News Minute: Here is the latest Massachusetts news from The Associated Press at 6:40 a.m. EDT
BOSTON (AP) - Democratic Massachusetts Secretary of State William Galvin and his Republican challenger Anthony Amore clashed in a bitter debate with each lobbing accusations at the other. The two split on many issues during Monday's half-hour match on WGBH, including whether Massachusetts should let residents register to vote and cast their ballot on the same day. Galvin supports the idea. Amore said he's not sure the system would be secure enough.
BOSTON (AP) - Notes written by convicted Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev to law enforcement agents who were interrogating him in the hospital have been made public by lawyers appealing his case. The notes were included in court documents filed by his lawyers, who are asking the court to suppress all statements he made to agents while hospitalized after his arrest on April 19, 2013. His lawyers say, among other things, that the statements were not made voluntarily.
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.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - The American Civil Liberties Union says protests outside a convicted child rapist's Providence home violate a city ordinance. Steven Brown, the executive director of the ACLU Rhode Island, said in a letter to Mayor Jorge Elorza that loud protests outside of Richard Gardner's home "violate a city ordinance that bans targeted residential picketing." Elorza previously said that Gardner's crimes were "absolutely heinous" and that he had "given up his right" to live in the community.
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