News Minute: Here is the latest Massachusetts news from The Associated Press at 9:40 p.m. EDT
LAWRENCE, Mass. (AP) - Authorities say Columbia Gas has agreed to compensate its customers for all losses related to a gas disaster in Massachusetts' Merrimack Valley. Town officials in Andover announced Saturday that the utility company will pay claims related to bodily injury, property damage, disruption of business and other inconveniences caused by loss of gas service. Claims centers have been set up in Lawrence, Andover and North Andover. Residents can also file claims by phone.
SALEM, Mass. (AP) - The Satanic Temple is reopening its international headquarters in Salem, Massachusetts, just in time for Halloween. The six-year-old religious group says Monday's event comes after the building underwent extensive renovations. The building currently houses a massive bronze statue of the goat-headed idol Baphomet that the group tried to place on state capitol grounds in Little Rock, Arkansas. It's also home to a sculpture the organization hoped to place in a park in Belle Plaine, Minnesota.
BRIMFIELD, Mass. (AP) - Two people were taken to the hospital after a crash that's causing miles of back-ups on Interstate 90. Westernmassnews.com reports that Massachusetts State Police responded to a crash involving multiple vehicles around 1 p.m. on I-90 westbound in Brimfield. Two people were taken to Baystate Medical Center in Springfield. Their conditions were not immediately available.
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) - Youth activists including Parkland, Florida, shooting survivor David Hogg will be speaking at Harvard University about how to engage young voters. Harvard's Kennedy School is slated to host the panel Monday as part of a series of forums at its Institute of Politics. Hogg will be joined by Jessica Browning, co-chair of the College Republican National Committee, and Bria Smith, a representative of the Milwaukee Youth Council, among others.
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