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In this April 15, 2014 photo, Jeff Woodbury, assistant school facilities director checks, on a wood heat furnace used by schools in Falmouth, Maine. The furnace was partially funded from a grant of federal stimulus dollars to the Maine Forest Service. The grant program helped 24 facilities slash costs for the heating season ending in 2013 by replacing nearly 900,000 gallons of heating oil with locally produced wood chips and pellets. (AP Photo/Blake Davis)

Wood boilers prove a boost in Maine

Sunday, April 20, 2014

PORTLAND, Maine — Years after federal stimulus dollars funded a Maine Forest Service Project to heat with local wood products, schools and other facilities report they have slashed energy bills in half while supporting jobs in the state’s struggling timber industry. However, some project managers say because they had to borrow money to participate, the effort left them with hefty … 0

Prosecutor: Body fits description of missing boy

Friday, April 18, 2014

WORCESTER — A child’s body found off a highway in central Massachusetts on Friday matches the height and weight of a 5-year-old boy who has been missing for seven months, and whose disappearance led to calls for changes in the state’s child welfare agency, authorities said. Worcester County District Attorney Joseph Early Jr. … 0

State Briefs

Friday, April 18, 2014

Survivors keep busy as Boston Marathon approaches BOSTON — Survivors of last year’s twin bombings at the Boston Marathon say they have mixed feelings as the race day approaches. Celeste Corcoran and Heather Abbott say the days leading up to the race have been filled with public appearances, media interviews and gatherings with friends and family. But, speaking at an event Friday evening … 0

States rebel against powerful new painkiller

Friday, April 4, 2014

BARRE, Vt. — State officials around the country are rebelling over a powerful new painkiller that law enforcement and public health authorities fear could worsen the nation’s deadly scourge of heroin and prescription drug abuse. On Thursday, Vermont … 0

Blaze that killed 2 firefighters blamed on welding

Friday, April 4, 2014

BOSTON — Sparks from a welding project for which no one had obtained a permit caused the wind-driven fire that tore through a Boston brownstone last week, killing two firefighters and injuring 13, officials said Friday. Police Commissioner … 0

State and Region Briefs

Friday, April 4, 2014

High-speed Internet expected in Putney PUTNEY, Vt. — Telecommunications officials from across Vermont are telling a group of residents in the town of Putney they are trying to get them broadband service. The Brattleboro Reformer reports officials from V-Tel said they are close to finishing work on four … 0

Beacon Hill Roll Call, week ending April 4

Friday, April 4, 2014

By BOB KATZEN Beacon Hill Roll Call records local senators’ votes on one roll call and local representatives’ votes on seven roll calls from the week of March 31 — April 4. BENEFITS FOR FALLEN FIREFIGHTERS AND POLICE OFFICERS (H 4023) House 149-0, Senate 39-0, approved and sent … 0

North Adams hospital files for bankruptcy

Thursday, April 3, 2014

NORTH ADAMS — The parent company of North Adams Regional Hospital has filed for federal bankruptcy protection, even as efforts to re-open the emergency room continue. The petition filed Thursday will lead to the liquidation and sale of the hospital’s assets, and to the dissolution of Northern Berkshire … 0

Mass. to curb smoking in public housing

Thursday, April 3, 2014

BOSTON — Gov. Deval Patrick’s administration moved Thursday to stamp out smoking in public housing in Massachusetts. The Department of Housing and Community Development issued guidelines to all 240 local housing authorities urging them to develop smoke-free policies for their state-aided public housing units. Such policies would prohibit … 0

Court’s political donation ruling may affect state

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

STATE HOUSE, BOSTON — Well-heeled Massachusetts political donors will be free to spread their wealth among as many candidates for state and federal office as they wish this year after the Supreme Court on Wednesday struck down aggregate federal campaign contribution limits, a ruling that state regulators said … 0

Vt. hospital preps for more patients

Monday, March 31, 2014

BENNINGTON, Vt. — The Southwestern Vermont Medical Center in Bennington is ready to serve more patients after the closing of a nearby Massachusetts hospital, officials at the Vermont hospital said. The financially troubled North Adams Regional Hospital closed last week and now the Bennington hospital, about 18 miles … 0

Storms knock out cell phone, Internet in North Adams

Sunday, March 30, 2014

NORTH ADAMS — North Adams officials say cell phone and Internet service have been knocked out after radio towers on top of a nearby mountain collapsed in high winds and heavy rain. The North Adams Department of Public Safety used the city Police Department’s Facebook page to make … 0

State and region briefs

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Springfield casino hearing set for Tuesday SPRINGFIELD — The state gambling commission is headed to Springfield to hear from residents and local officials about MGM Resorts’ plan to build an $800 million resort casino. The hearing on Tuesday comes just weeks before the panel is expected to award … 0