The Eastern Equine Encephalitis threat level has been raised to critical in Belchertown. Officials say a horse that died Friday at George Hannum Road was infected with the triple-E virus. The state Department of Public Health urges communities designated as critical to cancel evening outdoor events for the rest of the mosquito season. Triple-E infected mosquitoes have also been found in Amherst where the threat level is moderate, and mosquitoes carrying the West Nile Virus have been found in Northampton.
OSU has fired the director of its celebrated marching band amid allegations he knew about "serious cultural issues" including sexual harassment.
The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits fell to the lowest level in more than eight years last week.
It was apparently a good year for the State Lottery.
The practice of "shark finning" is now illegal in Massachusetts.
A former JV volleyball coach at a Western Mass high school has pleaded not guilty to having a sexual relationship with a 15-year-old girl.