News Minute: Here is the latest Massachusetts news from The Associated Press at 8:40 a.m. EDT
BOSTON (AP) - Massachusetts has spent more of its federal money for combatting the opioids crisis to support those in recovery than any other state. An Associated Press analysis of federal spending data found the state designated about 75 percent of an initial $12 million in emergency funding to recovery support services rather than addiction treatment. The state is offering stipends for attending job training programs and subsidies for work necessities like cellphones and laptops.
(AP) - Democratic U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren says she changed her mind and took a DNA test proving her heritage because Americans' trust in government is "at an all-time low" and she wants to rebuild it. The incumbent Massachusetts senator spoke Sunday while debating Republican state Rep. Geoff Diehl in the U.S. Senate race. Asked why she had said, in March, that no DNA test was needed to prove she had some Native American blood, she said she took it to help rebuilt trust through transparency.
BOSTON (AP) - The chief justice of Massachusetts' highest court is set to give his annual update on issues facing the courts and criminal justice system. Supreme Judicial Court Chief Justice Ralph Gants will deliver his State of the Judiciary address on Wednesday at the John Adams Courthouse in Boston. Gants was sworn in as the 37th chief justice of the court in 2014. Before becoming a judge, he served as an assistant U.S. attorney in Massachusetts and was chief of the office's public corruption unit.
BOSTON (AP) - The early voting period for the general election is about to get underway in Massachusetts. Starting on Monday and through Nov. 2, voters who wish to do so may cast their ballots in advance of Election Day, which is on Nov. 6. Each city and town has its own times and locations for early voting.
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