State / Region


Gov. Baker: Massachusetts will continue to support refugees

Monday, November 23, 2015

BOSTON — Gov. Charlie Baker said Monday that Massachusetts will continue to support refugee resettlement, even as the debate over the U.S. role in sheltering some refugees fleeing Syria continues to roil political debate in the country. Offering shelter to refugees is part of Massachusetts’ history, Baker told reporters Monday. “I don’t intend to have Massachusetts get out of the business of supporting refugee resettlement,” Baker said. “It’s something we’ve been doing forever and we’re going to continue to collaborate and cooperate with the federal government on that.” The comments come after Baker was criticized last week when he said he was not interested in … 0

Sen. Shaheen proposes $600M to fight heroin use

Monday, November 23, 2015

CONCORD, N.H. — U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen is proposing $600 million in emergency funding to address an opioid and heroin abuse crisis that she says is spiraling out of control. “This should be an all-hands-on-deck moment, not just for New Hampshire but for our country,” Shaheen, a Democrat, said. “We are losing lives daily, and our first responders, health care providers and criminal … 0

State and Region Briefs, Nov. 24

Monday, November 23, 2015

FBI: 9 of 16 guns stolen from Army Reserve center recovered WORCESTER — Federal authorities have recovered nine of the 16 guns stolen from a Massachusetts Army Reserve facility. The FBI said Monday five of six M4 assault rifles and four of 10 M11 handguns stolen Nov. 14 from the Lincoln Stoddard Army … 0

4 more women join defamation suit against Bill Cosby

Friday, November 13, 2015

BOSTON — Four more women joined a federal lawsuit against Bill Cosby Friday, claiming the comedian sexually abused them and later defamed them by letting his representatives publicly label their stories lies. Barbara Bowman, Joan Tarshis, Louisa Moritz … 0

Massachusetts education chief calls for new hybrid test

Thursday, November 12, 2015

BOSTON — Massachusetts’ education commissioner called Thursday for the state to create a new standardized test for public school students, one that would combine elements of the current assessment with another that is closely aligned with federal Common Core standards. The recommendation by Mitchell Chester, commissioner of elementary … 0

Officials: Brattleboro fire that displaced 45 is suspicious

Thursday, November 12, 2015

BRATTLEBORO, Vt. — Officials say a Brattleboro fire that forced more than 40 people from their homes is now considered suspicious. The fire broke out Saturday in a 12-unit apartment building at Valgar Street. There were no injuries, but the American Red Cross regional office reported that 45 … 0

Baker, Healey differ on whether fantasy sports constitutes gambling

Thursday, November 12, 2015

BOSTON — In the wake of the New York attorney general’s cease and desist order shutting down daily fantasy sports sites like DraftKings and FanDuel in that neighboring state, Gov. Charlie Baker and Attorney General Maura Healey appear … 0

Mass. continuing review of daily fantasy sports

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

BOSTON — Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey said Wednesday her review of daily fantasy sports sites would not be influenced by New York’s move against DraftKings and FanDuel, and she expressed confidence that rules could be put in … 0

Rail officials release Northeast Corridor impact study

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

NEWARK, N.J. — The environmental impacts of a large-scale transformation of the Northeast Corridor rail line would be greatly outweighed by an eventual decrease in energy usage and greenhouse gas production, as well as an increase in economic activity and mobility, a draft environmental report released Tuesday concluded. … 0

State/Regional Briefs

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Legalized pot backers say they got needed signatures BOSTON — Backers of a proposed ballot question to legalize the recreational use of marijuana say they’ve collected over 100,000 signatures in support of the initiative. If certified, those would be well above the 64,750 signatures needed to continue the … 0

Mass. sheriffs back governor’s opioid bill

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

BOSTON — More than half of the state’s sheriffs on Monday threw their support behind Gov. Charlie Baker’s substance abuse prevention legislation, saying that what they see at their correctional facilities proves the state’s ongoing opioid epidemic is an issue that “desperately needs attention.” “We are not doing … 0

Regulators consider what to do about collapsed lobster stock

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

PORTLAND, Maine — Interstate fishing regulators are considering what to do about southern New England’s collapsed lobster population, and fishermen fear new restrictions could land on them as a result. The lobster population has sunk to the lowest … 0

State/Region Briefs

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Mass. ed chief poised to recommend assessment BOSTON — Education Commissioner Mitchell Chester is expected today to announce his recommendation to the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education about “what form statewide assessments should take in the future,” … 0