State / Region

Report: Glitch cuts off food stamp benefits for some

Friday, March 27, 2015

BOSTON — Efforts to modernize the state’s food stamp program and weed out fraud have left thousands of eligible residents without benefits, according to advocates for the poor. The problems were created by a new data-mining program that matches food stamp records with those at other state agencies to uncover unreported income. As a result, people who might have earned small amounts of money have received letters from the state … 0

Shelter funding running out

Thursday, March 26, 2015

BOSTON — Emergency shelters across Massachusetts will run out of money on Saturday, according to the Baker administration and legislative officials, who say they are taking steps to ensure that the family shelters for the homeless do not close their doors or cut back on services. “I’m not panicking yet,” said Susan Stubbs, president of ServiceNet. “I know they’re working diligently in Boston … 0

‘Ask the gov.’: Baker answers questions

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

BOSTON — Gov. Charlie Baker on Wednesday afternoon appeared on WGBH radio for his monthly “Ask the Governor” segment responding to calls, emails and Twitter posts from listeners, as well as questions from the co-hosts of “Boston Public Radio” Jim Braude and Margery Eagan. The following are some of the highlights of the … 0

Lt. Gov. says plan to fix potholes in the works

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

BOSTON — The Baker administration is devising a plan to help cities and towns fill the plethora of potholes caused by severe winter weather, Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito said Tuesday. While visiting municipal officials in three North Shore communities, Polito said a pothole plan is in the works, … 0

Boston sets snow record

Monday, March 16, 2015

BOSTON — Boston set an all-time snowfall record and is flirting with another mark: most snark in a single winter. The latest storm in an epic winter edged the total just over the 9-foot mark. Sunday’s storm dropped … 0

Senate renews UMass tuition retention plan

Monday, March 16, 2015

BOSTON — The University of Massachusetts would be allowed to keep tuition revenue that campuses collect from in-state students under a proposal Senate leaders plan to insert into a $361 million midyear spending bill. The tuition retention clause, which would fundamentally change the way UMass is funded by … 0

Chief justice sparks debate on sentencing

Monday, March 16, 2015

BOSTON — The chief justice of the state’s highest court lashed into the mandatory minimum sentencing of drug offenders on Monday, saying the current set-up is “unfair” to minorities, fails to address the drug epidemic and is a “poor investment” of public funds. But in a sharp rejoinder, … 0

Gold Star Mothers chapter established in western Mass

Monday, March 16, 2015

HOLYOKE — Western Massachusetts has for the first time its own chapter of American Gold Star Mothers, the organization for women who have lost children in military service. The chapter was established over the weekend during a ceremony at the Holyoke Soldiers Home. It will be led by … 0

State leaders weigh hiring of Olympic consultant

Monday, March 16, 2015

BOSTON — Legislative leaders and Gov. Charlie Baker are moving toward the hiring of an outside expert to advise state government on Boston’s bid to land the 2024 Olympics. House Speaker Robert DeLeo and Senate President Stan Rosenberg said plans for bringing in a paid consultant were discussed … 0

Police describe battling with marathon bombers

Monday, March 16, 2015

BOSTON — Three police officers on Monday described an onslaught of gunfire and bombs thrown during a violent confrontation with the Boston Marathon bombers days after the deadly attack and one suspect’s furious escape in a stolen car … 0

How will casino chips fall?

Sunday, March 15, 2015

BOSTON — A casino arms race is ramping up in New England. From Connecticut to Maine, lawmakers worried about losing jobs and revenue are proposing expansion of the gambling industry in the increasingly casino-crowded Northeast. Foxwoods, Mohegan Sun … 0

Open court records fight

Sunday, March 15, 2015

BOSTON — Judges across Massachusetts are sealing court documents with increasing regularity, forcing news organizations and First Amendment groups into costly and time-consuming legal battles to ensure the basic workings of the judicial system remain public. In the run up to Aaron Hernandez’s ongoing murder trial in Fall … 0

State and Regional Briefs

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Deerfield driver rescued from pond VERNON, Vt. — A Massachusetts woman whose car plunged into a Vermont pond was rescued by divers and charged with driving under the influence of alcohol. Windham County sheriffs say 20-year-old Taylor Tuttle of Deerfield, Mass., went off Route 142 north around 2:30 … 0