The death of a 2-year-old child has prompted Vermont officials to begin internal and external investigations into the state Department of Children and families and how the state responds to child abuse matters.
The second of three defendants in a gruesome Berkshire County triple slaying is scheduled to stand trial in April, but where the trial will take place is yet to be determined.
The triple-murder trial of David Chalue was scheduled for April 22nd but the location remains to be determined after Chalue’s lawyer argued a motion to move the trial out of Springfield. The sensational case has already had one change of venue – it was moved from Berkshire County to Hampden County because of publicity.
A Massachusetts state labor management arbitration panel has blocked the city of Springfield from putting video cameras in police cruisers.
The arbitration panel sided with the Springfield patrolman’s union and ordered the creation of a study committee to evaluate recording equipment in police cars. Talbert Swan, president of the Springfield chapter of the NAACP was critical of the ruling. He said video cameras in cruisers promote officer safety and public accountability.
State Transportation Secretary Richard Davey is pressing the Massachusetts Senate to approve a transportation bond bill as a new construction season approaches. The $12.7 billion bond bill approved earlier this month in a unanimous vote in the Massachusetts House includes funding for some long-sought projects in western Massachusetts.