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Legal arguments filed in casino referendum appeal

Thursday, April 17, 2014

BOSTON — The Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office filed legal documents in the state Supreme Judicial Court on Wednesday defending its decision to exclude from the November ballot a voter referendum calling for repeal of the state’s 2011 gambling law. The office said the proposed referendum would violate the state constitution. It argues that the state already has an “implied contract” with casino license seekers, which include Wynn and MGM, and … 0

Boston police destroy 2 backpacks at marathon site

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

BOSTON — Police have blown up two unattended backpacks found near the Boston Marathon’s finish line. They say they’ve taken a man into custody in connection with them. Police spokesman Dave Estrada says the backpacks were discovered Tuesday evening, a year after two bombs in backpacks exploded at the end of the marathon … 0

New proposed bill calls for Massachusetts autism commission

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

BOSTON — A bill that would establish a state autism commission and proposes other strategies for addressing the needs of the growing number of children diagnosed with the disorder is expected to come up for a vote in the Massachusetts House of Representatives this week. The measure unveiled by House leaders on Monday calls for the development of a training program to help … 0

Judge delays North Adams emergency room closing

Thursday, March 27, 2014

PITTSFIELD — A judge has ordered North Adams Regional Hospital’s parent company to temporarily continue emergency room services it had planned to end today. Northern Berkshire Healthcare owns the hospital, a visiting nurse and hospice group, and three medical practices. It announced Tuesday it was shutting down because … 0

2 firefighters die in smoky Boston fire

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

BOSTON — A fire driven by strong winds raced through a brownstone on Wednesday, trapping and killing two firefighters in the basement, where their colleagues could not rescue them. Thirteen other firefighters were injured in the blaze, and … 0

Audit finds problems in Mass. DCF

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

BOSTON — The Department of Children and Families failed to check whether registered sex offenders were living in or near foster homes and neglected to ensure all children get required medical screenings within seven days of being placed in Massachusetts’ care, according to a state audit released Wednesday. … 0

North Adams hospital closing, 500 jobs lost

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

NORTH ADAMS — The company that owns North Adams Regional Hospital and related medical services in the western Massachusetts town says it is closing them beginning Friday. The Berkshire Eagle reports Tuesday the closings will leave 530 full- and part-time workers without jobs and thousands of patients seeking … 0

New England seeking to tap Canadian hydropower

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

PORTLAND, Maine — A 300-mile power cable would be buried on land in Maine and then run across the Atlantic Ocean floor to Greater Boston under a proposal to tap Canada’s plentiful hydropower to meet the needs of power-hungry southern New England. The so-called “Green Line” is one … 0

Gov. Patrick: $25M for 335 new Mass. housing units

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

BOSTON — Gov. Deval Patrick has announced more than $25 million in funding to help create more than 335 units of housing for veterans, the homeless and very low-income families as the state works to reduce the number of homeless families living in hotels. Patrick made the announcement … 0

Many Mass. companies can’t find skilled workers

Monday, March 24, 2014

BOSTON — A Massachusetts business group called for changes in the state’s education system in light of a report released Monday that shows more than two-thirds of the state’s employers report difficulty hiring appropriately skilled employees. A survey, part of which is included in the 120-page report, found … 0

Mass. lawmakers seek deal on charter school cap

Monday, March 24, 2014

BOSTON — Consensus on a bill that would allow for charter school expansion in Massachusetts remained elusive on Monday, with charter advocates saying a compromise offered up by several lawmakers would hold the schools “hostage” to state budget decisions. The debate over whether to raise state-imposed caps on … 0

Springfield police: major drug supplier to region apprehended

Monday, March 24, 2014

SPRINGFIELD — A man described by Springfield police as a major drug supplier to the region is headed to court. Angel Orengo is scheduled to be arraigned Monday in Springfield District Court on drug and gun charges following his arrest late last week. The Republican reports that police … 0

Brown faces challenges

Monday, March 24, 2014

MANCHESTER, N.H. — Former Massachusetts senator Scott Brown is suiting up his campaign armor again — faded blue jeans, cowboy boots and a storied pickup truck —this time in New Hampshire as he tries to make modern history … 0