News Minute: Here is the latest Massachusetts news from The Associated Press at 11:40 a.m. EST
BOSTON (AP) - Massachusetts in 2018 lived up to its national reputation as a solidly blue state, once again electing an all-Democratic congressional delegation with more women than ever before including Ayanna Pressley, the state's first black congresswoman-elect. Yet the runaway re-election of Republican Gov. Charlie Baker also confirms that moderate and conservative-leaning Democrats remain a potent force in Bay State politics, as do independent voters who make up more than half the electorate.
MEDFORD, Mass. (AP) - A public library's decision to auction off Indian artifacts it received in 1880 is drawing protest from Native American groups. Officials with the Medford Public Library in Massachusetts plan to sell off a collection of 19th century Pacific Northwest Indian artifacts that they described in a public notice as "surplus goods." The Boston Herald reports the auction is scheduled Dec. 1 in Boston. The library's director declined to comment on the auction.
BOSTON (AP) - Activists have scheduled a variety of events to remember victims of traffic crashes in Massachusetts. On Sunday the Massachusetts Vision Zero Coalition is organizing a series of actions to recall those who have died recently on area roads. A series of local landmarks will be lit in yellow including the Zakim Bridge, Boston City Hall, South Station and the Government Center MBTA Station in Boston, and the Burns Bridge in Worcester.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - The public comment period for a new offshore wind farm project off the Rhode Island coast is closing. Providence-based Deepwater Wind has proposed building up to 15 turbines that will connect to a grid in East Hampton, New York, to supply power for Long Island. The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management says Monday is the end of the comment period for the South Fork Wind Farm. That agency has asked for input as part of the environmental review.
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