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In this May 15, 2013 photo, protesters piloting the lobster boat Henry David T.,  attempt to block delivery of coal to the Brayton Point Power Station in Somerset, Mass. A trial begins Sept. 8 in Fall River District Court for Ken Ward and Jay O’Hara, the two environmental activists who used the boat to block the coal shipment to the region’s largest coal-burning power plant. Their attorneys don’t intend to dispute many of the facts in the case, but plan to argue that their actions were necessary because of the threat posed by climate change.  (AP Photo/The Boston Globe Jonathan Wiggs) MANDATORY CREDIT. NO ONLINE USE. MAGS OUT. NO SALES. BOSTON OUT. QUINCY OUT.

Protesters who blocked coal shipment set for trial

Sunday, August 31, 2014

BOSTON — Two men who used an old lobster boat to block a coal shipment to New England’s largest coal-burning power plant say they plan to argue at trial that their actions were necessary because of the threat posed by climate change. Environmental activists Ken Ward and Jonathan “Jay” O’Hara say they don’t intend to dispute many of the facts … 0

State and regional briefs

Sunday, August 31, 2014

State to fund upgrades for dams, seawalls BOSTON — Gov. Deval Patrick’s administration says it will invest more than $13 million in shoring up many of the state’s dams and coastal seawalls. Secretary Maeve Vallely Bartlett, secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs, plans to announce the loans and grants on Tuesday at the Scituate Maritime Center. The funding will be partly from an … 0

Father, daughter killed in crash

Friday, August 29, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Authorities say an SUV driver who struck and killed a father and daughter on a motorcycle in Easthampton was under the influence of narcotics. Prosecutors and police said Friday that the motorcycle driver, 62-year-old Edward McGrath of Holyoke, was riding with his 29-year-old daughter Brittney McGrath of Brooklyn, N.Y. The McGraths were heading north on Route 5 just after 3 p.m. … 0

Report: Spending by New Englanders the strongest in the United States

Thursday, August 7, 2014

HARTFORD, Conn. — New Englanders spent more on food, health care, gas to run their cars and electricity to heat and cool their homes in 2012 than most other Americans, according to statistics released Thursday by the federal government showing that spending has rebounded since the recession ended … 0

Mass. follows New England spending trend

Thursday, August 7, 2014

BOSTON — New federal data show that per-person consumer spending in Massachusetts was the highest of any state in 2012 as the economy continued to rebound from the Great Recession that ended five years ago. Massachusetts’ consumer spending rose 12 percent to about $47,300 a person from 2009 … 0

Prepping for Prez

Thursday, August 7, 2014

OAK BLUFFS — President Barack Obama and his family are heading to the wealthy island resort of Martha’s Vineyard for a three-week vacation starting Saturday, a near-annual ritual that islanders say is a boon to local businesses even … 0

Coakley opens hotline for Market Basket employees

Thursday, August 7, 2014

BOSTON — With executives moving to eliminate hours for part-time employees as the ownership struggle over the Market Basket chain continues between workers and cousins from the Demoulas family, Attorney General Martha Coakley opened a dedicated hotline on Thursday for Market Basket employees. Coakley said her office has … 0

Addiction treatment bill mandating automatic insurance coverage signed by Gov. Patrick

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Spurred by the ongoing heroin and opioid painkiller problem in the state, a wide-ranging emergency bill intended to increase access to addiction treatment by removing insurers from the early decision-making process, among other measures, cleared the Legislature Friday and was signed into law Wednesday. The bill, S.2142, passed … 0

Governor Patrick signs flurry of bills into law

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

BOSTON — Legislation designed to toughen Massachusetts’ response to the state’s ongoing substance abuse troubles was among four bills signed into law by Gov. Deval Patrick on Wednesday. The new substance abuse law requires insurers to reimburse patients for addiction treatment from licensed counselors and removes prior-authorization requirements … 0

Andrews a lone vote against tougher heroin sentences

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

ORANGE — North Quabbin legislator Denise Andrews has come under fire for being the only member of the House of Representatives to vote against toughening penalties for heroin trafficking. The Republican candidate for the Second Franklin District House seat now held by Andrews has criticized the incumbent for … 3

Massachusetts lawmakers advance teen indoor tanning restrictions

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

BOSTON — The Massachusetts House on Tuesday advanced a bill restricting indoor tanning for teenagers. Under the bill (S 1904), individuals under 16 may not use a tanning device unless they have a written order by a physician. Teenagers 16 and 17 years old could use a tanning … 0

Feds nix Mass. immigrant shelter offer

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

BOSTON — Massachusetts won’t be hosting unaccompanied children crossing the nation’s southern border after all. Federal Health and Human Services officials informed Gov. Deval Patrick on Tuesday that due to an easing of the number of unaccompanied children apprehended at the border, the Obama administration is no longer … 0

Beacon Hill Roll Call, July 28 to Aug. 1

Monday, August 4, 2014

Beacon Hill Roll Call records the votes of local representatives on six roll calls and local senators on four roll calls from the week of July 28- August 1. GUNS (H 4376) House 122-30, Senate 37-3, approved and sent to Gov. Patrick a bill making changes in the … 0