State / Region

Pro-marijuana group submits first draft of ballot question

Friday, April 17, 2015

BOSTON — A group hoping to legalize the recreational use of marijuana in Massachusetts has submitted a draft of a proposed ballot question to the state attorney general’s office. Bay State Repeal said the question would let adults 21 or older grow and buy the drug while taking steps to ban sales to minors, including undercover sting operations at stores that sell pot. Those who provide marijuana to minors — … 0

Parents of marathon victim say take death penalty off table

Friday, April 17, 2015

BOSTON — The parents of the youngest victim of the Boston Marathon bombing are urging federal authorities to consider taking the death penalty off the table for the man convicted in the case. Bill and Denise Richard, whose 8-year-old son, Martin, was one of three people killed by the April 2013 explosions at the marathon’s finish line, say in a front-page piece in … 0

State and Regional Briefs

Friday, April 17, 2015

Fish & Wildlife warning motorists of reptiles on roads MONTPELIER, Vt. — The Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife is warning motorists to watch out for reptiles and amphibians in the roadways. Spring brings reptiles and amphibians back onto the Vermont landscape and that means thousands will be crossing roads and highways in … 0

Keene, N.H. city council nixes pumpkin fest

Monday, April 6, 2015

KEENE, N.H. — Within 15 minutes, the decision was made. The 2015 Keene Pumpkin Festival will go down in local history, not for riots nearby or setting a jack-o’-lantern record — but for never happening. It would have been the October event’s 25th year. The Keene City Council … 0

Cross-country skier dies after falling through ice on lake

Friday, April 3, 2015

DEVENS, Mass. — Authorities say a 76-year-old central Massachusetts woman has died after falling through the ice of a lake while out cross-country skiing. A spokesman for the Worcester district attorney’s office says Rosa Donabedian’s death is not considered suspicious. She went out skiing Wednesday and was reported … 0

Beacon Hill Roll Call

Monday, April 6, 2015

THE HOUSE AND SENATE: Beacon Hill Roll Call records the votes of local senators on the only roll call vote from the week of March 30-April 3. There were no roll calls in the House last week. $200 MILLION FOR ROADS AND BRIDGES (H 3187) Senate 39-0, approved … 0

Baker hears emotional stories at addiction meeting

Thursday, April 2, 2015

BOSTON — Recovering heroin addicts, relatives of overdose victims and treatment specialists relayed emotional stories Thursday to Gov. Charlie Baker and other top state officials as they weighed possible solutions for the state’s deadly heroin and prescription drug … 0


Thursday, April 2, 2015

BOSTON — A few blocks from the finish line and even closer to the spot where the second bomb exploded during the 2013 Boston Marathon, race organizers are building a combination clubhouse, interactive museum and retail store that, … 0

State universities warn of potential fee hikes, program cuts

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

STATE HOUSE, BOSTON — Public state universities face a nearly $9 million collective bargaining obligation that could drive fees up or force reductions in academic programs if the Legislature does not cover it. An organization that represents nine state university presidents sent a letter Wednesday to legislative leaders … 0

Defense rests in 1st phase of Boston Marathon bombing trial

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

BOSTON — Lawyers for Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev rested their case in his federal death penalty trial Tuesday, a day after they began presenting testimony designed to show his late older brother was the mastermind of the … 0

Boston lawyer, gay-rights pioneer to argue high court marriage case

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Mary Bonauto, the Boston lawyer who won the first gay-marriage rulings in Massachusetts and Vermont, will lead the argument before the Supreme Court in favor of a constitutional right to same-sex marriage nationwide. Bonauto has been seen by … 0

State/Region Briefs

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Industry: nixing film tax credit would hurt economy Industry officials are gearing up to defend a tax incentive program that they say makes Massachusetts fertile territory for film and TV work and the jobs that go with that. … 0

Prosecution rests

Monday, March 30, 2015

BOSTON — Prosecutors rested their case against Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev on Monday after jurors in his federal death penalty trial saw gruesome autopsy photos and heard a medical examiner describe the devastating injuries suffered by an … 0