CONCORD, N.H.  — New Hampshire's environmental agency proposed drinking water standards Friday that would be among the nation's strictest for a group of industrial compounds that have increasingly turned up in public water supplies and private wells.

BOSTON – As gaming regulators resolved to get fully up to speed on what it would take to authorize a resort casino in southeastern Massachusetts, Sen. Michael Brady on Thursday urged the Gaming Commission to give Brockton a second crack at landing the casino license.


BOSTON — The U.S. Supreme Court has rejected the Trump administration's plans to include a citizenship question on the 2020 census.

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Rowley, MA - John C. Tiernan of Rowley, Mass., passed away unexpectedly on June 26, 2019, at the Brigham Manor Rehabilitation Facility in Newburyport, Mass. John was born on October 1, 1942, in Arlington, Mass. He was the son of the late John "Jackie" Tiernan and Marjorie (Curran) McVey. He …