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FILE - In this Feb. 16, 2015 file photo, ice forms along the shore of the Manhattan side of the East River in New York where temperatures in the city were in the single digits. For many cities in the Northeast, it was the coldest February on record, and some places recorded the most days of zero or below temperatures. The Manhattan Bridge is in the background. (AP Photo/Peter Morgan, File)

Cold worthy of a record

Sunday, March 1, 2015

ALBANY, N.Y. — Hardy souls who shivered and shoveled their way through February in the Northeast now have evidence of just how brutal the weather was, with record cold in at least eight cities and record snowfall in Boston. “We’re the standout globally,” said Art DeGaetano, director of the Northeast Regional Climate Center at Cornell University. “It’s colder in Siberia, … 0

Beacon Hill Roll Call

Monday, March 2, 2015

By BOB KATZEN Beacon Hill Roll Call records local representatives’ votes on roll calls from prior sessions on the debate on joint House-Senate operating rules for 2015-2016. There were no roll calls in the House or Senate last week. 6-HOUR NOTICE (H 2017) House 34-120, voted strictly along party lines and rejected a proposed Republican rule that would require copies of all bills … 0

Vermont Yankee official expects enough money to clean site

Friday, February 27, 2015

MONTPELIER, Vt. — An executive with the owner of the mothballed Vermont Yankee nuclear plant sought to clarify comments that environmentalists interpreted as a possibility the company might shirk its responsibility for cleaning up the site decades from now. At a legislative hearing Feb. 11, Entergy Corp. Vice President Mike Twomey was asked what would happen if a dedicated investment fund doesn’t grow … 0

Health Connector extends sign-up deadline by 1 week

Friday, February 13, 2015

BOSTON — The Massachusetts Health Connector is extending the deadline to complete an application and pick a health plan until Feb. 23. The deadline had been Feb. 15, but officials pushed it back a week because heavy snowstorms have made it hard for some people to sign up … 0

Vermont woman who helped husband kill prep teacher gets life

Friday, February 13, 2015

ST. JOHNSBURY, Vt. — A woman convicted along with her husband of killing a prep school teacher in 2012 after they decided “to get a girl” was sentenced Friday to life in prison without the possibility of parole. … 0

Health Connector payment system frustrating consumers

Thursday, February 12, 2015

BOSTON — The Bay State’s health insurance website is improving but remains a work-in-progress, with an online payment system that is causing frustration for consumers, state officials said Thursday. Consumers continue to experience long wait times due to heavy volumes at call centers. “There is significant work left” … 0

Lawmakers approve bill to close Massachusetts budget gap

Thursday, February 12, 2015

BOSTON — Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker praised House and Senate lawmakers for approving his proposal to close a projected $768 million state budget shortfall for the current fiscal year. The Senate passed the measure on a voice vote Thursday a day after the House overwhelming backed the proposal, … 0

Boston-area transit system head resigns after snow delays

Thursday, February 12, 2015

BOSTON — The head of the Boston-area public transit system resigned Wednesday amid commuter frustration over service disruptions during a spate of recent snowstorms that have pounded the region. Beverly Scott gave no specific reason for her surprise … 0

State treasurer considers financial impact of fossil fuel divestment

Friday, February 13, 2015

BOSTON — As advocates rallied at the State House on Thursday in support of divesting state pension funds from fossil fuel interests, Treasurer Deborah Goldberg said any effort to pull state investments must be weighed against the impact on returns. “I continue to support divestment of the state’s … 0

Entergy: Vt. Yankee closing costs not covered past 60 years

Thursday, February 12, 2015

MONTPELIER, Vt. — An Entergy Corp. official said Wednesday the company is offering no guarantees it will pay to decommission its retired Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant if the job’s still not done by the end of a … 0

Vermont bill would allow ‘natural burial grounds’

Thursday, February 12, 2015

MONTPELIER, Vt. — Vermont lets people bury family members on their own property and allows for people to go to their grave without embalming fluid, to encourage natural decomposition. The practice would be expanded under legislation that would … 0

New Hampshire police to Punxsutawney Phil: Paws up!

Thursday, February 12, 2015

MERRIMACK, N.H. — Police in snow-swamped New Hampshire are hunting for Public Enemy No. 1: The suspect is described as short and furry with brown eyes and big, pointy teeth. Looking to lighten the mood after a series of snowstorms, Merrimack police posted a gag on their Facebook … 0

DeLeo: no new taxes for Mass.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

BOSTON — Ruling out new taxes and fees in the next annual state budget, House Speaker Robert DeLeo on Wednesday said he will focus on clean energy policies and early education as well as efforts to spread economic development throughout Massachusetts. Noting that more than 20 years have … 0