The opioid and heroin epidemic is increasingly being felt in emergency rooms and jails across the country. Meanwhile, a community organization in Berkshire County has been focusing on the crisis for some time.
A new poll finds a majority of likely voters in Massachusetts say they’ll vote against repealing the state’s casino gambling law.
The latest survey by the Western New England University Polling Institute found 52 percent of likely voters said they will vote no on Question 3, the casino law repeal initiative on next month’s Massachusetts election ballot.
Polling institute director Tim Vercellotti said the survey of 416 likely voters found 41 percent said they would vote to ban casinos with just 6 percent undecided and 1 percent declining to answer.
A paroled sex offender has been taken into police custody after he was located on the Skidmore College campus after a manhunt earlier today. Classes resumed normally after a lockdown was lifted, but it was a strange day on campus.
Students and faculty received a campus alert via the school website, social media, text message, and email around 7 a.m. announcing the lockdown. Students on campus were asked to stay in their rooms and remain quiet.
Around 8:30, Saratoga Springs police located Shane Harding on the campus near a trail heading into Skidmore’s North Woods.
UMass Amherst campus police will temporarily stop using students as confidential informants while the practice is being reviewed by university officials.
Chancellor Kumble Subbaswamy ordered the program suspended after a Boston Sunday Globe report on the heroin overdose death of a 20 year- old student who was a confidential informant. School spokesman Ed Blaguszewski said the program could be terminated or revised to include mandatory substance abuse treatment for student informants and notification of their parents.
Two candidates in New York’s 19th Congressional District will participate in a forum tonight at the State University of New York at New Paltz. Republican Congressman Chris Gibson and Democrat Sean Eldridge will field questions on a range of environmental topics. The forum is hosted by the New York League of Conservation Voters Education Fund. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne spoke with New York League of Conservation Voters President Marcia Bystryn about what to expect.
Republican Charlie Baker has momentum as the race for governor in Massachusetts enters the final month. It raises the question: Could Martha Coakley lose another big election?
Several recent polls have found the race for governor in Massachusetts is a dead heat between the major party candidates with three independents registering in the low single digits. A double-digit lead Coakley once had over Baker has now evaporated.