News Minute: Here is the latest Massachusetts news from The Associated Press at 5:40 p.m. EST
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Police say two people were killed in a crash in Connecticut on Interstate 95. State Police in Connecticut say 38-year-old Jose Gonzalez was driving in the wrong direction on I-95 South and collided with another car early Sunday. The accident happened north of Exit 91 in Stonington, Connecticut, near the border with Rhode Island. Police say the car that Gonzalez hit was driven by 26-year-old Stephane Francois, of Brockton, Massachusetts. Passengers in both cars were pronounced dead at the scene.
BOSTON (AP) - Massachusetts residents who don't have health insurance or who need to take action to stay covered have until Dec. 23 to enroll or renew coverage through the Massachusetts Health Connector to obtain coverage for Jan. 1. Massachusetts Health Connector Executive Director Louis Gutierrez said the Dec. 23 deadline is important for people who need to get covered, or stay covered, for the start of the new year.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - A Massachusetts man has been sentenced to federal prison for his involvement in a drug trafficking operation. U.S. Attorney Stephen Dambruch of Rhode Island says 51-year-old Juan Valdez, of Milton, Massachusetts, was sentenced to 20 years in federal prison for leading a drug trafficking operation that repeatedly imported multiple kilograms of heroin and cocaine from Mexico, which was distributed to drug dealers in Rhode Island, Massachusetts and Connecticut.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - The Connecticut Supreme Court is scheduled to hear arguments on whether homeowners' insurance policies should cover repairs to thousands of homes with crumbling foundations caused by defective concrete. The arguments are set for Tuesday. An estimated 35,000 homes in Connecticut and Massachusetts are affected by disintegrating concrete containing pyrrhotite, an iron sulfide that reacts naturally with oxygen and water. Insurers argue policies only cover fixing foundations if homes collapse.
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