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Gov. Baker adds $170M spending to latest budget

Friday, February 12, 2016

BOSTON — A month after slashing $49 million from the state budget in a bid to address a deficit, Gov. Charlie Baker on Friday asked for $169.5 million in new appropriations and urged lawmakers to pass his bill quickly since many state accounts will need cash infusions by the end of March. Baker is counting on government revenue collections exceeding original estimates to close much of a $320 million gap that his budget team flagged in January between revenues and expenses in the final four-plus months of fiscal 2016. In a letter Friday to the House and Senate, the governor said there are sufficient revenues … 0

Boston manhole cover crashes into SUV’s windshield, killing driver

Friday, February 12, 2016

BOSTON — A dislodged manhole cover weighing more than 200 pounds went airborne and crashed through an SUV’s windshield on a major highway, killing a woman as she drove during the Friday morning commute, authorities said. The manhole cover was in the left lane of Interstate 93 south near the exit of the … 0

State and Region Briefs, Feb. 13

Friday, February 12, 2016

GPS bracelets lead police to armed robbery suspects BOSTON — It didn’t take Boston police long to track down three suspects in an armed convenience store robbery. Authorities say the men were all wearing court-ordered GPS devices for unrelated cases, which placed them inside the Dorchester store and allowed investigators to track them … 0

Beacon Hill Roll Call

Friday, February 12, 2016

By BOB KATZEN THE HOUSE AND SENATE: Beacon Hill Roll Call records local senators’ votes on roll calls from the week of Feb. 8 to 12. There were no roll calls in the House last week. ILLEGAL HUNTING (S 2069) Senate 35­0, approved and sent to the House … 0

Campaign signs get new life to help people with disabilities

Thursday, February 11, 2016

DURHAM, N.H. — The oversized Carly Fiorina campaign signs along New Hampshire’s Route 4 weren’t enough to keep the Republican presidential hopeful’s campaign alive past Tuesday’s primary, but they could end up helping people with disabilities live their … 0

State/Region Briefs

Friday, February 12, 2016

Hearing focuses on proposed ban on some animal products BOSTON — A legislative committee is reviewing the pros and cons of a bill that supporters say will help stop the cruel treatment of farm animals. The measure would … 0

Experts fear refugee mental health needs may overwhelm

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

BOSTON — For the thousands of Syrian refugees expected to arrive in the U.S. in coming months, the first order of business will be securing the basics — health care, jobs, education and a safe home. But what … 0

3rd Mass. justice in 1 week announces retirement

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

BOSTON — Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court justice Fernande Duffly said Wednesday she would retire in July, making her the third member of the state’s highest court in the past week to announce plans to leave the bench and providing Gov. Charlie Baker a rare chance to shape the … 0

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Cape communities discuss shark danger WELLFLEET — With the number of sharks prowling the waters off Cape Cod expected to increase, local communities and agencies are taking a proactive approach to prevent tragedy. A working group tasked with … 0

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Massachusetts reports highest child abuse, neglect rates in the nation BOSTON — Newly released figures show that Massachusetts reported the highest rate of abused and neglected children in the nation during the 2014 fiscal year. The federal figures … 0

Guns, drugs and car crashes: Why Americans die younger

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

NEW YORK — The average American will die as many as two years sooner than if they lived in Western Europe or Japan. This can be attributed, in part, to three of the darker elements of life in the U.S.: gun violence, drug overdoses and death on the … 0

Warren’s hard choice: Clinton or Sanders?

Monday, February 8, 2016

WASHINGTON — A coy Elizabeth Warren is withholding an endorsement of Hillary Clinton or Bernie Sanders for now and using her leverage as liberal icon to focus the two Democratic presidential rivals on her populist agenda. On the … 0

Cape Cod set for foot of snow in blizzard conditions, while local area sees little accumulation

Monday, February 8, 2016

BOSTON — A wind-driven winter storm brought blizzard conditions to Cape Cod and threatened to drop more than a foot of snow on southeastern Massachusetts on Monday. Motorists in New England were warned to be vigilant after a … 0