State / Region

Report: Glitch cuts off food stamp benefits for some

Friday, March 27, 2015

BOSTON — Efforts to modernize the state’s food stamp program and weed out fraud have left thousands of eligible residents without benefits, according to advocates for the poor. The problems were created by a new data-mining program that matches food stamp records with those at other state agencies to uncover unreported income. As a result, people who might have earned small amounts of money have received letters from the state … 0

Shelter funding running out

Thursday, March 26, 2015

BOSTON — Emergency shelters across Massachusetts will run out of money on Saturday, according to the Baker administration and legislative officials, who say they are taking steps to ensure that the family shelters for the homeless do not close their doors or cut back on services. “I’m not panicking yet,” said Susan Stubbs, president of ServiceNet. “I know they’re working diligently in Boston … 0

‘Ask the gov.’: Baker answers questions

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

BOSTON — Gov. Charlie Baker on Wednesday afternoon appeared on WGBH radio for his monthly “Ask the Governor” segment responding to calls, emails and Twitter posts from listeners, as well as questions from the co-hosts of “Boston Public Radio” Jim Braude and Margery Eagan. The following are some of the highlights of the … 0

More evaluation needed for man in Boston bridge beacon theft

Monday, March 23, 2015

BOSTON — A homeless man charged with stealing an aircraft warning beacon from atop Boston’s distinctive Leonard P. Zakim Bunker Hill Memorial Bridge has been ordered to undergo further mental health evaluation. Clifford Beckford Jr. appeared Monday in Boston Municipal Court for a bail hearing. He has been … 0

Defense’s goal in Boston bombing trial: Save Tsarnaev’s life

Monday, March 23, 2015

BOSTON — The capital murder trial in the Boston Marathon bombing is moving so quickly that a verdict against Dzhokhar Tsarnaev could come as soon as the next two weeks. Given his attorney’s surprising admission during opening statements that the 21-year-old Russian immigrant detonated one of the two … 0

State and Regional Briefs

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Sen. Warren acts as matchmaker BOSTON — U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren is hosting an event aimed at linking up Massachusetts business owners with federal agencies looking to purchases goods and services. The Massachusetts Democrat said the event provides a forum for top federal contractors and government agencies to … 0

‘Super Bowl’ mayors join day of service

Sunday, March 22, 2015

BOSTON — Seattle Mayor Ed Murray has joined Boston Mayor Marty Walsh for a day of service in Boston with AmeriCorps members. Walsh’s office says the event on Saturday was part of a Super Bowl tradition held in the winning team’s home city. Murray and Walsh worked at … 0

Mountain hiker stranded after sliding down ledge into trees

Friday, March 20, 2015

TAMWORTH, N.H. — A hiker is recovering after he slid off a New Hampshire mountain trail and down a ledge into some trees, unable to move due to the steep grade and ice. Fish and Game Department officers say 21-year-old John Ng of Wakefield, Massachusetts, was able to … 0

Snow way! It’s spring?

Monday, March 23, 2015

BOSTON — Just when flowering bulbs were poking out their heads and snow shovels were getting a well-deserved rest, winter weather has returned. And on the first day of spring no less. Forecasters say a storm dumped up … 0

New Englanders recount snow-filled winter’s lessons

Thursday, March 19, 2015

BOSTON — The snowbanks are shrinking, and hope — like birdsong — is in the air. As spring arrives and New Englanders exit a relentless winter many thought would never end, The Associated Press asked the Boston Yeti … 0

Beacon Hill Roll Call

Monday, March 23, 2015

By BOB KATZEN Beacon Hill Roll Call reports on the $361 million supplemental budget approved by the Senate last week. There were no roll calls on the budget itself or on any of the 23 proposed budget amendments. $361 MILLION SUPPLEMENTAL BUDGET (S 21) Senate, on a voice … 0

US Interior Secretary thanks Vermonters for climate prep

Monday, March 23, 2015

BURLINGTON, Vt. — U.S. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell thanked a group of Vermonters on Friday for preparing for climate change by looking for ways to reduce damage from future flooding. Jewell said people in some parts of the … 0

Settlement: Voter cards must be offered to Mass. welfare seekers

Thursday, March 19, 2015

BOSTON — Massachusetts residents applying for welfare must be offered voter registration cards and other information under a settlement reached between voting rights groups and the Baker administration. The groups pushing for the settlement with the state Department of Transitional Assistance said Thursday that the agreement will bring … 0