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Springfield, Mass., Mayor Against Injection Sites

Jan 15, 2018
Ahead of a hearing on Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker's opioid bill, Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno said he cannot support on-site injection facilities.
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The mayor of Springfield, Massachusetts, said he cannot support on-site opioid injection facilities. That comes ahead of a hearing Tuesday on Governor Charlie Baker's opioid bill. 

Massachusetts Secretary of Health and Human Services Marylou Sudders.
Antonio Caban / State House News Service

By the end of this week, the federal government will either shut down, or pass another spending extension in order to keep government running. 

Pharmacy chain CVS has confirmed it will keep Aetna’s headquarters in Connecticut after the two companies merge, nixing a plan to move workers to New York City.

A U.S. Marine in Afganistan.
Sgt. Mark Fayloga / Creative Commons / flickr.com/photos/dvids

A new study led by a UMass Amherst researcher suggests that childhood trauma leads to higher rates of alcohol and drug use in military veterans.

Health insurer Aetna still won’t say if its headquarters move to New York City is off. The city Thursday announced it was canceling its offer of financial incentives. 

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Police in Springfield, Massachusetts, say they will enforce state law when it comes to legalized marijuana, unless they receive additional guidance from top state officials. At the same time, police spokesman Ryan Walsh said the department will cooperate with any federal investigations.  

Syrian youth who participated in mental health study.
Taghyeer Organization

A new study suggests that stress-reduction treatment for adolescents who've been through war can change their biology for the better.

Former Massachusetts Senate President Stanley Rosenberg confirmed to reporters Thursday that he had separated from his husband Bryon Hefner, who is undergoing treatment after allegations of sexual assault.
Sam Doran / State House News Service

Former Massachusetts Senate President Stan Rosenberg has separated from his husband, Bryon Hefner, less than two months after sexual misconduct allegations surfaced against Hefner, sources close to Rosenberg told WBUR Thursday.

Nurses walk the picket line outside Berkshire Medical Center in Pittsfield, Mass., on Oct. 3, 2017.
Adam Frenier / NEPR

The union representing about 800 nurses at Berkshire Medical Center in Pittsfield is voting whether to authorize a second one-day strike. The union says it's frustrated about contract talks with Berkshire County's largest hospital.

One in five Massachusetts voters — a total of 21 percent — report having received an “unwanted sexual advance or other verbal or physical harassment of a sexual nature at work,” according to a new WBUR poll (topline, crosstabs) out Thursday.

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