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State / Region

Watershed moment for NE energy?

Sunday, February 7, 2016

BOSTON — Tapping into Canadian hydropower is hardly a new concept in energy-starved New England. But Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker’s proposal to authorize long-term contracts between utilities and hydropower producers is being viewed in some quarters as a potential game-changer for the region. The move is not without doubters, and the question of how to deliver Canadian hydro on a large scale remains unanswered. Among several plans yet to secure … 0

Beacon Hill Roll Call, Feb. 1 to 5, 2016

Sunday, February 7, 2016

By BOB KATZEN THE HOUSE AND SENATE. Beacon Hill Roll Call records local senators’ and representatives’ votes on roll calls from the week of Feb. 1 to 5. RAINY DAY FUND (S 61) — House 109-43, Senate 31-6, rejected a proposed constitutional amendment that would require a two-thirds vote of the Legislature in order to spend money from the state’s Rainy Day Fund, … 0

After Rubio stumbles, rivals see opening in New Hampshire

Sunday, February 7, 2016

BEDFORD, N.H. — Marco Rubio’s uneven debate performance just days before Tuesday’s New Hampshire primary has emboldened a trio of governors seeking to stem his rise in the Republican race for president. But if Rubio’s rivals can slow him in New Hampshire, they are likely to leave the GOP with a muddled mix … 0

Too good to be true

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

It seemed too good to be true: An old wooden desk carved with the initials “JFK” from the private school in Connecticut where John F. Kennedy studied as a boy. That’s because it was. The desk was the … 0

Justice Robert Cordy of state’s high court to retire

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Justice Robert Cordy of state’s high court to retire BOSTON — Robert Cordy, an associate justice of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court since 2001, announced Wednesday he would retire in August, giving Republican Gov. Charlie Baker the opportunity … 0

Legislature to weigh amendments to state constitution

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

BOSTON — A so-called “millionaire tax” will be among several proposed constitutional amendments before lawmakers when the Massachusetts House and Senate meet in a joint session. It’s unclear if Wednesday’s constitutional convention will debate the proposed 4 percent surtax on individuals with annual incomes above $1 million. The … 0

State and Region Briefs, Feb. 3

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Northampton settles with man who alleged police misconduct NORTHAMPTON — The city of Northampton has agreed to pay more than $52,000 to a man who said police used excessive force and wrongfully arrested him outside a bar two … 0

State and Region Briefs, Feb. 2

Monday, February 1, 2016

Legislator fighting ‘swatting’ calls gets targeted by one MELROSE — A U.S. representative said she and her family were the victims of a so-called “swatting” attack — the very kind of bogus emergency call she has filed legislation … 0

Mass. officials cash in with bumped up donation limit

Sunday, January 31, 2016

BOSTON — A 2014 change in the state’s campaign finance law has delivered a cash windfall for top elected officials in Massachusetts, allowing them to rake in big money donations and quickly rebuild their election coffers. An Associated Press review of campaign finance records found the change — … 0

State and region briefs

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Authorities raid school in connection with abuse charges GREAT BARRINGTON — A Massachusetts residential school to treat boys and young men with behavior problems has been raided following allegations of physical and emotional abuse of students by school … 0

Beacon Hill Roll Call, Jan. 25 to 29, 2016

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

By BOB KATZEN THE HOUSE AND SENATE: Beacon Hill Roll Call records local representatives’ and senators’ votes on roll calls from the week of Jan. 25 to 29. HEALTH DISPARITIES (H 3969) — House 152-3, approved and sent to the Senate a bill creating a state Office of … 0

Clean energy effort moves forward with New England proposals

Friday, January 29, 2016

Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Connecticut have dozens of proposals to consider as they look for enough additional electricity for tens of thousands of homes to meet their clean energy goals. All told, 51 proposals need to be vetted in coming months as the three states look to sign … 0

State and Region Briefs

Friday, January 29, 2016

Book with connection to Salem witch trials being auctioned SALEM — A psalm book once owned by a judge in the Salem witch trials is being sold. The previously unknown seventh edition of “The Bay Psalm Book” that … 0