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State lawmakers are taking up several gambling related bills, including ones that would expand sports betting and another on a proposed East Windsor casino.

Methodist Pastor Becca Girrell.
Courtesy of Becca Girrell

Leaders of the United Methodist Church voted this week to uphold restrictions prohibiting gay clergy and same sex weddings.


Three Democrats and two Republicans have won seats in the Connecticut legislature following a series of special elections. 

Massachusetts should test the use of clinics where drug users can shoot up or inhale drugs, and be revived by medical staff if needed because such clinics save lives. That’s the gist of a recommendation to state lawmakers that will be included in a report due later this week.

That and other findings about ways to reduce deaths in the opioid epidemic come from a special commission that included current and former drug users, two mayors, doctors, law enforcement and legal experts, as well as state government appointees.

Massachusetts U.S. Rep. Ayanna Pressley promises to pull no punches when she questions President Trump’s former lawyer and “fixer” Michael Cohen, who will testify publicly before the House Oversight and Reform Committee Wednesday.