State / Region

Baker on veto votes

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

BOSTON — As lawmakers began pouring money back into the state budget over his objections, Gov. Charlie Baker said Wednesday he will review the Legislature’s veto override actions and determine what steps he must take to balance the state budget. “When they finish their work we’ll take a look at it, add it up and figure out what we need to do to make sure that the budget is balanced and that we live within our means,” Baker said, “because that fundamentally is the end game we’re all collectively seeking to pursue.” House leaders said earlier in the day they aim to restore $97 million … 0

Mass. lawmakers vote to restore budget items vetoed by Gov. Baker

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

BOSTON — Lawmakers moved Wednesday to restore nearly $100 million in spending vetoed from the state budget by Republican Gov. Charlie Baker, including funds for full-day kindergarten programs and for the University of Massachusetts system. Baker used his line-item veto power to shave $162 million from the more than $38 billion budget for the fiscal year that began July 1, saying that while … 0

Bill of rights promoted in Mass. to ensure dignity of homeless

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

BOSTON — After a 30-year career as a software developer, Cleve Rae found himself “in a major crisis” last year. The 58-year-old with mental health needs became homeless and “it just scared me to death,” he said Tuesday. Rae made it to the shelter on Long Island in Boston Harbor, but only five days later the bridge that leads to the island was … 0

Vote on public records reform bill postponed for review

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — House lawmakers have pushed a vote to reform the state’s public records law to later this year as they review various objections to the bill’s language, which continues to be revised. The bill has been under … 0

State and Region Briefs, July 29

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Officer on leave after video shows him threatening driver MEDFORD — A veteran Medford police detective has been placed on administrative after he was caught on video threatening to “put a hole” in the head of a motorist. … 0

Boston out: US Olympic Committee to look elsewhere

Monday, July 27, 2015

Boston’s bid to host the 2024 Olympics is over. The city and the U.S. Olympic Committee severed ties after a board teleconference Monday, ending an effort that was troubled nearly from the moment it started. The decision throws … 0

Western Mass. reactions to Boston Olympic bid drop

Monday, July 27, 2015

HATFIELD — Judy Strong, who competed as a field hockey player in the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles, said she was torn Monday to learn that Boston would not be the host in 2024. Strong, now 55 and an umpire, was 24 when her team won the bronze, … 0

Hometown wake for Springfield marine killed in Tennessee

Monday, July 27, 2015

SPRINGFIELD — People in his hometown paid their respects on Sunday to a Massachusetts Marine killed by a gunman who attacked a military facility in Tennessee two weeks ago. Thousands attended a public wake for Gunnery Sgt. Thomas … 0

First offshore wind farm in US under construction in Rhode Island

Monday, July 27, 2015

NORTH KINGSTOWN, R.I. — Construction has begun off Rhode Island’s coast on the nation’s first offshore wind farm, a milestone that federal and state officials say will help the fledgling U.S. industry surge ahead. U.S. Secretary of the … 0

State and Region Briefs, July 28

Monday, July 27, 2015

Springfield man dies saving sister from drowning WESTFIELD — Officials say an 18-year-old Springfield man was trying to save his 14-year-old sister from drowning when he lost his own life. Police received a call around 6:15 p.m. Friday … 0

Saying farewell to slain Marine

Sunday, July 26, 2015

SPRINGFIELD. — People in his hometown paid their respects on Sunday to a Massachusetts Marine killed by a gunman who attacked a military facility in Tennessee two weeks ago. Thousands attended a public wake for Gunnery Sgt. Thomas Sullivan at T.P. Sampson Chapel of The Acres on a … 0

Bulger’s bid for new trial heads to appeals court

Sunday, July 26, 2015

BOSTON — During his 2013 racketeering trial, former Boston crime boss James “Whitey” Bulger called the proceeding a “sham” after he was barred from presenting the centerpiece of his defense: his claim that a federal prosecutor gave him … 0

Taxi crashes into pizza shop

Sunday, July 26, 2015

SPRINGFIELD — A taxi has crashed through a chicken and pizza shop in Springfield, but authorities say no one has been hurt. WGGB/WSHM television reports police and fire personnel were called to the New York Fried Chicken and Pizza shop on State Street at about 1 p.m. Sunday. … 0