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State & Regional Briefs

Friday, December 19, 2014

Home confinement set for ex-pharmacy officials BOSTON — A federal judge has ordered home confinement for two men facing the most serious charges in a deadly nationwide meningitis outbreak blamed on a defunct Massachusetts compounding pharmacy. Magistrate Judge Jennifer Boal set bail and release conditions Friday for Barry Cadden and Glenn Chin while they await trial. Cadden is a co-founder of the New England Compounding Center; Chin was the Framingham company’s supervisory pharmacist. They have pleaded not guilty to 25 counts each of second-degree murder under federal racketeering law. More than 750 people were sickened by tainted drugs and 64 died. Boal ordered Cadden released … 0

Beacon Hill Roll Call, Week of Dec. 19

Friday, December 19, 2014

By BOB KATZEN There were no roll calls in the House or Senate last week. This week, with the end of the 2013-2014 session approaching, Beacon Hill Roll Call continues its series that takes a look at some of the bills approved by the Legislature and signed into law by Gov. Deval Patrick in the 2013-2014 session. APPROVE $1.4 BILLION FOR HOUSING (H … 0

Obama calls in to Massachusetts governor’s show

Thursday, December 18, 2014

BOSTON — Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick has fielded calls on hundreds of subjects during his monthly “Ask the Governor” radio show. But this call was one of a kind. “Uh, Governor, this is Barack Obama, formerly of Somerville,” the caller began Thursday. “I’ve got a few complaints about service in and around the … 0

Thousands rally in Boston

Friday, December 5, 2014

BOSTON — Several thousand people rallied peacefully in Boston on Thursday night to protest a grand jury’s decision to not charge a white police officer in the videotaped chokehold death of an unarmed black man in New York City. Protesters blocked some streets while marching to Boston Common, … 0

Massachusetts to test first-in-nation gambling limit tool

Friday, December 5, 2014

BOSTON — The state Gaming Commission on Thursday signed off on a pilot program at the planned slots parlor in Plainville, giving gamblers the voluntary option of limiting how much money they spend before they sit down at a machine. Gaming Commission chair Stephen Crosby said the program … 0

Rallies on two fronts

Friday, December 5, 2014

WASHINGTON — While marchers took to the streets to protest the lack of charges against white police officers in the deaths of two unarmed black men, many more turned to social media to voice their objections to the … 0

Beacon Hill Roll Call

Thursday, December 4, 2014

By BOB KATZEN BOSTON — The State Department of Revenue today announced that sufficient economic growth under the terms of a 2002 law will result in a tax cut for millions of Bay State taxpayers beginning in 2015. The cut will come from a reduction in the income … 0

Rosenberg defends personal ‘firewall’

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

BOSTON — Facing questions about his domestic partner’s role in business on Beacon Hill, Senate Majority Leader Stanley Rosenberg on Wednesday moved to quiet any discontent among members by assuring them of a “firewall” between his personal life and work. Rosenberg, who is expecting to be elected by … 0

Beacon Hill Roll Call

Thursday, December 4, 2014

By BOB KATZEN Beacon Hill Roll Call The Special Advisory Commission on the Compensation of Public Officials, created by the Legislature in June as part of the fiscal 2015 state budget, has issued its report and is recommending substantial pay raises for the state’s six constitutional officers, the … 0

Mass. panel: Hike pay for governor, other top officials

Monday, December 1, 2014

BOSTON — An advisory board on Monday recommended increasing the Massachusetts governor’s total pay by nearly $100,000 a year while also giving sizable raises to other officials, including a 71 percent hike for legislative leaders. The Special Advisory Commission on Public Compensation said the governor’s salary should rise … 0

Taking them all on

Sunday, November 30, 2014

BOSTON — In her first two years in the U.S. Senate, Elizabeth Warren has drawn praise and ire among her Capitol Hill colleagues as well as the ardent support of liberal loyalists. The Massachusetts Democrat has locked horns … 0

Student under house arrest after alleged threats to school

Sunday, November 30, 2014

EASTHAMPTON — An 18-year-old Easthampton High School student is under house arrest Friday after she was arrested Wednesday night following a police investigation into reports she threatened to “shoot up the school.” Tarryn L. LaValley, of 15 Pine Hill Road, pleaded not guilty in Northampton District Court on … 0

State and regional briefs

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Former Springfield bishop funeral Mass today SPRINGFIELD — Funeral arrangements are set for the former leader of the Roman Catholic diocese in western Massachusetts. The Rev. Joseph Maguire’s body was lying in repose at St. Michael the Archangel’s Cathedral in Springfield on Sunday, which was followed by a … 0