massachusetts http://wamc.org en Many Seek Clarification of Mass. Medical Marijuana Law as Listening Tour Begins http://wamc.org/post/many-seek-clarification-mass-medical-marijuana-law-listening-tour-begins <p></p><p>Public hearings on the future regulation of medical marijuana in Massachusetts will be held this month, but as a deadline approaches, some are concerned that the state’s final regulations may come later than expected.</p><p></p><p>Beginning Wednesday evening, state officials from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health will hold a series of public listening sessions before the implementation of medical marijuana regulations.</p> Tue, 12 Feb 2013 23:00:00 +0000 Lucas Willard 57680 at http://wamc.org Many Seek Clarification of Mass. Medical Marijuana Law as Listening Tour Begins Mass. Gov. Proposes New Laws on Gun Ownership http://wamc.org/post/mass-gov-proposes-new-laws-gun-ownership <p></p><p>The Governor of Massachusetts has filed new legislation that would introduce stricter regulations on gun ownership. The bill includes strict background checks and closing licensing loopholes. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports…</p><p></p><p>Governor Patrick announced the legislation just over a month after the shooting deaths of children and educators in the massacre in Newtown, Conn, and only one day after New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed the SAFE Act, putting tighter restrictions on gun ownership in the Empire State.</p> Wed, 16 Jan 2013 23:58:04 +0000 Lucas Willard 55902 at http://wamc.org Mass. Gov. Proposes New Laws on Gun Ownership School Districts in New York, Mass., and Conn. to Experiment with Longer School Days http://wamc.org/post/school-districts-new-york-mass-and-conn-experiment-longer-school-days <p></p><p></p><p>Earlier this week, officials in five states announced they would be participating in a pilot program that would add hundreds of hours in classroom time to the school year. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief Lucas Willard has more…</p> Wed, 05 Dec 2012 21:30:00 +0000 Lucas Willard 53364 at http://wamc.org School Districts in New York, Mass., and Conn. to Experiment with Longer School Days Chief of Mass. Crime Lab Chosen to Lead Conn. Lab http://wamc.org/post/chief-mass-crime-lab-chosen-lead-conn-lab <p></p><p></p><p></p><p>The director of the state crime lab in Massachusetts has been tapped to lead the troubled crime lab in Connecticut.</p><p>The appointment of Guy Vallaro as director of the Connecticut’s Forensic Science Laboratory was announced Monday.</p><p>The Connecticut lab has struggled with a huge case backload and other problems identified in U.S. Justice Department audits. It won back its professional accreditation earlier this year.</p> Tue, 20 Nov 2012 05:00:00 +0000 Lucas Willard 52365 at http://wamc.org Chief of Mass. Crime Lab Chosen to Lead Conn. Lab Massachusetts Tax Collections Below Benchmarks http://wamc.org/post/massachusetts-tax-collections-below-benchmarks <p></p><p></p><p>Massachusetts tax collections in October were $48 million below the same month a year ago, and missed official benchmarks for the fourth consecutive month in this fiscal year.&nbsp;</p><p>State Revenue Commissioner Amy Pitter said Monday that Massachusetts appears to be seeing a slowdown in the pace of recovery from the recession.</p><p>The state collected slightly above $1.4 billion in taxes last month, down 3.3 percent from October 2011.</p> Tue, 06 Nov 2012 05:00:00 +0000 Lucas Willard 51377 at http://wamc.org Massachusetts Tax Collections Below Benchmarks