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Riders wait ton the platform o board an arriving trolly Friday, April 24, 2015, in Boston, on the day when the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority let people ride for free as a goodwill gesture following a winter of disastrous breakdowns.  (AP Photo/Bill Sikes)

Senate backs Baker’s ‘T’ plans

Friday, May 22, 2015

BOSTON — Gov. Charlie Baker is praising the Massachusetts Senate for supporting his proposal to create a financial control board to oversee management of the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority. A measure was adopted by the Senate on Thursday night to create a five-member board with broad powers to manage all aspects of the MBTA for the next three to five … 0

House speaker: Court should decide tax dispute with Senate

Friday, May 22, 2015

BOSTON — Amid legislative work on a budget, Massachusetts House Speaker Robert DeLeo is asking the state’s highest court to weigh in on a Senate-approved measure to freeze the state income tax rate at 5.15 percent while gradually increasing the earned income tax credit for low-income working families. DeLeo made the request Friday … 0

State and region briefs, May 23

Friday, May 22, 2015

Hundreds rally after Holocaust memorial is desecrated LYNN — Hundreds of people gathered in Lynn for a peace rally in response to the desecration of a Holocaust memorial with chunks of pork earlier this week. The Boston Globe reports that the interfaith service drew a large crowd Friday at Pride of Lynn Cemetery, … 0

Doctors group issues pain med guidelines

Thursday, May 21, 2015

BOSTON — A group representing 25,000 doctors in Massachusetts issued new guidelines Thursday for prescribing pain medication, citing an epidemic of opioid abuse that claimed the lives of more than 1,000 people in the state last year. The … 0

State and region briefs, May 22

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Mass. House speaker stuck in school during lockdown WEYMOUTH — Police say a lockdown at a school where Massachusetts House Speaker Robert DeLeo and another state lawmaker were visiting has been lifted. A spokesman for DeLeo says the … 0

Foxwoods opens retail outlet

Thursday, May 21, 2015

HARTFORD, Conn. — Foxwoods Resort Casino opened a $129 million shopping center Thursday to throw some elbows in a crowded market, draw more visitors, make a play for younger gamblers and promote an enterprise that’s increasingly an entertainment … 0

Board rejects Vt.’s appeal on nuke plant emergency planning exemption

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

BRATTLEBORO, Vt. — Entergy Nuclear is an important step closer to the elimination of the 10-mile emergency planning zone around the closed Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant. In a decision released Monday, the Atomic Safety and Licensing Board … 0

Theme parks turning aging coasters into new thrill rides

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Bigger, faster and more extreme are what count when it comes to roller coasters. So what’s an amusement park to do with aging coasters when those record-breaking crowd-pleasers from years ago are being overshadowed by today’s scream machines? … 0

Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court rules in tainted drug evidence case

Monday, May 18, 2015

BOSTON — Thousands of defendants convicted of drug crimes after a chemist in a state lab tampered with evidence can’t be charged with more serious crimes or given harsher sentences if granted a new trial, Massachusetts’ highest court ruled Monday. But the Supreme Judicial Court stopped short of … 0

Baker open to negotiations on reforming T

Monday, May 18, 2015

BOSTON — Gov. Charlie Baker said Monday he was open to negotiations with legislative leaders on how best to overhaul the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority, but he insisted his administration be given new tools to fix the ailing … 0

State and region briefs, May 19

Monday, May 18, 2015

Teen taken to hospital after stepping on needle in Rockland ROCKLAND — A Massachusetts teenager was taken to the hospital after stepping on a used hypodermic needle while fishing, prompting a search by firefighters that turned up eight … 0

Out of the ordinary

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Vt. lawmakers try to de-bat chamber as bat halts debate MONTPELIER, Vt. — The Vermont Statehouse chamber was evacuated after a brown bat flew in to join the state’s lawmakers. The Burlington Free Press reports the winged mammal … 0

Will death make Tsarnaev a martyr? Experts say it depends

Sunday, May 17, 2015

BOSTON — Does putting Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev to death make him a martyr for the cause? Some analysts worry that Tsarnaev’s eventual execution could inspire more attacks. But others, including Islamic leaders, say no: Tsarnaev was … 0