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FILE - In this Feb. 5, 2015, file photo, people hold up placards against the Olympic Games coming to Boston, during the first public forum regarding the city's 2024 Olympic bid, in Boston. Boston's mayor delivered a harsh blow to the city's effort to host the 2024 Olympics on Monday, July 27, 2015,  when he declared he wouldn't sign any document "that puts one dollar of taxpayer money on the line for one penny of overruns on the Olympics."  That document is the host city contract that most in the Olympics consider crucial to any city's success.  (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, File)

Boston out: US Olympic Committee to look elsewhere

Monday, July 27, 2015

Boston’s bid to host the 2024 Olympics is over. The city and the U.S. Olympic Committee severed ties after a board teleconference Monday, ending an effort that was troubled nearly from the moment it started. The decision throws the bid process — and hopes that the U.S. will host another Olympics — into flux. Only seven weeks remain before cities … 0

Western Mass. reactions to Boston Olympic bid drop

Monday, July 27, 2015

HATFIELD — Judy Strong, who competed as a field hockey player in the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles, said she was torn Monday to learn that Boston would not be the host in 2024. Strong, now 55 and an umpire, was 24 when her team won the bronze, and said it was a great point of pride that she was competing in her … 0

Hometown wake for Springfield marine killed in Tennessee

Monday, July 27, 2015

SPRINGFIELD — People in his hometown paid their respects on Sunday to a Massachusetts Marine killed by a gunman who attacked a military facility in Tennessee two weeks ago. Thousands attended a public wake for Gunnery Sgt. Thomas Sullivan at T.P. Sampson Chapel of The Acres on a street lined with flags, the … 0

Senate: Raise solar net metering cap

Thursday, July 23, 2015

BOSTON — In an effort to help facilitate meeting the state’s goal of developing 1,600 megawatts of solar power by 2020, the Senate voted on Thursday to raise the cap on the amount of solar power than can … 0

Boston 2024: Insurance would protect taxpayers

Thursday, July 23, 2015

BOSTON — Leaders of Boston’s bid for the 2024 Summer Olympics released details Thursday about insurance proposals they say will provide unprecedented coverage for Massachusetts taxpayers. The Boston 2024 bid committee released a document that described at least … 0

Lottery sees impact of state’s first casino

Thursday, July 23, 2015

BOSTON — With about three weeks worth of data in hand, Massachusetts Lottery officials said Thursday that they have already noticed an impact on state Lottery sales from Plainridge Park Casino. Plainridge, which offers slot machines and electronic table games, opened last month and Lottery officials have been … 0

State and Region Briefs, July 24

Thursday, July 23, 2015

AG Healey: Don’t suspend drivers’ licenses for drug offenses BOSTON — Attorney General Maura Healey said she supports repealing a Massachusetts law that automatically suspends the driver’s license of anyone convicted of a drug offense. Healey said her … 0

Thousands ruled ineligible for Medicaid in Mass.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

BOSTON — Tens of thousands of people have been removed from the state’s Medicaid program during the first phase of an eligibility review, according to figures from Gov. Charlie Baker’s administration obtained by The Associated Press. The eligibility checks, required annually under federal law but not performed in … 0

Public records reform bill nears vote amid lobbying

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — House lawmakers could vote on a high-profile public records reform bill next week that includes new language to address some critical concerns voiced by small-town officials, according to state Rep. Peter V. Kocot, one of the chief architects of the legislation. The bill moved out of … 0

Healey, Goldberg help lead call to close gender wage gap

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

BOSTON — Expressing confidence that the issue will be addressed this legislative session, about two dozen legislators joined a variety of women’s rights groups in supporting a bill on Tuesday that aims to eliminate the wage gap for … 0

Conn. teen builds gun-firing drone; FAA investigates possible violations

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

CLINTON, Conn. — An 18-year-old Connecticut man may be in trouble with federal aviation officials after posting a video online that shows shots being fired from a drone that had been jury-rigged with a handgun. The FAA said … 0

State and Region Briefs, July 22

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

New line for Canadian power to NE wins Vermont’s support MONTPELIER, Vt. — A plan to run a 1,000-megawatt power line down Lake Champlain and across Vermont to bring Canadian power to southern New England is getting key … 0

Probation promotion exams accidentally shredded

Monday, July 20, 2015

BOSTON — Efforts to overhaul the state Probation Department’s hiring and promotion system after years of political favoritism have suffered another setback after trial court officials admitted they accidentally shredded promotional exams before they could be graded. The shredding incident comes after 55 percent of probation employees failed … 0