News Minute: Here is the latest Massachusetts news from The Associated Press at 8:40 a.m. EST
WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) - A Massachusetts man charged with killing his 88-year-old stepfather in 2012, but who has never stood trial because he was ruled mentally incompetent, may soon face a jury. A lawyer for 44-year-old Jason Masiello told a judge Tuesday that his client, who has spent years at a psychiatric facility, had recently been found competent. Masiello is charged with first-degree murder in the August 2012 slaying of Michael Iagallo in the family's Spencer home.
DARTMOUTH, Mass. (AP) - Police have arrested a Massachusetts district fire chief who they say led troopers on a chase while driving under the influence. Massachusetts State Police say they received a call about someone driving a pickup truck on its rims early Friday morning in Dartmouth. The driver, identified as 54-year-old Ambrose Smith, has been charged with operating under the influence, failure to stop and reckless operation among other offenses.
LAWRENCE, Mass. (AP) - Massachusetts' congressional delegation is criticizing Columbia Gas for a planned rate hike on Merrimack Valley customers impacted by September's natural gas explosions. U.S. Sens. Edward Markey and Elizabeth Warren and Reps. Seth Moulton and Lori Trahan on Tuesday in a letter asking the utility company to cancel the rate hike announced earlier this month. The Democrats also called on the company to halt efforts to collect retroactive payment for gas service.
BOSTON (AP) - Court filings say a member of the family that owns OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma predicted a 'blizzard of prescriptions' after it launched the drug in the 1990s. Lawsuits from governments across the country are now blaming Purdue and its aggressive marketing of OxyContin as a catalyst for the opioid addiction and overdose crisis. Purdue accuses the attorney general's office of cherry-picking documents to create "biased and inaccurate characterizations."
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