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Massachusetts Lottery on track to set sales record for year

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

BOSTON — The Massachusetts Lottery is on track to set a record, with sales closing in on $5 billion for the 2015 fiscal year that ends Tuesday. Officials said the final sales figure for the year will likely be just shy of that figure. As of Saturday, the lottery had tallied $4.97 billion in sales, topping the $4.86 billion it took in during the 2014 fiscal year. Profits — which … 0

USOC leaders stay course, stick with Boston’s troubled bid

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. — U.S. Olympic Committee leaders say they’re sticking with Boston as their candidate for the 2024 Olympics. The USOC board met Tuesday to discuss the Boston bid, which has been troubled by tepid polling data and active opposition. The announcement came a day after bid leaders unveiled a new, $4.6 … 0

Boston 2024 Olympics organizers update $4.6B bid

Monday, June 29, 2015

BOSTON — The group trying to bring the 2024 Olympics to Boston released the most detailed look yet at its bid for the Summer Games on Monday, unveiling a $4.6 billion plan it says would create thousands of jobs and housing units, expand the city’s tax base and leave behind a vastly improved … 0

Court’s power plant ruling panned in NE

Monday, June 29, 2015

MONTPELIER, Vt. — A U.S. Supreme Court decision against a federal crackdown on emissions from coal-fired power plants got bad reviews Monday in New England, where westerly winds sweep in pollution from many out-of-state plants. But several government … 0

Designer of Vt. Yankee nuke waste containers touts their toughness

Monday, June 29, 2015

BRATTLEBORO, Vt. — The president of the company that designs and sells the giant concrete and steel casks that will store Vermont Yankee’s waste for the foreseeable future told a Vermont panel Thursday night his invention will last for 300 years. Kris Singh, president and chief executive officer … 0

Reduction seen in heroin, opiate deaths

Monday, June 29, 2015

DANVERS — There are “early indications” that deaths associated with heroin and opiate abuse are beginning to go down in Massachusetts, State Police Superintendent Tim Alben said during a press conference in Danvers to announce a major drug trafficking bust. Alben attributed the movement since December to various … 0

Americans strongly support home Olympics

Sunday, June 28, 2015

While Bostonians are hesitant to host the Olympics, Americans across the country overwhelmingly support the idea of the games on home turf, according to a new Associated Press-GfK poll. The support decreases when people are asked if they … 0

Groups push to bolster solar panel program

Sunday, June 28, 2015

BOSTON — The increasing popularity of solar panels is prompting environmental groups to call for lifting what they describe as arbitrary limits on a key program designed to encourage renewable energy use in Massachusetts. So-called “net-metering” allows homeowners, … 0

Whitey Bulger writes teens: ‘My life was wasted’

Sunday, June 28, 2015

BOSTON — Former Boston crime boss James “Whitey” Bulger had some advice for three high school girls who wrote to him for a history project: Crime doesn’t pay. The 85-year-old sent the handwritten letter, dated Feb. 24, from … 0

Rosenberg, Healy, Baker respond to Court ruling

Friday, June 26, 2015

“It’s a momentous time,” said state Sen. Stanley Rosenberg, D-Amherst, the state’s first openly gay Senate president. “In 10 years’ time, we went from the first state in the country recognizing in its constitution’s equal protection clause the allowance for same-sex marriage, to a ruling by the U.S. … 0

Beacon Hill Roll Call, June 22-26

Friday, June 26, 2015

By BOB KATZEN THE HOUSE AND SENATE: Beacon Hill Roll Call records the votes of local representatives on roll calls from the week of June 22-26. There were no roll calls in the Senate last week. NEWSPAPERS MUST PUBLISH PUBLIC NOTICES ONLINE (H 1566) House 153-0, approved and … 0

State and Regional News

Friday, June 26, 2015

Second tornado confirmed in Mass. WESTMINSTER — The National Weather Service has confirmed that a second tornado touched down in Massachusetts earlier this week when a series of violent storms worked their way across the state. A weak … 0

State and Regional Briefs

Thursday, June 25, 2015

MGM asks to delay opening Springfield casino by a year BOSTON — MGM wants to delay the opening of its planned resort casino in western Massachusetts by a year because of a major highway project taking place nearby. … 0