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Springfield-New Haven rail line to get boost from second track

Monday, August 3, 2015

HARTFORD, Conn. — Construction of a second track for the expanded rail line from New Haven to Springfield, Massachusetts, began Monday, and commuters will be bused along the route for the next year. The project will boost north-south rail transportation from six daily round-trip trains to 17 a day south of Hartford and 12 north of Hartford. About $435 million is available, said John Bernick, assistant rail administrator at the … 0

State horse racing fund grows as industry dwindles

Monday, August 3, 2015

PLAINVILLE — Massachusetts’ horse racing industry is flush with casino cash. The only problem? There isn’t much of a local industry to speak of. The state’s obscure Race Horse Development Fund has generated roughly $10.3 million in revenue and is on track to receive almost $18 million more this fiscal year, according to … 0

General: No current plans to close Mass. air bases

Monday, August 3, 2015

BOSTON — Those who depend on U.S. Air Force bases in Chicopee and Bedford can count on continuing operations at those facilities, according to a top Air Force general. U.S. Air Force Lt. Gen. John Thompson, who commands the “total life cycle management of Air Force weapon systems,” met with Gov. Charlie Baker … 0

Hometown wake for Springfield marine killed in Tennessee

Monday, July 27, 2015

SPRINGFIELD — People in his hometown paid their respects on Sunday to a Massachusetts Marine killed by a gunman who attacked a military facility in Tennessee two weeks ago. Thousands attended a public wake for Gunnery Sgt. Thomas … 0

First offshore wind farm in US under construction in Rhode Island

Monday, July 27, 2015

NORTH KINGSTOWN, R.I. — Construction has begun off Rhode Island’s coast on the nation’s first offshore wind farm, a milestone that federal and state officials say will help the fledgling U.S. industry surge ahead. U.S. Secretary of the … 0

State and Region Briefs, July 28

Monday, July 27, 2015

Springfield man dies saving sister from drowning WESTFIELD — Officials say an 18-year-old Springfield man was trying to save his 14-year-old sister from drowning when he lost his own life. Police received a call around 6:15 p.m. Friday … 0

Saying farewell to slain Marine

Sunday, July 26, 2015

SPRINGFIELD. — People in his hometown paid their respects on Sunday to a Massachusetts Marine killed by a gunman who attacked a military facility in Tennessee two weeks ago. Thousands attended a public wake for Gunnery Sgt. Thomas Sullivan at T.P. Sampson Chapel of The Acres on a … 0

Bulger’s bid for new trial heads to appeals court

Sunday, July 26, 2015

BOSTON — During his 2013 racketeering trial, former Boston crime boss James “Whitey” Bulger called the proceeding a “sham” after he was barred from presenting the centerpiece of his defense: his claim that a federal prosecutor gave him … 0

Taxi crashes into pizza shop

Sunday, July 26, 2015

SPRINGFIELD — A taxi has crashed through a chicken and pizza shop in Springfield, but authorities say no one has been hurt. WGGB/WSHM television reports police and fire personnel were called to the New York Fried Chicken and Pizza shop on State Street at about 1 p.m. Sunday. … 0

USOC asks Baker for stance on Boston 2024

Friday, July 24, 2015

BOSTON — The U.S. Olympic Committee wants to know where the governor of Massachusetts stands on the Boston Olympics. His answer: Still crunching the numbers. Gov. Charlie Baker refused to take a position on the city’s troubled bid … 0

Boston Olympics organizers release original, unredacted bid

Friday, July 24, 2015

BOSTON — Organizers of Boston’s bid for the 2024 Summer Olympics on Friday released the full, unredacted version of the bid that won over the U.S. Olympic Committee, after city officials earlier this week clamored for their disclosure. The documents reveal that organizers initially projected the games costing … 0

State and Regional Briefs

Friday, July 24, 2015

Body of slain Mass. Marine returns home to Springfield SPRINGFIELD — Hundreds of people lined the streets of Springfield waving American flags and paying final respects as the body of a Marine killed by a gunman in Tennessee … 0

Beacon Hill Roll Call, July 25

Friday, July 24, 2015

THE HOUSE AND SENATE: Beacon Hill Roll Call records local senators’ votes on roll calls from the week of July 20-24. There were no roll calls in the House last week. CLIMATE CHANGE ADAPTION (S 1973) Senate 38-0, approved and sent to the House a bill requiring the … 0