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Gov. Baker: Massachusetts will continue to support refugees

Monday, November 23, 2015

BOSTON — Gov. Charlie Baker said Monday that Massachusetts will continue to support refugee resettlement, even as the debate over the U.S. role in sheltering some refugees fleeing Syria continues to roil political debate in the country. Offering shelter to refugees is part of Massachusetts’ history, Baker told reporters Monday. “I don’t intend to have Massachusetts get out of the business of supporting refugee resettlement,” Baker said. “It’s something we’ve been doing forever and we’re going to continue to collaborate and cooperate with the federal government on that.” The comments come after Baker was criticized last week when he said he was not interested in … 0

Sen. Shaheen proposes $600M to fight heroin use

Monday, November 23, 2015

CONCORD, N.H. — U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen is proposing $600 million in emergency funding to address an opioid and heroin abuse crisis that she says is spiraling out of control. “This should be an all-hands-on-deck moment, not just for New Hampshire but for our country,” Shaheen, a Democrat, said. “We are losing lives daily, and our first responders, health care providers and criminal … 0

State and Region Briefs, Nov. 24

Monday, November 23, 2015

FBI: 9 of 16 guns stolen from Army Reserve center recovered WORCESTER — Federal authorities have recovered nine of the 16 guns stolen from a Massachusetts Army Reserve facility. The FBI said Monday five of six M4 assault rifles and four of 10 M11 handguns stolen Nov. 14 from the Lincoln Stoddard Army … 0

2 degrees, flies planes, works at NASA; his age? 17

Monday, November 2, 2015

BOSTON — Moshe Kai Cavalin has two college degrees, but he’s too young to vote. He flies airplanes, but he’s too young to drive a car alone. Life is filled with contrasts for Cavalin, a 17-year-old from San … 0

Baker signs spending bill; boosts rainy day fund, opioid efforts

Monday, November 2, 2015

BOSTON — Asking for more time to report on changes at the Department of Children and Families, Gov. Charlie Baker on Monday signed a spending bill that steers $120 million into the state rainy day fund and dedicates $27.8 million towards opioid treatment and preventative programs. The bill … 0

PDs adopt drug addict amnesty program started in Massachusetts

Sunday, November 1, 2015

BOSTON — A police program in northern Massachusetts that helps fast-track heroin addicts into treatment is catching on in other states and showing signs of reducing crimes associated with addiction. Gloucester police say dozens of departments in nine … 0

State and regional news briefs

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Boston-area mosque spray-painted with “USA” graffiti BURLINGTON — Muslim advocates say a mosque in a Boston suburb of Burlington has been vandalized. The Massachusetts chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations said Sunday that vandals spray-painted “USA” repeatedly … 0

Beacon Hill Roll Call, Oct. 26 to 30

Sunday, November 1, 2015

By BOB KATZEN Beacon Hill Roll Call THE HOUSE AND SENATE: Beacon Hill Roll Call records local representatives’ votes on roll calls from the week of Oct. 26 to Oct. 30. There were no roll calls in the Senate last week. $328 MILLION SUPP BUDGET (H 3829) House … 0

Convicted prep school grad had nixed lighter sentence deals

Friday, October 30, 2015

CONCORD, N.H. — A graduate of an exclusive New England prep school convicted of sexually assaulting a younger student rejected a string of plea deals that would have meant far less jail time and no registration as a … 0

N.H. prep school grad sentenced to one year in jail for sexual assault

Thursday, October 29, 2015

CONCORD, N.H. — A graduate of an exclusive New England prep school was sentenced Thursday to a year in jail for sexually assaulting a 15-year-old freshman girl as part of a competition among upperclassmen to rack up sexual … 0

State and Region Briefs, Oct. 30

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Girl, 10, asking lawmakers to amend Constitution BOSTON — A 10-year-old Massachusetts girl is trying to change the Constitution so she can run for president. WBZ-TV reports Alena Mulhern, who was adopted from China and moved to Kingston … 0

State’s economic growth slowed in 2nd quarter

Thursday, October 29, 2015

BOSTON — The Massachusetts economy expanded at a significantly slower rate in the third quarter than during an “unsustainable” burst of growth in the previous three-month period, economists said Thursday. The report from MassBenchmarks, a journal published by the Donahue Institute at the University of Massachusetts, said the … 0

State and Region Briefs

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Tow company charges man $48K to pull his Jeep out of mud pit WALPOLE — A Massachusetts man whose Jeep got stuck in a mud pit while off-roading with his girlfriend says a towing company is charging him … 0