News Minute: Here is the latest Massachusetts news from The Associated Press at 1:40 a.m. EST
BOSTON (AP) - Gov. Charlie Baker said he wants to dramatically reduce the state's reliance on polluting fuels while expanding housing and upgrading the state's public transportation system. Baker outlined his goals for the new year during his State of the Commonwealth address at the Massachusetts Statehouse. The Republican set a goal of net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 in his speech Tuesday. Baker said he wants to continue improvements to the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority. He also pressed lawmakers to ease local zoning laws calling them the “wall between the well off and the up and coming" for those seeking housing.
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) - MGM has named a new executive to lead its Massachusetts casino. The Las Vegas-based company announced Tuesday that Chris Kelley will serve as president and chief operating officer of MGM Springfield. Kelley previously served as president of MGM Northfield Park in Ohio and vice president of MGM Grand Detroit. He replaces Michael Mathis, who shepherded the $960-million, 14-acre downtown Springfield hotel, casino and entertainment complex through its development, construction and opening in August 2018. The announcement comes as MGM Springfield continues to struggle to meet its lofty revenue projections.
BOSTON (AP) - Two former drug company executives have been sentenced to more than two years in federal prison in a bribery scheme that prosecutors say helped fuel the national opioid epidemic. Richard Simon, the former national sales director at Insys Therapeutics, was sentenced Tuesday to 33 months in prison in Boston federal court. Joseph Rowan, a former regional sales director for the Arizona-based company, was sentenced to 27 months. Both were also ordered to serve three years of probation, forfeit more than $2 million and pay restitution, which will be determined later. They are among seven former company leaders being sentenced this month.
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Less than two weeks before the first voting contest of the 2020 primary season, virtually every Democratic presidential contender is trying to rally their supporters behind a decidedly optimistic theme: unity. Despite their consistent efforts, however, unity has proved to be a fleeting concept. Hillary Clinton slammed Bernie Sanders in an interview published Tuesday, representing the latest - and perhaps, the loudest - flash point in the Democratic Party's high-stakes nomination fight that has exposed dangerous divisions based on gender, race, age and ideology that threaten to undermine the urgent quest to defeat President Donald Trump in 2020.
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