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Father, daughter killed in crash

Friday, August 29, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Authorities say an SUV driver who struck and killed a father and daughter on a motorcycle in Easthampton was under the influence of narcotics. Prosecutors and police said Friday that the motorcycle driver, 62-year-old Edward McGrath of Holyoke, was riding with his 29-year-old daughter Brittney McGrath of Brooklyn, N.Y. The McGraths were heading north on Route 5 just after 3 p.m. Thursday when police said a southbound car … 0

4 Lowell family members plead guilty in $25M scam

Friday, August 29, 2014

LOWELL — Four members of a Lowell family have pleaded guilty to charges that they schemed to hide $25 million in wages from the Internal Revenue Service, federal prosecutors say. The family ran a temporary employment agency from 2004 to 2009, during which time they reported to the IRS that their employees made about $2.2 million in wages, when in fact they had … 0

Friday, August 29, 2014

By BOB KATZEN There were no roll call votes in the House or Senate last week. This week, Beacon Hill Roll Call reports local senators’ roll call attendance records for the 2014 session through August 31. The Senate has held 260 roll call votes. Beacon Hill Roll Call tabulates the number of roll calls on which each senator was present and voting and … 0

State and region briefs

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Springfield man fatally shot SPRINGFIELD — Massachusetts police say a man has been fatally shot near an elementary school in Springfield, and they suspect the shooting was related to drugs and gangs. Springfield police responded to a disturbance shortly after 5 p.m. Saturday and found a wounded man … 0

Berry farms fight late-season fruit fly

Sunday, August 10, 2014

MONTPELIER, Vt. — Northeast berry growers are learning ways to combat an invasive fruit fly that wiped out 80 percent of some farms’ late-season fruit two years ago, forcing some small growers out of business. The tiny spotted … 0

Patrick: Market Basket dispute ‘out of hand’

Friday, August 8, 2014

BOSTON — Gov. Deval Patrick urged Market Basket’s board of directors Friday to quickly resolve the question of leadership at the troubled supermarket chain. In a letter to the board, Patrick wrote that he’s not choosing sides, but “by any measure, the disruption that followed your recent change … 0

Coakley sues ex-state university president Dobelle

Friday, August 8, 2014

BOSTON — Attorney General Martha Coakley sued former Westfield State University President Evan Dobelle on Thursday, alleging he used school-issued credit cards and school funds to make personal purchases and take vacations costing nearly $100,000. In the lawsuit filed in Suffolk Superior Court, Coakley said Dobelle misused public … 0

Giffords in Maine ahead of midterm push on guns

Friday, August 8, 2014

AUGUSTA, Maine — Trying to make good on a promise to make gun control a part of the midterm election debate, Gabby Giffords will visit Maine today to raise money for Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mike Michaud as her … 0

State and Regional Briefs

Friday, August 8, 2014

Harvard, citing Ebola, issues travel advisory CAMBRIDGE — Harvard University is advising students and staff members to avoid non-essential travel to three West African countries with Ebola outbreaks. A Harvard spokesman says an email was distributed Friday addressing … 0

Beacon Hill Roll Call, Aug. 4 to 8

Friday, August 8, 2014

By BOB KATZEN Beacon Hill Roll Call records the votes of local representatives on three roll calls and local senators on five roll calls from the week of Aug. 4-8. $1.31 BILLION CAPITAL PROJECTS (H 4362) House 147-3, Senate 40-0, approved and Gov. Deval Patrick signed into law … 0

Governors rein back support for energy tariff

Thursday, August 7, 2014

A New England consortium of governors and energy executives has indicated it wants to slow a proposal to petition the federal government for utility customer tariffs to finance $5 billion to $10 billion in power projects like natural gas pipelines and transmission lines. The New England States Committee … 2

Report: Spending by New Englanders the strongest in the United States

Thursday, August 7, 2014

HARTFORD, Conn. — New Englanders spent more on food, health care, gas to run their cars and electricity to heat and cool their homes in 2012 than most other Americans, according to statistics released Thursday by the federal government showing that spending has rebounded since the recession ended … 0

Mass. follows New England spending trend

Thursday, August 7, 2014

BOSTON — New federal data show that per-person consumer spending in Massachusetts was the highest of any state in 2012 as the economy continued to rebound from the Great Recession that ended five years ago. Massachusetts’ consumer spending rose 12 percent to about $47,300 a person from 2009 … 0