BOSTON (AP) - State senators are considering supervised injection sites for drug users in Massachusetts. The provision is included in a wide-ranging bill scheduled for debate in the Senate on Thursday that would further address the opioid addiction crisis. Public health officials would be authorized to experiment with the safe injection or "harm reduction" sites. Republican Gov. Charlie Baker is among those who strongly oppose the idea.
HANOVER, Mass. (AP) - The body of a Massachusetts police officer slain while investigating a car crash last weekend has been transported to a church where his funeral is scheduled. A police escort on Thursday accompanied the hearse that brought Weymouth Sgt. Michael Chesna to St. Mary of the Sacred Heart in Hanover, where Chesna lived with his wife and two children. Officers from across the region are expected at Chesna's wake later Thursday. A funeral Mass is scheduled for Friday.
BOSTON (AP) - Massachusetts is moving closer to raising the minimum age for buying cigarettes and other tobacco or vaping products from 18 to 21 statewide. The House and Senate have overwhelmingly approved a bill to do that and it is now on Gov. Charlie Baker's desk. California, Hawaii, Maine, New Jersey and Oregon also set 21 as the minimum age for purchasing tobacco.
BOSTON (AP) - State lawmakers have approved a new $2 surcharge on car rentals to fund training for police officers in cities and towns across the state. The bill was sent to Gov. Charlie Baker's desk after receiving overwhelming votes of approval in the House and Senate on Wednesday. The car rental fee would support a $10 million fund to cover enhanced training for municipal police officers.
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