News Minute: Here is the latest Massachusetts news from The Associated Press at 6:40 a.m. EDT
BOSTON (AP) - The director of the state agency that stopped processing alerts from other states about Massachusetts drivers who had broken traffic laws has been fired. The Registry of Motor Vehicles' Merit Rating Board voted Tuesday to fire Thomas Bowes. Troubles at the RMV were exposed after a June crash that killed seven motorcyclists in New Hampshire. The registry had been storing notifications of out-of-state violations since March 2018 instead of acting on them.
NEW BEDFORD, Mass. (AP) - Massachusetts congressional leaders are asking federal officials to move quickly on permits for the Vineyard Wind offshore wind project. Vineyard Wind has signed contracts to sell 800 megawatts of power a year to three Massachusetts electric utilities. The company planned to begin construction later this year off the Massachusetts coast. The Cape Cod Times reports federal officials say they need at least another six months to prepare a supplement to its environmental impact statement draft.
BOSTON (AP) - Federal officials will meet with fishermen and other members of the public in Massachusetts to talk about possible changes to rules designed to protect vulnerable whales. North Atlantic right whales number only about 400. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is looking for comments on new management options. The meeting is scheduled for Tuesday night in Gloucester, Massachusetts.
GREENFIELD, Mass. (AP) - A rural jail is set to become Massachusetts' first correctional facility to dispense methadone to inmates for opioid addiction treatment. Franklin County Sheriff Christopher Donelan said Tuesday his office has received state and federal approval to establish a methadone clinic at its jail in Greenfield. Massachusetts' Department of Corrections is seeking similar approvals. Rhode Island, Vermont and Connecticut have recently expanded its use in their jails and prisons.
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