Local Headlines: October 10, 2019
Measles Case in Boston; See List of Possible Exposure Locations.
A person has been diagnosed with the measles in Boston. The Public Health Commission released a list of the places that the person visited while they may have been contagious on Friday October 4th and Saturday October 5th. [CBS Boston]
Family of Sergeant Chesna, Killed in the Line of Duty, Supports the Death Penalty for Cop Killers.
The mother of Sergeant Michael Chesna made an emotional appeal in favor of a proposed piece of legislation that would permit a death penalty sentence for those convicted of killing a police officer. [Boston 25 News]
DA Rollins Encouraged by Federal Court Ruling in Favor of Supervised Injection Sites in Philadelphia.
After a federal judge in Philadelphia ruled in favor of a nonprofit organization seeking to open the country's first supervised drug consumption site, ruling that it did not violate the Controlled Substances Act, Suffolk County District Attorney Rachael Rollins sent a letter to the State Committee on Mental Health, Substance Use and Recovery urging them to approve a similar program in Massachusetts. Federal prosecutor Andrew Lelling has said that he would seek to press federal charges against any persons operating such a facility in the state. [WBUR]
New Hampshire Vape Shops See a Lift in Sales As a Result of Massachusetts' Ban.
One vape store owner in Salem, New Hampshire says he's seen a 30% increase in sales since the ban on vaping products began in Massachusetts. Several vape store owners in Massachusetts brought a lawsuit against the state for instituting the 4-month temporary ban, while health officials investigate the link between vaping and reported cases of lung illness. [WBUR]
How to Fix Transportation in Boston: 4 Ideas.
WCVB summarized some of the leading proposals for helping to reduce traffic congestion in and around Boston, including higher tolls during peak rush hour, dedicated bus lanes, MBTA upgrades, and creating housing near rail lines. [WCVB]
Possible Lawsuit Over Closure of HOV Lanes on I-93.
The Conservation Law Foundation may sue the Massachusetts Department of Transportation for opening up the high-occupancy vehicle lane to all drivers over the next two years while repairs are made on the Tobin Bridge. The foundation says this is in violation of federal and state regulations related to public health and air quality standards. [WBUR]