State / Region

Pro-marijuana group submits first draft of ballot question

Friday, April 17, 2015

BOSTON — A group hoping to legalize the recreational use of marijuana in Massachusetts has submitted a draft of a proposed ballot question to the state attorney general’s office. Bay State Repeal said the question would let adults 21 or older grow and buy the drug while taking steps to ban sales to minors, including undercover sting operations at stores that sell pot. Those who provide marijuana to minors — … 0

Parents of marathon victim say take death penalty off table

Friday, April 17, 2015

BOSTON — The parents of the youngest victim of the Boston Marathon bombing are urging federal authorities to consider taking the death penalty off the table for the man convicted in the case. Bill and Denise Richard, whose 8-year-old son, Martin, was one of three people killed by the April 2013 explosions at the marathon’s finish line, say in a front-page piece in … 0

State and Regional Briefs

Friday, April 17, 2015

Fish & Wildlife warning motorists of reptiles on roads MONTPELIER, Vt. — The Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife is warning motorists to watch out for reptiles and amphibians in the roadways. Spring brings reptiles and amphibians back onto the Vermont landscape and that means thousands will be crossing roads and highways in … 0

State and region briefs, April 18

Friday, April 17, 2015

Mobster suspected in art heist HARTFORD, Conn. — A federal prosecutor says a reputed Connecticut mobster suspected of a connection to the artwork stolen from Boston’s Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum discussed the paintings with an undercover FBI agent. … 0

Hillary Clinton lauds Warren’s efforts at ‘taming’ Wall Street

Thursday, April 16, 2015

WASHINGTON — Hillary Clinton put to rest any doubt that she’ll co-opt Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s populist message in her presidential campaign by praising the Massachusetts Democrat’s “taming” of Wall Street in Time magazine. Clinton hailed Warren, who some … 0

Easthampton school investigates allegations of sexual misconduct

Thursday, April 16, 2015

EASTHAMPTON — A private boarding school in western Massachusetts has placed a longtime faculty member on administrative leave as it investigates allegations of inappropriate sexual conduct involving a student in the 1970s. The Williston Northampton School’s headmaster and the president of the trustees said the faculty member is … 0

State/Region Briefs

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Rosenberg: Early retire accord ‘shouldn’t be a major problem’ House and Senate leaders are locked in a major dispute over rules reforms but Senate President Stanley Rosenberg said he doesn’t see many barriers to reaching agreement on a … 0

Hungry ticks unhindered by harsh Northeast winter

Thursday, April 16, 2015

ALBANY, N.Y. — Think you’re safe from ticks because the harsh winter froze them or because you haven’t been trekking through the woods? Think again. Researchers focused on ticks and the debilitating diseases they spread say the heavy … 0

Markey presses bills calling for nuke plant safety

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

The spent fuel pool at Pilgrim Nuclear Power Plant in Plymouth contains nearly four times more radioactive waste than it was originally designed to hold, according to Sen. Edward Markey, who joined colleagues from California and Vermont Wednesday to reintroduce bills calling for increased safety at U.S. nuclear … 0

Some govs. push back over EPA defiance

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

CONCORD, N.H. — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s call for governors to defy proposed federal rules to limit pollution has been met with mostly silence, but leaders in downwind New England states and drought-stricken areas in the West … 0

Police: North Adams mother ran heroin ring with her teenage son

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

NORTH ADAMS — A Massachusetts woman and her high school student son are charged with running a heroin ring from their apartment, allegedly stashing the drugs in a shoebox in the 16-year-old’s closet. The Berkshire Eagle reports that Glendaliz Rios of North Adams was held on $35,000 bail … 0

House unveils $38B state budget, a modest hike

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

BOSTON — Massachusetts House leaders unveiled a nearly $38 billion state budget proposal Wednesday that calls for a modest increase in state spending and offers the troubled Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority more flexibility to enter into private contracts. … 0

Mass. reps say tax revenue slipping beyond ‘water’s edge’

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

BOSTON — Massachusetts could collect an estimated $79 million in additional annual tax revenue if the state tax code was changed to close the “water’s edge loophole” that allows multi-national companies to avoid paying state corporate taxes, according to a new report. Small businesses wind up shouldering a … 0