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A modern Mass. National Guard?

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

BOSTON — The operations of the Massachusetts National Guard would be modernized to include explicit authority to address homeland security threats and new protections against discrimination, under legislation that reached Gov. Deval Patrick’s desk this week. The National Guard mission has historically been to work with the governor during local emergencies and become federalized when necessary, such as during wartime. But since 2001, after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on … 0

Boston Marathon bombing victim marries his nurse

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

BC-US--Marathon Bombing-Wedding, 2nd Ld-Writethru,355 Boston Marathon bombing victim marries his nurse AP Photo BX101, BX102 Eds: Changes wording in long headline. Changes characterization of photo in 3rd paragraph. Links photo. With AP Photos. By DENISE LAVOIE Associated Press BOSTON — If something good could come out of the Boston Marathon bombing, James Costello … 0

Fighter jet out of Mass. crashes in Virginia

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

DEERFIELD, Va. — An experienced pilot was missing Wednesday after the flier’s F-15 fighter jet crashed in the mountains of western Virginia, shaking residents but causing no injuries on the ground, military and law enforcement officials said. The pilot of the single-seat jet was headed to New Orleans for radar installation as part … 0

Beacon Hill Roll Call

Thursday, August 21, 2014

By BOB KATZEN Beacon Hill Roll Call records the votes of local representatives and senators on four roll calls from prior legislative sessions. SUBSTANCE ABUSE (S 2142) House 149-0, Senate 40-0, approved and Gov. Deval Patrick signed into law legislation designed to remove barriers to treatment for individuals … 0

NE governors’ energy effort on hold

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

BOSTON — A nearly year-long effort by New England’s governors to collectively address the region’s high energy costs is on hold now that some have voiced concerns about the initiative’s dual strategy of importing Canadian hydropower and investing in new natural gas pipelines. Energy officials from the six … 0

McGovern calls Mass. a leader in ‘buy local’ movement

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Mass. a leader in ‘buy local’ movementAs part of a three-day “food and farm” tour of his district, U.S. Rep. James McGovern led a team of officials through stops at the Franklin County Community Development Corp.’s Western Massachusetts … 0

Vermont adds ‘bio-gas’ to its heating mix

Sunday, August 10, 2014

RUTLAND, Vt. — Customers of Vermont Gas Systems are now burning renewable natural gas as a small part of the mix of their overall natural gas consumption, the company announced Thursday. Vermont Gas spokesman Steve Wark said the three-month pilot program began in Late July — with a … 0

Of two minds on tax holiday

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Of life’s two constants, death and taxes, one took a holiday this weekend. The response was mixed. The unofficially-annual Massachusetts sales tax holiday lifted the 6.25 percent surcharge Saturday and Sunday, a tradition begun by legislators in 2004 in hopes of giving businesses a mid-summer shot in the … 0

State and region briefs

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Absentee ballots available BOSTON — Absentee ballots are now available in cities and towns with the state primary elections scheduled to take place in less than a month. Massachusetts Secretary William Galvin said there are plenty of contests to be decided including the Democratic and Republican primaries for … 0

Feds talk about Vermont Yankee emergency planning

Sunday, August 17, 2014

MONTPELIER, Vt. — Two federal agencies are talking about a request from the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant to reduce its emergency planning operations after it shuts down at the end of the year. Vermont Public Radio reports that the Nuclear Regulatory Commission has asked the Federal Emergency Management … 0

400,000 Mass. residents must reapply for health coverage

Friday, August 15, 2014

BOSTON — The state is launching a major effort to reach out to almost 400,000 Massachusetts residents who must reapply for health insurance because they were enrolled in temporary plans after the state’s health care marketplace website crashed last year. State officials fear that many of those people, … 0

State and region briefs

Friday, August 15, 2014

Airport official concerned about e-cigs BOSTON — Logan International Airport officials say federal authorities should consider further restrictions for electronic cigarettes on planes, after one of the devices apparently caused a small fire that forced passengers to briefly … 0

Teachers felt rushed after Newtown

Friday, August 15, 2014

HARTFORD, Conn. — Teachers felt they were rushed into returning to the classroom following the 2012 mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, the president of the local teachers union said Friday. Tom Kuroski, president of the Newtown Federation of Teachers, told members of a state commission that … 0