News Minute: Here is the latest Massachusetts news from The Associated Press at 2:40 p.m. EST
BOSTON (AP) - The Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission has approved final licenses for four more retail marijuana shops in Fall River, Hudson, Pittsfield and Great Barrington. The commission signed off on the licenses for Northeast Alternatives, Temescal Wellness and Theory Wellness during a meeting Thursday at the Massachusetts Statehouse. There are already retail marijuana shops in Leicester and Northampton. A third is set to open this weekend in Salem.
LOWELL, Mass. (AP) - A civil rights attorney representing a man who was punched in the head while handcuffed by a civilian detention attendant for the Lowell police is seeking $75,000 in a claim against the city. The Sun reports that Stephen Tatarouns' attorney, Howard Friedman, alleges Lowell was negligent in hiring the attendant because he had anger issues and a history of violence. Friedman plans to file a lawsuit if there's no settlement in six months.
LAS VEGAS (AP) - A Nevada state court judge says she'll hear arguments next week in ex-casino mogul Steve Wynn's bid in Nevada to block release of a Massachusetts Gaming Commission report about sexual misconduct allegations against him. Last month, Judge Elizabeth Gonzalez temporarily blocked release of the report pending a hearing on Wynn attorneys' claims that it contains information protected by attorney-client privilege.
BOSTON (AP) - Four former employees and an owner of the Massachusetts facility responsible for a nationwide fungal meningitis outbreak that killed 76 people and sickened hundreds were convicted Thursday on charges including mail fraud and conspiracy to defraud the United States. A Boston jury acquitted another employee, pharmacist Joseph Evanosky, of all charges after several days of deliberations.
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