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Massachusetts driver’s licenses spurned by feds

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

BOSTON — Massachusetts residents are finding that their state driver’s license is no longer good enough to use as an ID to gain access to some federal facilities. That’s because Massachusetts is one of nine states that has not fully complied or sought an extension to comply with a federal law called REAL ID, which requires states to verify citizenship and update security standards when issuing licenses. The Department of … 0

Tribe’s casino plan roils quaint Martha’s Vineyard

Monday, August 25, 2014

AQUINNAH — On the western tip of Martha’s Vineyard, bright clay cliffs and a red brick lighthouse draw visitors as they pile out of cars and tour buses and head up to this town’s scenic overlook. But the leaders of the Aquinnah Wampanoags, the federally recognized American Indian tribe whose ancestors first inhabited … 0

Bishop: slain journalist opened eyes

Sunday, August 24, 2014

ROCHESTER, N.H. — Slain U.S. journalist James Foley was living his faith by bringing images to the world of people suffering from war and oppressive regimes, a Roman Catholic bishop said Sunday at a Mass in his honor. Bishop Peter Libasci said even after Foley was captured for the first time in Libya … 0

Swansea man arrested in shooting death

Sunday, August 24, 2014

SWANSEA — A Swansea man has been arrested in the shooting death of a 23-year-old woman and will be charged with murder. Police say they received numerous emergency calls at about 1:35 a.m. Sunday about a shooting on a roadway in Swansea. The victim was identified as Melissa … 0

State and Regional Briefs

Monday, August 25, 2014

Govs say deal imminent in Market Basket dispute BOSTON — The governors of Massachusetts and New Hampshire say they’re “optimistic” the long-running Market Basket dispute will be resolved with an agreement to sell the company to ousted CEO … 0

Boston stops detaining immigrants

Thursday, August 21, 2014

BOSTON — Boston has joined a growing number of cities that will no longer hold immigrants suspected of being in the U.S. illegally for possible deportation unless an arrest warrant has been issued. The city council on Wednesday unanimously passed the so-called Boston Trust Act, which supporters said … 0

Beacon Hill Roll Call

Monday, August 25, 2014

By BOB KATZEN Beacon Hill Roll Call records the votes of local representatives and senators on three roll calls from prior legislative sessions. $250,000 TO RETAIN TEACHERS (H 4242) House 135-15, Senate 38-1, overrode Gov. Deval Patrick’s veto of the entire $250,000 for the Educator Mentor Corps that … 0

Entergy eyes Texas for additional waste

Friday, August 15, 2014

By SUSAN SMALLHEER Rutland Herald MANCHESTER — Vermont and Texas officials were told Thursday that Entergy Nuclear expects to have its plans in place later this year for shipping low-level radioactive waste from the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant to a Texas facility. At its annual Vermont meeting, … 0

Vt. Yankee petition to eliminate 10-mile emergency zone moves forward

Thursday, August 14, 2014

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission is moving ahead with an application by Vermont Yankee nuclear plant’s owners to eliminate the 10-mile emergency planning zone after it ceases operation at the end of the year. Entergy Nuclear Operations, which filed in April for a license amendment to eliminate the zone … 1

Beacon Hill Roll Call

Thursday, August 21, 2014

By BOB KATZEN Beacon Hill Roll Call records the votes of local representatives and senators on four roll calls from prior legislative sessions. SUBSTANCE ABUSE (S 2142) House 149-0, Senate 40-0, approved and Gov. Deval Patrick signed into law legislation designed to remove barriers to treatment for individuals … 0

NE governors’ energy effort on hold

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

BOSTON — A nearly year-long effort by New England’s governors to collectively address the region’s high energy costs is on hold now that some have voiced concerns about the initiative’s dual strategy of importing Canadian hydropower and investing in new natural gas pipelines. Energy officials from the six … 0

McGovern calls Mass. a leader in ‘buy local’ movement

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Mass. a leader in ‘buy local’ movementAs part of a three-day “food and farm” tour of his district, U.S. Rep. James McGovern led a team of officials through stops at the Franklin County Community Development Corp.’s Western Massachusetts … 0

Vermont adds ‘bio-gas’ to its heating mix

Sunday, August 10, 2014

RUTLAND, Vt. — Customers of Vermont Gas Systems are now burning renewable natural gas as a small part of the mix of their overall natural gas consumption, the company announced Thursday. Vermont Gas spokesman Steve Wark said the three-month pilot program began in Late July — with a … 0