State / Region

Proposed Conn. FOI changes are still uncertain

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Associated Press HARTFORD, Conn. — It’s unclear whether Connecticut lawmakers will approve any legislation this session that would place additional restrictions on the public release of information from homicides as part of an effort to protect victim privacy following the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre. The Judiciary Committee failed to act Wednesday on one of two competing bills that created a procedure for allowing the public to view and seek … 0

Maine baby lobster decline could end high catches

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

YARMOUTH, Maine — The number of baby lobsters settling off the rocky coast of Maine continues to steadily decline — possibly foreshadowing an end to the recent record catches that have boosted New England’s lobster fishery, scientists say. A University of Maine survey of 11 Gulf of Maine locations indicates that young lobsters … 0

Mass. issues restrictions for painkiller Zohydro

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

BOSTON — After a federal judge struck down Massachusetts’ first-of-its-kind ban of the painkiller Zohydro, Gov. Deval Patrick is trying another approach: imposing more requirements on doctors who prescribe the powerful new drug. The governor’s office announced late Tuesday that the state’s Board of Registration in Medicine has voted to require doctors to complete a risk assessment and “pain management treatment agreement” before … 0

US energy chief: NE energy issues vexing, cites lack of pipelines

Monday, April 21, 2014

HARTFORD, Conn. — The nation’s top energy official delivered a blunt message Monday to a Connecticut audience of energy executives, regulators, environmentalists and others who already know that fuel heating and cooling homes and businesses and running power plants in New England is among the costliest in the … 0

Wood boilers prove a boost in Maine

Sunday, April 20, 2014

PORTLAND, Maine — Years after federal stimulus dollars funded a Maine Forest Service Project to heat with local wood products, schools and other facilities report they have slashed energy bills in half while supporting jobs in the state’s … 0

Prosecutor: Body fits description of missing boy

Friday, April 18, 2014

WORCESTER — A child’s body found off a highway in central Massachusetts on Friday matches the height and weight of a 5-year-old boy who has been missing for seven months, and whose disappearance led to calls for changes … 0

State Briefs

Friday, April 18, 2014

Survivors keep busy as Boston Marathon approaches BOSTON — Survivors of last year’s twin bombings at the Boston Marathon say they have mixed feelings as the race day approaches. Celeste Corcoran and Heather Abbott say the days leading up to the race have been filled with public appearances, … 0

Beacon Hill Roll Call

Friday, April 18, 2014

By BOB KATZEN Beacon Hill Roll Call records local senators and representatives’ votes on three roll calls from the week of April 14-18. $12.7 BILLION TRANSPORTATION PACKAGE (H 4046) House 150-2, Senate 40-0, approved and sent to Gov. Deval Patrick an estimated $12.7 billion transportation borrowing bill that … 0

Gov. candidate debates head of Mass. gun lobby

Thursday, April 17, 2014

BOSTON — Massachusetts Treasurer Steve Grossman faced off against the state’s gun lobby director in an informal debate Thursday meant to highlight what the Democratic candidate for governor says is the failure of a party primary opponent — Attorney General Martha Coakley — to embrace tougher gun control. … 0

Legal arguments filed in casino referendum appeal

Thursday, April 17, 2014

BOSTON — The Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office filed legal documents in the state Supreme Judicial Court on Wednesday defending its decision to exclude from the November ballot a voter referendum calling for repeal of the state’s 2011 gambling law. The office said the proposed referendum would violate the … 0

Boston police destroy 2 backpacks at marathon site

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

BOSTON — Police have blown up two unattended backpacks found near the Boston Marathon’s finish line. They say they’ve taken a man into custody in connection with them. Police spokesman Dave Estrada says the backpacks were discovered Tuesday … 0

New proposed bill calls for Massachusetts autism commission

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

BOSTON — A bill that would establish a state autism commission and proposes other strategies for addressing the needs of the growing number of children diagnosed with the disorder is expected to come up for a vote in the Massachusetts House of Representatives this week. The measure unveiled … 0

Beacon Hill Roll Call: April 7-11

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

By BOB KATZEN Beacon Hill Roll Call records local senators’ votes from the week of April 7-11. MUST COMPLY WITH GLOBAL WARMING SOLUTIONS ACT (S 2073) Senate 6-32, rejected an amendment requiring that the state’s Department of Public Utilities determine that all programs in the bill are consistent … 0