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State and region briefs

Friday, November 27, 2015

Vt. lawmakers to consider proper shelter for dogs, cats MONTPELIER, Vt. — Legislation on proper shelter for domestic animals might be expected to have breeders and animal welfare activists fighting like cats and dogs. But members of a special working group set up to prepare a bill for lawmakers to consider when they reconvene in January say they’ve been able to do the work without rancor. Representatives of the Vermont Federation of Dog Clubs, the Vermont Veterinary Medical Association and the Humane Society of the United States participated in a series of conference call meetings during the summer and fall with the aim of modernizing … 0

State and Region Briefs, Nov. 26

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Service to resume after Amtrak’s Vermonter train hit tree WHITE RIVER JUNCTION, Vt. — Officials say an Amtrak Vermonter train struck a fallen tree on the tracks, causing some passengers to be rerouted on buses to Springfield, Massachusetts. It happened at about 10 p.m. Monday. Officials say the tree fell on tracks north … 0

Long-awaited transmission request boosts regional energy

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

MONTPELIER, Vt. — Companies designing projects to bring clean electricity to southern New England say they’re grateful Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island have finally made a request for proposals to carry that power to the region. But meeting the region’s longer-term goal of expanding the use of renewable electricity from wind, solar and hydro-electricity will require more transmission capacity than the states requested, … 0

Rail officials release Northeast Corridor impact study

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

NEWARK, N.J. — The environmental impacts of a large-scale transformation of the Northeast Corridor rail line would be greatly outweighed by an eventual decrease in energy usage and greenhouse gas production, as well as an increase in economic activity and mobility, a draft environmental report released Tuesday concluded. … 0

State/Regional Briefs

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Legalized pot backers say they got needed signatures BOSTON — Backers of a proposed ballot question to legalize the recreational use of marijuana say they’ve collected over 100,000 signatures in support of the initiative. If certified, those would be well above the 64,750 signatures needed to continue the … 0

Mass. sheriffs back governor’s opioid bill

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

BOSTON — More than half of the state’s sheriffs on Monday threw their support behind Gov. Charlie Baker’s substance abuse prevention legislation, saying that what they see at their correctional facilities proves the state’s ongoing opioid epidemic is an issue that “desperately needs attention.” “We are not doing … 0

Regulators consider what to do about collapsed lobster stock

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

PORTLAND, Maine — Interstate fishing regulators are considering what to do about southern New England’s collapsed lobster population, and fishermen fear new restrictions could land on them as a result. The lobster population has sunk to the lowest … 0

State/Region Briefs

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Mass. ed chief poised to recommend assessment BOSTON — Education Commissioner Mitchell Chester is expected today to announce his recommendation to the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education about “what form statewide assessments should take in the future,” … 0

Multi-state forum looks at opioid abuse, overdose rates

Monday, November 9, 2015

BOSTON — Across New England, efforts to tackle opioid abuse and curb rising overdose rates involve a focus on working with doctors on both how the drugs are prescribed and how addiction is treated, political and public health leaders from four states said Monday. The week before Massachusetts … 0

State Briefs

Sunday, November 8, 2015

Boston Mayor to ban replica handguns in public BOSTON — Boston Mayor Marty Walsh is planning to sign an ordinance banning replica handguns in public spaces throughout the city. Walsh says the ordinance is aimed at increasing public … 0

National Grid seeks to increase rate for electricity service

Sunday, November 8, 2015

BOSTON — Officials say electrical supplier National Grid is requesting an increase in its rate for its service that would cost residential customers about $9 more a month. National Grid officials say the higher rates are necessary to offset an increase in paying for expenses such as wooden … 1

Beacon Hill Roll Call

Monday, November 9, 2015

By BOB KATZEN THE HOUSE AND SENATE: Beacon Hill Roll Call records local representatives’ and senators’ votes on roll calls from the week of Nov. 2 to 6, 2015. The House last week teed up and approved several pro-veteran bills. The bills now move to the Senate. Supporters … 0

State and Region Briefs, Nov. 6

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Prosecutors voice support for governor’s opioid abuse plan BOSTON — Prosecutors are throwing their support to Gov. Charlie Baker’s legislative plan to tackle opioid abuse. The state District Attorneys Association sent a letter of support for the proposals … 0