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State universities warn of potential fee hikes, program cuts

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

STATE HOUSE, BOSTON — Public state universities face a nearly $9 million collective bargaining obligation that could drive fees up or force reductions in academic programs if the Legislature does not cover it. An organization that represents nine state university presidents sent a letter Wednesday to legislative leaders asking them to boost funding for the university system in the next fiscal year so the schools can meet the contractual salary … 0

Defense rests in 1st phase of Boston Marathon bombing trial

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

BOSTON — Lawyers for Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev rested their case in his federal death penalty trial Tuesday, a day after they began presenting testimony designed to show his late older brother was the mastermind of the 2013 terror attack. The defense admitted during opening statements that Tsarnaev participated in the bombings. … 0

Boston lawyer, gay-rights pioneer to argue high court marriage case

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Mary Bonauto, the Boston lawyer who won the first gay-marriage rulings in Massachusetts and Vermont, will lead the argument before the Supreme Court in favor of a constitutional right to same-sex marriage nationwide. Bonauto has been seen by gay-rights advocates as the attorney who deserves the most credit for winning marriage equality in … 0

US Interior Secretary thanks Vermonters for climate prep

Monday, March 23, 2015

BURLINGTON, Vt. — U.S. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell thanked a group of Vermonters on Friday for preparing for climate change by looking for ways to reduce damage from future flooding. Jewell said people in some parts of the … 0

Settlement: Voter cards must be offered to Mass. welfare seekers

Thursday, March 19, 2015

BOSTON — Massachusetts residents applying for welfare must be offered voter registration cards and other information under a settlement reached between voting rights groups and the Baker administration. The groups pushing for the settlement with the state Department of Transitional Assistance said Thursday that the agreement will bring … 0

Bill allowing more tribal casinos clears Connecticut panel

Thursday, March 19, 2015

HARTFORD, Conn. — A bill that would authorize Connecticut’s two federally recognized tribes to open up to three jointly operated casinos is moving through the legislative process. The General Assembly’s Public Safety and Security Committee on Thursday voted 15-to-8 in favor of the legislation, which is being pushed … 0

Massachusetts lawmakers approve statewide grand jury

Thursday, March 19, 2015

BOSTON — State Attorney General Maura Healey is praising House and Senate lawmakers for voting to reauthorize a statewide grand jury. The Senate added the amendment to its version of a spending bill, following the lead of House lawmakers, who also included it in their version of the … 0

Ex-Gov. Patrick: I’ll forgo paid Boston 2024 consulting job

Thursday, March 19, 2015

BOSTON — Former Gov. Deval Patrick has decided to pass on a paid consultant job promoting the city’s Olympic bid overseas. Patrick said Thursday that he’s planning to take a full-time position soon and will forgo all outside consulting pay, including for Boston 2024. Patrick said he thinks … 0

State frees up $30M to fix potholes, other winter damage

Thursday, March 19, 2015

BOSTON — The state is making $30 million available to cities and towns to help fill potholes and make other repairs to roads and bridges after a brutal winter. Gov. Charlie Baker’s administration announced what it dubbed the Winter Recovery Assistance Program on Thursday. The $30 million will … 0

Many drug-exposed newborns seen in Massachusetts

Thursday, March 19, 2015

BOSTON — Massachusetts child welfare officials say they investigated more than 1,700 reports of drug-exposed newborns over the final 10 months of last year. Experts say it’s a sign of just how dire the state’s opioid epidemic has become. Jonathan Davis, chief of newborn medicine at the Floating … 0

State & Region briefs

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Healey: Time to review public records exemption BOSTON — As “Sunshine Week” draws attention to the state’s public records laws, Attorney General Maura Healey on Wednesday said she’s committed to reform and would consider proposals to force the … 0

Report: Games would boost Mass. economy

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

BOSTON — Massachusetts could reap billions of dollars in economic activity if Boston is chosen to host the 2024 Olympics, the authors of a new report suggest, while adding there are still many questions that cloud the forecast. The study, released Wednesday by the Donohue Institute at the … 0

Boston museum marks 25 years since infamous art museum heist

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

BOSTON — It’s been called the biggest art heist in U.S. history, perhaps the biggest in the world. But 25 years later, the theft of 13 works from Boston’s Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum remains unsolved. The theft has … 0