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Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick faces reporters during a news conference at the Statehouse in Boston, Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012. Patrick officially announced Thursday that four cabinet secretaries are to leave his administration next month and that appointee John Polanowicz is to replace Mass. Health and Human Services Secretary JudyAnn Bigby. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Gov. Patrick: Plan to shelter immigrant children misunderstood

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

BOSTON — Gov. Deval Patrick on Wednesday defended his offer to provide secure facilities to shelter unaccompanied children crossing the nation’s southern border, saying there remained considerable misunderstanding about the plan. Patrick’s comments to reporters came one day after a meeting in which several town officials and residents in Bourne raised strong objection to children being housed at the Camp … 0

Opponents petition against Vt. Gas pipeline

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

MONTPELIER, Vt. — About 40 protesters converged Tuesday outside Vermont Public Service Board offices to demand a halt to the natural gas pipeline expansion in western Vermont. Anti-pipeline activists staged a “fish-in” — complete with poles, a canoe and a petition with 500 signatures to protest what they allege was a bait-and-switch tactic by project developer Vermont Gas. The company this month increased … 0

Towns struggle with debate over immigrant services

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

LYNN — The national debate over an unprecedented wave of Central American young people entering the country illegally is more of a practical challenge in places like Lynn, a former industrial city outside Boston that’s thousands of miles from the U.S.-Mexico border. There, city officials complain newly arriving Guatemalan children are straining classroom … 0

Lightning sends Vt. firefighters to hospital

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

GUILFORD, Vt. — Seven firefighters were checked for injuries after lightning struck nearby as they battled a blaze in Guilford. According to a posting on the Guilford Volunteer Fire Department’s Facebook page, firefighters from that company and others were working on a structure fire Wednesday afternoon when lightning … 0

US gives conditional backing for Cape Wind project

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

BOSTON — The U.S. Department of Energy announced Tuesday it has conditionally committed to a $150 million loan guarantee for Cape Wind’s proposed energy project off the coast of Cape Cod. Company President Jim Gordon said the announcement represents an “important endorsement” by the federal government as Cape … 0

Acton man gets VA appointment 2 years after death

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

ACTON — The Veterans Affairs Department is apologizing to an Acton woman for offering an appointment to her husband almost two years after he died. Suzanne Chase tells WBZ-TV (http://cbsloc.al/1jFHuVp ) her Vietnam veteran husband, Doug, was diagnosed with a brain tumor in 2011. In 2012, she tried … 0

2nd spent-fuel pad sought at Vermont Yankee plant

Monday, June 30, 2014

BRATTLEBORO, Vt. — The energy company that owns the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant has asked for permission to build a second concrete pad on which to store spent-fuel casks after the plant closes at the end of the year. New Orleans-based Entergy announced in August it would shutter … 0

Transgender officer fired in Connecticut

Monday, June 30, 2014

HARTFORD, Conn. — When Francesca Quaranta told her fellow police officers in 2012 that she was transgender, she said it began a long and harsh career decline that included discrimination and harassment and culminated with her firing last … 0

Massachusetts lawmakers OK final state budget

Monday, June 30, 2014

BOSTON — Massachusetts lawmakers approved a compromise $36.5 billion state budget on Monday, the final day of the state’s fiscal year. The House voted 144-7 vote in favor of the spending plan and the Senate later gave final approval to the budget on a 38-1 vote. Gov. Deval … 0

Gov. signs nurse staffing bill

Monday, June 30, 2014

Gov. Deval Patrick on Monday quietly signed a bill setting nurse staffing levels inside intensive care units at one nurse per one patient, depending on the stability of the patient. The private bill-signing was attended by Rep. Denise Garlick, a Needham Democrat and registered nurse, and Donna Kelly-Williams, … 0

Beacon Hill Roll Call, June 23-27

Monday, June 30, 2014

By BOB KATZEN Beacon Hill Roll Call records the votes of local representatives on two roll calls and local senators on four roll calls from the week of June 23-27. NURSE STAFFING RATIO (H 4228) House 145-0, Senate 39-0, approved and sent to Gov. Deval Patrick a bill … 0

Firefighter volunteers as wildlife rescuer

Sunday, June 29, 2014

NEWBURYPORT — When Peabody firefighter John Spofford pulls up to the station to start his shift, he’s not alone. In the back of his pickup truck are raccoons in cages, or sometimes rabbits or other small animals. He … 0

New Massachusetts law allows more time for abuse victims to sue

Sunday, June 29, 2014

BOSTON — A Boston lawyer who represents victims of childhood sexual abuse is calling a change in state law a step in the right direction. Gov. Deval Patrick recently signed legislation that would extend the statute of limitations for filing civil lawsuits against alleged perpetrators. Individuals who previously … 0