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Pro-marijuana group submits first draft of ballot question

Friday, April 17, 2015

BOSTON — A group hoping to legalize the recreational use of marijuana in Massachusetts has submitted a draft of a proposed ballot question to the state attorney general’s office. Bay State Repeal said the question would let adults 21 or older grow and buy the drug while taking steps to ban sales to minors, including undercover sting operations at stores that sell pot. Those who provide marijuana to minors — … 0

Parents of marathon victim say take death penalty off table

Friday, April 17, 2015

BOSTON — The parents of the youngest victim of the Boston Marathon bombing are urging federal authorities to consider taking the death penalty off the table for the man convicted in the case. Bill and Denise Richard, whose 8-year-old son, Martin, was one of three people killed by the April 2013 explosions at the marathon’s finish line, say in a front-page piece in … 0

State and Regional Briefs

Friday, April 17, 2015

Fish & Wildlife warning motorists of reptiles on roads MONTPELIER, Vt. — The Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife is warning motorists to watch out for reptiles and amphibians in the roadways. Spring brings reptiles and amphibians back onto the Vermont landscape and that means thousands will be crossing roads and highways in … 0

Judge: Jurors in Tsarnaev trial can’t attend Boston Marathon

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

BOSTON — Jurors in the federal death penalty trial of Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev must stay away from this year’s marathon and any events related to the anniversary of the 2013 attack, a judge warned Tuesday. Judge … 0

Rosenberg, House Speaker in tug-of-war

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

BOSTON — Beacon Hill’s two most powerful Democrats are locked in an increasingly bitter tug-of-war over how bills live or die at the Statehouse. Senate President Stan Rosenberg has launched a public battle to try to change the … 0

State/Region Briefs

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Patrick joining Bain Capital in Boston BOSTON — Before departing public office, Gov. Deval Patrick frequently mentioned how he hoped to return to the private sector and earn money. On Tuesday, Patrick announced he’s joining Bain Capital, the … 0

Mass.’s DeLeo measures up pot legalization

Monday, April 13, 2015

BOSTON — House Speaker Robert DeLeo predicted Monday a potential victory for voters seeking to legalize marijuana. “Probably at the end of the day I’m going to guess that there right now are probably more supporters of this than not-supporters,” DeLeo said of legalizing marijuana, citing the “overwhelming … 0

Obama signs declaration for January blizzard aid

Monday, April 13, 2015

BOSTON — President Obama signed a disaster declaration on Monday for Massachusetts and ordered federal aid to help the state recover from the blizzard that hit the region from Jan. 26-28. Federal Emergency Management Agency officials issued the … 0

Long and tortured history with executions in Mass.

Sunday, April 12, 2015

BOSTON — Massachusetts hasn’t executed anyone since 1947, but during most of its history it allowed capital punishment for crimes ranging from murder to witchcraft. Jurors weighing whether Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev should die under the federal … 0

When affordable housing debate gets personal

Sunday, April 12, 2015

DARIEN, Conn. — In one of the country’s richest towns — where Mercedes, BMWs and Land Rovers cruise tree-lined streets of multimillion-dollar homes — a man who proposed building more accessible housing says angry neighbors took out their … 0

State and region briefs

Friday, April 10, 2015

State dangles woodstove rebates Massachusetts residents with inefficient woodstoves may qualify for rebates under a $900,000 program announced Friday and aimed at helping people buy EPA-certified woodstoves that use less fuel and reduce energy costs. Energy and Environmental … 0

Senate plan for early retirement includes caps

Friday, April 10, 2015

BOSTON — A Senate panel on Friday proposed excluding from Gov. Charlie Baker’s early retirement plan those state employees deemed “critical” to an agency’s operation, and capping the number of workers who are allowed to retire. A new bill unveiled by the Senate Ways and Means Committee on … 0

Beacon Hill Roll Call, week of April 6 to 10

Friday, April 10, 2015

Beacon Hill Roll Call records the votes of local senators and representatives on the only roll call vote from the week of April 6­. $200 MILLION FOR ROADS AND BRIDGES (H 3187) House 157­0, Senate 38­0, approved and Gov. Charlie Baker signed into law a measure allowing the … 0