State / Region

Rosenberg floats ballot pot question

Monday, June 1, 2015

BOSTON — Senate President Stanley Rosenberg said Monday he has floated to the governor and the House speaker the idea of a 2016 nonbinding ballot question on legalizing marijuana, a suggestion that a top recreational marijuana advocate says “smells like a skunk.” Stating that he sees the country trending towards the legalization of recreational marijuana, Rosenberg said, “How we regulate it and how we manage it, if the people vote for it, is going to be a big issue.” Appearing on the Mara Dolan Show on WCAP 980 AM, Rosenberg added: “I’ve actually suggested to the governor and the speaker that we should put a … 0

Police allow addicts to turn in drugs if they seek treatment

Monday, June 1, 2015

GLOUCESTER — Heroin users seeking help for their addiction won’t be arrested if they turn over their drugs and needles to police under a unique policy launched Monday in Gloucester. Drug addicts — including those abusing morphine, oxycodone and other opioids — will instead be taken by an officer to the local hospital … 0

Kerry breaks leg in bike crash

Sunday, May 31, 2015

GENEVA — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry broke his leg in a bicycle crash Sunday, apparently after hitting a curb, and scrapped the rest of a four-nation trip that included an international conference on combating the Islamic State group. Kerry was in stable condition and in good spirits as he prepared to … 0

Solar industry: Lift net meter cap

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

BOSTON — Solar energy industry officials and advocates on Tuesday called for the lifting of the cap on solar production, which they say is impeding projects, causing delays in hiring and leading some companies to consider leaving the … 0

Nun: Tsarnaev feels sorry for marathon attack victims

Monday, May 11, 2015

BOSTON — Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s lawyers rested their case Monday in their bid to save him from execution after death penalty opponent Sister Helen Prejean testified that Tsarnaev expressed genuine sorrow for the victims of the Boston Marathon bombing. … 0

State and region briefs, May 12

Monday, May 11, 2015

Nine arrested in Boston beach brawl REVERE — State police say nine people, including eight juveniles, were arrested after a large disturbance at a suburban Boston beach. Dozens of police cruisers went to Revere Beach on Sunday evening … 0

State and Regional Briefs

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Police investigate Southbridge death SOUTHBRIDGE — Authorities are investigating the death of a 59-year-old man found dead in his Southbridge home. Worcester District Attorney Joseph Early said Sunday the death is considered suspicious, and investigators do not believe it was random. Early said Southbridge police found the body … 0

Mass. bill would require shareholder OK for corporate political donations

Friday, May 8, 2015

BOSTON — Upset by the federal courts’ loosening of political spending limits, advocates for more controls on campaign dollars are seeking passage of a bill that would limit the ability of corporations registered in Massachusetts to use corporate money for political causes. “For a complete fix we would … 0

Beacon Hill Roll Call

Friday, May 8, 2015

THE HOUSE AND SENATE: Beacon Hill Roll Call records local senators’ votes on roll calls from prior sessions on the debate on Senate operating rules for 2015-2016. There were no roll calls in the House or Senate last week. FOUR HOURS TO READ BILLS (S 6) Senate 8-30, … 0

$900K in grants to expand broadband to hard-to-serve areas

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

MONTPELIER, Vt. — The state of Vermont is a step closer toward meeting the goal of ensuring that everyone in the state has access to high-speed, broadband Internet service. Gov. Peter Shumlin and other state and local officials announced Wednesday that $900,000 would be spent on grants to … 0

Baker asks feds to allow Mass. to deviate from Affordable Care Act

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

BOSTON — Gov. Charlie Baker, who was highly critical during his campaign last year of the Affordable Care Act’s impact on the state, has requested that the federal government delay changes in the state’s small business health insurance market until the state can formally file for a waiver. … 0

State will play larger role overseeing hotel shelter program

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

BOSTON —The nonprofit firm that has for the last 16 years served as the broker for hundreds of homeless families sheltered by the state in a network of hotels and motels has declined to renew its contract, prompting the Baker administration to assume those responsibilities in-house. Starting July … 0

Oxfam America presses SEC on drafting disclosure regulations

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

BOSTON — The aid group Oxfam America is pressing federal officials to draft regulations aimed at requiring U.S.-listed oil, gas, and mining companies to publish what they pay to governments for access to natural resources. Lawyers for the charity argued in U.S. District Court on Wednesday that the … 0