News Minute: Here is the latest Massachusetts news from The Associated Press at 5:40 p.m. EST
BOSTON (AP) - Gov. Charlie Baker has filed a wide-ranging traffic safety proposal that includes a ban on the use of handheld cellphones by drivers and stepped-up enforcement of seatbelt requirements. The bill sent to lawmakers Tuesday also would toughen some penalties for drunken driving and proposes new safeguards for bicyclists and pedestrians. Previous bills to prohibit motorists from holding cellphones have passed the Senate but were stopped in the House.
BOSTON (AP) - Attorney General Maura Healey is listing some of her top priorities for the new legislative session on Beacon Hill. Among the measures the Democrat said she's backing Tuesday is a bill that would require "bodyworks" businesses be regulated by the state to help prevent human trafficking. Another bill Healey is co-sponsoring is aimed at protecting the declining number of honeybees, wild bees and other pollinators in Massachusetts.
BOSTON (AP) - Boston police say a 23-year-old woman last seen by her family leaving a bar near Faneuil Hall over the weekend has been found alive. A Boston police spokeswoman says Olivia Ambrose was found Tuesday in the city's Charlestown neighborhood. She was taken to the hospital. No other details were immediately disclosed. Ambrose was last seen in the area of Hennessy's at about 11 p.m. Saturday.
WAKEFIELD, Mass. (AP) - A Massachusetts State Police trooper and a tow truck driver have been struck and injured by a passing vehicle while assisting the driver of a disabled vehicle on Interstate 95. A state police spokesman says the trooper and tow truck driver were both outside their vehicles when they were struck just after 6 a.m. Tuesday on I-95 north in Wakefield. Both were taken to Lahey Hospital and Medical Center in Burlington with injuries not considered life threatening.
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