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3 new rail stations set for Conn.-Mass. rail line

Friday, October 24, 2014

HARTFORD, Conn. — Connecticut officials have announced the start of construction of train stations at Berlin, Meriden and Wallingford as part of the New Haven-Hartford-Springfield Rail Program. The nearly $59 million project announced Friday is scheduled to begin this fall and be completed by the launch of the service in late 2016. The stations will feature high-level platforms, an overhead pedestrian bridge, platform snow melt systems and electric vehicle charging … 0

Report: Mass. roads cost motorists $8.3B annually

Thursday, October 23, 2014

BOSTON — One-fifth of major Massachusetts roads and highways are deficient and the combined gridlock, safety hazards and poor road conditions add up to $8.3 billion in additional costs to motorists, according to a report released Tuesday. The costs stem from vehicle depreciation and repair costs, increased tire wear associated with poor pavement conditions, the financial cost of traffic accidents, and the cost … 0

Coakley, Baker talk taxes

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

BOSTON — Democratic gubernatorial candidate Martha Coakley and Republican rival Charlie Baker sparred Wednesday over tax policy, with Coakley insisting that she would seek to raise taxes only as a last resort and has no immediate plans to seek a graduated income tax in Massachusetts. Coakley raised the possibility of a graduated tax … 0

State and Regional Briefs

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Bill Clinton headed back to Worcester WORCESTER — Former President Bill Clinton is coming to Massachusetts to support Martha Coakley, the Democratic candidate for governor. Clinton is scheduled to be at Clark University in Worcester on Thursday. The event is open to the public, although tickets will be … 0

Beacon Hill Roll Call

Friday, October 10, 2014

By BOB KATZEN There were no roll calls in the House or Senate last week. This week, Beacon Hill Roll Call looks at Question 2, one of the four questions on the ballot that will be decided directly by the voters in November. The question asks voters if … 0

State and Regional Briefs

Friday, October 10, 2014

New Hampshire general helps Ebola effort in Africa CONCORD, N.H. — A New Hampshire National Guard general working with the U.S. military to fight against Ebola in Africa says he feels safe and believes U.S. troops will be … 0

Mass. nonprofit fights Ebola in Liberia

Thursday, October 9, 2014

MEDFORD — A Massachusetts-based nonprofit health organization is sending a team of experts to work with Liberian health officials fighting the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, the organization’s president said Thursday. A team from Management Sciences for Health in Medford arrived in Liberia this week to work with … 0

Kerry: Address climate change before it’s too late

Thursday, October 9, 2014

BOSTON — Secretary of State John Kerry said Wednesday that the country and the world need to confront the threat of climate change while there’s still time. Kerry said climate change is already changing the world in real … 0

Ex-principal pleads guilty to cheating scheme

Thursday, October 9, 2014

SPRINGFIELD — The former principal of a Massachusetts charter school has pleaded guilty to charges related to her efforts to help students cheat on a statewide standardized test. Janet Henry entered her plea to a charge of mail fraud in U.S. District Court in Springfield, Massachusetts, on Wednesday. … 0

Governor: Massachusetts prepared if Ebola surfaces

Thursday, October 9, 2014

BOSTON — Gov. Deval Patrick is trying to reassure residents about the threat of Ebola and says the state is taking steps to prepare for the unlikely discovery of an Ebola-infected patient here. Patrick said on his monthly radio show Thursday on WGBH-FM that there have been no … 0

Baker, Coakley square off at chamber forum

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

BOSTON — With the campaign taking on an increasingly sharper tone, Republican gubernatorial candidate Charlie Baker and Democratic nominee Martha Coakley squared off Wednesday morning before an audience of business leaders over a range of issues, including super … 0

Mass. Maritime Academy says website hacked by Islamic group

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

BOURNE — Officials at Massachusetts Maritime Academy say the college’s website was hacked by what appears to be an Islamic extremist group. The Bourne school’s president, Rear Adm. Richard Gurnon, said a group calling itself the Moroccan Islamic Union took over the website Monday and redirected visitors to … 0

New England schools face rash of bomb threats

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

BOSTON — School and law enforcement officials in New England say they are dealing with an unusually high number of bomb threats that have forced the cancellation of classes just weeks into the new academic year. Nearly a … 0