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In this Monday, Oct. 13, 2014 photo, a tourist photographs Crawford Notch in Carroll, N.H., as foliage reaches peak in New Hampshire's White Mountains. Officials say tourists will spend upwards of $1 billion to catch a glimpse of the red, yellow and orange hues on the trees, and the windfall is steadily rising as the economy regains strength. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)

For New England, fall foliage is time to rake it in

Sunday, October 19, 2014

JAFFREY, N.H. — On Mount Monadnock, hikers file up the 3,165-foot peak in lockstep, protected from drizzling rain by a luminous golden canopy of leaves. They’re not just gazing at foliage — they’re looking at cold, hard cash. Money really does grow on trees in autumn in New England, and all six states are raking it in. Officials say tourists … 0

Pumpkin fest mayhem gives Keene hangover

Sunday, October 19, 2014

CONCORD, N.H. — Keene State College students quickly cleaned up from a chaotic weekend on Sunday after violent parties near the city’s annual pumpkin festival led to destruction, dozens of arrests and multiple injuries. The parties around the school coincided with the Keene Pumpkin Festival, at which the community tries to set a … 0

State and regional briefs

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Tip O’Neill tunnel to close Tuesday night BOSTON — The state Transportation Department is warning motorists about an overnight shutdown of the Tip O’Neill tunnel. Officials say the northbound lanes of Interstate 93 inside the tunnel will close at about 11 p.m. Tuesday and reopen at about 5 a.m. Wednesday so crews can do routine maintenance work that includes roadway sweeping, and wall … 0

State and regional briefs

Friday, October 3, 2014

First lady in New England to boost Democrats First lady Michelle Obama is making a political swing through New England Friday on behalf of Democrats running for governor in Massachusetts and Maine. Obama energized a crowd at the … 0

Feds: We overpaid Mass. $106M for Medicaid

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

BOSTON — A federal audit released Wednesday said the U.S. government overpaid Massachusetts nearly $106 million for Medicaid reimbursements, and recommends that the state be ordered to refund the money. The report, from the inspector general’s office of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, determined the … 0

Children’s programming

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

CAMBRIDGE — This computer programming app is so easy to use that even a kindergartener can do it. Researchers in Massachusetts have created a basic computer coding app that they say is the first designed specifically for children … 0

Program for bridge repairs tapped

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

BOSTON — The $3 billion in financing the Patrick administration put to work repairing bridges throughout the state is nearly tapped as the eight-year program winds to a close, making major gains while leaving hundreds of structurally deficient bridges for the next governor to handle. All of the … 0

Patrick rips ‘stupid’ Herald cartoon

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

BOSTON — Reacting to a widely scorned Boston Herald editorial cartoon that the newspaper has said was not intentionally racist, Gov. Deval Patrick on Wednesday called it “stupid” and said he hoped for greater sensitivity. “I don’t need to pile on. I found the cartoon offensive. I think … 0

New tech businesses present challenges

Sunday, September 28, 2014

BOSTON — A renowned technology hub that is home to some of the country’s top universities, Boston is emerging as an unlikely battleground for web-based businesses like Airbnb and Uber, with some saying more regulations are needed to … 0

2 trails damaged by tropical storm Irene reopen

Sunday, September 28, 2014

CAMPTON, N.H. — Two White Mountain National Forest trails nearly obliterated by Tropical Storm Irene three years ago are reopening for New Hampshire’s fall hiking season. The Dry River Trail and Isolation Trail in the Dry River Wilderness region of the forest are open again after extensive work, … 0

Inmate death leads to firing of 3 hospital guards

Sunday, September 28, 2014

BRIDGEWATER — Massachusetts officials have fired three correctional officers in connection with an inmate’s death at Bridgewater State Hospital in 2009. The guards were fired Thursday after an internal investigation into the death of 23-year-old Joshua Messier, state Department of Correction officials told The Boston Globe. Messier suffered … 0

Rep. Paul Mark named to Vt. Yankee decommisioning advisory panel

Sunday, September 28, 2014

State. Rep. Paul Mark said he had 36 hours’ notice Tuesday about being appointed by Gov. Deval Patrick as the Massachusetts representative to the 19-member Vermont Nuclear Decommission-ing Citizens Advisory Panel before its meeting in Brattleboro, Vt. Mark, … 0

State/Regional Briefs

Friday, September 26, 2014

Democrat Coakley unveils higher education proposal BOSTON — Democratic candidate for governor Martha Coakley says she wants to make higher education more affordable. Coakley unveiled a plan Thursday aimed at students who want to attend community college and … 0