State / Region

Coakley first to submit signatures for governor

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

BOSTON — Democratic Attorney General Martha Coakley on Wednesday became the first candidate for Massachusetts governor to formally submit nomination signatures to the secretary of state’s office, and said she was taking nothing for granted despite recent polls suggesting she is the early front-runner. Coakley helped staff members deliver boxes containing more than 13,000 signatures of registered voters to the secretary of state’s office, and said more would be filed … 0

Judge hears arguments in women’s jail lawsuit

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

SPRINGFIELD — A federal judge has heard arguments in a lawsuit brought by 178 former and current inmates at a women’s jail in western Massachusetts who say their constitutional rights are being violated because male guards are videotaping strip searches. The suit against the Hampden County sheriff, who oversees the Western Massachusetts Women’s Correctional Center in Chicopee, was originally brought by two inmates … 0

Drug company objects to new Massachusetts rules

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

BOSTON — A San Diego company that makes the new prescription painkiller Zohydro says it is disappointed with Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick’s decision to impose new restrictions on the drug after a federal judge said his attempt to ban it outright was unconstitutional. The new requirements, announced by Patrick on Tuesday, include the doctor’s completion of a risk assessment and a “pain management … 0

Boston police destroy 2 backpacks at marathon site

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

BOSTON — Police have blown up two unattended backpacks found near the Boston Marathon’s finish line. They say they’ve taken a man into custody in connection with them. Police spokesman Dave Estrada says the backpacks were discovered Tuesday … 0

New proposed bill calls for Massachusetts autism commission

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

BOSTON — A bill that would establish a state autism commission and proposes other strategies for addressing the needs of the growing number of children diagnosed with the disorder is expected to come up for a vote in the Massachusetts House of Representatives this week. The measure unveiled … 0

Beacon Hill Roll Call: April 7-11

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

By BOB KATZEN Beacon Hill Roll Call records local senators’ votes from the week of April 7-11. MUST COMPLY WITH GLOBAL WARMING SOLUTIONS ACT (S 2073) Senate 6-32, rejected an amendment requiring that the state’s Department of Public Utilities determine that all programs in the bill are consistent … 0

Globe wins Pulitzer for Boston bombing coverage

Monday, April 14, 2014

BOSTON — Journalists at The Boston Globe honored the victims of last year’s marathon bombings Monday after being awarded a Pulitzer Prize in the breaking news category for the paper’s coverage of the attack. The announcement of the award came as the city prepares for Tuesday’s anniversary of … 0

Former Boston police boss in Amherst to launch Blarney Blowout review

Monday, April 14, 2014

AMHERST — Former Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis is at the University of Massachusetts Amherst to review the school and town’s handling of the so-called Blarney Blowout parties. Dozens of people, including many students, were arrested and four police officers suffered minor injuries when rowdy pre-St. Patrick’s Day … 0

A year later, outward signs point to normalcy

Sunday, April 13, 2014

BOSTON — On an April morning a year after two bombs tore through the crowd at the Boston Marathon finish line, there’s little sign that destruction once visited Boylston Street. Bleary-eyed students and hard-hatted construction workers wait at … 0

She wanted her life back

Sunday, April 13, 2014

NEWPORT, R.I. — Within four months of getting a prosthetic leg, Heather Abbott went paddle boarding. Soon after, she got a special leg so she could walk in 4-inch heels, her preferred footwear. She’s also got a special … 0

Nuke plant’s river discharge issue heats up anew

Sunday, April 13, 2014

MONTPELIER — The honeymoon between Entergy Nuclear and the Shumlin administration appears to be over. Disagreements between Entergy Nuclear and the Agency of Natural Resources surfaced last week in an exchange of letters over the proposed draft permit … 0

State and region briefs

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Federal judge to rule on drug ban BOSTON — A federal judge will hear arguments in a lawsuit claiming the state’s first-in-the-nation ban of Zohydro, a powerful new painkiller, is unconstitutional. U.S. District Court Judge Rya Zobel is expected to decide today whether to order an immediate but … 0

Leominster hospital considers staff cuts

Monday, April 14, 2014

LEOMINSTER — A central Massachusetts hospital says it is considering staff cuts as it faces a $7.3 million reduction in Medicare and Medicaid payments and $2.5 million decline in revenues because of reduced patient volume. HealthAlliance Hospital, with campuses in Leominster and Fitchburg, has hired a consultant to … 0