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MGM seeks to delay fees

Thursday, April 17, 2014

BOSTON — With efforts to repeal Massachusetts’ casino law underway, MGM Resorts International has asked state regulators to delay the collection of casino fees from the company even as it prepares to become the state’s first licensed casino operator. MGM Springfield President Michael Mathis said on Thursday that the Las Vegas-based company risks losing about $200 million in fees, deposits and other payments if a referendum to repeal the state’s … 0

Marathon organizers confident of safe race

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

BOSTON — The arrest of a man with a rice cooker in his backpack near the Boston Marathon finish line led police to step up patrols Wednesday, while organizers sought to assure the city and runners of a safe race next week. The actions of the man, whose mother said he had a … 0

Entergy proposes eliminating emergency planning zone after Vermont Yankee shuts down

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

VERNON, Vt. — Owners of the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant want to do away with the 10-mile emergency planning zone surrounding its reactor after it ceases operation at the end of this year. The zone, which includes portions of Northfield, Bernardston, Gill, Greenfield, Leyden, Colrain, and Warwick in Massachusetts as well as 11 towns in Vermont and New Hampshire, is no longer needed, … 0

Cops: Holyoke man sold heroin with son in car

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — A Holyoke man is facing charges for allegedly selling heroin out of his car with his 6-year-old son unrestrained in the rear seat. Springfield police say they pulled over a vehicle on Tuesday night after spotting it running a stop sign. The officer saw the … 0

Political challengers rake in campaign cash

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

BOSTON — Two challengers hoping to unseat Democratic U.S. Rep. John Tierney have been raising hefty sums of money during the first three months of the year as they look ahead to the fall elections, but the incumbent still had the most cash. Republican Richard Tisei, a former … 0

Turners Falls man acquitted of shooting

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

GREENFIELD (AP) — A Turners Falls man has been cleared of all charges in the 2012 shooting of his girlfriend’s nephew. The Recorder reports that Corey Sutton was acquitted Tuesday by a Greenfield Superior Court jury of charges related to the December 2012 shooting of Zachery Drew in … 0

Briefs filed in casino appeal

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

BOSTON — The Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office filed legal documents in the state Supreme Judicial Court on Wednesday defending its decision to exclude from the November ballot a voter referendum calling for repeal of the state’s 2011 gambling law. The office said the proposed referendum would violate the … 0

Solemn tributes on bombing anniversary

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

BOSTON — Survivors, first responders and relatives of those killed in the Boston Marathon bombing marked the anniversary Tuesday with tributes that combined sorrow over the loss of innocent victims with pride over the city’s resilience in the … 0

Judge blocks painkiller ban

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

BOSTON — A federal judge has blocked Massachusetts from banning the powerful new painkiller Zohydro. U.S. District Court Judge Rya Zobel on Tuesday issued a preliminary injunction after the maker of the drug, Zogenix, argued in a lawsuit that the ban ordered by Gov. Deval Patrick last month … 0

Final votes due on transportation bond bill

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

BOSTON — Construction could begin in the near future on several high-profile transportation projects around the state following an agreement reached by legislative negotiators on a $13 billion bond bill. The deal was reached by a six-member conference committee late Monday and was expected to go before the … 0

Health website difficulties not expected to hurt state funds

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

BOSTON (AP) — The breakdown of Massachusetts’ health exchange website was not expected to have a significant impact on the state’s current finances, a top state official told lawmakers Tuesday, but stopped short of giving similar assurances for the future. The website glitches forced the health connector to … 0

Woman charged with stabbing boyfriend

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — A Springfield woman charged with stabbing her boyfriend because she thought he was cheating on her has been ordered held. Latrisa Pace pleaded not guilty at her arraignment Monday to charges including assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and intimidation of a witness. The … 0

Some questions may stay mysteries in Boston probe

Monday, April 14, 2014

BOSTON — A surveillance video shows a man prosecutors say is Dzhokhar Tsarnaev placing a bomb near the finish line of the Boston Marathon, just yards from where an 8-year-old boy was killed when it exploded. A hand-scrawled … 0