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3 new rail stations set for Conn.-Mass. rail line

Friday, October 24, 2014

HARTFORD, Conn. — Connecticut officials have announced the start of construction of train stations at Berlin, Meriden and Wallingford as part of the New Haven-Hartford-Springfield Rail Program. The nearly $59 million project announced Friday is scheduled to begin this fall and be completed by the launch of the service in late 2016. The stations will feature high-level platforms, an overhead pedestrian bridge, platform snow melt systems and electric vehicle charging … 0

Report: Mass. roads cost motorists $8.3B annually

Thursday, October 23, 2014

BOSTON — One-fifth of major Massachusetts roads and highways are deficient and the combined gridlock, safety hazards and poor road conditions add up to $8.3 billion in additional costs to motorists, according to a report released Tuesday. The costs stem from vehicle depreciation and repair costs, increased tire wear associated with poor pavement conditions, the financial cost of traffic accidents, and the cost … 0

Coakley, Baker talk taxes

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

BOSTON — Democratic gubernatorial candidate Martha Coakley and Republican rival Charlie Baker sparred Wednesday over tax policy, with Coakley insisting that she would seek to raise taxes only as a last resort and has no immediate plans to seek a graduated income tax in Massachusetts. Coakley raised the possibility of a graduated tax … 0

Mass. shifting to debit cards for WIC

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

BOSTON — Poor women in Massachusetts who rely on federal assistance to buy milk, cereal and other specified food items for themselves and their children will no longer have to worry that everyone around them in the grocery store checkout line knows they receive aid. Massachusetts this month … 0

Legislators consider law targeting new hallucinogenic

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

BOSTON — The mother of a 15-year-old girl who died after taking one dose of a psychedelic drug cropping up among teenagers attempted Tuesday to convince lawmakers to act quickly to make the substance illegal. Erin Valentine, of East Bridgewater, said her daughter Emily died this past June … 0

Agency OKs Entergy hot water discharge into Conn. River

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

MONTPELIER, Vt. — The state Agency of Natural Resources has issued a hot water discharge permit to Entergy Nuclear that allows it to discharge millions of gallons of heated water into the Connecticut River. The permit, which was more than nine years in the making, comes a little … 0

Boston officials outline Ebola precautions

Monday, October 13, 2014

BOSTON — City health officials said Monday that Boston has seen three or four possible cases of Ebola since the latest outbreak began ravaging West Africa, but they stressed that the city has had no confirmed cases. Dr. … 0

Will power price spike tilt favor for pipeline?

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

When National Grid announced recently that it will hike electricity prices this winter, that was enough to raise some eyebrows. Not only will its Massachusetts Electric customers be seeing their bills jump by more than a third beginning … 0

Legislators push back on planned electric rate hikes

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Rep. Denise Andrews, D-Orange, is among more than a dozen legislators calling on the state Department of Public Utilities to examine the impact of its recent approval of a 37 percent rate hike for National Grid customers beginning … 0

Mass. nurse education program paying off

Monday, October 13, 2014

BOSTON — A collaboration launched four years ago between the state, the health care industry and colleges to educate more nurses appears to be paying off, according to state Higher Education Department figures. The number of bachelor of science in nursing degrees awarded by public and private colleges … 0

Mechanical problem blamed for fatal hayride crash

Monday, October 13, 2014

MECHANIC FALLS, Maine — Investigators are blaming a mechanical problem for the Halloween-themed hayride crash that left a Maine teenager dead and more than 20 other people injured. The state fire marshal’s office says investigators are trying to … 0

Indexing of gas tax heading to ballot test

Sunday, October 12, 2014

BOSTON — If approved, Question 1 on the November ballot wouldn’t lower the state’s gas tax, but it could stop future increases that would otherwise occur automatically and without any say by lawmakers. Supporters of the initiative view … 0

Biologists seek more info on surviving bats

Sunday, October 12, 2014

MONTPELIER, Vt. — Biologists with the Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife are conducting a second experiment this winter to determine if more bats are passing the winter without waking from hibernation and flying in the frigid air where most die from white nose syndrome. In recent weeks, … 0