DCF has hired hundreds more social workers, but many others are leaving. This comes as the department has seen a spike in the number of suspected abuse and neglect cases.
Up until this weeks court decision on casinos in Massachusetts, the gubernatorial candidates didn’t have complete answers for where they stood on casinos gambling in the state. That time is over.
Massachusetts has aligned its health care policy with Vermont and California for a range of transgender treatments. Under the state’s low income health care program, residents will now be covered for sex reassignment surgery.
The Federal corruption trial continues this week for John O’Brien, the former Massachusetts Probation Commissioner and two deputy commissioners.
The annual “Django in June” music festival in Northampton, Mass., kicked off this week with lessons and jamming for 200 musicians going to Django Camp.
Public opinion on casinos is shifting in Massachusetts, as the state’s highest court now must decide on a ballot referendum to repeal Massachusetts’ 2011 casino gambling law. We spoke with Steve Koczela from the MassInc Polling Group.
It is a preliminary vote, but the Massachusetts Gaming Commission says it is prepared to issue an award to MGM Springfield to run a casino in the city. That is if MGM accepts both new conditions and also the standard conditions required by the gaming statute. Among the additional conditions proposed by the commission are requirements around reporting hiring data and mitigating downtown impacts from the massive construction project.
Next week , Massachusetts’ s Gaming Commission will begin the last of its casino license hearings in Springfield.
Later today, Massachusetts Department of Public Health Commissioner will be in Greenfield and then Springfield to give an update on stemming the opioid abuse crisis in the region, and across the state.
The Massachusetts task force charged with figuring out how to use $20 million in emergency state funds to combat abuse and overdoses continues to work on recommendations how best to spend the money.
Massachusetts’ Opiate Abuse Task Force will give Governor Deval Patrick draft recommendations this week. The group wants to keep training police and fire fighters on how to spot and stop heroin overdoses.
Bathroom talk is often socially taboo, unless you have a toddler in the house. But at the home of Rich and Flo Newman, sans kids, the first thing we do is head straight for the bathroom.
Starting today in Chicopee, Massachusetts, kielbasa lovers will unite after two decades without a festival celebrating the beloved polish sausage. The four day meaty event at Szot Park brings not only food, but polka music, dance stages, rides, of course fried dough, and the revival of a a potentially deadly competition.
A new poll on criminal justice issues from the group MassINC shows a shift in opinion over the past few decade
Over at Springfield’s High School of Science and Technology this week, dozens of students from the Sci-Tech Band rehearsed with members of the Young at Heart chorus — ages 75 to 92 — for an upcoming inter-generational musical mashup!