New England news in brief


Pressley appointed to oversight committee

Representative Ayanna Pressley of Dorchester received her second committee appointment on Tuesday, just one week after her appointment to the House Financial Services Committee. The Committee on Oversight and Reform, which serves as the main investigative committee in the House of Representatives, released its full list of Democratic members Tuesday evening. “I am grateful to be named to two committees where I can further the work of advocating for those left out and left behind,” Pressley said in a statement. Pressley, a Democrat representing the Seventh Congressional District, will join Representative Stephen Lynch of South Boston, who represents the Eighth Congressional district and has been on the Oversight Committee since he entered Congress in 2001.

Bill seeks licenses for illegal immigrants

Lawmakers are renewing a push to pass legislation that would allow Massachusetts residents who are in the country illegally to acquire driver’s licenses, despite the failure of similar legislation in the past and opposition from Governor Charlie Baker. Senator Brendan Crighton of Lynn, Representative Christine Barber of Somerville, and Representative Tricia Farley-Bouvier of Pittsfield, flanked by dozens of advocates, unveiled their bill, known as the Work and Family Mobility Act, Wednesday morning outside the House chamber. They argued that the measure would ensure every driver on the road has undergone proper training and vision testing and that it would relieve stress on people who are in the country illegally. If approved, it would permit all qualified residents, regardless of immigration status, to receive a standard license. (SHNS)


Doctor rebuked for removing wrong kidney

A Massachusetts doctor who removed a kidney from the wrong patient has received a reprimand from the state. The state Board of Registration in Medicine issued its reprimand to Dr. Ankur Parikh last month after he admitted to the error. The board says in 2016 the urologist removed a healthy kidney from 65-year-old Albert Hubbard Jr. after mistakenly reading the CT scan of another man with the same name. The state catalogued three mistakes on Parikh’s part that it said fell below the standard of care, including electing to remove the kidney despite observing it wasn’t heavy with tumors. (AP)


Teenager suffers injury in fall at ski area


A 19-year-old man suffered a head injury after he fell on a trail at Wachusett Mountain Ski Area late Wednesday morning, officials said. He was airlifted to UMass Memorial Medical Center. The extent of his injuries was not known, said Tom Meyers, director of marketing at the ski area. A witness on the chairlift called ski patrol at around 11:20 a.m. and said they saw a man who was snowboarding fall down “Look Mom,” an intermediate-level trail that runs under the lift, and slide off the trail on the right side, Meyers said. The teen, who was visiting the mountain on a school trip, was first taken to the mountain’s base first aid area and to the hospital at 11:59 a.m., Meyers said. No further information was available, Meyers said, but he said ski patrol has been in contact with the boy’s school and his father. “The safety of our guests is our utmost importance to us and we extend our thoughts to the school and his family,” Meyers said.