State / Region

Report: Mass. roads cost motorists $8.3B annually

Thursday, October 23, 2014

BOSTON — One-fifth of major Massachusetts roads and highways are deficient and the combined gridlock, safety hazards and poor road conditions add up to $8.3 billion in additional costs to motorists, according to a report released Tuesday. The costs stem from vehicle depreciation and repair costs, increased tire wear associated with poor pavement conditions, the financial cost of traffic accidents, and the cost of time spent in traffic and fuel … 0

Coakley, Baker talk taxes

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

BOSTON — Democratic gubernatorial candidate Martha Coakley and Republican rival Charlie Baker sparred Wednesday over tax policy, with Coakley insisting that she would seek to raise taxes only as a last resort and has no immediate plans to seek a graduated income tax in Massachusetts. Coakley raised the possibility of a graduated tax … 0

4 New England states in top 10 for energy efficiency efforts

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

MONTPELIER, Vt. — Four New England states have been ranked in the top 10 nationally for their energy efficiency efforts. Massachusetts led the way in the annual ranking by the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy, with Rhode Island and Vermont tied with Oregon in the No. 3 spot and Connecticut ranked No. 6. In the region, only New Hampshire and Maine … 0

US investigators expand app that helps catch child predators

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

BOSTON — An iPhone app designed to enlist the public’s help to catch fugitive and unknown suspected child predators led law enforcement officials to a suspect less than 36 hours after it became available. A year later, they are hoping to greatly expand their reach by making the … 0

1,900-pound pumpkin wins top honors

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

FARMINGTON, N.H. — A New Hampshire man’s 1,900-pound pumpkin has won the top prize at a fair and is believed to be the state record. Hiram Watson of Farmington won the $5,500 prize at the recent fair in Topsfield, Mass., which is affiliated with a group called the … 0

Beacon Hill Roll Call for Sept. 29 to Oct. 3

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

By BOB KATZEN There were no roll calls in the House or Senate last week. This week, Beacon Hill Roll Call looks at Question 3, one of the four questions on the ballot that will be decided directly by the voters in November. The question asks voters if … 0

Reports of NE campus sex crimes climbing

Monday, October 6, 2014

BOSTON — New England’s largest colleges reported about 40 percent more sexual assaults last year compared with 2012, an increase experts attribute to heightened awareness of the problem and more victims coming forward. Reports of “forcible sex offenses” climbed to 289 last year, up from 206 in 2012, … 0

Hospital monitoring doc cleared of Ebola virus

Sunday, October 5, 2014

WORCESTER — A Massachusetts hospital is awaiting test results on a doctor and missionary who was successfully treated for Ebola he contracted in Africa and now is back in the hospital with what appears to be a respiratory … 0

Vt. state police resume releasing DUI breath test results

Sunday, October 5, 2014

BURLINGTON, Vt. — Vermont state police will once again make public breath test results in suspected drunk driving arrests. The decision comes after a yearlong hiatus sparked by the arrest last year of off-duty Burlington Police Chief Andi Higbee. Higbee’s lawyer released the results of two breath tests … 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