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Less-lethal weapons are drawing new interest as a series of fatal police shootings have sparked outrage and protests around the country. A company in Fitchburg, Massachusetts, makes blunt-impact projectiles that make people double over in pain, but do not cause lasting injuries. Comment?
A lawyer for a Fall River woman charged with fatally stabbing a man who had argued with her daughter over a $50 debt said in court that his client acted in self-defense. Adrienne Brown is charged with murder in the May 30 death of 53-year-old Brian Jones. Comment?
A Massachusetts man accused of firing a gun near the Fitchburg State University campus has been held without bail pending a dangerousness hearing, but his lawyer questions the evidence. Twenty-eight-year-old Justin Beauregard was arraigned Friday on charges of carrying a firearm without a license, discharging a firearm within 500 feet of a building and possession of ammunition without a firearms ID in connection to the gunfire Thursday night. Comment?
Environmental activists are launching a tour of Massachusetts to press Beacon Hill lawmakers and Gov. Charlie Baker to lift limits on a key program designed to encourage solar power use in the state. The group Environment Massachusetts said the 10-community tour is meant to call attention to "net-metering" which allows homeowners, businesses and local governments to sell excess solar power they generate back to the grid in exchange for credit on their bill. Comment?
A Massachusetts man will serve 28 months in prison after pleading guilty to being on the receiving end of nearly 600 pounds of marijuana destined for Peterborough, New Hampshire. Prosecutors say 52-year-old Todd Burke of Fitchburg, Massachusetts, was waiting for the 579 pounds of marijuana at a Peterborough business on Sept. Comment?
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