State / Region

Beacon Hill Roll Call, April 20-24

Friday, April 24, 2015

By BOB KATZEN THE HOUSE AND SENATE: Beacon Hill Roll Call records local representatives’ votes on two roll calls from prior sessions on the debate on legislative rules for when the fiscal 2016 $38 billion budget is debated. It was vacation week for students last week so, as is customary there were no formal sessions or roll calls in the House or Senate. CONSOLIDATED AMENDMENTS (H 3399) House 35-120, voted … 0

Free ride

Friday, April 24, 2015

BOSTON — Riders enjoyed a day of free fares on the city’s public transit system Friday as a token of appreciation following a winter of disastrous breakdowns, but many noted the goodwill gesture wouldn’t mean much unless service improved going forward. The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority offered the free rides on all modes … 0

State and regional briefs, April 25

Friday, April 24, 2015

Holyoke man pleads not guilty in soldier’s 2009 slaying SPRINGFIELD — A Holyoke man charged with murder in the 2009 fatal shooting of an Iraq-bound Connecticut soldier and former high school football star has pleaded not guilty. The Republican reports that 30-year-old Michael Rodriguez pleaded not guilty Thursday in Hampden Superior Court in … 0

Hillary Clinton lauds Warren’s efforts at ‘taming’ Wall Street

Thursday, April 16, 2015

WASHINGTON — Hillary Clinton put to rest any doubt that she’ll co-opt Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s populist message in her presidential campaign by praising the Massachusetts Democrat’s “taming” of Wall Street in Time magazine. Clinton hailed Warren, who some … 0

Easthampton school investigates allegations of sexual misconduct

Thursday, April 16, 2015

EASTHAMPTON — A private boarding school in western Massachusetts has placed a longtime faculty member on administrative leave as it investigates allegations of inappropriate sexual conduct involving a student in the 1970s. The Williston Northampton School’s headmaster and the president of the trustees said the faculty member is … 0

State/Region Briefs

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Rosenberg: Early retire accord ‘shouldn’t be a major problem’ House and Senate leaders are locked in a major dispute over rules reforms but Senate President Stanley Rosenberg said he doesn’t see many barriers to reaching agreement on a … 0

Hungry ticks unhindered by harsh Northeast winter

Thursday, April 16, 2015

ALBANY, N.Y. — Think you’re safe from ticks because the harsh winter froze them or because you haven’t been trekking through the woods? Think again. Researchers focused on ticks and the debilitating diseases they spread say the heavy … 0

Markey presses bills calling for nuke plant safety

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

The spent fuel pool at Pilgrim Nuclear Power Plant in Plymouth contains nearly four times more radioactive waste than it was originally designed to hold, according to Sen. Edward Markey, who joined colleagues from California and Vermont Wednesday to reintroduce bills calling for increased safety at U.S. nuclear … 0

Some govs. push back over EPA defiance

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

CONCORD, N.H. — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s call for governors to defy proposed federal rules to limit pollution has been met with mostly silence, but leaders in downwind New England states and drought-stricken areas in the West … 0

Police: North Adams mother ran heroin ring with her teenage son

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

NORTH ADAMS — A Massachusetts woman and her high school student son are charged with running a heroin ring from their apartment, allegedly stashing the drugs in a shoebox in the 16-year-old’s closet. The Berkshire Eagle reports that Glendaliz Rios of North Adams was held on $35,000 bail … 0

House unveils $38B state budget, a modest hike

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

BOSTON — Massachusetts House leaders unveiled a nearly $38 billion state budget proposal Wednesday that calls for a modest increase in state spending and offers the troubled Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority more flexibility to enter into private contracts. … 0

Mass. reps say tax revenue slipping beyond ‘water’s edge’

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

BOSTON — Massachusetts could collect an estimated $79 million in additional annual tax revenue if the state tax code was changed to close the “water’s edge loophole” that allows multi-national companies to avoid paying state corporate taxes, according to a new report. Small businesses wind up shouldering a … 0

Judge: Jurors in Tsarnaev trial can’t attend Boston Marathon

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

BOSTON — Jurors in the federal death penalty trial of Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev must stay away from this year’s marathon and any events related to the anniversary of the 2013 attack, a judge warned Tuesday. Judge … 0