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In this Aug. 4, 2014 photo, Massachusetts Republican gubernatorial hopeful Charlie Baker speaks in Peabody, Mass. Baker is seeking his party's nomination in the Sept. 9 primary. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

What’s the prescription, governor?

Monday, September 1, 2014

BOSTON — Improving the well-being of the state’s health care system could be a difficult prescription to fill for the next governor, given Massachusetts’ rocky effort to merge its 2006 health care law and President Barack Obama’s 2010 federal law. That’s not the only health care challenge the Democratic and Republican candidates are weighing ahead of the Sept. 9 primary: … 0

Mass. duo at center of harassment-free speech debate

Monday, September 1, 2014

BOSTON — Bernadette Lyons came home one day and found 10 strangers milling around her driveway looking for free golf carts. The next day, her husband, Jim, began getting phone calls late at night from people inquiring about a Harley Davidson motorcycle. The couple also received an anonymous email containing their Social Security numbers and other personal information, along with a message: “Remember, … 0

Low-level tornado comes down briefly in Worcester

Monday, September 1, 2014

WORCESTER — The National Weather Service has confirmed a tornado touched down briefly in Worcester. Forecasters said it was the lowest rating on the tornado scale, with winds at about 85 mph in a storm that swept through on Sunday night. The tornado began at about 8:10 p.m. and ended four minutes later. It brought down trees and damaged cars, but no one … 0

Springfield’s new bishop ventures to Berkshires

Monday, September 1, 2014

PITTSFIELD — The new bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Springfield has made his first trip to the Berkshires and promises he’ll return. Ther Berkshire Eagle News reports (http://bit.ly/1tTvN4Y ) that the Rev. Mitchell Rozanski said he had to browse maps on the Internet to become familiar … 0

Most Massachusetts voters register as independent

Monday, September 1, 2014

BOSTON — The most recent party enrollment numbers show that despite Massachusetts’ reputation as a Democratic state, the majority of voters have opted against either major party. According to numbers released by the state secretary’s office, more than 53 percent of voters in Massachusetts have registered as independent. … 0

Protesters who blocked coal shipment set for trial

Sunday, August 31, 2014

BOSTON — Two men who used an old lobster boat to block a coal shipment to New England’s largest coal-burning power plant say they plan to argue at trial that their actions were necessary because of the threat … 0

State and regional briefs

Sunday, August 31, 2014

State to fund upgrades for dams, seawalls BOSTON — Gov. Deval Patrick’s administration says it will invest more than $13 million in shoring up many of the state’s dams and coastal seawalls. Secretary Maeve Vallely Bartlett, secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs, plans to announce the loans and … 0

Father, daughter killed in crash

Friday, August 29, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Authorities say an SUV driver who struck and killed a father and daughter on a motorcycle in Easthampton was under the influence of narcotics. Prosecutors and police said Friday that the motorcycle driver, 62-year-old Edward McGrath of Holyoke, was riding with his 29-year-old daughter Brittney McGrath … 0

4 Lowell family members plead guilty in $25M scam

Friday, August 29, 2014

LOWELL — Four members of a Lowell family have pleaded guilty to charges that they schemed to hide $25 million in wages from the Internal Revenue Service, federal prosecutors say. The family ran a temporary employment agency from 2004 to 2009, during which time they reported to the … 0

Friday, August 29, 2014

By BOB KATZEN There were no roll call votes in the House or Senate last week. This week, Beacon Hill Roll Call reports local senators’ roll call attendance records for the 2014 session through August 31. The Senate has held 260 roll call votes. Beacon Hill Roll Call … 0

Mass. to hold 2-month tax amnesty program beginning Labor Day

Thursday, August 28, 2014

BOSTON — An amnesty program in Massachusetts is set to begin on Labor Day, lasting two months and giving delinquent taxpayers and businesses the chance to avoid penalties if they fully pay outstanding tax liabilities by 5 p.m. on Halloween. About 300,000 people will be receiving notices in … 0

A modern Mass. National Guard?

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

BOSTON — The operations of the Massachusetts National Guard would be modernized to include explicit authority to address homeland security threats and new protections against discrimination, under legislation that reached Gov. Deval Patrick’s desk this week. The National Guard mission has historically been to work with the governor … 0

Boston Marathon bombing victim marries his nurse

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

BC-US--Marathon Bombing-Wedding, 2nd Ld-Writethru,355 Boston Marathon bombing victim marries his nurse AP Photo BX101, BX102 Eds: Changes wording in long headline. Changes characterization of photo in 3rd paragraph. Links photo. With AP Photos. By DENISE LAVOIE Associated Press … 0