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Steve Pemberton.
Courtesy Steve Pemberton / State House News Service

A business executive who touted his experiences as a foster child when he announced a primary challenge to Democratic Massachusetts U.S. Sen. Edward Markey in July has ended his campaign. 

An ICE badge.
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement

Massachusetts immigrant rights activists are challenging the Trump administration's expansion of deportation powers. 

The entrance to the Franklin County Sheriff's Office in Greenfield, Massachusetts.
Jeff Brown / Masslive /

A rural jail in western Massachusetts is set to become the first correctional facility in the state to dispense methadone to inmates for opioid addiction treatment. 

John Adams Courthouse, home of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court.
Joe Difazio / WBUR

The highest court in Massachusetts says a judge charged with helping an immigrant escape a federal agent waiting to arrest him can be paid while her legal battle plays out. 

A polling place in Longmeadow, Massachusetts, on primary election day in March 2016.
Dave Roback / The Republican /

A proposed ballot question calls for a ranked-choice voting method in future state elections and primaries in Massachusetts.