State / Region

Church dating to 1600s damaged in arson fire

Monday, March 30, 2015

PLYMOUTH — A Massachusetts church that can trace its roots to the Pilgrims has been damaged by a fire police say was arson. A woman set a fire in the foyer of the First Parish Church in Plymouth at about 6:30 p.m. Sunday, damaging the carpet and some furnishings, police Capt. John Rogers said Monday. No one was hurt. The fire was reported by passers-by, he said. Christine Erickson, 35, … 0

Obama: Politicians should carry themselves more like Kennedy

Monday, March 30, 2015

BOSTON — President Barack Obama summoned today’s quarrelsome political leaders to emulate the late Sen. Edward M. Kennedy in the pursuit of compromise on Monday, and said a new institute that bears the longtime Massachusetts senator’s name can be as much an antidote to political cynicism as the man once was. “What if … 0

Pipeline proposals pushback

Sunday, March 29, 2015

CONCORD, N.H. — There is near universal agreement that the Northeast has to expand its energy supply to rein in the nation’s highest costs and that cheap, abundant, relatively clean natural gas could be at least a short-term answer. But heels dig deep when it comes to those thorniest of questions: how and … 0

Kennedy Institute dedication set for today

Sunday, March 29, 2015

BOSTON — Before his death from brain cancer in 2009, close family members said U.S. Sen. Edward Kennedy insisted a building that would one day bear his name be less about his own legacy and more about the … 0

Ag commissioner tells CISA crowd administration ready to dig in

Sunday, March 29, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Though the number might seem small, newly-appointed state agricultural commissioner John Lebeaux said a recent 1 percent increase in the number of farms in the Pioneer Valley is a “trend in the right direction.” In his … 0

State and Regional Briefs

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Students urging greater investment in state universities BOSTON — Public university students will gather in Boston this week to press lawmakers for a greater investment in Massachusetts’ nine state universities. Students plan to converge at the Statehouse for … 0

State and Regional Briefs

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Matt Damon film shooting in Mass. MANCHESTER-BY-THE-SEA — Lights, camera, action: Manchester-by-the-Sea is the backdrop for a new Matt Damon movie of the same name. Damon is producing the independent film with the working title “Manchester-by-the-Sea.” Scenes are being shot in the Massachusetts town as well as in … 0

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 … 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 … 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 … 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