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In this Monday, Oct. 13, 2014 photo, a tourist photographs Crawford Notch in Carroll, N.H., as foliage reaches peak in New Hampshire's White Mountains. Officials say tourists will spend upwards of $1 billion to catch a glimpse of the red, yellow and orange hues on the trees, and the windfall is steadily rising as the economy regains strength. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)

For New England, fall foliage is time to rake it in

Sunday, October 19, 2014

JAFFREY, N.H. — On Mount Monadnock, hikers file up the 3,165-foot peak in lockstep, protected from drizzling rain by a luminous golden canopy of leaves. They’re not just gazing at foliage — they’re looking at cold, hard cash. Money really does grow on trees in autumn in New England, and all six states are raking it in. Officials say tourists … 0

Pumpkin fest mayhem gives Keene hangover

Sunday, October 19, 2014

CONCORD, N.H. — Keene State College students quickly cleaned up from a chaotic weekend on Sunday after violent parties near the city’s annual pumpkin festival led to destruction, dozens of arrests and multiple injuries. The parties around the school coincided with the Keene Pumpkin Festival, at which the community tries to set a … 0

State and regional briefs

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Tip O’Neill tunnel to close Tuesday night BOSTON — The state Transportation Department is warning motorists about an overnight shutdown of the Tip O’Neill tunnel. Officials say the northbound lanes of Interstate 93 inside the tunnel will close at about 11 p.m. Tuesday and reopen at about 5 a.m. Wednesday so crews can do routine maintenance work that includes roadway sweeping, and wall … 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

State and Regional Briefs

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Bill Clinton headed back to Worcester WORCESTER — Former President Bill Clinton is coming to Massachusetts to support Martha Coakley, the Democratic candidate for governor. Clinton is scheduled to be at Clark University in Worcester on Thursday. The event is open to the public, although tickets will be … 0

Beacon Hill Roll Call

Friday, October 10, 2014

By BOB KATZEN There were no roll calls in the House or Senate last week. This week, Beacon Hill Roll Call looks at Question 2, one of the four questions on the ballot that will be decided directly by the voters in November. The question asks voters if … 0

State and Regional Briefs

Friday, October 10, 2014

New Hampshire general helps Ebola effort in Africa CONCORD, N.H. — A New Hampshire National Guard general working with the U.S. military to fight against Ebola in Africa says he feels safe and believes U.S. troops will be … 0

Mass. nonprofit fights Ebola in Liberia

Thursday, October 9, 2014

MEDFORD — A Massachusetts-based nonprofit health organization is sending a team of experts to work with Liberian health officials fighting the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, the organization’s president said Thursday. A team from Management Sciences for Health in Medford arrived in Liberia this week to work with … 0

Kerry: Address climate change before it’s too late

Thursday, October 9, 2014

BOSTON — Secretary of State John Kerry said Wednesday that the country and the world need to confront the threat of climate change while there’s still time. Kerry said climate change is already changing the world in real … 0

Ex-principal pleads guilty to cheating scheme

Thursday, October 9, 2014

SPRINGFIELD — The former principal of a Massachusetts charter school has pleaded guilty to charges related to her efforts to help students cheat on a statewide standardized test. Janet Henry entered her plea to a charge of mail fraud in U.S. District Court in Springfield, Massachusetts, on Wednesday. … 0

Governor: Massachusetts prepared if Ebola surfaces

Thursday, October 9, 2014

BOSTON — Gov. Deval Patrick is trying to reassure residents about the threat of Ebola and says the state is taking steps to prepare for the unlikely discovery of an Ebola-infected patient here. Patrick said on his monthly radio show Thursday on WGBH-FM that there have been no … 0