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House looks to create fentanyl trafficking charge

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

BOSTON — The House on Wednesday unanimously passed a bill that makes trafficking fentanyl, a powerful opioid, a crime punishable by up to 20 years in prison. The bill (H 3755), filed by House Judiciary Chairman John Fernandes and Attorney General Maura Healey, allows prosecutors to charge people in possession of more than 10 grams of fentanyl with the more serious crime of trafficking. The drug has some medical applications, … 0

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Police officer cleared of wrongdoing in student’s death CHATHAM — A Cape Cod police officer who ran over and killed a college student while responding to a business alarm on New Year’s Day has been cleared of wrongdoing. An investigation determined that Chatham Officer Christopher Vardarkis will not face charges. Authorities say Vardarkis … 0

Mass. could ban talking on phone while driving

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

BOSTON — Bills that would require Massachusetts drivers to use only hands-free cell phone technology have the support of lawmakers on the Transportation Committee, who hope to see the full Legislature take action on the measure this session. After hearing emotional testimony Tuesday from people who lost relatives in distracted driving crashes, committee … 0

State and Regional Briefs

Friday, September 18, 2015

Warm September delaying New England’s fall foliage colors MONTPELIER, Vt. — One of the warmest early Septembers on record is delaying the brilliant colors of fall foliage in northern New England that draws droves of visitors. In Vermont, … 0

Report: Unique challenges face older Mass. LGBT residents

Thursday, September 17, 2015

BOSTON — Aging lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender residents in Massachusetts face unique challenges, according to a report released Thursday by a special legislative commission. The report offers a number of recommendations to address the needs of LGBT seniors, including the development of inclusive elder housing communities and … 0

Students rip UMass tuition, fee hikes

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

BOSTON — Students, faculty and staff crowded into a University of Massachusetts ballroom Wednesday morning to decry recently approved student fee increases, which they said are akin to “digging an ever-deeper well of student debt.” “The level of … 0

Officials laud pre-K, but urge caution on any expansion

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

BOSTON — Top education officials in Gov. Charlie Baker’s administration said Wednesday that preschool classes were critical to narrowing a stubborn achievement gap in Massachusetts schools, but they cautioned lawmakers that expanding early childhood education too rapidly could … 0

Entergy, regional commission clash over site of Vermont Yankee nuclear waste

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

BRATTLEBORO, Vt. — The Windham Regional Commission thinks there could be a better location at the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant’s 127-acre site in Vernon for the long-term storage of the shuttered reactor’s thousands of highly radioactive spent fuel rods. The commission has taken that controversial stand, bucking … 0

Teens to get education on relationship violence

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

BOSTON — Massachusetts high school students, teachers and coaches will be educated on preventing relationship violence through a new partnership, Attorney General Maura Healey and New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft announced Tuesday. Dubbed “Game Change: The Patriots Anti-Violence Partnership,” the program aims to stop domestic violence and … 0

Charity named for young Boston bombing victim urges service

Monday, September 14, 2015

BOSTON — One of the most enduring images in the aftermath of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing was a photo of young victim Martin Richard holding a sign that said, “No more hurting people. Peace.” It’s a message … 0

Wanna buy a booby-trapped abode?

Monday, September 14, 2015

CONCORD, N.H. — Federal officials are trying once more to sell properties formerly owned by a pair of tax militants that include a 100-acre parcel that might be booby-trapped. The first auction 13 months ago of the properties … 0

Not enough room at Mass. archives

Sunday, September 13, 2015

BOSTON — The executive director of the Massachusetts Archives opens a metal cabinet and carefully removes what is considered the first foreign treaty finalized in the newly-born United States. The Treaty of Watertown, signed with the Micmac Indian … 0

Conservationists push for Atlantic national monument

Sunday, September 13, 2015

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Undersea ravines deeper than the Grand Canyon, submerged mountains rising thousands of feet from the ocean floor and forests of kelp and coral would become the first marine national monument in the Atlantic if conservationists … 0