State / Region

Baker sub-cabinet will examine Mass. workforce training

Thursday, February 26, 2015

BOSTON — Three top deputies to Gov. Charlie Baker were charged Thursday with overseeing an effort to better align the state’s education and workforce training systems with the needs of employers. Highlighting the stubborn skills gap as a continued impediment to economic growth, Baker signed an executive order formally establishing a “Workforce Skills Cabinet” chaired by Labor and Workforce Development Secretary Ron Walker. Walker will work with Education Secretary Jim … 0

Vt. AG pushes NRC to look into Entergy finances

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Vermont’s attorney general has endorsed a petition filed with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission raising concerns about Entergy Nuclear’s ability to pay for decommissioning the shutdown Vermont Yankee nuclear plant, and seeking an investigation into its fiscal health in relation to the Vernon plant as well as Pilgrim Station in Plymouth and the FitzPatrick … 0

Bill Cosby’s lawyers to ask for dismissal of defamation suit

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

BOSTON — Bill Cosby’s lawyers said Tuesday they will ask a federal judge to throw out a defamation lawsuit filed by three women accusing him of decades-old sexual offenses. The lawyers said in a legal brief they plan to file their motion to dismiss by Friday. One of the women, Tamara Green, a California lawyer who says Cosby drugged and sexually assaulted her … 0

Beacon Hill Roll Call

Thursday, February 19, 2015

THE HOUSE AND SENATE: Beacon Hill Roll Call records the votes of local representatives on one roll call and local senators on four from the week of Feb. 9­-13. CLOSE THE $768 MILLION BUDGET DEFICIT (H 52) House 155­1, Senate on a voice vote without a roll call, … 0

Monster storms lead to abominable commutes

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

BOSTON — Nearly 8 feet of snowfall this winter has paralyzed greater Boston’s transit system, infuriating commuters on and off the rails who may not see a return to normal for at least a month. Commuter, subway and … 0

Connecticut Senate Democrats propose tax cut for veterans

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

HARTFORD, Conn. — Democrats in the Connecticut state Senate want to exempt all military retirement pay from the state’s personal income tax. Under current state law, 50 percent of the federal income paid to retired members of the U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard and Army … 0

Rosenberg focusing on welfare, job training reforms

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

BOSTON — Massachusetts has one of worst workfare participation rates in the United States and Senate leaders signaled Tuesday they will explore ways to move people from welfare to work by matching them up with open jobs. Senate President Stanley Rosenberg on Tuesday announced the effort to reform … 0

Rep.: renewed interest in end-of-life bill

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

BOSTON — An emotional debate around end-of-life decisions could be revived on Beacon Hill after a lawmaker again filed legislation to allow terminally-ill patients to request medication to end their lives. The recent death of a 29-year-old California woman with terminal brain cancer who decided to take her … 0

Casino money misses states’ expectations

Monday, February 16, 2015

HARTFORD, Conn. — For anyone betting on the Northeast’s casino bonanza, the odds are long on projects hitting financial expectations. In the last several states to open casinos — Ohio, Maryland and Pennsylvania — overall revenue is coming … 0

Driver rescued from plunge into Quaboag River from Masspike

Monday, February 16, 2015

PALMER — Officials say they’ve rescued the driver of a vehicle that plunged from a Massachusetts Turnpike bridge into the icy Quaboag River. ABC 40 reports that public safety officials said the vehicle went over the bridge at about 7 a.m. Monday. The driver was pulled from the … 0

Mayor: Fatal heart attack reported in Boston snow storms

Monday, February 16, 2015

BOSTON — Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh says the latest snow storm has left one person dead, apparently due to a heart attack while shoveling snow. The Boston Herald reports that he urged residents Monday to remain patient as snow continues to mount. He says Boston has had … 0

Apartment roof collapses displace 500 to 700 people

Monday, February 16, 2015

PORTSMOUTH, N.H. — City officials are helping 500 to 700 displaced residents in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, after two partial roof collapses at an eight-building apartment complex due to too much snow. Contractors were clearing snow off the roofs of the Patriots Park Apartments on Monday before starting on … 0

NE colleges embrace sustainable seafood label

Monday, February 16, 2015

PORTLAND, Maine — A Maine science institute wants students at New England colleges to know if the seafood in their school cafeterias was pulled from the region’s waters. The Portland-based Gulf of Maine Research Institute is targeting colleges … 0