Jurors heard opening statements on Wednesday in the federal trial of a former Lee, Massachusetts, police chief accused of stealing from a children’s toy fund.
Over 60 western Massachusetts parishes have shut down since 2000, as church attendance declined. Last week, a Vatican court ruled the diocese can de-consecrate and sell two churches in the region.
Massachusetts Congressman Richie Neal is dismissing recent criticism of Hilary Clinton over foreign donations to the Clinton foundation while she was secretary of state.
Evan Dobelle will pay the state $185,000 to settle the suit, according to the Springfield Republican newspaper. Last summer, the attorney general’s office alleged that Dobelle misspent nearly $100,000 of Westfield State’s money.
Next week, a state board will be in Holyoke to assess whether Massachusetts should take control of the city’s public schools. The only other school district in the state currently in receivership is Lawrence.
The city’s superintendent says he now supports a state takeover of the school district, which disappoints teachers’ union president Gus Morales
Ahead of a possible state takeover of the Holyoke public schools, the city’s superintendent says he’s personally not opposed to state control.
Tom Waddell was an Olympian, doctor and civil rights activist. Most notably he founded the Gay Games in the early 1980’s.
The Massachusetts Department of Public Health this week announced it will change the way it licenses medical marijuana dispensaries, following a long and controversial process to open them.
Until now, dispensaries were approved through a long application process that was fraught with controversy and delays.
Spring training is wrapping up, and the Boston Red Sox play the first game of the regular season on Monday afternoon.
The head of Boston’s Olympic bid is offering no firm answers on whether some events could be held in western Massachusetts.
Updated at 11:44 a.m. The Northwestern District Attorney’s office says Emmanuel Bile has been sentenced to 8-10 years in a state prison, followed by 5 years probation.
This week, MGM broke ground on its casino in Springfield. When it opens in late 2017, the western Massachusetts resort may find itself in the middle of a region stacked with casinos.
The Hampden County Sheriff’s office says its inmate treatment center will miss a March 31st eviction deadline from MGM. But the sheriff’s office says it now has a plan to temporarily relocate.