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A police officer and his dog patrol Boylston Street near the Boston Marathon finish line Tuesday, April 15, 2014 prior to a remembrance ceremony for family members and survivors of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

Boston police destroy 2 backpacks at marathon site

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

BOSTON — Police have blown up two unattended backpacks found near the Boston Marathon’s finish line. They say they’ve taken a man into custody in connection with them. Police spokesman Dave Estrada says the backpacks were discovered Tuesday evening, a year after two bombs in backpacks exploded at the end of the marathon and killed three people. Police say the … 0

New proposed bill calls for Massachusetts autism commission

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

BOSTON — A bill that would establish a state autism commission and proposes other strategies for addressing the needs of the growing number of children diagnosed with the disorder is expected to come up for a vote in the Massachusetts House of Representatives this week. The measure unveiled by House leaders on Monday calls for the development of a training program to help … 0

Beacon Hill Roll Call: April 7-11

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

By BOB KATZEN Beacon Hill Roll Call records local senators’ votes from the week of April 7-11. MUST COMPLY WITH GLOBAL WARMING SOLUTIONS ACT (S 2073) Senate 6-32, rejected an amendment requiring that the state’s Department of Public Utilities determine that all programs in the bill are consistent with the state’s environmental and public health policies including the Global Warming Solutions Act of … 0

Court’s political donation ruling may affect state

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

STATE HOUSE, BOSTON — Well-heeled Massachusetts political donors will be free to spread their wealth among as many candidates for state and federal office as they wish this year after the Supreme Court on Wednesday struck down aggregate federal campaign contribution limits, a ruling that state regulators said … 0

Vt. hospital preps for more patients

Monday, March 31, 2014

BENNINGTON, Vt. — The Southwestern Vermont Medical Center in Bennington is ready to serve more patients after the closing of a nearby Massachusetts hospital, officials at the Vermont hospital said. The financially troubled North Adams Regional Hospital closed last week and now the Bennington hospital, about 18 miles … 0

Storms knock out cell phone, Internet in North Adams

Sunday, March 30, 2014

NORTH ADAMS — North Adams officials say cell phone and Internet service have been knocked out after radio towers on top of a nearby mountain collapsed in high winds and heavy rain. The North Adams Department of Public Safety used the city Police Department’s Facebook page to make … 0

State and region briefs

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Springfield casino hearing set for Tuesday SPRINGFIELD — The state gambling commission is headed to Springfield to hear from residents and local officials about MGM Resorts’ plan to build an $800 million resort casino. The hearing on Tuesday comes just weeks before the panel is expected to award … 0

Vt. board allows nuke plant operation through ’14

Friday, March 28, 2014

MONTPELIER, Vt. — Sternly scolding Entergy Corp. for “bad conduct” during its 12 years of owning the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant, Vermont regulators on Friday approved the plant’s operation through the end of 2014, when it is closing for economic reasons. The Public Service Board made clear in … 0

More scrutiny for Mass. pot companies

Friday, March 28, 2014

BOSTON — The Massachusetts Public Health Department said it will deeply scrutinize companies given provisional approval to run medical marijuana dispensaries. The department notified companies approved for 20 provisional licenses that they will be subjected to extensive additional background checks on anyone “who will have any involvement” with … 0

Effort to preserve ER services at North Adams hospital unraveling

Friday, March 28, 2014

STATE HOUSE, BOSTON — Citing new information showing the closure of North Adams Hospital was “even more precipitous than previously understood,” Attorney General Martha Coakley has proposed a revised court order that would no longer ban closure of emergency room at North Adams Hospital. “I am deeply troubled … 0

State/Region Briefs

Friday, March 28, 2014

Funeral plans announced for Boston firefighters BOSTON — Funeral arrangements have been announced for two Boston firefighters killed on duty this week. Lt. Edward Walsh and Firefighter Michael Kennedy died Wednesday when they were trapped fighting a fire in a brownstone apartment building in the Back Bay. A … 0

Monday, March 31, 2014

By BOB KATZEN Beacon Hill Roll Call records local representatives’ votes on three roll calls from the week of March 24-28. There were no roll calls in the Senate last week. ASSIST MILITARY FAMILIES (S 2052) House 146-0, approved and sent to Gov. Deval Patrick a bill that … 0

Judge delays North Adams emergency room closing

Thursday, March 27, 2014

PITTSFIELD — A judge has ordered North Adams Regional Hospital’s parent company to temporarily continue emergency room services it had planned to end today. Northern Berkshire Healthcare owns the hospital, a visiting nurse and hospice group, and three medical practices. It announced Tuesday it was shutting down because … 0