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State/Region Briefs

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Mass. man charged with threatening Obama’s life in post BOSTON — A man has been charged with posting on an FBI website that he planned to kill President Barack Obama. Twenty-eight-year-old Andrew O’Keefe, of Mansfield, was charged with a felony count of posting an online threat against the president. He made an initial appearance Monday in U.S. District Court in Boston and was ordered held in custody. According to court documents, when law enforcement officers tried to interview O’Keefe regarding the May 13 posting, he refused to speak with officers outside his home. Authorities say more than 100 weapons were found at his home and … 0

9-year-old loses hand while playing with fireworks in Boston

Monday, July 6, 2015

BOSTON — Authorities say a 9-year-old boy has lost a hand while playing with fireworks in Boston. Police say a 5-year-old boy was also injured in the accident Sunday in the Dorchester neighborhood. The 9-year-old’s family says he is being treated at Boston Children’s Hospital. Investigators are trying to determine where the illegal fireworks came from. The state fire marshal’s office says a … 0

Police: Man shoots off firework from top of his head, dies

Sunday, July 5, 2015

CALAIS, Maine — A young man who was drinking and celebrating the Fourth of July tried to launch a firework off the top of his head, fatally injuring himself, authorities said Sunday. Devon Staples and his friends had been drinking and setting off fireworks Saturday night in the backyard of a friend’s home in the small eastern Maine city of Calais, said Stephen … 0

UMass votes to hike undergrad costs up to 5%

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

BOSTON — The University of Massachusetts Board of Trustees voted Wednesday to raise the cost of attending the school system by up to 5 percent for in-state undergraduates, the first increase in three years. Students would pay an additional $552 to $580 in combined tuition and an increased … 0

Statehouse time capsule returns to resting place

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

BOSTON — In an elaborate ceremony steeped in tradition, a time capsule dating to 1795 was returned Wednesday to the cornerstone of the Massachusetts Statehouse, with a set of 2015 U.S. mint coins and a silver plaque added … 0

State launches campaign to warn parents about opioid abuse

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

BOSTON — Massachusetts is launching a public awareness campaign aimed at educating parents about the warning signs of opioid abuse. Gov. Charlie Baker says the campaign begins Wednesday and will run throughout the summer on television and online. The state has also launched a new website: www.mass.gov/StopAddiction. Baker … 0

Adjunct profs press for more full-time jobs

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

BOSTON — Relaying stories of adjunct faculty at community colleges unable to pay for dental work or more than one meal in a day, members of the higher education community on Wednesday pushed lawmakers to increase the job … 0

Gloucester police tout success in drug turn-in, treatment program

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

BOSTON — A police chief in a New England town combating its drug epidemic through a unique program that allows drug users to turn over their drugs and get immediate treatment said Tuesday that there’s been a strong early response. Gloucester Police Chief Leonard Campanello said that 17 … 0

Audit: Mass. Medicaid squandered $500M

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

BOSTON — The state Medicaid program squandered more than $500 million through unnecessary payments or missed savings opportunities in its managed care program, according to an audit released Tuesday. The review by State Auditor Suzanne Bump found MassHealth, the state Medicaid program, made $233 million in unnecessary payments … 0

Feds ready to declare eastern cougar extinct

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

PORTLAND, Maine — The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on Tuesday proposed removing the eastern cougar from the endangered species list, declaring that the cougars have likely been extinct for at least 70 years. Recent sightings of cougars … 0

Home care backers hope Baker will reconsider spousal plan

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

BOSTON — Backers of legislation to allow spouses to become paid home care providers hope a new look by the Baker administration at the finances underpinning the proposed program will buoy the bill’s prospects in the Legislature. Similar … 0

Highest Mass. court sides with Senate in ‘money bill’ dispute

Monday, June 15, 2015

BOSTON — The state’s highest court sided with the Senate in a constitutional dispute with the House over taxes. In a 27-page advisory opinion Monday, the Supreme Judicial Court expressed the view that the Senate was not out of line when it approved a budget amendment that freezes … 0

State and Regional Briefs

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Ex-mayor’s wife dies after fall EASTHAMPTON, — The wife of former Mayor Michael Tautznik has died after falling down a basement staircase. Debra Tautznik, 60, of Easthampton, fell down a set of steps at a business on Cottage Street Saturday afternoon while volunteering at Cultural Chaos, the town … 0