This week, Hampden District Attorney Anthony Gulluni established a clergy abuse hotline. He says the move comes after the Springfield Diocese recently published the number of reports of clergy sexual abuse, which the D.A. says doesn't match what has been sent to his office.
The diocese said it supports the move, and that it hasn't been reporting cases involving dead priests, because the district attorney's office told them not to in the 1990's. The diocese also said it doesn't report anonymous claims or those made by attorneys.
Also this week, a state commission recommended Massachsuettts try out using supervised drug consumption sites as a way to reduce deaths from opioids and other substances. The sites would have medical staff available to prevent overdoses. The legislature will next weight in, but Governor Charlie Baker said he's against it.
In Connecticut, Governor Ned Lamont has been on the job just less than two months, but one of our panelists this week observes the new governor has already been faced with some difficult decisions, just like his predecessor. And our other panelist takes a look at new Massachusetts lawmakers taking a stand against the national emergency declared by President Donald Trump.