President Barack Obama will be in Boston today to discuss the federal health insurance overhaul. He's expected to draw parallels with Massachusetts' landmark 2006 health law. It provided a blueprint for Obama's law.
A bill that would place electronic cigarettes under the state's existing tobacco control law is making its way through the Massachusetts Statehouse. The Committee on Public Health on Tuesday gave the bill a thumbs-up, shipping it to lawmakers for debate. The bill would ban the sale of e-cigarettes to minors, prohibit their use on school property and regulate their use in the workplace and public spaces. The bill, sponsored by Boston Democratic state Rep. Jeffrey Sanchez, has the backing of Attorney General Martha Coakley.
A 13 year old skateboarder struck by a car in the north end of Springfield last night. Officials say that the boy was wearing earbuds and didn't hear or see the car. Happened at the corner of Dwight and Jefferson Avenue. The woman driver of the car not cited. She had a green light and was obeying all the traffic laws.
In Hadley, Police are looking for your help to find whomever stole a 30 thousand dollar ring from the Hannoush Jewlers at the Hampshire Mall. Police say a man walked into the store saw the ring in the case--asked to see it and then took off. The suspect is tall, thin and probably in his 20s. 4 carat diamond.
The State Fire Marshall says that he is looking for people who may have left clothing inside a dryer at a Route Nine Strip Mall that went up in flames. The fire destroyed several buildings. One firefighter was hurt but there has been no cause announced yet.
In Southampton, the Fire Chief Steven Hyde is under investigation by the state ethics commission for breaking conflict of interest laws. At issue is the alleged falsification of duty records to indicate that his son worked hours that he actually didn't. A decision is expected in 90 days.
It looks like the Goat Guy is giving up his goats for now. Alan Griffin says his wife suffers from a medical condition and that it is helped by the goat's milk. The town wants the goats gone. The goats are now at an undisclosed location at a farm. The goats had to leave after a court order was served on him.