Scientists at Yale University think they’ve found one factor in what puts some people at higher risk of opioid addiction. It’s a genetic variation that works on the central nervous system.

The State of Connecticut is starting a new public awareness campaign to address the opioid crisis. On Monday the State released a PSA called “Change the Script.”

The State is distributing the PSA and other materials to local health departments and providers around the state. It focuses on what are generally seen as the three prongs of the fight against opioid misuse: prevention, treatment and recovery.

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Riders of the Pioneer Valley Transit Authority are crying foul over possible service cuts and fare increases. The PVTA blames a lack of money from the state of Massachusetts.

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The Cannabis Control Commission has agreed to delay the launch of home delivery of marijuana and social consumption of marijuana products until at least this fall, a move that would address two of the most-criticized parts of the agency's draft industry regulations. 

Berkshire Medical Center in Pittsfield, Massachusetts.
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Unionized nurses at hospitals in Pittsfield and Greenfield, Massachusetts, have called off separate strikes, scheduled for this week. They would have been the second at each facility in the last year.

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Gov. Charlie Baker says Massachusetts is joining the "States for Gun Safety" coalition, which includes Connecticut, Rhode Island, New York and New Jersey.

Newman's Own Rescued From Tax Snafu

Feb 26, 2018

Newman’s Own Foundation CEO Bob Forrester thanked Connecticut’s U.S. Senators for helping it escape a tax provision that would have threatened its existence.  

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We learned recently that two veteran western Massachusetts legislators won't be seeking reelection, another representative left his party and late last week state Representative Peter Kocot of Northampton passed away.

A settlement that would allow the closed Vermont Yankee nuclear plant to be sold by the end of the year has been reached, although state regulators still have to approve the deal.

Northeast Governors Launch Gun Safety Coalition

Feb 24, 2018

The governors of Connecticut, New York, New Jersey and Rhode Island have announced plans to create a regional task force, called “States for Gun Safety,” in order to combat gun violence.