State / Region

Two companies selected for offshore wind leases

Friday, January 30, 2015

BOSTON — In a federal auction Thursday, two companies split a total of 354,409 acres off the coast of Massachusetts, which comprise the largest federal lease area for offshore wind energy. Two other plots farther southeast of Martha’s Vineyard comprising 388,569 acres did not receive bids, according to the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, which will consult with the state about next steps for those areas. RES America Developments provisionally … 0

UMass bars dorm guests during Super Bowl

Thursday, January 29, 2015

AMHERST — The University of Massachusetts, which has been the scene of violent celebrations following championships by Boston sports teams, is taking measures to avoid trouble during the Super Bowl by barring dorm residents from hosting off-campus guests. From noon Sunday until noon Monday, students will only be allowed in dormitories in which they live. The New England Patriots play the Seattle Seahawks … 0

Massachusetts House votes to eliminate speaker term limits

Thursday, January 29, 2015

BOSTON — Massachusetts lawmakers have voted to eliminate term limits for state House speakers — a change pushed by Democratic Speaker Robert DeLeo, who supported term limits when he was first elected to the post in 2009. The 109-45 vote Thursday was largely on party lines, with Republicans favoring term limits and most Democrats siding with DeLeo. DeLeo defended his decision before the … 0

Snowmobile sharing coming up next weekend

Sunday, January 25, 2015

CONCORD, N.H. — Snowmobilers in New Hampshire, Vermont and Maine are going to take part in an upcoming three-day weekend when riders registered in any one of those states can explore the trails of the other two states for free. Starting Friday, any snowmobile legally registered in any … 0

Gov. Baker reassures municipal leaders on state budget shortfall

Friday, January 23, 2015

BOSTON — Gov. Charlie Baker promised a gathering of hundreds of local officials on Friday that he would be a strong advocate for Massachusetts’ 351 cities and towns, while offering reassurances that they will not have to shoulder the burden of state budget cuts. Baker told the Massachusetts … 0

Friday, January 23, 2015

National Grid proposes transmission line project PELHAM, N.H. — National Grid has presented a $520 million transmission line project to officials in Pelham, New Hampshire, saying it would be necessary to meet long-term energy needs in the southern … 0

Beacon Hill Roll Call, Jan. 19 to 23

Friday, January 23, 2015

By BOB KATZEN Beacon Hill Roll Call records local senators’ votes on four roll calls from the week of January 19-23. The Senate last week voted on the rules under which it will operate for the 2015 session. The changes include an increase from 24 hours to 48 … 0

Warren to file bill targeting top Rx drug companies

Thursday, January 22, 2015

BOSTON — U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren is shifting her focus from Wall Street to the nation’s top pharmaceutical companies. The Massachusetts Democrat next week plans to file a bill that she said would help fund basic medical research … 0

Harvard study: $90M of natural gas escapes region annually

Thursday, January 22, 2015

CAMBRIDGE — Harvard researchers say millions of dollars’ worth of natural gas escapes from the Boston area’s aging pipes and tanks each year. The study by atmospheric scientists at Harvard’s School of Engineering and Applied Sciences was published Thursday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. … 0

Opponent of Boston’s 2024 Olympics bid eyes ballot question

Thursday, January 22, 2015

BOSTON — An opponent of Boston’s 2024 Olympics bid has taken a first step toward putting a question before voters on next year’s ballot. United Independent Party Chairman Evan Falchuk said Thursday that he’s filed paperwork with the state’s Office of Campaign and Political Finance to form the … 0

Tsarnaev lawyers ask again to move trial

Thursday, January 22, 2015

BOSTON — Lawyers for Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev are making a third push to move his trial outside Massachusetts, citing a large number of prospective jurors who already believe he’s guilty and the personal connections many … 0

Judge slams Tsarnaev defense for quoting juror responses

Thursday, January 22, 2015

BOSTON — A federal judge has criticized lawyers for Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev for publicly releasing portions of confidential juror questionnaires. Judge George O’Toole Jr. called the release “improper.” Earlier Thursday, Tsarnaev’s lawyers quoted excerpts from questionnaires in arguing that Tsarnaev cannot receive a fair trial … 0

Analysts expect state budget woes to continue

Thursday, January 22, 2015

BOSTON — Lawmakers and state officials are being warned that fiscal problems causing a deficit in the current Massachusetts budget could spill over into the next spending plan as well. State revenue commissioner Amy Pitter said during a Statehouse hearing Thursday that she expects overall tax collections to … 0