The IRS official who oversees tax-exempt groups has suddenly backed out of a Western Mass speaking engagement. Lois Lerner was supposed to speak at the Western New England Law School commencement in Springfield. Now she says she doesn’t want her presence to distract from the ceremony. Lerner recently told reporters she’s not good at math, when questioned about the unfolding scandal at the agency.
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.
A new in-patient detox center is in the works for Franklin County.