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Two companies selected for offshore wind leases

Friday, January 30, 2015

BOSTON — In a federal auction Thursday, two companies split a total of 354,409 acres off the coast of Massachusetts, which comprise the largest federal lease area for offshore wind energy. Two other plots farther southeast of Martha’s Vineyard comprising 388,569 acres did not receive bids, according to the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, which will consult with the state about next steps for those areas. RES America Developments provisionally … 0

UMass bars dorm guests during Super Bowl

Thursday, January 29, 2015

AMHERST — The University of Massachusetts, which has been the scene of violent celebrations following championships by Boston sports teams, is taking measures to avoid trouble during the Super Bowl by barring dorm residents from hosting off-campus guests. From noon Sunday until noon Monday, students will only be allowed in dormitories in which they live. The New England Patriots play the Seattle Seahawks … 0

Massachusetts House votes to eliminate speaker term limits

Thursday, January 29, 2015

BOSTON — Massachusetts lawmakers have voted to eliminate term limits for state House speakers — a change pushed by Democratic Speaker Robert DeLeo, who supported term limits when he was first elected to the post in 2009. The 109-45 vote Thursday was largely on party lines, with Republicans favoring term limits and most Democrats siding with DeLeo. DeLeo defended his decision before the … 0

Police: Doctor shot inside hospital, gunman killed himself

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

BOSTON — A man shot a doctor inside a leading Boston hospital Tuesday, critically wounding the physician before killing himself. Authorities said Stephen Pasceri, 55, entered Brigham and Women’s Hospital sometime before 11 a.m. and specifically requested the … 0

New Hampshire Lottery releases bacon-scented ticket

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

CONCORD, N.H. — Lottery ticket buyers in New Hampshire who dream of bringing home the bacon now can smell it, too. The state lottery has released its first scratch-n-sniff “I Heart Bacon” ticket this month, which features a $1,000 grand prize. Lottery Commission Executive Director Charlie McIntyre says … 0

Boston bid gets nod from Olympic pole vault champ

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

BOSTON — Olympic pole vault champion Jenn Suhr would consider sticking around for the 2024 Summer Games if she had a chance to compete in the United States. Suhr said on Tuesday that a Boston Olympics would give the Americans a big advantage. “The athletes are really excited … 0

State & Regional briefs

Monday, January 19, 2015

Electric grid managers to discuss system in flux BOSTON — The benefits and risks of the “dramatic transformation” underway in the region’s energy landscape will be the focus of a media briefing Wednesday. ISO New England President Gordon … 0

New England gets windfall from plummeting heating oil

Monday, January 19, 2015

PORTLAND, Maine — The region that relies most heavily on heating oil to stay warm is getting a windfall from the big drop in prices, which have plummeted to the lowest level in six years. Across New England, … 0

New Hampshire delegation requests openness in pipeline plan

Monday, January 19, 2015

AP-NH--Natural Gas Pipeline, 1st Ld-Writethru,216 New Hampshire delegation requests openness in pipeline plan Eds: Expands with details, quotation. Associated Press CONCORD, N.H. — New Hampshire’s congressional delegation is calling for an open and transparent process before a final decision is made about a proposed natural gas pipeline route … 0

State and Regional briefs

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Farm Expo to look at forest management DURHAM, N.H. — University of New Hampshire researchers will present their latest findings on forest management and innovations for agriculture at the New Hampshire Farm and Forest Expo next month. Among the topics covered will be how scientists use lasers to … 0

NY servers seek raise as employers defend tip system

Sunday, January 18, 2015

NEW YORK — In more than a decade slinging drinks, bartender Autumn Alston has depended on tips to earn a living, leading to an often-inconsistent income from some customers who tip a lot, some who stiff and a … 0

State & Regional Briefs

Friday, January 16, 2015

Muslims, others rally in Boston against violence BOSTON — Nearly 80 people gathered in Boston’s Copley Square for a candlelight vigil against violence, marking one month since 150 children and teachers were killed at a school in Pakistan … 0

Beacon Hill Roll Call, Jan. 12 to 17

Friday, January 16, 2015

By BOB KATZEN Gov. Deval Patrick was very busy on Beacon Hill before he left office, signing several bills that were approved by the Legislature in the waning days of the 2014 session. The new laws include the following: REPORT DRIVERS WITH SUSPENDED OR REVOKED LICENSES (H 4521) … 0