Massachusetts

Too Many Drugs, Too Little Data

COMMENTARY | Unlike other states, Massachusetts leaders relied on data—crucial in developing policies, but too often not available—to guide their decision to begin allowing medication-assisted treatment for drug addiction in jails.

Too Many Drugs, Too Little Data

COMMENTARY | Unlike other states, Massachusetts leaders relied on data—crucial in developing policies, but too often not available—to guide their decision to begin allowing medication-assisted treatment for drug addiction in jails.

Massachusetts

Fires and Explosions Spread Across Three Towns. They Worked Together to Respond

Fires and explosions tore across three Massachusetts towns last fall, the result of over-pressurized gas lines. Here's how officials say they banded together to contain the emergency.

Legislators Aim to Curb Anti-Semitism by Requiring Classes on the Holocaust

A proposed bill would make Massachusetts the 13th state to mandate students learn about the Holocaust as part of public school curriculum.

What Happened After a School District Began Feeding Students Breakfast in Classrooms

Springfield Public Schools offer free breakfast to all students in their classrooms, helping boost attendance and graduation rates while decreasing hunger across the Massachusetts school district.

Take Down That Dam: River Ecosystems Bounce Back As Removals Soar

In rivers big and small, migratory fish surge back to life as old energy structures are taken down.

Allowing Paramedics to Treat Injured Police Dogs

Only a handful of states have laws that explicitly allow EMTs to treat injured K9s. Some Massachusetts lawmakers hope their state will be next.

These States are More Prepared for Public Health Emergencies

The National Health Security Preparedness Index analyzes 129 measures to rank which states are most—and least—prepared to handle large-scale public health emergencies.

Family Welfare Caps Lose Favor in More States

Last week, Massachusetts became the latest state to repeal its family cap, when state lawmakers overrode a veto by Republican Gov. Charlie Baker.

Massachusetts District Attorneys Want to Keep ICE From Courthouses

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This City's New Bike Lane Law is ‘Bikelash’-Proof

A Boston suburb now mandates the addition of protected bike lanes on all streets due for planned street upgrades.

States Move to Ban Gay Conversion Therapy

Massachusetts lawmakers approved a bill to outlaw the therapy, which aims to change their sexual orientation, for young people.

Totally Not Recalled: In Election Night Twist, Embattled Mayor Loses and Wins

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A Message to FEMA: Respond to Disasters Differently

Providing money to states faster after disasters, and offering funds before they strike, would make communities safer, governors said.

Renewable Energy is Within Reach–Just Ask Holyoke, Mass.

COMMENTARY | Here's what a city that embraced green energy gained.

General Electric to Pay Back State Incentives After Backtracking on New Headquarters

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Ann Arbor dioxane plume … Norfolk’s recycling quandary … and the Bay Area’s new managed toll lane agreement.

Supreme Court Rejects Challenges Over State Farm Animal Laws

California and Massachusetts standards for the confinement of livestock have drawn opposition from other states.

Arsonist Attempts to Set Mayor’s SUV on Fire

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Local Energy Storage Is a Clever Infrastructure Innovation

Projects are already appearing in Massachusetts independent of the state’s grant program.

A 'Difficult and Grueling Weekend' Following Mass. Gas Explosions

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Cryptocurrency mining policy in Missoula … ongoing health worries in Minneapolis homeless camp … and too-tall trucks vs. Michigan’s low-clearance bridges.

Chaos in 3 Massachusetts Cities After Dozens of Gas Explosions

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