Articles by Steve LeBlanc

Massachusetts Lawmakers Consider Changes to Bicycle Laws

Bicyclists can get little respect on the road — from drivers, pedestrians, even fellow cyclists. Sometimes the angry stares are deserved, but more often the friction stems from the fact that bicycles, cars, buses, trucks and pedestrians are scrabbling with …

Massachusetts to Receive $120M in Disaster Aid for Last Winter’s Snowfall

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker said Massachusetts is expecting to receive $120 million in federal disaster assistance following last winter’s record snowfall. That’s the most ever awarded to the state as the result of a single natural disaster. Half of the …

Massachusetts Considers Ban on Handheld Cellphone Use While Driving

Families of those killed in distracted driving accidents are asking Massachusetts lawmakers to back legislation that would require drivers to use hand-free phones in the state. Foxborough, Massachusetts, resident Jerry Cibley’s 18-year-old son Jordan was killed in 2007 as he …

Mass. Worker Who Says She Was Fired for Legal Pot Use Files Suit

A Massachusetts woman who says she was fired from work for using marijuana legally obtained to treat Crohn’s Disease has sued her former employer. Cristina Barbuto said in court papers that she told the Irvine, California-based Advantage Sales and Marketing …

Obama Signs Massachusetts Disaster Declaration for January Blizzard

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker said Monday that federal disaster aid that the state has been granted for a late January blizzard could bring between $80 million and $90 million, but he’s disappointed his broader request wasn’t approved. “I’m disappointed that …

Mass. Gov. Baker: Federal Officials Encouraging on Disaster Relief

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker said Monday he’s gotten encouraging signs from federal officials as he’s begun reaching out to them with Massachusetts preparing a formal request for disaster relief following the spate of snowstorms. Back home after a National Governors …

Incoming Mass. Attorney General Healey Targets Drug Abuse Problem

Massachusetts Attorney General-elect Maura Healey said Monday she was planning a major push against heroin and prescription drug abuse, including plans to expand the Massachusetts program that monitors prescription drug use and to investigate the cost of anti-overdose medication. Healey, …

MassMutual, Hanover Among Top Donors to Baker’s Inaugural Committee

Massachusetts Gov.-elect Charlie Baker has collected more than $781,000 in donations from supporters to help pay for his inaugural celebrations. At least 16 companies and individuals have given $25,000, the self-imposed cap that Baker set for donations to his inaugural …

Massachusetts AG Coakley Keeps Working Despite Narrow Election Loss

Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley appears determined to wrap up her eight years as the state’s top law enforcement official on an active note. The Democrat is back to work after losing her second grueling statewide contest in four years, …

Judge Dismisses Mass. AG Coakley’s Federal Housing Lawsuit

A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed by Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley against the Federal Housing Finance Agency and mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, saying the court doesn’t have oversight of the matter. Coakley sued the …