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Pope Francis waves to journalists as he boards his airplane on the occasion of his trip to Africa, at Rome's Fiumicino International Airport, Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2015. Pope Francis is leaving for a trip that will take him to Kenya, Uganda and the Central African Republic, from Nov. 25-30. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

State and Region Briefs, Nov. 26

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Service to resume after Amtrak’s Vermonter train hit tree WHITE RIVER JUNCTION, Vt. — Officials say an Amtrak Vermonter train struck a fallen tree on the tracks, causing some passengers to be rerouted on buses to Springfield, Massachusetts. It happened at about 10 p.m. Monday. Officials say the tree fell on tracks north of White River Junction and caused the … 0

Long-awaited transmission request boosts regional energy

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

MONTPELIER, Vt. — Companies designing projects to bring clean electricity to southern New England say they’re grateful Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island have finally made a request for proposals to carry that power to the region. But meeting the region’s longer-term goal of expanding the use of renewable electricity from wind, solar and hydro-electricity will require more transmission capacity than the states requested, … 0

Massachusetts Attorney General creates student loan unit

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

BOSTON — Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey says her office wants to do more for students and families who face mountains of student loan debt. Healey on Tuesday announced the creation of a student loan assistance unit to help borrowers who have fallen behind on loans or face default. The attorney general also announced that her office was cracking down on what she … 0

Baker signs bill to crack down on fentanyl trafficking

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

BOSTON — A law signed Tuesday by Gov. Charlie Baker makes trafficking of fentanyl, a powerful synthetic drug sometimes mixed with heroin, a crime punishable by up to 20 years in prison. The Legislature approved the bill as … 0

Gov. Baker: Massachusetts will continue to support refugees

Monday, November 23, 2015

BOSTON — Gov. Charlie Baker said Monday that Massachusetts will continue to support refugee resettlement, even as the debate over the U.S. role in sheltering some refugees fleeing Syria continues to roil political debate in the country. Offering … 0

Sen. Shaheen proposes $600M to fight heroin use

Monday, November 23, 2015

CONCORD, N.H. — U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen is proposing $600 million in emergency funding to address an opioid and heroin abuse crisis that she says is spiraling out of control. “This should be an all-hands-on-deck moment, not just for New Hampshire but for our country,” Shaheen, a Democrat, … 0

State and Region Briefs, Nov. 24

Monday, November 23, 2015

FBI: 9 of 16 guns stolen from Army Reserve center recovered WORCESTER — Federal authorities have recovered nine of the 16 guns stolen from a Massachusetts Army Reserve facility. The FBI said Monday five of six M4 assault … 0

Beacon Hill Roll Call

Sunday, November 22, 2015

By BOB KATZEN THE HOUSE AND SENATE: Beacon Hill Roll Call records local representatives’ and senators’ votes on roll calls from the week of November 16­20. PUBLIC RECORDS (H 3858) House 157-­0, approved and sent to the Senate legislation designed to update state and local municipality public records … 0

Baker declines to sign GOP letter on Syrian refugees

Friday, November 20, 2015

BOSTON — Gov. Charlie Baker declined to sign a letter sent Friday by other Republican governors asking President Barack Obama to suspend all efforts to resettle Syrian refugees in the U.S., and he believes Massachusetts “has a role in welcoming refugees,” a spokeswoman said Friday. Aides to the … 0

Mass. lawmakers weighing increase of smoking age to 21

Thursday, November 19, 2015

BOSTON — Building on similar measures adopted by nearly 80 cities and towns across Massachusetts, lawmakers are considering a statewide ban on selling tobacco products, including e-cigarettes, to people under the age of 21. The three-year increase in … 0

Nuke plant says cleanup $5M under budget

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

VERNON, Vt. — Entergy Nuclear is $5 million under budget in its decommissioning of Vermont Yankee, Entergy Nuclear officials said last week. But Christopher Wamser, site vice president for the Vermont Yankee plant, declined to say how Entergy … 0

Healey proposes tighter regs for fantasy sports

Thursday, November 19, 2015

BOSTON — Daily fantasy sports companies like FanDuel and Boston-based DraftKings would be allowed to continue operating in Massachusetts, but with age and advertising restrictions, disclosure requirements and other new rules proposed Thursday by the state’s attorney general. … 0

FBI: Ex-reservist, a child rape suspect, stole 16 Army guns

Thursday, November 19, 2015

BOSTON — A former Army reservist out on bail on a child rape charge broke into a Massachusetts armory last weekend and stole 16 guns, the FBI said Thursday, and he got caught because he was wearing a GPS monitoring bracelet. James Walker Morales, 34, of Cambridge, was … 0