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Gov. Baker adds $170M spending to latest budget

Friday, February 12, 2016

BOSTON — A month after slashing $49 million from the state budget in a bid to address a deficit, Gov. Charlie Baker on Friday asked for $169.5 million in new appropriations and urged lawmakers to pass his bill quickly since many state accounts will need cash infusions by the end of March. Baker is counting on government revenue collections exceeding original estimates to close much of a $320 million gap that his budget team flagged in January between revenues and expenses in the final four-plus months of fiscal 2016. In a letter Friday to the House and Senate, the governor said there are sufficient revenues … 0

Boston manhole cover crashes into SUV’s windshield, killing driver

Friday, February 12, 2016

BOSTON — A dislodged manhole cover weighing more than 200 pounds went airborne and crashed through an SUV’s windshield on a major highway, killing a woman as she drove during the Friday morning commute, authorities said. The manhole cover was in the left lane of Interstate 93 south near the exit of the … 0

State and Region Briefs, Feb. 13

Friday, February 12, 2016

GPS bracelets lead police to armed robbery suspects BOSTON — It didn’t take Boston police long to track down three suspects in an armed convenience store robbery. Authorities say the men were all wearing court-ordered GPS devices for unrelated cases, which placed them inside the Dorchester store and allowed investigators to track them … 0

Marathon bombing documents shed little new light

Friday, January 29, 2016

BOSTON — Hundreds of newly released court documents in the case of Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev shed little new light on the 2013 attack, but hundreds more could stay secret for years while he appeals. Tsaranev, 22, … 0

State/Region Briefs

Friday, January 29, 2016

Mass. Senate OKs equity pay bill BOSTON — The Massachusetts Senate has unanimously approved a bill that would ensure men and women earn equal pay for comparable work. The legislation passed on Thursday would prohibit employers from discriminating … 0

Gov. Baker: $40B budget holds line on spending, taxes

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

BOSTON — Gov. Charlie Baker plans to boost state spending next fiscal year by 3.5 percent, making targeted investments while holding the line on many government accounts despite back-to-back years of major jobs gains that are pushing up … 0

Racial disparities seen in Conn. police use of stun gun weapons

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

HARTFORD, Conn. — Connecticut officers who drew their stun guns on the job last year were more likely to fire when the suspect was black or Hispanic, according to a first-of-its-kind set of statistics that could stoke the … 0

AG Healey investigating cost of hepatitis C drug

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

BOSTON — The Massachusetts attorney general’s office said Wednesday that it is investigating whether the makers of a breakthrough treatment for hepatitis C are violating state law by pricing the drugs too high. Attorney General Maura Healey on … 0

Dancer who lost leg in marathon attack will run it this year

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

BOSTON — A professional ballroom dancer who lost a leg in the Boston Marathon bombings says she’s training to run this year’s race: all 26.2 miles of it. Adrianne Haslet-Davis said Wednesday she’ll run to help raise money … 0

Grid operator flags pipeline constraints

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

BOSTON — With New England increasingly dependent on natural gas and the region moving to a “hybrid fleet” featuring more renewable power generators, power prices and system reliability are directly tied into the ability to move lower-priced gas … 0

State/Region Briefs

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Health, firearms, tanning salon bills on House agenda BOSTON — House Speaker Robert DeLeo publicly addressed House members Wednesday about his priorities for the six months of formal sessions remaining for the 2015-2016 General Court. In the short … 0

Medics beat blizzard to make kidney transplant happen

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

STONY BROOK, N.Y. — Melanie Chirichella had been waiting a year and a half for a kidney transplant when she finally got the call from her doctors Saturday that they had found a perfect match in South Carolina. … 0

Baker seeks $5M to address chronic unemployment

Monday, January 25, 2016

BOSTON — Gov. Charlie Baker says his upcoming state budget request will include $5 million to address chronic unemployment. The program announced Monday includes the creation of an economic opportunity fund to provide job training and career opportunities for people who face barriers to employment. It would also … 0