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Baker, Coakley tap into donors

Sunday, September 21, 2014

BOSTON — As they scramble for campaign dollars, Republican Charlie Baker and Democrat Martha Coakley are reaching out to different pockets of donors to help bankroll their pursuit of the Massachusetts governor’s office. One of the differences is in the amount of out-of-state money each campaign has brought in. Just under 8 percent of contributions to Baker’s campaign — about $270,000 — came from donors living outside Massachusetts, according to … 0

State and region briefs

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Logan to upgrade terminal to handle large plane BOSTON — Logan International Airport in Boston is changing its international terminal to better accommodate the Airbus A380, the world’s largest passenger jet. Massport recently approved a $30 million upgrade of Terminal E. Officials say the project includes a reconfiguration of three gates to allow for new jet bridges and additional departure level holding rooms … 0

88 percent pass MCAS, but achievement gaps remain

Friday, September 19, 2014

BOSTON — Nearly nine in 10 high school sophomores passed the standardized MCAS exam on their first try this year, state education officials said Friday, though achievement gaps persisted and several schools in the state’s largest cities were in danger of failing. Passing the 10th-grade MCAS, short for Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System, has been a graduation requirement for high school students for the … 0

A modern Mass. National Guard?

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

BOSTON — The operations of the Massachusetts National Guard would be modernized to include explicit authority to address homeland security threats and new protections against discrimination, under legislation that reached Gov. Deval Patrick’s desk this week. The National Guard mission has historically been to work with the governor … 0

Boston Marathon bombing victim marries his nurse

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

BC-US--Marathon Bombing-Wedding, 2nd Ld-Writethru,355 Boston Marathon bombing victim marries his nurse AP Photo BX101, BX102 Eds: Changes wording in long headline. Changes characterization of photo in 3rd paragraph. Links photo. With AP Photos. By DENISE LAVOIE Associated Press … 0

Fighter jet out of Mass. crashes in Virginia

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

DEERFIELD, Va. — An experienced pilot was missing Wednesday after the flier’s F-15 fighter jet crashed in the mountains of western Virginia, shaking residents but causing no injuries on the ground, military and law enforcement officials said. The … 0

Massachusetts driver’s licenses spurned by feds

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

BOSTON — Massachusetts residents are finding that their state driver’s license is no longer good enough to use as an ID to gain access to some federal facilities. That’s because Massachusetts is one of nine states that has not fully complied or sought an extension to comply with … 0

Maine Governor LePage embraces candor in campaign

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

AUGUSTA, Maine — Maine Gov. Paul LePage sometimes can’t help mouthing off, once telling the NAACP to “kiss my butt,” calling the IRS “the new Gestapo” and saying he wouldn’t be afraid to tell President Barack Obama to … 0

Tribe’s casino plan roils quaint Martha’s Vineyard

Monday, August 25, 2014

AQUINNAH — On the western tip of Martha’s Vineyard, bright clay cliffs and a red brick lighthouse draw visitors as they pile out of cars and tour buses and head up to this town’s scenic overlook. But the … 0

Bishop: slain journalist opened eyes

Sunday, August 24, 2014

ROCHESTER, N.H. — Slain U.S. journalist James Foley was living his faith by bringing images to the world of people suffering from war and oppressive regimes, a Roman Catholic bishop said Sunday at a Mass in his honor. … 0

Swansea man arrested in shooting death

Sunday, August 24, 2014

SWANSEA — A Swansea man has been arrested in the shooting death of a 23-year-old woman and will be charged with murder. Police say they received numerous emergency calls at about 1:35 a.m. Sunday about a shooting on a roadway in Swansea. The victim was identified as Melissa … 0

State and Regional Briefs

Monday, August 25, 2014

Govs say deal imminent in Market Basket dispute BOSTON — The governors of Massachusetts and New Hampshire say they’re “optimistic” the long-running Market Basket dispute will be resolved with an agreement to sell the company to ousted CEO … 0

Boston stops detaining immigrants

Thursday, August 21, 2014

BOSTON — Boston has joined a growing number of cities that will no longer hold immigrants suspected of being in the U.S. illegally for possible deportation unless an arrest warrant has been issued. The city council on Wednesday unanimously passed the so-called Boston Trust Act, which supporters said … 0