Massachusetts state Rep. Tricia Farley-Bouvier, D-Pittsfield, testifies at a hearing with a panel of legislators about the importance of a bill of rights for foster parents.
Shira Schoenberg / The Republican /

Two bills at the Massachusetts Statehouse aim to address problems for children and foster families in the state’s child welfare system.

Former Mass. AG Coakley Joins E-Cigarette Company JUUL

Apr 3, 2019

Former state Attorney General Martha Coakley is becoming an official employee of the electronic cigarette company Juul.

Coakley has been a partner at the law firm Foley Hoag, where she consulted for Juul.

Now the company says the former AG will work on a government affairs team, focusing on educating people on what Juul is doing to fight underage usage.

Six Flags New England in Agawam, Massachusetts.
Hoang 'Leon' Nguyen / The Republican /

Six Flags New England in Agawam, Massachusetts, opens for the season next weekend. Like at that other large amusement destination in Florida, a day at the park is not just about the thrill rides. 

Ella Briggs, now 11, will never forget the day she got sent to the “naughty chair” in kindergarten for putting pants on her gingerbread person.

Joaquin Oliver was 17 when he died in Parkland, Florida just over a year ago.

He was killed among 16 others killed at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School by a young man armed with an assault rifle made by a Massachusetts company: Smith & Wesson.