State / Region

Feds: We overpaid Mass. $106M for Medicaid

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

BOSTON — A federal audit released Wednesday said the U.S. government overpaid Massachusetts nearly $106 million for Medicaid reimbursements, and recommends that the state be ordered to refund the money. The report, from the inspector general’s office of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, determined the state incorrectly calculated reimbursement rates for adjusted claims submitted between October 2008 and December 2010. State officials have not disputed the findings, … 0

Children’s programming

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

CAMBRIDGE — This computer programming app is so easy to use that even a kindergartener can do it. Researchers in Massachusetts have created a basic computer coding app that they say is the first designed specifically for children as young as 5. Kids who haven’t yet learned to read can use the app … 0

Program for bridge repairs tapped

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

BOSTON — The $3 billion in financing the Patrick administration put to work repairing bridges throughout the state is nearly tapped as the eight-year program winds to a close, making major gains while leaving hundreds of structurally deficient bridges for the next governor to handle. All of the money has either been used or is committed to remaining projects, according to the administration. … 0

Mass. pro-casino group launches first TV ad

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

BOSTON — The first television advertisement in the campaign to preserve the state’s developing casino industry was unveiled Tuesday by MGM Resorts and its supporters in Springfield, the economically struggling western Massachusetts city where it is planning an $800 million resort. The 30-second spot features comments from Jeffrey … 0

Debt piling up for anti-casino group in Mass.

Monday, September 22, 2014

BOSTON — The group attempting to repeal the state’s casino law owes consultants, lawyers and supporters about $440,000 and has less than $11,000 in cash. Repeal the Casino Deal is attempting to strike the law that has so far allowed for a slots parlor license at Plainridge Racecourse, … 0

Afghan soldiers found

Monday, September 22, 2014

BOSTON — Three Afghanistan National Army officers who went missing during a training exercise at a Cape Cod military base were detained Monday at the U.S.-Canadian border, Massachusetts law enforcement officials said. Massachusetts state police were notified that … 0

Patrick: I lost confidence in sex offender board

Monday, September 22, 2014

BOSTON — Gov. Deval Patrick said Monday that a number of factors, including the handling of a case involving his own brother-in-law, led to the decision to dismiss two top officials at the state’s sex offender registry board. The governor, in his first comments since returning from an … 0

Baker, Coakley tap into donors

Sunday, September 21, 2014

BOSTON — As they scramble for campaign dollars, Republican Charlie Baker and Democrat Martha Coakley are reaching out to different pockets of donors to help bankroll their pursuit of the Massachusetts governor’s office. One of the differences is in the amount of out-of-state money each campaign has brought … 0

State and region briefs

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Logan to upgrade terminal to handle large plane BOSTON — Logan International Airport in Boston is changing its international terminal to better accommodate the Airbus A380, the world’s largest passenger jet. Massport recently approved a $30 million upgrade of Terminal E. Officials say the project includes a reconfiguration … 0

88 percent pass MCAS, but achievement gaps remain

Friday, September 19, 2014

BOSTON — Nearly nine in 10 high school sophomores passed the standardized MCAS exam on their first try this year, state education officials said Friday, though achievement gaps persisted and several schools in the state’s largest cities were in danger of failing. Passing the 10th-grade MCAS, short for … 0

Out of the ordinary

Friday, September 19, 2014

Maine-built clipper that sank in 1863 found PORTLAND, Maine — A Maine-built clipper ship that sank in 1863 while transporting cargo from Boston to the West Coast has been discovered on the ocean floor off California. Researchers found the Noonday with the help of a remote-controlled submarine equipped … 0

Sens. Warren, Markey vote against training Syrian rebels

Thursday, September 18, 2014

BOSTON — President Barack Obama’s proposal to prepare Syrian rebels for a war against Islamic State militants found little support among the members of the Massachusetts all-Democratic congressional delegation. U.S. Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Edward Markey on Thursday broke with the president and opposed the request to train … 0

Mystery poll quizzes people on Vt. Yankee

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

BRATTLEBORO, Vt. — A telephone poll that questions residents about the potential continued operation of the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant is not the work of Entergy Nuclear, a company spokesman said Monday. “We are not doing it. This is not Entergy at all,” said Martin Cohn, a … 0