News Minute: Here is the latest Massachusetts news from The Associated Press at 5:40 p.m. EDT
METHUEN, Mass. (AP) - A Massachusetts funeral director has been writing obituaries and inviting strangers to burials for late veterans. Aaron Mizen, the director for the Kenneth H. Pollard Funeral Home in Methuen, says he has stepped up for these strangers because they had no one else to do it. Mizen wrote the obituary for 84-year-old U.S. Navy veteran Eileen Robichaud after she died on Sept. 6. He also extended an invite to residents to join him at her burial this week. Mizen is a 20-year military veteran himself.
(AP) - A judge will need to decide whether lawsuits against members of the Sackler family that owns Purdue Pharma can go ahead with the company seeking bankruptcy protection. But at a hearing Tuesday, he'll consider routine matters such as whether the company can keep paying its taxes and utilities. Several states are preparing to fight company's bankruptcy plan, which includes a settlement deal.
BOSTON (AP) - Massachusetts two major casinos are reporting gambling revenue increases while the state's smallest and oldest gambling hall saw its revenues drop. Revenue numbers released Monday by the state's Gaming Commission show that Encore Boston Harbor posted $52.5 million in gross gambling revenues in August. MGM Springfield generated about $21 million in gambling revenues and Plainridge Park reported about $12.1 million in gambling revenues during the same month.
NEW YORK (AP) - Elizabeth Warren has released a proposal aimed at government corruption, providing a policy roadmap for a fight she says is at the core of her presidential campaign. Warren's plan would ban lobbyists from many fundraising activities and serving as political campaign bundlers and tighten limits on politicians accepting gifts or payment for government actions.
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