State / Region

Report: Glitch cuts off food stamp benefits for some

Friday, March 27, 2015

BOSTON — Efforts to modernize the state’s food stamp program and weed out fraud have left thousands of eligible residents without benefits, according to advocates for the poor. The problems were created by a new data-mining program that matches food stamp records with those at other state agencies to uncover unreported income. As a result, people who might have earned small amounts of money have received letters from the state … 0

Shelter funding running out

Thursday, March 26, 2015

BOSTON — Emergency shelters across Massachusetts will run out of money on Saturday, according to the Baker administration and legislative officials, who say they are taking steps to ensure that the family shelters for the homeless do not close their doors or cut back on services. “I’m not panicking yet,” said Susan Stubbs, president of ServiceNet. “I know they’re working diligently in Boston … 0

‘Ask the gov.’: Baker answers questions

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

BOSTON — Gov. Charlie Baker on Wednesday afternoon appeared on WGBH radio for his monthly “Ask the Governor” segment responding to calls, emails and Twitter posts from listeners, as well as questions from the co-hosts of “Boston Public Radio” Jim Braude and Margery Eagan. The following are some of the highlights of the … 0

Policymakers key on prep for climate change

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

BOSTON — Fewer lobsters, but more scup and black sea bass? That’s a possibility for Massachusetts’s marine fisheries. “Whether it’s caused by climate change or the water temperature rising, we’re seeing more and more southern species of fish off of our shores earlier in the year and in … 0

Boston Olympic group urges statewide referendum on 2024 bid

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

BOSTON — The group behind Boston’s bid to host the 2024 Summer Olympics says it wants the residents of Massachusetts to decide whether to bring the games to the city. Boston 2024 Chairman John Fish told a gathering of business leaders Tuesday that the privately funded organization will … 0

MGM breaks ground on $800M casino in western Massachusetts

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

SPRINGFIELD — MGM has broken ground on an $800 million casino in western Massachusetts that represents the largest economic development project the region has seen in generations. Hundreds attended the ceremony Tuesday held on a cold but sunny … 0

Mass. House panel looking into electric rate spikes

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

BOSTON — Citing recent increases in electricity rates, the chairman of a House oversight committee plans to start digging into the reasons behind those higher prices. “Every member of the House has received concern from multiple constituents in our districts about the unusually high spike in electric rates … 0

Road money bill advances toward possible Wednesday vote

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

BOSTON — A $200 million borrowing bill for local road and bridge repairs advanced unanimously through the House Bonding Committee on Tuesday morning setting up an expected vote on the funding for cities and towns Wednesday. With the addition to the $100 million in Chapter 90 funding released … 0

Pittsfield man gets 2½ years in jail for home invasion

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

PITTSFIELD — A Pittsfield man involved in a violent home invasion almost two years ago has been sentenced to 2½ years in jail, even after prosecutors sought a 20-year sentence. Malik Grandson was also sentenced Monday in Berkshire Superior Court to five year of probation by a judge … 0

Olympic bid group seeks to bolster public support

Monday, March 23, 2015

BOSTON — Organizers of Boston’s effort to host the 2024 Olympics said Monday they would not submit a final bid to for the games unless a majority of Massachusetts residents were supportive. Boston 2024 ran a full-page ad in The Boston Globe and the Boston Herald on Monday, … 0

Mass. to hire Olympic consultant

Monday, March 23, 2015

BOSTON — Gov. Charlie Baker and legislative leaders are turning to outside experts for advice on Boston’s bid to host the 2024 Summer Olympics. Baker, House Speaker Robert DeLeo and Senate President Stan Rosenberg announced Monday they are formally seeking a consultant to analyze the potential costs and … 0

Bill Cosby accusers fight motion to dismiss defamation suit

Monday, March 23, 2015

BOSTON — Three women who allege Bill Cosby sexually assaulted them decades ago say in a court filing that he doesn’t have a right to lie and hide behind the statements of his representatives to have their defamation … 0

Meeting of the mayoral minds

Monday, March 23, 2015

BOSTON — The nation’s mayors are calling on Congress to increase transportation funding in order to keep roads and bridges in good repair. The call came Monday during a task force meeting of the U.S. Conference of Mayors … 0