State / Region

Gov. Baker reassures municipal leaders on state budget shortfall

Friday, January 23, 2015

BOSTON — Gov. Charlie Baker promised a gathering of hundreds of local officials on Friday that he would be a strong advocate for Massachusetts’ 351 cities and towns, while offering reassurances that they will not have to shoulder the burden of state budget cuts. Baker told the Massachusetts Municipal Association that he had signed an executive order — his first since taking office on Jan. 8 — that seeks to … 0

Friday, January 23, 2015

National Grid proposes transmission line project PELHAM, N.H. — National Grid has presented a $520 million transmission line project to officials in Pelham, New Hampshire, saying it would be necessary to meet long-term energy needs in the southern part of the state and in the Greater Boston area. The Eagle Tribune reports National … 0

Beacon Hill Roll Call, Jan. 19 to 23

Friday, January 23, 2015

By BOB KATZEN Beacon Hill Roll Call records local senators’ votes on four roll calls from the week of January 19-23. The Senate last week voted on the rules under which it will operate for the 2015 session. The changes include an increase from 24 hours to 48 hours in the amount of time that the agenda for formal sessions must be made … 0

Warren to file bill targeting top Rx drug companies

Thursday, January 22, 2015

BOSTON — U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren is shifting her focus from Wall Street to the nation’s top pharmaceutical companies. The Massachusetts Democrat next week plans to file a bill that she said would help fund basic medical research … 0

Harvard study: $90M of natural gas escapes region annually

Thursday, January 22, 2015

CAMBRIDGE — Harvard researchers say millions of dollars’ worth of natural gas escapes from the Boston area’s aging pipes and tanks each year. The study by atmospheric scientists at Harvard’s School of Engineering and Applied Sciences was published Thursday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. … 0

Opponent of Boston’s 2024 Olympics bid eyes ballot question

Thursday, January 22, 2015

BOSTON — An opponent of Boston’s 2024 Olympics bid has taken a first step toward putting a question before voters on next year’s ballot. United Independent Party Chairman Evan Falchuk said Thursday that he’s filed paperwork with the state’s Office of Campaign and Political Finance to form the … 0

Tsarnaev lawyers ask again to move trial

Thursday, January 22, 2015

BOSTON — Lawyers for Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev are making a third push to move his trial outside Massachusetts, citing a large number of prospective jurors who already believe he’s guilty and the personal connections many … 0

Judge slams Tsarnaev defense for quoting juror responses

Thursday, January 22, 2015

BOSTON — A federal judge has criticized lawyers for Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev for publicly releasing portions of confidential juror questionnaires. Judge George O’Toole Jr. called the release “improper.” Earlier Thursday, Tsarnaev’s lawyers quoted excerpts from questionnaires in arguing that Tsarnaev cannot receive a fair trial … 0

Analysts expect state budget woes to continue

Thursday, January 22, 2015

BOSTON — Lawmakers and state officials are being warned that fiscal problems causing a deficit in the current Massachusetts budget could spill over into the next spending plan as well. State revenue commissioner Amy Pitter said during a Statehouse hearing Thursday that she expects overall tax collections to … 0

Rosenberg backs statewide games plan

Thursday, January 22, 2015

BOSTON — As a private group carves out its plan for the 2024 summer Olympic Games, the leaders of the Massachusetts House and Senate are of like mind that venues should be spread throughout the state, an approach … 0

Northeast’s first significant winter storm expected

Thursday, January 22, 2015

PHILADELPHIA — The first significant winter storm of the season is expected for the Northeast’s major cities this weekend in the form of a messy mix of rain, snow and sleet along Interstate 95, according to the National … 0

UMass falcon, campus webcam star, dies

Thursday, January 22, 2015

AMHERST — The University of Massachusetts is mourning the death of the Amherst campus’ most popular webcam star. A male peregrine falcon that has nested atop the 27-story W.E.B. Du Bois Library for 12 years and sired 34 chicks with the same mate has died. The webcam that … 0

Man who killed doctor blamed him for mother’s death

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

BOSTON — A man who walked into a leading hospital, asked for a cardiac surgeon by name and fatally shot him outside an examination room had been upset about his mother’s death and had blamed the doctor for … 0