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State & Regional Briefs

Friday, December 19, 2014

Home confinement set for ex-pharmacy officials BOSTON — A federal judge has ordered home confinement for two men facing the most serious charges in a deadly nationwide meningitis outbreak blamed on a defunct Massachusetts compounding pharmacy. Magistrate Judge Jennifer Boal set bail and release conditions Friday for Barry Cadden and Glenn Chin while they await trial. Cadden is a co-founder of the New England Compounding Center; Chin was the Framingham company’s supervisory pharmacist. They have pleaded not guilty to 25 counts each of second-degree murder under federal racketeering law. More than 750 people were sickened by tainted drugs and 64 died. Boal ordered Cadden released … 0

Beacon Hill Roll Call, Week of Dec. 19

Friday, December 19, 2014

By BOB KATZEN There were no roll calls in the House or Senate last week. This week, with the end of the 2013-2014 session approaching, Beacon Hill Roll Call continues its series that takes a look at some of the bills approved by the Legislature and signed into law by Gov. Deval Patrick in the 2013-2014 session. APPROVE $1.4 BILLION FOR HOUSING (H … 0

Obama calls in to Massachusetts governor’s show

Thursday, December 18, 2014

BOSTON — Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick has fielded calls on hundreds of subjects during his monthly “Ask the Governor” radio show. But this call was one of a kind. “Uh, Governor, this is Barack Obama, formerly of Somerville,” the caller began Thursday. “I’ve got a few complaints about service in and around the … 0

State and regional briefs

Friday, December 12, 2014

Hundreds protest, block traffic at Harvard Square CAMBRIDGE — Hundreds of people rallied and blocked traffic around Harvard Square in Cambridge as they protested two grand jury decisions to not indict white police officers in the killings of … 0

Woman files defamation lawsuit against Bill Cosby

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

BOSTON — A woman who has accused Bill Cosby of sexually assaulting her in the 1970s filed a defamation lawsuit against him Wednesday, alleging he “publicly branded” her a liar through statements made by his lawyer and publicist. … 0

National Grid joins proposal for 300-mile cable in Maine

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

PORTLAND, Maine — Utility giant National Grid is partnering with a company that specializes in underwater cable projects in an alliance seeking to build a 300-mile cable to bring Canadian hydropower and Maine wind power to Greater Boston to help meet the energy needs of power-hungry southern New … 0

Heavy rains, snow, wind hit Northeast

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — A slow-moving storm churned through the Northeast on Tuesday, bringing drenching wind-blown rain to coastal areas, wet snow inland and a wintry mix to the New England states. The storm made for sloppy, slippery commutes … 0

‘Social impact bonds’ sought to aid homeless

Monday, December 8, 2014

FRAMINGHAM — A plan that calls for using charitable donations and private-sector investment to ease chronic homelessness in Massachusetts was unveiled Monday by Gov. Deval Patrick. The “Pay for Success” initiative aims to create 500 units of housing for up to 800 homeless people over the next six … 0

Northeast bracing for heavy rains, snow, wind

Monday, December 8, 2014

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — The Northeast is bracing for a strong, slow-moving storm expected to bring heavy rains and high winds to a wide swath of the coast and a half-foot or more of snow to some inland areas. … 0

Baker shares thoughts

Sunday, December 7, 2014

BOSTON — With a month to go before he’s sworn in as Massachusetts’ 72nd governor, Republican Charlie Baker is facing an array of challenges — from narrowing a stubborn racial achievement gap in the schools to assuming oversight … 0

Tips offered to avoid Christmas tree fires

Sunday, December 7, 2014

BOSTON — State Fire Marshal Stephen Coan says fires caused by Christmas trees are not common but can be extremely dangerous when they occur. Coan has issued a series of safety tips to avoid fires during the holiday season. He says Christmas trees should be watered daily, kept … 0

State & Regional Briefs

Friday, December 5, 2014

State Sen. Brewer joining UMass faculty AMHERST — The University of Massachusetts-Amherst says a state senator from Barre will join the faculty of the Center for Public Policy and Administration next year. The university says state Sen. Stephen … 0

Protesters rally for 2nd night in Boston area

Friday, December 5, 2014

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — Demonstrators rallied for a second-straight night in the Boston area Friday to protest grand jury decisions to not indict white police officers in the deaths of unarmed black men. Police say a crowd that grew … 0