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State / Region

Watershed moment for NE energy?

Sunday, February 7, 2016

BOSTON — Tapping into Canadian hydropower is hardly a new concept in energy-starved New England. But Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker’s proposal to authorize long-term contracts between utilities and hydropower producers is being viewed in some quarters as a potential game-changer for the region. The move is not without doubters, and the question of how to deliver Canadian hydro on a large scale remains unanswered. Among several plans yet to secure … 0

Beacon Hill Roll Call, Feb. 1 to 5, 2016

Sunday, February 7, 2016

By BOB KATZEN THE HOUSE AND SENATE. Beacon Hill Roll Call records local senators’ and representatives’ votes on roll calls from the week of Feb. 1 to 5. RAINY DAY FUND (S 61) — House 109-43, Senate 31-6, rejected a proposed constitutional amendment that would require a two-thirds vote of the Legislature in order to spend money from the state’s Rainy Day Fund, … 0

After Rubio stumbles, rivals see opening in New Hampshire

Sunday, February 7, 2016

BEDFORD, N.H. — Marco Rubio’s uneven debate performance just days before Tuesday’s New Hampshire primary has emboldened a trio of governors seeking to stem his rise in the Republican race for president. But if Rubio’s rivals can slow him in New Hampshire, they are likely to leave the GOP with a muddled mix … 0

Medics beat blizzard to make kidney transplant happen

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

STONY BROOK, N.Y. — Melanie Chirichella had been waiting a year and a half for a kidney transplant when she finally got the call from her doctors Saturday that they had found a perfect match in South Carolina. … 0

Baker seeks $5M to address chronic unemployment

Monday, January 25, 2016

BOSTON — Gov. Charlie Baker says his upcoming state budget request will include $5 million to address chronic unemployment. The program announced Monday includes the creation of an economic opportunity fund to provide job training and career opportunities for people who face barriers to employment. It would also … 0

Women committed for detox will no longer be imprisoned

Monday, January 25, 2016

BOSTON — Massachusetts women civilly committed for substance abuse treatment will no longer be sent to prison and instead will be referred to one of the 60 new state hospital beds slated to open this year under a … 0

State/Region Briefs

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Springfield firefighters uncover marijuana growing operation SPRINGFIELD — Firefighters dispatched to a blaze over the weekend were surprised by the discovery of a marijuana growing operation located inside the burning home. The Springfield Republican reports the fire was … 0

28 dead after massive East Coast storm

Sunday, January 24, 2016

NEW YORK — Brilliant sunshine and gently rising temperatures followed the mammoth blizzard that paralyzed Washington and set a single-day snowfall record in New York City, enabling millions to dig out Sunday and enjoy the winter. The timing … 0

Beacon Hill Roll Call, Jan. 18 to 22, 2016

Friday, January 22, 2016

By BOB KATZEN THE HOUSE AND SENATE: Beacon Hill Roll Call records local senators’ votes on roll calls from the week of Jan. 18 to 22. There were no roll calls in the House last week. The Senate, on a voice vote without a roll call, approved a … 0

Brains vs. blizzards

Friday, January 22, 2016

BOSTON — Winter is bearing down anew, and Harvard University students have been engineering new ways to deal with it. Eighteen juniors representing several engineering disciplines in professor David Mooney’s problem-solving and design class spent the fall semester … 0

State of state: Opioids, energy, charter schools

Thursday, January 21, 2016

BOSTON — Gov. Charlie Baker hailed what he called the spirit of bipartisanship on Beacon Hill as he detailed some of his goals for the new year in his first State of the State address Thursday. The Republican … 0

Mass. Senate backs ban on hand-held devices while driving

Thursday, January 21, 2016

BOSTON — The state Senate approved a bill Thursday that would require drivers in Massachusetts to put down their cell phones while behind the wheel. Under the proposed ban on hand-held cell phone use, already in effect in several neighboring states, motorists could only use cellphones with hands-free … 0

Clinton TV ads hammer guns in NH, shy away in Iowa

Thursday, January 21, 2016

WASHINGTON — Broadcast TV viewers in New Hampshire should recognize Hillary Clinton’s stance on gun control by now. One of every four political ads she’s aired in the state over the past month has been about tougher gun … 0