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By Katie LannanState House News ServiceBOSTON — Massachusetts has an official state cookie, state bean, state donut and state beverage, and lawmakers now have a chance to decide if it should have an official sweetener, too.A bill filed by Rep. … more
BOSTON — University of Massachusetts students will be hit with at least a "slight" tuition and fee increase in the coming school year, UMass President Marty Meehan said Wednesday, but tuition and fees will not be set until July when officials … more
BOSTON — Marijuana sales would be taxed at a maximum rate of 18.75 percent under legislation being developed by the House in preparation for a Thursday vote that would also alter the oversight and local control of an industry legalized by … more
BOSTON — Boston University police responded to 336 incidents of pedestrians and bicyclists being struck by vehicles over the past five years through this April, according to a campus police officer who asked lawmakers on Tuesday to enact a … more
BOSTON — Bostonians of all sexual preferences have gathered downtown for the city's 47th annual Pride Day Parade.Boston's popular Faneuil Hall Marketplace hosted the event Saturday for the 17th time.Organizers tell The Boston Globe the parade … more
BOSTON — Massachusetts residents could have their voter registration information automatically updated whenever they renew their drivers' licenses or interact with other state agencies.A bill working its way through Beacon Hill would help … more
BOSTON — Eleven-year-old Bryan Rosa of Allston stepped into a pitched debate over immigration enforcement Friday, telling a lawmakers he fears for the future of his 3-year-old sister if they do not pass a bill limiting coordination between the … more
BOSTON — Registering to vote in Massachusetts could become an automatic process for people who renew their driver's license or otherwise interact with a state agency under legislation supporters pitched Thursday as a way to boost participation … more
BOSTON — A drive to push back start times for Massachusetts schools has intersected with an ongoing study into the merits of shifting the state to an altogether different time zone. Whether either suggestion has enough momentum to succeed is … more
State House News Service and The Associated PressBOSTON — Republican Gov. Charlie Baker says Massachusetts is joining a coalition of states vowing to uphold the Paris climate accord.The Democratic governors of California, New York and … more
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