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Gov. candidate debates head of Mass. gun lobby

Thursday, April 17, 2014

BOSTON — Massachusetts Treasurer Steve Grossman faced off against the state’s gun lobby director in an informal debate Thursday meant to highlight what the Democratic candidate for governor says is the failure of a party primary opponent — Attorney General Martha Coakley — to embrace tougher gun control. Grossman and Gun Owners Action League of Massachusetts Executive Director Jim Wallace presented their views during the exchange on the steps of … 0

Legal arguments filed in casino referendum appeal

Thursday, April 17, 2014

BOSTON — The Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office filed legal documents in the state Supreme Judicial Court on Wednesday defending its decision to exclude from the November ballot a voter referendum calling for repeal of the state’s 2011 gambling law. The office said the proposed referendum would violate the state constitution. It argues that the state already has an “implied contract” with casino license … 0

Boston police destroy 2 backpacks at marathon site

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

BOSTON — Police have blown up two unattended backpacks found near the Boston Marathon’s finish line. They say they’ve taken a man into custody in connection with them. Police spokesman Dave Estrada says the backpacks were discovered Tuesday evening, a year after two bombs in backpacks exploded at the end of the marathon … 0

New proposed bill calls for Massachusetts autism commission

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

BOSTON — A bill that would establish a state autism commission and proposes other strategies for addressing the needs of the growing number of children diagnosed with the disorder is expected to come up for a vote in the Massachusetts House of Representatives this week. The measure unveiled … 0

Beacon Hill Roll Call: April 7-11

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

By BOB KATZEN Beacon Hill Roll Call records local senators’ votes from the week of April 7-11. MUST COMPLY WITH GLOBAL WARMING SOLUTIONS ACT (S 2073) Senate 6-32, rejected an amendment requiring that the state’s Department of Public Utilities determine that all programs in the bill are consistent … 0

Globe wins Pulitzer for Boston bombing coverage

Monday, April 14, 2014

BOSTON — Journalists at The Boston Globe honored the victims of last year’s marathon bombings Monday after being awarded a Pulitzer Prize in the breaking news category for the paper’s coverage of the attack. The announcement of the award came as the city prepares for Tuesday’s anniversary of … 0

Former Boston police boss in Amherst to launch Blarney Blowout review

Monday, April 14, 2014

AMHERST — Former Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis is at the University of Massachusetts Amherst to review the school and town’s handling of the so-called Blarney Blowout parties. Dozens of people, including many students, were arrested and four police officers suffered minor injuries when rowdy pre-St. Patrick’s Day … 0

A year later, outward signs point to normalcy

Sunday, April 13, 2014

BOSTON — On an April morning a year after two bombs tore through the crowd at the Boston Marathon finish line, there’s little sign that destruction once visited Boylston Street. Bleary-eyed students and hard-hatted construction workers wait at … 0

She wanted her life back

Sunday, April 13, 2014

NEWPORT, R.I. — Within four months of getting a prosthetic leg, Heather Abbott went paddle boarding. Soon after, she got a special leg so she could walk in 4-inch heels, her preferred footwear. She’s also got a special … 0

Nuke plant’s river discharge issue heats up anew

Sunday, April 13, 2014

MONTPELIER — The honeymoon between Entergy Nuclear and the Shumlin administration appears to be over. Disagreements between Entergy Nuclear and the Agency of Natural Resources surfaced last week in an exchange of letters over the proposed draft permit … 0

State and region briefs

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Federal judge to rule on drug ban BOSTON — A federal judge will hear arguments in a lawsuit claiming the state’s first-in-the-nation ban of Zohydro, a powerful new painkiller, is unconstitutional. U.S. District Court Judge Rya Zobel is expected to decide today whether to order an immediate but … 0

Leominster hospital considers staff cuts

Monday, April 14, 2014

LEOMINSTER — A central Massachusetts hospital says it is considering staff cuts as it faces a $7.3 million reduction in Medicare and Medicaid payments and $2.5 million decline in revenues because of reduced patient volume. HealthAlliance Hospital, with campuses in Leominster and Fitchburg, has hired a consultant to … 0

Beacon Hill Roll Call: April 7-11

Sunday, April 13, 2014

By BOB KATZEN Beacon Hill Roll Call records local senators’ votes on two roll calls and local representatives’ votes on six roll calls from the week of April 7-11. RULES FOR HOUSE BUDGET DEBATE (H 3999) House 117-29, voted strictly along party lines and approved a set of … 0