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BOSTON — Defendants who can't afford to pay court fees or fines would be able to perform community service to cover their debt instead of serving jail time, under a bill Gov. Charlie Baker filed Tuesday.The legislation would address a practice … more
BOSTON — Chelsea, Springfield and Taunton top a new list of cities with the highest percentage of low-income residents lacking access to grocery stores, a problem with nutrition ramifications that is most acute in rural areas and so-called … more
BOSTON — Gov. Charlie Baker is back on top, leapfrogging over his counterparts in North Dakota and Maryland to again claim the title "Most Popular Governor in America," according to a national poll released Tuesday.The Morning Consult poll … more
BOSTON — Democratic leaders of the Massachusetts House put forward a $40.3 billion spending plan for fiscal 2018 that Ways and Means Chairman Brian Dempsey said focused "first and foremost on the fundamentals" - health care, pensions and local … more
BOSTON — Educators, parents, and lawmakers on Tuesday urged support for a bill that would update the state's school funding formula to send more money to districts, highlighting the bill's backing from a variety of different groups from across … more
NEW YORK (AP) — A celebrity once beloved among young people now finds himself on a list of books parents and other community members most wish to see removed from libraries: Bill Cosby.Cosby's "Little Bill Books" series is among those making … more
DEERFIELD (AP) — Police say one person is dead after their SUV struck a tree in Deerfield.The accident occurred at about 5:45 p.m. Thursday at the intersection of Thayer and Sugarloaf Streets.Police say the SUV's driver died and no one else … more
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — Former U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch is returning to Harvard — her alma mater.Lynch is scheduled to deliver the keynote address at a conference organized by Harvard's Kennedy School of Government. The forum … more
BOSTON — Despite significant progress in curbing greenhouse gas emissions over the past decade, smog and soot pollution continues to create health concerns in Massachusetts, according to a new environmental survey.Cities and towns around the … more
BOSTON — "Old Ironsides" is headed back to Boston's waters after being dry docked for repairs for the last two years, Navy officials said Wednesday.Restoration work on the USS Constitution is nearly complete, and the world's oldest … more
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