BOSTON (AP) - Gov. Charlie Baker is seeking $15 million in additional state funding for school districts that are educating students displaced by hurricanes in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Baker told the Massachusetts Municipal Association on Friday that he planned to make the request in his annual state budget proposal next week. The $15 million would be included in an approximately $118 million increase in overall state aid to school districts.
FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) - Fall River is planning to sue pharmaceutical companies over what officials say is the role the companies played in the ongoing opioid overdose crisis. WPRO News reports Friday that Fall River Mayor Jasiel Corriea said he has no doubt of a connection between the pharmaceutical companies and people dying of overdoses. The city responded to 919 opiate overdoses last year and had 63 opioid-related overdose deaths in 2016.
WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) - A Massachusetts postal worker accused of taking home hundreds of pieces of mail he was supposed to deliver to others has pleaded guilty in federal court. The U.S. Attorney's Office for Massachusetts said 37-year-old Stephen Lehto pleaded guilty Friday to one misdemeanor count of obstruction of mails. He's scheduled to be sentenced in April.
HYANNIS, Mass. (AP) - Ferry-goers travelling between Cape Cod, Nantucket and Martha's Vineyard will soon be entering a politics-free zone. The Steamship Authority has voted to prohibit televisions on their vessels from showing national cable news channels from across the political spectrum. Ferry representatives said passengers from both political aisles have been loudly complaining about the content. Tensions have escalated following the election of President Donald Trump.
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