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Father, daughter killed in crash

Friday, August 29, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Authorities say an SUV driver who struck and killed a father and daughter on a motorcycle in Easthampton was under the influence of narcotics. Prosecutors and police said Friday that the motorcycle driver, 62-year-old Edward McGrath of Holyoke, was riding with his 29-year-old daughter Brittney McGrath of Brooklyn, N.Y. The McGraths were heading north on Route 5 just after 3 p.m. Thursday when police said a southbound car … 0

4 Lowell family members plead guilty in $25M scam

Friday, August 29, 2014

LOWELL — Four members of a Lowell family have pleaded guilty to charges that they schemed to hide $25 million in wages from the Internal Revenue Service, federal prosecutors say. The family ran a temporary employment agency from 2004 to 2009, during which time they reported to the IRS that their employees made about $2.2 million in wages, when in fact they had … 0

Friday, August 29, 2014

By BOB KATZEN There were no roll call votes in the House or Senate last week. This week, Beacon Hill Roll Call reports local senators’ roll call attendance records for the 2014 session through August 31. The Senate has held 260 roll call votes. Beacon Hill Roll Call tabulates the number of roll calls on which each senator was present and voting and … 0

Boston stops detaining immigrants

Thursday, August 21, 2014

BOSTON — Boston has joined a growing number of cities that will no longer hold immigrants suspected of being in the U.S. illegally for possible deportation unless an arrest warrant has been issued. The city council on Wednesday unanimously passed the so-called Boston Trust Act, which supporters said … 0

Beacon Hill Roll Call

Monday, August 25, 2014

By BOB KATZEN Beacon Hill Roll Call records the votes of local representatives and senators on three roll calls from prior legislative sessions. $250,000 TO RETAIN TEACHERS (H 4242) House 135-15, Senate 38-1, overrode Gov. Deval Patrick’s veto of the entire $250,000 for the Educator Mentor Corps that … 0

Entergy eyes Texas for additional waste

Friday, August 15, 2014

By SUSAN SMALLHEER Rutland Herald MANCHESTER — Vermont and Texas officials were told Thursday that Entergy Nuclear expects to have its plans in place later this year for shipping low-level radioactive waste from the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant to a Texas facility. At its annual Vermont meeting, … 0

Vt. Yankee petition to eliminate 10-mile emergency zone moves forward

Thursday, August 14, 2014

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission is moving ahead with an application by Vermont Yankee nuclear plant’s owners to eliminate the 10-mile emergency planning zone after it ceases operation at the end of the year. Entergy Nuclear Operations, which filed in April for a license amendment to eliminate the zone … 1

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