News Minute: Here is the latest Massachusetts news from The Associated Press at 5:40 p.m. EDT
BOSTON (AP) - New England rabbis are advising their congregations not to cross picket lines to get their Passover food at Stop & Shop supermarkets, which have deep roots in the local Jewish community. One Boston rabbi said it's "not kosher" to purchase "products of oppressed labor." More than 30,000 Stop & Shop workers walked off the job over what they say is an unfair contract offer, a claim the company disputes. A grocery analyst said the chain has the highest sales of kosher products among local stores.
BOSTON (AP) - Members of Massachusetts' all-Democratic congressional delegation are weighing in on the release of special counsel Robert Mueller's report on Russia and President Donald Trump, with some calling on Congress to hold public hearings. Sen. Edward Markey told reporters Thursday the report paints "a deeply disturbing pattern of conduct by the president and members of his 2016 campaign." Markey said Mueller should testify before the House and Senate.
BOSTON (AP) - Former Vice President Joe Biden is showing his support for striking supermarket workers in New England. Biden is scheduled to speak Thursday at a rally in support of unionized Stop & Shop employees outside a store in Boston's Dorchester neighborhood. United Food and Commercial Workers union members at 240 Stop & Shop stores in Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Connecticut went on strike on April 11 to protest what they call an unfair contract proposal.
WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. health officials are giving $350 million to researchers in four states to help battle the opioid epidemic. The effort aims to cut overdose deaths by 40% in local communities by implementing science-backed strategies for preventing and treating drug addiction and overdoses. The grants from the National Institutes of Health will go the University of Kentucky, Boston Medical Center, New York City's Columbia University and Ohio State University.
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