A Vermont Department of Public Service employee drove more than 6,000 miles around the state this fall to test the adequacy of wireless coverage. What he found is now part of a detailed challenge before the Federal Communications Commission that officials hope will bring federal dollars into the state to improve the wireless network.

Massachusetts State Sen. Eric Lesser introduced a bill that would pay people to move to western Massachusetts.
Sam Doran / State House News Service

A bill introduced in the Massachusetts state Senate would create a financial incentive for people to relocate to the state's western region.

The Springfield Thunderbirds are the AHL affiliate of the Florida Panthers.
Danny Baxter / MassLive

The American Hockey League — the top-farm league to the National Hockey League — is holding its All-Star Classic festivities in Springfield, Massachusetts, on Sunday and Monday. 

Baker Outlines Steps To Lower Medicaid Drug Prices

Jan 25, 2019

It’s an eye-popping number: $1.9 billion. It’s what Massachusetts spent last year on drugs prescribed to patients covered by MassHealth, and it’s nearly double what it was in 2012.

Gov. Charlie Baker’s budget for the coming year includes a plan to disrupt the trend, a move he says will save $80 million.

It starts with direct price negotiations. Baker says the proposal is aimed at 20 drugs pending approval or recently approved by the FDA.

A sign at Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts.
Diane Lederman / The Republican /

The Commissioner of Higher Education for Massachusetts said he was surprised to hear about anticipated financial difficulties at Hampshire College.