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Riders wait ton the platform o board an arriving trolly Friday, April 24, 2015, in Boston, on the day when the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority let people ride for free as a goodwill gesture following a winter of disastrous breakdowns.  (AP Photo/Bill Sikes)

Senate backs Baker’s ‘T’ plans

Friday, May 22, 2015

BOSTON — Gov. Charlie Baker is praising the Massachusetts Senate for supporting his proposal to create a financial control board to oversee management of the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority. A measure was adopted by the Senate on Thursday night to create a five-member board with broad powers to manage all aspects of the MBTA for the next three to five … 0

House speaker: Court should decide tax dispute with Senate

Friday, May 22, 2015

BOSTON — Amid legislative work on a budget, Massachusetts House Speaker Robert DeLeo is asking the state’s highest court to weigh in on a Senate-approved measure to freeze the state income tax rate at 5.15 percent while gradually increasing the earned income tax credit for low-income working families. DeLeo made the request Friday … 0

State and region briefs, May 23

Friday, May 22, 2015

Hundreds rally after Holocaust memorial is desecrated LYNN — Hundreds of people gathered in Lynn for a peace rally in response to the desecration of a Holocaust memorial with chunks of pork earlier this week. The Boston Globe reports that the interfaith service drew a large crowd Friday at Pride of Lynn Cemetery, … 0

Supreme Court rejects inmate’s appeal for sex-change surgery

Monday, May 4, 2015

BOSTON — A nearly two-decade legal fight by a convicted murderer in Massachusetts to get taxpayer-funded sex-reassignment surgery ended in failure Monday when the U.S. Supreme Court rejected her final appeal. The justices did not comment in letting … 0

Regional state cops team up against speeding

Monday, May 4, 2015

WINDSOR, Conn. — State police across New England on Monday launched the region’s first coordinated crackdown on speeding and failing to wear seat belts. Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy announced the “New England Drive to Save Lives” campaign … 0

Survey: winter whacked states

Sunday, May 3, 2015

BOSTON — Winter’s full fury arrived late in much of the country but once it did it was relentless, quickly exhausting snow removal budgets and pushing the resources of state transportation agencies to their limit as they fought … 0

State and Regional Briefs

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Smith to accept transgender applicants NORTHAMPTON — Smith College is changing its policy to accept self-identified transgender women. The new policy, which takes effect for those applying this fall, followed a year of study. The women’s college had previously asked undergraduates to have been consistently identified as female. … 0

Kinder Morgan: Conn. economy would benefit from gas pipeline

Friday, May 1, 2015

SOUTHINGTON, Conn. — A Houston energy company executive told a Connecticut business group that a regional natural gas pipeline would keep businesses from moving to states where energy is cheaper. Allen Fore, vice president of public affairs at Kinder Morgan, pitched the idea Friday before nearly 250 business … 1

State & region briefs, May 2

Friday, May 1, 2015

Two dead after Holyoke crash HOLYOKE — Authorities say two people have now died after a head-on collision involving at least two vehicles in Holyoke. The victims were identified as 50-year-old George Rios and 71-year-old Jimmy Wright. Both … 0

State & region briefs, May 1

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Craft beer distributor charged with unfair trade practices BOSTON — State regulators say a company that distributes much of the craft beer to Massachusetts bars and liquor stores has engaged in unfair trade practices that stifle competition. The … 0

University study involving hamsters and steroids criticized

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Study involving hamsters and steroids criticized BOSTON — Animal rights activists say Northeastern University study pits steroid-injected hamsters against undrugged ones to study aggression. In a complaint released this week, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals argues that the experiments violate a state ban on animal fighting. … 0

Massachusetts House OKs $38B budget

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

BOSTON — The Massachusetts House has completed work on a $38 billion state budget for the fiscal year that begins on July 1. The spending plan was approved on a unanimous vote Wednesday after three days of debate. Republicans, who typically vote against the final budget, joined with … 0

Study: Millennials believe US justice system unfair

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

BOSTON — A Harvard University survey released Wednesday found that nearly one in two millennials believe America’s criminal justice system is unfair and few believe protests triggered by the killings of black men at the hands of police will make a significant difference. The findings, from a survey … 0