BOSTON (AP) - Massachusetts lawmakers are holding a hearing on natural gas safety following September's explosions and fires in the Merrimack Valley. The state legislature's Joint Committee on Telecommunications, Utilities and Energy will hear from Columbia Gas CEO Stephen Bryant, other utility company executives and state officials at Tuesday's State House hearing. The hearing will be focused on the "safety of natural gas systems and the oversight performance of the state Department of Public Utilities."

BOSTON (AP) - A federal judge has ruled that a Massachusetts law banning secret audio recordings of police or government officials is unconstitutional. MassLive.com reports Chief United State District Judge Patti Saris ruled Monday secret audio recordings of officials performing their duties in public is protected by the First Amendment. The judge made the ruling on two cases, one involving residents who frequently record police and another brought by the conservative activist group Project Veritas.

REVERE, Mass. (AP) - A woman police say drove her SUV into a group of five pedestrians in Massachusetts, killing a 5-year-old girl and critically injury a 2-month-old girl, has been held on $10,000 bail. Not-guilty pleas to charges including motor vehicle homicide were entered on behalf of 42-year-old Autumn Harris, of Boston, at her arraignment Monday. Authorities say two adults and three children were on a grass median in Revere at about 5 p.m. Sunday when they were struck.

NEW YORK (AP) - The Fearless Girl statue that became a symbol of female empowerment has a new permanent home in front of the New York Stock Exchange. The statue was removed last month from its spot opposite Wall Street's Charging Bull sculpture and was unveiled at its new location Monday. The Wall Street bull will join Fearless Girl at a later date.

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