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Beacon Hill Roll Call, for week of Nov. 21

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

By BOB KATZEN There were no roll calls in the House or Senate last week. Beacon Hill Roll Call this week examines the voting records of local senators on Democratic Gov. Deval Patrick’s 88 vetoes during the 2013-2014 session. A two-thirds vote is required to override a gubernatorial veto in the 40-member Senate that includes 36 Democrats and only four Republicans. The governor needed the support of 15 senators to … 0

Recipient of double arm transplant happy to hug

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

BOSTON — A former college professor who underwent a double arm transplant last month at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston said Tuesday that the best thing about the operation is that he’s able to hug his loved ones again. Will Lautzenheiser — with both arms still in partial casts and splints — said at a news conference he’s grateful to the anonymous … 0

Massachusetts town renames Christmas vacation

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

MARSHFIELD — Christmas vacation is out in one Massachusetts school system, replaced by “holiday break.” The Marshfield School Committee on Monday voted 3-2 to uphold a September decision to change the name of Christmas vacation to holiday break, despite protests from some residents of the coastal town south of Boston and a petition signed by about 4,000 people who wanted to keep the … 0

Westminster weighs nation’s 1st tobacco ban

Sunday, November 9, 2014

WESTMINSTER — The cartons of Marlboros, cans of Skoal and packs of Swisher Sweets are hard to miss stacked near the entrance of Vincent’s Country Store, but maybe not for much longer: All tobacco products could become contraband … 0

Vt. fights Entergy’s bid to pull plug on emergency response data system

Sunday, November 9, 2014

MONTPELIER — The Shumlin administration will have to wait until next month before it can make its case why Entergy Nuclear should not be allowed to severely cut back emergency planning and communication once the Vermont Yankee nuclear power reactor shuts down in December. In a hearing before … 0

Gov.-elect Baker visits west-central Mass.

Friday, November 7, 2014

SPRINGFIELD — Gov.-elect Charlie Baker praised the development of an MGM casino in downtown Springfield on Friday as he made his first visit to west-central Massachusetts since the election. Baker visited Springfield City Hall, asking Mayor Domenic Sarno how his incoming administration can help as the $800 million … 0

Owl attacks hawk at Vermont LL Bean store display

Friday, November 7, 2014

Owl attacks hawk at Vt. LL Bean store BURLINGTON, Vt. — The grand opening of an L.L. Bean store in Vermont has ruffled some feathers, with an owl attacking a hawk in a shopping mall display. Officials say a European eagle owl attacked a Harris’s hawk Friday in … 0

Mass. income tax rate could fall to 5.15 percent

Thursday, November 6, 2014

BOSTON — Massachusetts taxpayers are looking at a likely cut in the state’s income tax rate — a cut that will also contribute to an anticipated $325 million gap in the state budget. Secretary of Administration and Finance Glen Shor said Thursday that Massachusetts appears on track to … 0

Harvard under fire for secret classroom photos

Thursday, November 6, 2014

CAMBRIDGE — Harvard University is coming under fire from faculty and students for secretly photographing about 2,000 undergraduates in 10 lecture halls last spring as part of a study on classroom attendance. The experiment was disclosed at a faculty meeting Tuesday and first reported in The Harvard Crimson … 0

5 Things to Know About Massachusetts Casinos

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

BOSTON — The march toward Las Vegas-style gambling in the Bay State begins in earnest now that voters have resoundingly defeated a ballot question to repeal the state’s 2011 casino law. Plainridge Park Penn National Gaming hopes to open its proposed $225 million slot parlor at the Plainville … 0

Baker wins Mass.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

BOSTON — Republican Charlie Baker has been elected governor of Massachusetts, defeating Democrat Martha Coakley and three independent candidates to reclaim the state’s top political office for the GOP. The 57-year-old Baker is the former CEO of Harvard … 0

Voters decide to keep casinos, require sick time

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

BOSTON — Massachusetts voters cleared the way on Tuesday for several casino projects to proceed, rejecting a ballot question that sought to overturn the legalization of casino gambling in the state. Unofficial returns showed “no” votes winning out, meaning the 2011 law that allows for up to three … 0

What’s next for aging northeast rail line?

Thursday, November 6, 2014

NEW YORK — Rail travelers would be able to speed from Washington, D.C. to Boston at 220 mph and people on Long Island would take a tunnel straight to Connecticut and points north rather than go through New … 0