Steve LeBLANC, The Associated Press

Steve LeBLANC

The Associated Press

Cheyenne, WY, United States

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Recent articles by Steve:

Massachusetts bill aims to follow Supreme Court gun ruling

A Massachusetts bill aimed at recasting the state’s gun laws in the wake of last month’s Supreme Court ruling making it harder for states to limit access to firearms was approved by lawmakers Monday → Read More

Massachusetts lawmakers OK compromise climate change bill

A compromise bill mandating some of the steps Massachusetts needs to take to meet a goal of net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 was approved by House and Senate lawmakers on Thursday. → Read More

Mass. high court rules wording of ‘millionaire tax’ question fair

The highest court in Massachusetts has ruled that the wording of a ballot question for a proposed “millionaire tax” constitutional amendment is legal and the measure can go before voters in November → Read More

Massachusetts House OKs bill to expand mental health access

The Massachusetts House unanimously approved a bill Thursday designed to expand access to mental health services → Read More

Bill ensuring mail-in ballots, early voting heads to Baker

A voting rights bill that would ensure mail-in ballots and early voting become permanent fixtures in future elections is headed to Republican Gov. Charlie Baker’s desk after the Massachusetts House voted 126-29 to approve the measure on Thursday → Read More

Massachusetts high court tosses gig worker ballot measures

The highest court in Massachusetts has ruled as unconstitutional two state ballot questions asking voters whether drivers for app-based ride-hailing companies should be considered contractors instead of employees → Read More

With Mass. Senate override vote, driver’s license bill becomes law

A bill that would allow immigrants in the country illegally to obtain state driver’s licenses in Massachusetts has become law after the state Senate voted Thursday to override the veto of Republican Gov. Charlie Baker → Read More

Digital currencies flow to campaigns, but state rules vary

She is among a vanguard of candidates courting campaign contributions in digital currencies such as Bitcoin. → Read More

Even as COVID cases rise, mask mandates stay shelved

NEW YORK (AP) — An increase in COVID-19 infections around the U. S. has sent more cities into new high-risk categories that are supposed to trigger indoor mask wearing, but much of the country is stopping short of bringing back restrictions amid deep pandemic fatigue. For weeks, much of upstate New York has been in the high-alert orange zone, a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention… → Read More

Massachusetts resident and son of famed American artist charged in Jan. 6 Capitol riot

For years, Vincent Gillespie waged a legal battle to try to gain control of hundreds of paintings by his father — renowned postwar American artist Gregory Gillespie. On Jan. 6, 2021, prosecutors say, Gillespie engaged in a very different kind of battle, joining rioters as they tried to wrest control of the U. S. Capitol from the federal government in one of the most violent confrontations of the… → Read More

For many, Easter Sunday marks a return to in-person worship

The pandemic erupted in the country in March 2020, just ahead of Easter, forcing many churches to resort to online or televised worship. → Read More

For many, Easter Sunday marks a return to in-person worship

The pandemic erupted in the country in March 2020, just ahead of Easter, forcing many churches to resort to online or televised worship. → Read More

Massachusetts House OKs bill banning bias based on hairstyle

A bill aimed at banning race-based discrimination targeting hair texture and hairstyles was unanimously approved Thursday by the Massachusetts House. → Read More

Bill seeks to limit out-of-pocket spending on insulin

A bill aimed at addressing the rising cost of prescription drugs, including limiting out-of-pocket spending on insulin for those trying to control their diabetes, was approved Thursday by the Massachusetts Senate on a 39-1 vote. → Read More

Massachusetts House debates voting rights legislation

BOSTON (AP) — The Massachusetts House rejected a proposed amendment to a sweeping voting rights bill Thursday that would have let voters register and cast ballots on the same day. → Read More

Baker formally unveils proposed $48.5 budget for Massachusetts

Gov. Charlie Baker unveiled a $48. 5 billion state budget proposal Wednesday for the 2023 fiscal year that administration officials say includes no new broad-based tax increases but instead recommends a handful of tax cuts. The new spending plan comes a day after Baker delivered his final State of the Commonwealth address. After two terms in office, the Republican governor has decided not to run… → Read More

Gov. Baker: After 2 years battling pandemic, Massachusetts remains strong

Gov. Charlie Baker is set to deliver his final State of the Commonwealth on Tuesday from the Hynes Convention Center, instead of the usual spot in the House chamber of the State House. → Read More

Navient settles predatory student loan claims for $1.85B

Navient, a major student loan servicing company, has settled allegations of abusive lending practices for $1.85 billion. The settlement was announced Thursday and could cancel student loans for tens of thousands of borrowers. → Read More

Navient cancels $1.7 billion in student loans following settlement

Navient, a major student loan servicing company, has settled allegations of abusive lending practices for $1.85 billion. → Read More

Navient cancels $1.7 billion in student loans following settlement

Navient, a major student loan servicing company, has settled allegations of abusive lending practices for $1.85 billion. → Read More