Boston Headlines: August 15, 2019
Tufts Health Plan and Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Announce Plans to Merge.
The companies said in a press release that this merger would make health insurance more affordable for over 2.4 million members across Massachusetts, Maine, Connecticut, New Hampshire and Rhode Island. Blue Cross would still be the largest insurer in the region, with 2.8 million members. The deal will have to pass a review by state antitrust regulators. [WBUR]
Somerville Mayor Says He'll Open a Supervised Drug Consumption Site Next Year.
Joseph Curatone, mayor of Somerville, has said he plans to open a clinic next year were drug users can safely inject themselves and be monitored for signs of overdose in an effort to save lives. When these clinics have been proposed in the past, federal prosecutors have said they would sue to prevent the opening of any such facility. [WBUR]
Massachusetts Is Also Suing the Trump Administration for New Coal Rules.
In response to the Trump Administration's relaxed restrictions on coal-fired power plants, Massachusetts and 21 other Democratic-led state attorneys general on the grounds that it violates the Clean Air Act. [CBS Boston]
More People Are Buying in Rhode Island and Commuting to Boston.
Providence real estate agencies confirm that they're seeing a huge boost in home buyers who've been priced out of the Greater Boston area. Many of these new Providence homeowners make the daily commute to Boston. [Real Estate Boston]
You Have to Stop on BOTH Sides of the Road When the School Bus Has Extended Its Stop Sign.
Last year in the U.S., from August 2018 to March 2019, 12 kids were killed (and another 47 injured) while crossing the street when their school bus had its stop-arm extended. There's a $250 fine in Massachusetts for failing to stop for a school bus's extended stop sign. As schools open up later this month, this is a PSA to follow the law and save a life. [Patch]
A Boston Man Opened a Can of Bear Spray on the Red Line.
MBTA Transit Police reported that three people were treated on the scene by Boston EMS for eye irritation and respiratory distress. Gregory Gomes, 34, of Dorchester was taken into custody for assault and battery with a dangerous weapon. [TPDnews]
Dominican Festival and Parade is Sunday August 18th.
The parade will start at Hyde Park at noon on Centre Street, right to Columbus Avenue, right to Walnut Avenue, and ending at Seaver Street. Check the link for parking restrictions and street closures in the area. [Boston.gov]