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State universities warn of potential fee hikes, program cuts

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

STATE HOUSE, BOSTON — Public state universities face a nearly $9 million collective bargaining obligation that could drive fees up or force reductions in academic programs if the Legislature does not cover it. An organization that represents nine state university presidents sent a letter Wednesday to legislative leaders asking them to boost funding for the university system in the next fiscal year so the schools can meet the contractual salary … 0

Defense rests in 1st phase of Boston Marathon bombing trial

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

BOSTON — Lawyers for Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev rested their case in his federal death penalty trial Tuesday, a day after they began presenting testimony designed to show his late older brother was the mastermind of the 2013 terror attack. The defense admitted during opening statements that Tsarnaev participated in the bombings. … 0

Boston lawyer, gay-rights pioneer to argue high court marriage case

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Mary Bonauto, the Boston lawyer who won the first gay-marriage rulings in Massachusetts and Vermont, will lead the argument before the Supreme Court in favor of a constitutional right to same-sex marriage nationwide. Bonauto has been seen by gay-rights advocates as the attorney who deserves the most credit for winning marriage equality in … 0

State/Region Briefs

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Industry: nixing film tax credit would hurt economy Industry officials are gearing up to defend a tax incentive program that they say makes Massachusetts fertile territory for film and TV work and the jobs that go with that. … 0

Prosecution rests

Monday, March 30, 2015

BOSTON — Prosecutors rested their case against Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev on Monday after jurors in his federal death penalty trial saw gruesome autopsy photos and heard a medical examiner describe the devastating injuries suffered by an … 0

Church dating to 1600s damaged in arson fire

Monday, March 30, 2015

PLYMOUTH — A Massachusetts church that can trace its roots to the Pilgrims has been damaged by a fire police say was arson. A woman set a fire in the foyer of the First Parish Church in Plymouth at about 6:30 p.m. Sunday, damaging the carpet and some … 0

Obama: Politicians should carry themselves more like Kennedy

Monday, March 30, 2015

BOSTON — President Barack Obama summoned today’s quarrelsome political leaders to emulate the late Sen. Edward M. Kennedy in the pursuit of compromise on Monday, and said a new institute that bears the longtime Massachusetts senator’s name can … 0

Pipeline proposals pushback

Sunday, March 29, 2015

CONCORD, N.H. — There is near universal agreement that the Northeast has to expand its energy supply to rein in the nation’s highest costs and that cheap, abundant, relatively clean natural gas could be at least a short-term … 0

Kennedy Institute dedication set for today

Sunday, March 29, 2015

BOSTON — Before his death from brain cancer in 2009, close family members said U.S. Sen. Edward Kennedy insisted a building that would one day bear his name be less about his own legacy and more about the … 0

Ag commissioner tells CISA crowd administration ready to dig in

Sunday, March 29, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Though the number might seem small, newly-appointed state agricultural commissioner John Lebeaux said a recent 1 percent increase in the number of farms in the Pioneer Valley is a “trend in the right direction.” In his … 0

State and Regional Briefs

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Students urging greater investment in state universities BOSTON — Public university students will gather in Boston this week to press lawmakers for a greater investment in Massachusetts’ nine state universities. Students plan to converge at the Statehouse for … 0

State and Regional Briefs

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Matt Damon film shooting in Mass. MANCHESTER-BY-THE-SEA — Lights, camera, action: Manchester-by-the-Sea is the backdrop for a new Matt Damon movie of the same name. Damon is producing the independent film with the working title “Manchester-by-the-Sea.” Scenes are being shot in the Massachusetts town as well as in … 0

Report: Glitch cuts off food stamp benefits for some

Friday, March 27, 2015

BOSTON — Efforts to modernize the state’s food stamp program and weed out fraud have left thousands of eligible residents without benefits, according to advocates for the poor. The problems were created by a new data-mining program that matches food stamp records with those at other state agencies … 0