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In this April 15, 2014 photo, Jeff Woodbury, assistant school facilities director checks, on a wood heat furnace used by schools in Falmouth, Maine. The furnace was partially funded from a grant of federal stimulus dollars to the Maine Forest Service. The grant program helped 24 facilities slash costs for the heating season ending in 2013 by replacing nearly 900,000 gallons of heating oil with locally produced wood chips and pellets. (AP Photo/Blake Davis)

Wood boilers prove a boost in Maine

Sunday, April 20, 2014

PORTLAND, Maine — Years after federal stimulus dollars funded a Maine Forest Service Project to heat with local wood products, schools and other facilities report they have slashed energy bills in half while supporting jobs in the state’s struggling timber industry. However, some project managers say because they had to borrow money to participate, the effort left them with hefty … 0

Prosecutor: Body fits description of missing boy

Friday, April 18, 2014

WORCESTER — A child’s body found off a highway in central Massachusetts on Friday matches the height and weight of a 5-year-old boy who has been missing for seven months, and whose disappearance led to calls for changes in the state’s child welfare agency, authorities said. Worcester County District Attorney Joseph Early Jr. … 0

State Briefs

Friday, April 18, 2014

Survivors keep busy as Boston Marathon approaches BOSTON — Survivors of last year’s twin bombings at the Boston Marathon say they have mixed feelings as the race day approaches. Celeste Corcoran and Heather Abbott say the days leading up to the race have been filled with public appearances, media interviews and gatherings with friends and family. But, speaking at an event Friday evening … 0

Mass. House OKs domestic abuse bill

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

BOSTON — An overhaul of the state’s domestic violence laws, including new bail guidelines and tougher penalties for abusers, unanimously cleared the Massachusetts House on Tuesday amid concerns from defense attorneys that the bill was hastily drafted and overly broad. The measure, called the most comprehensive domestic violence … 0

Zohydro maker sues to block ban

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

BOSTON — The maker of Zohydro, a controversial new prescription painkiller, has filed a lawsuit in federal court seeking to block Massachusetts’ ban on local doctors prescribing and dispensing the drug. Zogenix filed suit in U.S. District Court in Massachusetts on Monday requesting that the court temporarily stop … 0

Mass. insurer cuts narcotic prescriptions

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

BOSTON — The largest health insurer in Massachusetts has cut prescriptions of narcotic painkillers by an estimated 6.6 million pills in 18 months as part of a campaign to curb abuse. The decline in prescribed opiates including Percocet and Vicodin followed the insurer’s decision to limit the quantity … 0

North Adams emergency center location unclear

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

NORTH ADAMS — Officials at Pittsfield’s Berkshire Medical Center say they are committed to opening a satellite emergency room in North Adams even if it’s not at the site of the now-closed North Adams Regional Hospital. An attorney for the Pittsfield hospital said at a bankruptcy hearing Monday … 0

Scott Brown to start New Hampshire Senate bid Thursday

Monday, April 7, 2014

CONCORD, N.H. — Republican Scott Brown said Monday he will kick off his next campaign for U.S. Senate in Portsmouth, the New Hampshire city he says played a special role in his childhood. The former Massa-chusetts senator will … 0

Covering the Red Sox on canvas

Sunday, April 6, 2014

WORCESTER — On Oct. 30, 2013, the Boston Red Sox won their first World Series at Fenway Park since 1918 and Mark Waitkus was there to record the historical moment, first with his camera and then in a … 0

Cigarette a culprit in 3-alarm wedding venue fire

Sunday, April 6, 2014

FOXBOROUGH — A firefighter says a cigarette tossed onto mulch may have caused a destructive fire at a popular wedding venue in Foxborough. Deputy Fire Chief Steven Bagley tells The Boston Globe that the fire at the Lakeview … 0

State and regional briefs

Sunday, April 6, 2014

$1B Boston convention center upgrade gets airing BOSTON — State lawmakers are considering a proposed $1.1 billion expansion of the Boston Convention and Exhibition center in South Boston. Supporters of the measure say the facility that opened in 1997 isn’t big enough to attract many large-scale national and … 0

Boston dispute could delay casino licensing fee

Sunday, April 6, 2014

BOSTON — A delay in licensing the sole Boston-area casino could have at least a short-term impact on state finances. The state’s budget for the fiscal year ending June 30 anticipated $195 million in casino-related licensing fees, including $25 million from a slots parlor and $85 million for … 0

Beacon Hill Roll Call

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Beacon Hill Roll Call urges you to read the next two roll calls carefully and be aware that the studies were proposed in place of the amendment, so a “yes” vote is for the study and essentially is against the amendment. Conversely, a “no” vote is against the … 0