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Massachusetts gubernatorial candidates Democrat Martha Coakley, left, and Republican Charlie Baker, right, listen to a technician moments before a televised debate at WGBH television studios, Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014, in Boston. Baker and Coakley are locked in a dead heat and each are hoping to lure in more supporters while avoiding any gaffe that could cost them the election. (AP Photo/The Boston Globe, Barry Chin, Pool)

Coakley, Baker talk taxes

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

BOSTON — Democratic gubernatorial candidate Martha Coakley and Republican rival Charlie Baker sparred Wednesday over tax policy, with Coakley insisting that she would seek to raise taxes only as a last resort and has no immediate plans to seek a graduated income tax in Massachusetts. Coakley raised the possibility of a graduated tax during a debate Tuesday night with Baker. … 0

4 New England states in top 10 for energy efficiency efforts

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

MONTPELIER, Vt. — Four New England states have been ranked in the top 10 nationally for their energy efficiency efforts. Massachusetts led the way in the annual ranking by the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy, with Rhode Island and Vermont tied with Oregon in the No. 3 spot and Connecticut ranked No. 6. In the region, only New Hampshire and Maine … 0

For New England, fall foliage is time to rake it in

Sunday, October 19, 2014

JAFFREY, N.H. — On Mount Monadnock, hikers file up the 3,165-foot peak in lockstep, protected from drizzling rain by a luminous golden canopy of leaves. They’re not just gazing at foliage — they’re looking at cold, hard cash. Money really does grow on trees in autumn in New England, and all six states … 0

Agency OKs Entergy hot water discharge into Conn. River

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

MONTPELIER, Vt. — The state Agency of Natural Resources has issued a hot water discharge permit to Entergy Nuclear that allows it to discharge millions of gallons of heated water into the Connecticut River. The permit, which was more than nine years in the making, comes a little … 0

Boston officials outline Ebola precautions

Monday, October 13, 2014

BOSTON — City health officials said Monday that Boston has seen three or four possible cases of Ebola since the latest outbreak began ravaging West Africa, but they stressed that the city has had no confirmed cases. Dr. … 0

Will power price spike tilt favor for pipeline?

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

When National Grid announced recently that it will hike electricity prices this winter, that was enough to raise some eyebrows. Not only will its Massachusetts Electric customers be seeing their bills jump by more than a third beginning … 0

Legislators push back on planned electric rate hikes

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Rep. Denise Andrews, D-Orange, is among more than a dozen legislators calling on the state Department of Public Utilities to examine the impact of its recent approval of a 37 percent rate hike for National Grid customers beginning … 0

Mass. nurse education program paying off

Monday, October 13, 2014

BOSTON — A collaboration launched four years ago between the state, the health care industry and colleges to educate more nurses appears to be paying off, according to state Higher Education Department figures. The number of bachelor of science in nursing degrees awarded by public and private colleges … 0

Mechanical problem blamed for fatal hayride crash

Monday, October 13, 2014

MECHANIC FALLS, Maine — Investigators are blaming a mechanical problem for the Halloween-themed hayride crash that left a Maine teenager dead and more than 20 other people injured. The state fire marshal’s office says investigators are trying to … 0

Indexing of gas tax heading to ballot test

Sunday, October 12, 2014

BOSTON — If approved, Question 1 on the November ballot wouldn’t lower the state’s gas tax, but it could stop future increases that would otherwise occur automatically and without any say by lawmakers. Supporters of the initiative view … 0

Biologists seek more info on surviving bats

Sunday, October 12, 2014

MONTPELIER, Vt. — Biologists with the Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife are conducting a second experiment this winter to determine if more bats are passing the winter without waking from hibernation and flying in the frigid air where most die from white nose syndrome. In recent weeks, … 0

State and Regional Briefs

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Bill Clinton headed back to Worcester WORCESTER — Former President Bill Clinton is coming to Massachusetts to support Martha Coakley, the Democratic candidate for governor. Clinton is scheduled to be at Clark University in Worcester on Thursday. The event is open to the public, although tickets will be … 0

Beacon Hill Roll Call

Friday, October 10, 2014

By BOB KATZEN There were no roll calls in the House or Senate last week. This week, Beacon Hill Roll Call looks at Question 2, one of the four questions on the ballot that will be decided directly by the voters in November. The question asks voters if … 0