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FILE - In a Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2014 file photo, citizens hold signs at the Westminster Board of Health meeting on the proposed tobacco ban, at the Westminster Elementary School, in Westminster, Ma. On Wednesday, Nov. 19, Westminster's board of health voted 2-1 to drop the proposal at its regular meeting, a week after rowdy opposition led board members to end a public hearing early. (AP Photo/Worcester Telegram & Gazette, Steve Lanava, File)

Town ends bid to ban tobacco sales after outcry

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

WESTMINSTER — A proposal that would have made the town the first in the nation to ban all tobacco sales has gone up in smoke. Westminster’s board of health voted 2-1 to drop the proposal at its regular meeting on Wednesday, a week after rowdy opposition led board members to end a public hearing early. Board members Ed Simoncini and … 0

Study looks at Mass. school punishment

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

BOSTON — Massachusetts public schools punish a disproportionately high number of minorities and students with disabilities with out-of-school suspensions, putting them at higher risk of dropping out or getting in trouble with the law, according to a civil rights group. About two-thirds of those suspensions are for minor infractions, including nonviolent, noncriminal and nondrug offenses, according to the report released Tuesday by the … 0

Police: Man crawled into sunken car, saved baby

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

PORTLAND, Maine — A Maine logger helped save an infant from drowning when he crawled into a car that was upside-down in water and used a knife to cut the straps off her car seat and pull her out, police said. The baby wasn’t breathing and another bystander performed CPR, reviving the girl, … 0

Cops: Child-rape suspect vowed to kill his accuser

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

BOSTON — A man suspected of child-rape and committing crimes across the country after snipping off his court-ordered ankle bracelet had an “ultimate goal” of returning to Massachusetts to kill his 13-year-old accuser, state police said Wednesday, hours … 0

Mass. beefing up security in wake of terror threats

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

BOSTON — Massachusetts public safety agencies are beefing up security at public buildings and locations around the state, including Logan Airport, as a response to recent violence both domestic and abroad, including the attack last week in Ottawa at Canada’s capitol. The United States Department of Homeland Security … 0

Mass. needs more skilled college grads

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

BOSTON — There is a shortage of skilled graduates in Massachusetts and more are needed to fill jobs in key industries that fuel economic growth, according to a report released Tuesday by the Department of Higher Education Officials are basing their projections on an expected drop in the … 0

Judge cites 1st Amendment in denying Falchuk’s debate order

Monday, October 27, 2014

BOSTON — After his attempt to secure a court order requiring debate organizers to include him in a Monday night event was denied, independent gubernatorial candidate Evan Falchuk said he was disappointed but moving forward with his campaign. “I still believe our argument was a strong one. If … 0

Opponents of Boston’s Olympics bid appeal to USOC

Monday, October 27, 2014

BOSTON — Hosting an Olympics will be a $10 billion to $20 billion undertaking that will threaten the state’s ability to make investments in health care, education and transportation, activists opposed to Boston’ bid to host the 2024 summer games wrote to the U.S. Olympic Committee on Monday. … 0

Patrick: “We don’t need a plan to quarantine”

Monday, October 27, 2014

BOSTON — While four states have reportedly established quarantine protocols for people who have been in contact with Ebola patients in West Africa, Gov. Deval Patrick said Massachusetts will be following Centers for Disease Control and Prevention protocols and does not have a procedure to quarantine people. “We … 0

State and regional briefs

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Most Mass. GOP candidates lagging in fundraising race BOSTON — Republican Charlie Baker is raising more money that Democrat Martha Coakley in the Massachusetts governor’s race, but other statewide GOP candidates aren’t doing nearly as well. In the attorney general’s race, Democrat Maura Healey reported a balance of … 0

Vermont economy challenges mirror US

Sunday, October 26, 2014

MONTPELIER, Vt. — Democratic Gov. Peter Shumlin says the Vermont economy has created thousands of jobs during his almost four years in office. GOP challenger Scott Milne and, more broadly, Republican interest groups say the state’s economy has suffered under his leadership. Vermont has one of the lowest … 0

Beacon Hill Roll Call

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

By BOB KATZEN There were no roll calls in the House or Senate last week. In a recent Beacon Hill Roll Call report, we listed the votes of local legislators on the proposal to repeal the indexing of the gas tax to the Consumer Price Index (CPI) beginning … 0

Feds unsure on Yankee emergency planning

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

BRATTLEBORO, Vt. — Federal regulators are not satisfied with Entergy Nuclear’s claims that emergency planning can be reduced once Vermont Yankee shuts down. A lengthy letter from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to Entergy Nuclear is punctuated with three complaints that the company’s filing was “inaccurate.” In all, the … 0