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Mayor: Boston prepping for climate change

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

BOSTON — The city has made significant strides in preparing for major natural disasters, rising sea levels and other impacts to the ever-changing climate, Mayor Martin Walsh said. Speaking at the Architecture Boston Expo at the Boston Convention Center on Wednesday, Walsh pointed to ways the city has addressed a number of climate change “vulnerabilities” outlined in a 2013 report. He said a $1.3 million state grant will help pay … 0

Cops: Child-rape suspect vowed to kill his accuser

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

BOSTON — A man suspected of child-rape and committing crimes across the country after snipping off his court-ordered ankle bracelet had an “ultimate goal” of returning to Massachusetts to kill his 13-year-old accuser, state police said Wednesday, hours after he was captured in New York. Police said Gregory Lewis, 26, of Southbridge, spent … 0

Mass. beefing up security in wake of terror threats

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

BOSTON — Massachusetts public safety agencies are beefing up security at public buildings and locations around the state, including Logan Airport, as a response to recent violence both domestic and abroad, including the attack last week in Ottawa at Canada’s capitol. The United States Department of Homeland Security has briefed public safety officials and Gov. Deval Patrick in Massachusetts on efforts underway to … 0

Mass. needs more skilled college grads

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

BOSTON — There is a shortage of skilled graduates in Massachusetts and more are needed to fill jobs in key industries that fuel economic growth, according to a report released Tuesday by the Department of Higher Education Officials are basing their projections on an expected drop in the … 0

Judge cites 1st Amendment in denying Falchuk’s debate order

Monday, October 27, 2014

BOSTON — After his attempt to secure a court order requiring debate organizers to include him in a Monday night event was denied, independent gubernatorial candidate Evan Falchuk said he was disappointed but moving forward with his campaign. “I still believe our argument was a strong one. If … 0

Opponents of Boston’s Olympics bid appeal to USOC

Monday, October 27, 2014

BOSTON — Hosting an Olympics will be a $10 billion to $20 billion undertaking that will threaten the state’s ability to make investments in health care, education and transportation, activists opposed to Boston’ bid to host the 2024 summer games wrote to the U.S. Olympic Committee on Monday. … 0

Patrick: “We don’t need a plan to quarantine”

Monday, October 27, 2014

BOSTON — While four states have reportedly established quarantine protocols for people who have been in contact with Ebola patients in West Africa, Gov. Deval Patrick said Massachusetts will be following Centers for Disease Control and Prevention protocols and does not have a procedure to quarantine people. “We … 0

State and regional briefs

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Most Mass. GOP candidates lagging in fundraising race BOSTON — Republican Charlie Baker is raising more money that Democrat Martha Coakley in the Massachusetts governor’s race, but other statewide GOP candidates aren’t doing nearly as well. In the attorney general’s race, Democrat Maura Healey reported a balance of … 0

Vermont economy challenges mirror US

Sunday, October 26, 2014

MONTPELIER, Vt. — Democratic Gov. Peter Shumlin says the Vermont economy has created thousands of jobs during his almost four years in office. GOP challenger Scott Milne and, more broadly, Republican interest groups say the state’s economy has suffered under his leadership. Vermont has one of the lowest … 0

Beacon Hill Roll Call

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

By BOB KATZEN There were no roll calls in the House or Senate last week. In a recent Beacon Hill Roll Call report, we listed the votes of local legislators on the proposal to repeal the indexing of the gas tax to the Consumer Price Index (CPI) beginning … 0

Feds unsure on Yankee emergency planning

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

BRATTLEBORO, Vt. — Federal regulators are not satisfied with Entergy Nuclear’s claims that emergency planning can be reduced once Vermont Yankee shuts down. A lengthy letter from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to Entergy Nuclear is punctuated with three complaints that the company’s filing was “inaccurate.” In all, the … 0

Challenges, shortfalls ahead for state budget

Friday, October 24, 2014

With the state poised to see what’s largely an unprecedented moment of change following the Nov. 4 election, Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation President Michael Widmer paints a picture of serious challenges ahead, not only on Beacon Hill but for … 0

Widmer advises ‘no’ on vote Question 1

Friday, October 24, 2014

The Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, an 82-year-old, nonpartisan public-policy organization that doesn’t endorse candidates, has taken a position on only one of the four questions on the Nov. 4 ballot: Question 1. As part of his talk before Franklin County Chamber of Commerce members Friday, MTF President Michael Widmer … 0