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BOSTON — State law does not permit officials to detain immigrants solely at the request of federal immigration officials, the Supreme Judicial Court ruled Monday, putting up a legal barrier to a long-running component of immigration … more
BOSTON — Slow-growing tax collections have eroded the base of revenue expected to fund state government, and the House budget chief thinks it is probable that the revenue figure built into the fiscal 2018 budget will need to be lowered."We're … more
and Dick Lindsaydlindsay@berkshireeagle.comBOSTON — Kate Donaghue was living out the all too familiar nightmare of trying to help her son kick his heroin addiction when she made an observation about the provision of detox care in … 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
SCARBOROUGH, Maine — The soft-shell clams that are harvested by hand and raked from the mud flats of Maine are becoming less plentiful, and the downward trend jeopardizes one of New England's oldest and most historic coastal industries.Maine … more
BOSTON — With thousands of concertgoers expected to descend on the Boston Calling music festival this weekend, Gov. Charlie Baker said there are no current threats of venues being targeted for violence, but urged residents to remain "vigilant" … more
BOSTON — While some Democrats continue to watch Attorney General Maura Healey for signs that she'll change her mind about running for governor, Healey has drawn her first challenger for re-election in 2018.Cape Cod attorney James "Jay" McMahon … more
The Associated PressBOSTON — Gov. Charlie Baker and Mayor Marty Walsh have unveiled a tuition-free college program for low-income students in Boston.The Republican governor and the Democratic mayor launched the new college affordability … more
BOSTON — Democrat Jay Gonzalez, in a pitch for comprehensive criminal justice reform that could appeal to the progressive wing of his party, called Thursday for the elimination of nearly all mandatory minimum sentences in … more
BOSTON — In 2004, Dudley police investigated what they believed to be a crime: a sexual relationship between a 30-year-old English teacher and a 16-year-old boy who was her student.It was not a crime, Dudley Police Chief Steven Wojnar told the … more
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