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Pope Francis waves to journalists as he boards his airplane on the occasion of his trip to Africa, at Rome's Fiumicino International Airport, Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2015. Pope Francis is leaving for a trip that will take him to Kenya, Uganda and the Central African Republic, from Nov. 25-30. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

State and Region Briefs, Nov. 26

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Service to resume after Amtrak’s Vermonter train hit tree WHITE RIVER JUNCTION, Vt. — Officials say an Amtrak Vermonter train struck a fallen tree on the tracks, causing some passengers to be rerouted on buses to Springfield, Massachusetts. It happened at about 10 p.m. Monday. Officials say the tree fell on tracks north of White River Junction and caused the … 0

Long-awaited transmission request boosts regional energy

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

MONTPELIER, Vt. — Companies designing projects to bring clean electricity to southern New England say they’re grateful Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island have finally made a request for proposals to carry that power to the region. But meeting the region’s longer-term goal of expanding the use of renewable electricity from wind, solar and hydro-electricity will require more transmission capacity than the states requested, … 0

Massachusetts Attorney General creates student loan unit

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

BOSTON — Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey says her office wants to do more for students and families who face mountains of student loan debt. Healey on Tuesday announced the creation of a student loan assistance unit to help borrowers who have fallen behind on loans or face default. The attorney general also announced that her office was cracking down on what she … 0

State/Regional Briefs

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Legalized pot backers say they got needed signatures BOSTON — Backers of a proposed ballot question to legalize the recreational use of marijuana say they’ve collected over 100,000 signatures in support of the initiative. If certified, those would be well above the 64,750 signatures needed to continue the … 0

Mass. sheriffs back governor’s opioid bill

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

BOSTON — More than half of the state’s sheriffs on Monday threw their support behind Gov. Charlie Baker’s substance abuse prevention legislation, saying that what they see at their correctional facilities proves the state’s ongoing opioid epidemic is an issue that “desperately needs attention.” “We are not doing … 0

Regulators consider what to do about collapsed lobster stock

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

PORTLAND, Maine — Interstate fishing regulators are considering what to do about southern New England’s collapsed lobster population, and fishermen fear new restrictions could land on them as a result. The lobster population has sunk to the lowest … 0

State/Region Briefs

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Mass. ed chief poised to recommend assessment BOSTON — Education Commissioner Mitchell Chester is expected today to announce his recommendation to the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education about “what form statewide assessments should take in the future,” … 0

Multi-state forum looks at opioid abuse, overdose rates

Monday, November 9, 2015

BOSTON — Across New England, efforts to tackle opioid abuse and curb rising overdose rates involve a focus on working with doctors on both how the drugs are prescribed and how addiction is treated, political and public health leaders from four states said Monday. The week before Massachusetts … 0

State Briefs

Sunday, November 8, 2015

Boston Mayor to ban replica handguns in public BOSTON — Boston Mayor Marty Walsh is planning to sign an ordinance banning replica handguns in public spaces throughout the city. Walsh says the ordinance is aimed at increasing public … 0

National Grid seeks to increase rate for electricity service

Sunday, November 8, 2015

BOSTON — Officials say electrical supplier National Grid is requesting an increase in its rate for its service that would cost residential customers about $9 more a month. National Grid officials say the higher rates are necessary to offset an increase in paying for expenses such as wooden … 1

Beacon Hill Roll Call

Monday, November 9, 2015

By BOB KATZEN THE HOUSE AND SENATE: Beacon Hill Roll Call records local representatives’ and senators’ votes on roll calls from the week of Nov. 2 to 6, 2015. The House last week teed up and approved several pro-veteran bills. The bills now move to the Senate. Supporters … 0

State and Region Briefs, Nov. 6

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Prosecutors voice support for governor’s opioid abuse plan BOSTON — Prosecutors are throwing their support to Gov. Charlie Baker’s legislative plan to tackle opioid abuse. The state District Attorneys Association sent a letter of support for the proposals … 0

Teen accused in teacher killing competent to stand trial

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

SALEM — A Massachusetts teenager charged with raping and killing his math teacher is now mentally competent to stand trial, a judge ruled Wednesday. Jury selection had begun in 16-year-old Philip Chism’s trial last month, but it was suspended after Chism’s lawyers expressed concerns about his competency. Essex … 0