News Minute: Here is the latest Massachusetts news from The Associated Press at 3:40 p.m. EDT
NEW LONDON, Conn. (AP) - A new court filing claims the U.S. Department of Interior "buckled under undue political pressure" in failing to act on an amended gambling agreement between the state of Connecticut and a federally recognized American Indian tribe. The Day reports the state and the Mashantucket Pequot Tribe made the claim in a court filing Wednesday as they seek to amend their lawsuit against the Interior that was dismissed by a judge in September.
NEW SALEM, Mass. (AP) - The Massachusetts State Police say a trooper and a suspect have suffered "serious injuries" during a pursuit that ended in the central part of the state. A department spokesman says the pursuit Friday ended in New Salem the injuries were sustained during the apprehension. Police did not immediately disclose the nature of the injuries.
BOSTON (AP) - Two more people have agreed to plead guilty in the Massachusetts State Police overtime abuse scandal. Federal prosecutors on Friday said suspended Trooper Eric Chin and retired Trooper Paul Cesan each agreed to plead guilty to embezzlement from an agency receiving federal funds. Prosecutors say they both were paid for overtime shifts that they did not work at all or from which they left early.
BOSTON (AP) - A November ballot question in Massachusetts is the first-ever statewide referendum on a transgender rights law. Voters are being asked whether they want to keep or repeal a 2016 law that protects transgender people from discrimination in public accommodations, including restrooms and locker rooms. Repeal backers say the law enables sexual predators. A review of records by The Associated Press indicates little if any actual abuse has been reported.
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