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News Minute: Here is the latest Massachusetts news from The Associated Press at 5:40 p.m. EST

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MONTGOMERY, Mass. (AP) - Authorities have released the identities of a husband and wife killed in an apparent murder-suicide in a rural Massachusetts town. State police say 68-year-old Jeffrey Houston and 65-year-old Janice Houston were found dead with gunshot wounds in their Montgomery home. Their dog was also shot. Troopers responded to the house after receiving a call around 9:30 a.m. Monday from a man who said he had just killed his wife and was about to kill himself.

BOSTON (AP) - Massachusetts lawmakers are being urged to avoid hasty or knee-jerk reactions to the new federal tax reform law. A legislative committee held an informational hearing Tuesday to examine whether new state laws or regulations are needed in response to the federal changes. State officials and experts testified that it could take years to fully understand the ramifications of federal tax reform.

BOSTON (AP) - Massachusetts lawmakers are considering taxing daily fantasy sports operators like Boston's DraftKings. State Sen. Eileen Donoghue has introduced a bill making the online games permanently legal and subject to a 15 percent tax. The Lowell Democrat's proposal also would charge the state Gaming Commission with regulating the industry. Lawmakers in 2016 declared "fantasy contests" legal through July 2018 while a special commission co-chaired by Donoghue developed more permanent legislation.

QUINCY, Mass. (AP) - Massachusetts State Police say a driver fleeing a police stop was killed when his vehicle crashed through a sea wall and ended up on a beach. Police say 50-year-old Peter Boylan was pulled over in Quincy around 9 p.m. Monday for motor vehicle violations. He then fled the stop at high speed while the trooper was processing his information. While fleeing, he sideswiped one vehicle and then crashed into another before ending up on the beach. Two other people were injured.

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