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Canada geese swim beneath a debris-covered snow pile, lingering after the record-setting winter, Thursday, May 28, 2015, the Seaport District in Boston. A 75-foot-high snow mound in the Seaport District has been reduced to a three-story pile of dirt and trash, including bicycles, traffic cones and even half a $5 bill, that remains encrusted in solid ice. Crews have been working for six weeks to clean away the trash as it breaks free from the mound. So far, they have pulled 85 tons of debris from the pile. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

State and region briefs, May 29

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Death benefits approved for family of Boston officer BOSTON — The State Retirement Board in Massachusetts has awarded a line-of-duty death benefit to the family of a police officer who was wounded in a shootout with the Boston Marathon bombers and died a year later. The family of Boston Officer Dennis Simmonds will receive a one-time payment of $150,000 under … 0

Mass. bill pushed that would block cutting school transport cash

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

BOSTON — The governor would be blocked from chopping regional school transportation money under a bill being pushed by group representing regional schools. The group, the Massachusetts Association of Regional Schools (MARS), has argued a 2010 state law says regional school transportation money can only be reduced in connection with cuts to aid known as Chapter 70. But Gov. Deval Patrick proceeded last … 0

Prison inmates fighting addiction must wear shirt and tie

Monday, May 25, 2015

LUDLOW — A western Massachusetts prison believes dressing for success can help inmates break the stranglehold of addiction. Hampden County Sheriff Michael Ashe Jr. requires inmates at his jail’s minimum-security substance abuse treatment facility wear a shirt and tie from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday to Friday. Ashe recently announced that the … 0

Launching campaign, Sanders appeals to party’s Warren wing

Monday, May 25, 2015

PORTSMOUTH, N.H. — For Democrats who had hoped to lure Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren into a presidential campaign, independent Sen. Bernie Sanders might be the next best thing. Sanders, who is opening his official presidential campaign Tuesday in … 0

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 … 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 … 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 … 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