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3 new rail stations set for Conn.-Mass. rail line

Friday, October 24, 2014

HARTFORD, Conn. — Connecticut officials have announced the start of construction of train stations at Berlin, Meriden and Wallingford as part of the New Haven-Hartford-Springfield Rail Program. The nearly $59 million project announced Friday is scheduled to begin this fall and be completed by the launch of the service in late 2016. The stations will feature high-level platforms, an overhead pedestrian bridge, platform snow melt systems and electric vehicle charging … 0

Report: Mass. roads cost motorists $8.3B annually

Thursday, October 23, 2014

BOSTON — One-fifth of major Massachusetts roads and highways are deficient and the combined gridlock, safety hazards and poor road conditions add up to $8.3 billion in additional costs to motorists, according to a report released Tuesday. The costs stem from vehicle depreciation and repair costs, increased tire wear associated with poor pavement conditions, the financial cost of traffic accidents, and the cost … 0

Coakley, Baker talk taxes

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

BOSTON — Democratic gubernatorial candidate Martha Coakley and Republican rival Charlie Baker sparred Wednesday over tax policy, with Coakley insisting that she would seek to raise taxes only as a last resort and has no immediate plans to seek a graduated income tax in Massachusetts. Coakley raised the possibility of a graduated tax … 0

Program for bridge repairs tapped

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

BOSTON — The $3 billion in financing the Patrick administration put to work repairing bridges throughout the state is nearly tapped as the eight-year program winds to a close, making major gains while leaving hundreds of structurally deficient bridges for the next governor to handle. All of the … 0

Patrick rips ‘stupid’ Herald cartoon

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

BOSTON — Reacting to a widely scorned Boston Herald editorial cartoon that the newspaper has said was not intentionally racist, Gov. Deval Patrick on Wednesday called it “stupid” and said he hoped for greater sensitivity. “I don’t need to pile on. I found the cartoon offensive. I think … 0

New tech businesses present challenges

Sunday, September 28, 2014

BOSTON — A renowned technology hub that is home to some of the country’s top universities, Boston is emerging as an unlikely battleground for web-based businesses like Airbnb and Uber, with some saying more regulations are needed to … 0

2 trails damaged by tropical storm Irene reopen

Sunday, September 28, 2014

CAMPTON, N.H. — Two White Mountain National Forest trails nearly obliterated by Tropical Storm Irene three years ago are reopening for New Hampshire’s fall hiking season. The Dry River Trail and Isolation Trail in the Dry River Wilderness region of the forest are open again after extensive work, … 0

Inmate death leads to firing of 3 hospital guards

Sunday, September 28, 2014

BRIDGEWATER — Massachusetts officials have fired three correctional officers in connection with an inmate’s death at Bridgewater State Hospital in 2009. The guards were fired Thursday after an internal investigation into the death of 23-year-old Joshua Messier, state Department of Correction officials told The Boston Globe. Messier suffered … 0

Rep. Paul Mark named to Vt. Yankee decommisioning advisory panel

Sunday, September 28, 2014

State. Rep. Paul Mark said he had 36 hours’ notice Tuesday about being appointed by Gov. Deval Patrick as the Massachusetts representative to the 19-member Vermont Nuclear Decommission-ing Citizens Advisory Panel before its meeting in Brattleboro, Vt. Mark, … 0

State/Regional Briefs

Friday, September 26, 2014

Democrat Coakley unveils higher education proposal BOSTON — Democratic candidate for governor Martha Coakley says she wants to make higher education more affordable. Coakley unveiled a plan Thursday aimed at students who want to attend community college and … 0

Out of the Ordinary

Friday, September 26, 2014

Maine woman finds 2-headed baby snapping turtle HUDSON, Maine — A woman in Maine has come across a two-headed baby snapping turtle that was trying to cross the road. Kathleen Talbot of Hudson tells WLBZ-TV she found the … 0

Beacon Hil Roll Call, Sept. 22 to 26

Friday, September 26, 2014

By BOB KATZEN There were no roll calls in the House or Senate last week. This week, Beacon Hill Roll Call looks at Question One, one of the four questions on the ballot that will be decided directly by the voters in November. The question asks voters if … 0

Mass. gov. candidates meet at forum

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

BOSTON — Candidates for Massachusetts governor are each trying to position themselves as the best human services leader for the state, promising to better support those programs and the workers who help care for the neediest residents. The … 0