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Former state Sen. Ben Downing, a Democrat who represented Berkshire County for a decade, ended his campaign for governor Tuesday, because of fundraising struggles.

House and Senate GOP leaders named legalization of sports betting and unlocking the voter-approved tax deduction for charitable giving among their top priorities heading into the second year of the legislative session.

Gov. Charlie Baker late last week signed off on new district boundaries for all 200 seats in the House and Senate, disappointing Secretary of State William Galvin who had asked for more time to propose "fixes" that he hoped would alleviate some of the headaches of administering elections over the next decade.