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State and region briefs

Friday, November 27, 2015

Vt. lawmakers to consider proper shelter for dogs, cats MONTPELIER, Vt. — Legislation on proper shelter for domestic animals might be expected to have breeders and animal welfare activists fighting like cats and dogs. But members of a special working group set up to prepare a bill for lawmakers to consider when they reconvene in January say they’ve been able to do the work without rancor. Representatives of the Vermont Federation of Dog Clubs, the Vermont Veterinary Medical Association and the Humane Society of the United States participated in a series of conference call meetings during the summer and fall with the aim of modernizing … 0

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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 … 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

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

Lawmakers fail to reach accord on solar incentives

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

BOSTON — The House and Senate moved into their winter recess on Wednesday night without a deal to raise caps on solar power that advocates say are hindering solar development across the state. Negotiators fell short of pushing a final bill across the finish line. Entering the day … 0

Mass. prosecutors: Recidivism worse than minimum sentencing

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

BOSTON — While activists and some lawmakers are advocating for criminal justice reforms aimed in part at reducing the number of people incarcerated, seven of the state’s district attorneys pushed back on Wednesday with a call to shift … 0

Trump visits Worcester: Says he thinks he’ll do ‘great’ with Muslims

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

WORCESTER — Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump says he expects to do “great” with Muslim voters. Trump tells reporters before a rally in Worcester, Massachusetts, that he’s confident he’ll win over Muslims in addition to Hispanic voters because … 0

State ed. board OKs test hybrid

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

BOSTON — Massachusetts students will soon be facing a new standardized test after the state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education voted to combine elements of the existing MCAS test with another test aligned with Common Core state standards. Approval of the hybrid test came on an 8-3 … 0

Sen. won’t rule out solar deal after House votes to lift caps

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

BOSTON — The House easily passed legislation on Tuesday aimed at fostering continued growth of the solar industry in Massachusetts despite stinging critiques by advocates and developers of solar energy that the bill does not go far enough. … 0

Oxfam America: Ignoring Syrian refugees would be ‘shameful’

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

BOSTON — A Boston-based organization working to end global poverty and injustice says ignoring the plight of Syrian refugees in the aftermath of the Paris terrorist attacks would be “a shameful act.” Oxfam America’s president, Ray Offenheiser, on Tuesday denounced calls by Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker and others … 0

Baker says no to Syrian refugees in Massachusetts

Monday, November 16, 2015

BOSTON — Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker says he’s opposed to allowing Syrian refugees into the state in the aftermath of the terrorist attacks in Paris. The Republican said Monday the safety of Massachusetts residents is his first priority. … 4

Baker: Opioid bill designed to ‘disrupt the status quo’

Monday, November 16, 2015

BOSTON — Gov. Charlie Baker is acknowledging his opioid abuse bill likely won’t reach his desk until sometime early in 2016. But Baker said Monday he hopes lawmakers will continue to work on the legislation even after formal sessions end this week so they can get the measure … 0

Defense admits teen killed teacher, cites mental illness

Monday, November 16, 2015

SALEM — A teenager killed his math teacher and did “unspeakable things” to her body, but he was driven by severe mental illness, his defense attorney told jurors at his murder trial Monday. Philip Chism, 16, is charged … 0