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State / Region

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Patrick signs new abortion clinic bill BOSTON — Police now have increased authority to break up crowds gathering around Massachusetts abortion clinic entrances under a bill the governor signed on Wednesday. Gov. Deval Patrick’s signing comes a little more than one month after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a 2007 Massachusetts law that established a protest-free 35-foot “buffer zone” around clinic entrances. Patrick praised lawmakers for moving swiftly to craft a bill and said “women get to choose what to do about an unwanted pregnancy.” The new law allows police to disperse protesters who are substantially impeding access to a clinic. Those individuals must … 0

Kinder Morgan announces agreements with gas buyers

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. parent Kinder Morgan Energy Partners announced Wednesday it has reached agreement with “key local natural gas distribution companies” throughout New England to transport approximately 500,000 dekatherms per day for the Wright, N.Y.-to-Dracut portion of its proposed Northeast Energy Direct Project. Included are The Berkshire Gas Co. and National Grid. Kinder Morgan is continuing to negotiate with additional customers along … 0

Massachusetts lawmakers OK PAC disclosure bill

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

BOSTON — Massachusetts lawmakers have accepted a bill designed to tighten reporting requirements for independent political expenditures, including those made by political action committees known as super PACs. Under the bill, corporations, labor unions and political committees would be required to file a campaign finance report within seven days of making an independent expenditure — or within 24 hours if the expenditure is … 0

Lost at sea for a night

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

BOSTON — A group of whale watchers expecting only an afternoon tour were forced instead to spend a long night at sea after their boat was snagged by a mooring cable off Massachusetts, officials and passengers said Tuesday. … 0

Tribes support changing feds’ recognition process

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

MASHPEE — American Indians attending a Tuesday hearing at the Mashpee Wampanoag community center on Cape Cod said they support the federal government’s plan to make it easier for tribes to gain federal recognition. But the tribal representatives, from New Jersey, Virginia, Missouri, New England and elsewhere, urged … 0

Abortion clinic bill sent to Gov. Patrick’s desk

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

BOSTON — A bill designed to tighten security around abortion clinics in Massachusetts is awaiting Gov. Deval Patrick’s signature. The Massachusetts House and Senate on Tuesday gave final passage to the legislation that would let police disperse one or more individuals who are substantially impeding access to a … 0

Immigration debate heats up in Mass.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

BOSTON — Emotions continue to run high over Gov. Deval Patrick’s offer to temporarily house children who illegally crossed the border into the U.S., but Massachusetts is no closer to getting an answer from the Obama administration on whether the federal government plans to take the state up … 0

Tornado hits Revere

Monday, July 28, 2014

REVERE — A storm system that wreaked havoc across the eastern half of the U.S. spawned a tornado just north of Boston on Monday, ripping roofs off homes, uprooting dozens of large trees and forcing businesses to close. … 0

New England farmers hurt by Market Basket ongoing dispute

Monday, July 28, 2014

METHUEN — The family feud that has led to empty shelves at the Market Basket stores is having an impact on local farmers who normally supply produce to the regional supermarket chain. Rich Bonanno, whose family operates Pleasant Valley Gardens in Methuen, estimated he was losing $2,000 a … 0

Beacon Hill Roll Call

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

By BOB KATZEN Beacon Hill Roll Call records the votes of local representatives on three roll calls and local senators on four roll calls from the week of July 21-25. CLINIC ACCESS (S 2283) House 116-35, approved a bill filed in response to the recent U.S. Supreme Court … 0

Modern day counterpoint

Sunday, July 27, 2014

STORRS, Conn. — Researchers at the University of Connecticut are using medical technology to breathe new life into some antique musical instruments. Dr. Robert Howe, a reproductive endocrinologist in East Longmeadow, Mass., says his medical practice showed him … 0

Pipeline proposal stirs opposition in Berkshires

Sunday, July 27, 2014

PITTSFIELD — A group of lawmakers in the Berkshires is opposing a gas pipeline proposed for northern Massachusetts. The Berkshire Eagle reports (http://bit.ly/1khyAmJ ) that the lawmakers on Friday cited environmental, economic, public safety and public health concerns. The proposal by pipeline operator Kinder Morgan Energy Services of … 0

Police arrest suspect in alleged samurai attack

Sunday, July 27, 2014

BOURNE — Police in Bourne have arrested a suspect in an alleged samurai attack. Police say the 39-year-old unidentified victim said he had been stabbed several times by a man wielding a samurai sword early Sunday morning and that the attacker was still on the property. He was … 0