BOSTON  – Massachusetts tax collectors are expecting to haul in between $93 million and $173 million in legal marijuana revenue this current budget year and could collect as much as $189 million in the next budget year, Revenue Commissioner Christopher Harding told lawmakers Wednesday.

DRACUT, Mass. (AP) — Two brothers from New Hampshire have been charged with attacking a man in the parking lot of a Massachusetts pizza shop, yelling racial slurs, and telling the victim to “go back to Africa.”

BOSTON – Supporters of a potential 2020 ballot question updating rates paid by state government to nursing homes say they are positioned to advance to the next stage in the process.

BOSTON  – Massachusetts tax collectors are expecting to haul in between $93 million and $173 million in legal marijuana revenue this current budget year and could collect as much as $189 million in the next budget year, Revenue Commissioner Christopher Harding told lawmakers Wednesday.

DRACUT, Mass. (AP) — Two brothers from New Hampshire have been charged with attacking a man in the parking lot of a Massachusetts pizza shop, yelling racial slurs, and telling the victim to “go back to Africa.”

BOSTON – Supporters of a potential 2020 ballot question updating rates paid by state government to nursing homes say they are positioned to advance to the next stage in the process.

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BOSTON — Former House Speaker Salvatore DiMasi on Tuesday made a public appeal for a "second chance" after his conviction on federal corruption charges eight years ago, resuming his battle with Secretary of State William Galvin over the Democrat's quest to return to Beacon Hill as a lobbyist.

AMESBURY – A suspected fentanyl dealer called a "violent offender" by local police was ordered held without bail at his arraignment in Newburyport District Court on Tuesday. His appearance in court came hours after a SWAT team arrested him at his Market Street house. 

Home and condo sale prices rose in October, and the median home sale price over the first 10 months of 2019 is $400,000, up 3.9% over the same period in 2018, according to newly released sales data.

[Story Developing] Deval Patrick leaned heavily on his experiences as governor of Massachusetts at a breakfast forum in New Hampshire Monday when discussing solutions to issues he would encounter if he becomes president.

BOSTON — College athletes rake in billions of dollars a year for their schools, cable networks and collegiate associations, but they aren't allowed to be compensated for their talents.

BOSTON — Opponents of the Baker administration's temporary ban on all vaping products packed a room Friday to slam the emergency regulation in the only public hearing scheduled on its impact.

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In the first year of legal sales in Massachusetts, cannabis consumers bought an average of more than $1 million worth of marijuana products each day.

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BOSTON — Native Americans say the imagery on the Massachusetts state flag is symbol of the brutal suppression of the region's indigenous people at the hands of colonial governments.

WORCESTER (AP) — A fire lieutenant who died after helping two colleagues escape a burning home was dedicated to his family and his profession and took younger firefighters under his wing, speakers at his funeral Mass said Monday.

BOSTON — House and Senate negotiators announced Friday they reached an agreement to resolve distracted driving legislation that has been stalled for months, but they declined to share details of the compromise.

BOSTON — Now on Broadway, the musical "Moulin Rouge!" launched in the summer of 2018 at Boston's Emerson Colonial Theatre, where it sold 52,000 tickets and visits by those thousands of theatergoers generated an estimated $460,000 in hotel revenue and $4 million for restaurants.

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Lt. Col. Christopher Mason, who since earlier this year has served in the number two role at the state police, has been promoted by Gov. Charlie Baker to become the next superintendent of the law enforcement agency, taking over on Friday.

BARNSTABLE, Mass. (AP) — Researchers have fitted 50 great white sharks found in Cape Cod waters this season with tracking and data-logging devices to study how the species kills seals to benefit public safety.

BOSTON — State officials and nonprofit housing organizations plan to develop a second-in-the-nation online tool over the coming year to make every affordable rental unit listing available on a single platform.

ROWLEY —  Nuclear power activist Stephen Comley Sr. of Rowley plans to file his nomination papers Friday at the Statehouse in Concord, New Hampshire, to run for president, at least the second time he has launched the quixotic effort.

BOSTON — Lowell officials are backing away from a controversial deal with a New Hampshire landfill to dispose of chemical-laden wastewater in the Merrimack River amid concerns about contamination and a public outcry.

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BOSTON — The MBTA has adopted plans to modernize the commuter rail system over the next two decades, but questions remain about how the upgrades would be funded.

BOSTON — Every city in Massachusetts has one or two, and in Lawrence, there are hundreds, Mayor Daniel Rivera said Thursday: vacant properties that aren't being developed, because their owners are tied up in land court or the ownership is otherwise unclear.

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Beverly - Francis "Frank" Joseph Toronto, Jr. of Beverly died at Beverly Hospital on November 7. Frank was born in Boston on May 2, 1936, and attended Boston Latin School and Northeastern University, from which he earned an Associate Degree in Accounting. From 1959 until his 1961 Honorable D…

Salem - Michael D. Guinard, age 57 years, beloved husband of Wendy (White) Guinard, died Sunday December 1, 2019, at the Massachusetts General hospital surrounded by his loving family. Born in Saugus, he is the son of Frances Law-Davis of Florida and the late Alfred W. Guinard, Jr. He was ra…