BOSTON (AP) - U.S. Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Edward Markey have voted against a bill aimed at reopening federal agencies through Feb. 8. The two Massachusetts Democrats were among a group of 18 senators who opposed the deal. Warren pointed to a lack of an agreement to protect an estimated 800,000 "Dreamers," who were brought to the country as children and are now here illegally.
BOSTON (AP) - Boston is looking to regulate short-term rentals advertised on Airbnb and other websites. Democratic Mayor Marty Walsh said Monday he'll file a proposed ordinance to track and regulate the rentals of bedrooms, apartments or entire houses for days or weeks at a time to visitors and tourists. Housing advocates complain the rentals amount to unregulated hotels that exacerbate an already tight housing market. The proposal requires City Council approval.
BOSTON (AP) - Some lawmakers, activists and medical groups in Massachusetts are pushing for the creation of "supervised injection sites" where drug users can shoot up illegal substances under the watchful eye of staff trained in countering the effect of potentially fatal overdoses. Supporters said the sites could reduce the staggering toll of opioid-related overdose deaths in Massachusetts. Republican Gov. Charlie Baker says he's skeptical.
BOSTON (AP) - A telecommunications executive and his wife have given gifts worth a combined $100 million to two Boston hospitals to support innovation and patient care. Rob and Karen Hale announced Monday that Boston Children's Hospital and Brigham and Women's Hospital each will get $50 million. Karen Hale says they have seen devastating diseases directly affect family and friends and are "committed to finding cures."
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