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Pope Francis waves to journalists as he boards his airplane on the occasion of his trip to Africa, at Rome's Fiumicino International Airport, Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2015. Pope Francis is leaving for a trip that will take him to Kenya, Uganda and the Central African Republic, from Nov. 25-30. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

State and Region Briefs, Nov. 26

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Service to resume after Amtrak’s Vermonter train hit tree WHITE RIVER JUNCTION, Vt. — Officials say an Amtrak Vermonter train struck a fallen tree on the tracks, causing some passengers to be rerouted on buses to Springfield, Massachusetts. It happened at about 10 p.m. Monday. Officials say the tree fell on tracks north of White River Junction and caused the … 0

Long-awaited transmission request boosts regional energy

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

MONTPELIER, Vt. — Companies designing projects to bring clean electricity to southern New England say they’re grateful Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island have finally made a request for proposals to carry that power to the region. But meeting the region’s longer-term goal of expanding the use of renewable electricity from wind, solar and hydro-electricity will require more transmission capacity than the states requested, … 0

Massachusetts Attorney General creates student loan unit

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

BOSTON — Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey says her office wants to do more for students and families who face mountains of student loan debt. Healey on Tuesday announced the creation of a student loan assistance unit to help borrowers who have fallen behind on loans or face default. The attorney general also announced that her office was cracking down on what she … 0

Recovery after overdoses: Stopping heroin’s ‘revolving door’ effect

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

CAMDEN, N.J. — It’s a truth addicts and health providers know well: Naloxone can reverse heroin overdoses, but it can’t cure the addictions that cause them. In a small but growing number of places, people who land in … 0

State and Region Briefs, Nov. 5

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Developers tout benefits of $677 million Brockton casino BROCKTON — Developers of a proposed casino for the Brockton fairgrounds say their $677 million plan will draw 4 million visitors annually and generate more than $2 billion in revenues … 0

What’s involved in deep-sea search for El Faro shipwreck?

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

BOSTON — It’s 15,000 feet beneath the waves — deeper than the final resting place of the Titanic. What’s involved in efforts to recover the data recorder of the cargo ship El Faro? What about the bodies of … 0

Should states fight Entergy’s dip into Vt. Yankee decommissioning fund?

Monday, November 2, 2015

MONTPELIER — Multiple state agencies are meeting this week to decide whether to fight Entergy Nuclear’s plan to dip into the Vermont Yankee decommissioning trust fund for business expenses, including a recently updated property tax bill from the … 0

2 degrees, flies planes, works at NASA; his age? 17

Monday, November 2, 2015

BOSTON — Moshe Kai Cavalin has two college degrees, but he’s too young to vote. He flies airplanes, but he’s too young to drive a car alone. Life is filled with contrasts for Cavalin, a 17-year-old from San … 0

Baker signs spending bill; boosts rainy day fund, opioid efforts

Monday, November 2, 2015

BOSTON — Asking for more time to report on changes at the Department of Children and Families, Gov. Charlie Baker on Monday signed a spending bill that steers $120 million into the state rainy day fund and dedicates $27.8 million towards opioid treatment and preventative programs. The bill … 0

PDs adopt drug addict amnesty program started in Massachusetts

Sunday, November 1, 2015

BOSTON — A police program in northern Massachusetts that helps fast-track heroin addicts into treatment is catching on in other states and showing signs of reducing crimes associated with addiction. Gloucester police say dozens of departments in nine … 0

State and regional news briefs

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Boston-area mosque spray-painted with “USA” graffiti BURLINGTON — Muslim advocates say a mosque in a Boston suburb of Burlington has been vandalized. The Massachusetts chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations said Sunday that vandals spray-painted “USA” repeatedly … 0

Beacon Hill Roll Call, Oct. 26 to 30

Sunday, November 1, 2015

By BOB KATZEN Beacon Hill Roll Call THE HOUSE AND SENATE: Beacon Hill Roll Call records local representatives’ votes on roll calls from the week of Oct. 26 to Oct. 30. There were no roll calls in the Senate last week. $328 MILLION SUPP BUDGET (H 3829) House … 0

Convicted prep school grad had nixed lighter sentence deals

Friday, October 30, 2015

CONCORD, N.H. — A graduate of an exclusive New England prep school convicted of sexually assaulting a younger student rejected a string of plea deals that would have meant far less jail time and no registration as a … 0