With a half-finished green house, licensed medical marijuana patient and caregiver Devin Noonan grows a total of 72 cannabis plants in Augusta, Maine.

Rarely inspected, medical marijuana caregivers could feed illegal markets

In an environment of conflicting medical marijuana laws across the country, caregivers operate almost entirely without government oversight, according to a News21 analysis of laws in the 23 states. State regulators acknowledge that this lack of oversight could and does encourage the illegal sale of marijuana by caregivers to people who may or may not hold a medical marijuana card.

A researcher uses a pipette to remove DNA from a micro test tube in this file photo.

Campaign aims to educate women and doctors about prenatal genetic tests

Quest Diagnostics, one of nation’s largest diagnostic testing companies, is funding a nationwide campaign by the Perinatal Quality Foundation — a national non-profit dedicated to improving obstetrical car — to raise awareness of cell-free DNA tests. NECIR recently corresponded with Dr. Douglas S. Rabin from Quest and Dr. Mary Norton of the Perinatal Quality Foundation about this new initiative.

A city worker repairs a pothole in the North End — within 90 minutes, it had caved in.

Holes in the system: Boston boasts pothole fixes that don’t get made

Boston has a habit of implying potholes have been fixed when they haven’t, according to an examination by the New England Center for Investigative Reporting of the city system called Citizens Connect – an award-winning mobile app and website meant to increase transparency and accountability in government. A sampling of 78 cases found nearly half reported closed did not meet the city guidelines for fixing potholes.

A city worker repairs a pothole in the North End — within 90 minutes, it had caved in.

Holes in the system: Boston boasts pothole fixes that don’t get made (+documentation)

Boston has a habit of implying potholes have been fixed when they haven’t, according to an examination by the New England Center for Investigative Reporting of a city system called Citizens Connect — an award-winning mobile app and website meant to increase transparency and accountability in government. A sampling of 78 cases found nearly half reported closed did not meet the city guidelines for fixing potholes.