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Now-closed Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant maintains emergency plan, security measures

Saturday, January 31, 2015

VERNON, VT. — Although the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant shut down permanently in December and later laid off one-third of its employees, emergency plans and security measures remain in place. The plant shut down Dec. 29, after about 40 years operation. Last month, its workforce was cut from 528 to 329. Its fuel has been removed from its reactor, mixed with older, used fuel in canisters and placed in …

Poehler feted by Harvard’s Hasty Pudding

Thursday, January 29, 2015

CAMBRIDGE — Amy Poehler turned the tables on her roasters, poking fun at Harvard and its famed Hasty Pudding theater troupe during its annual Woman of the Year award Thursday. The actress joked at the irreverent affair that she never expected to be feted by the Ivy League school she raised a “middle …

House votes to eliminate speaker term limits

Thursday, January 29, 2015

BOSTON — Massachusetts lawmakers have voted to eliminate term limits for state House speakers — a change pushed by Democratic Speaker Robert DeLeo, who supported term limits when he was first elected to the powerful post. The 109-45 vote Thursday was largely on party lines, with Republicans favoring term limits and most Democrats siding with DeLeo. DeLeo defended his decision earlier Thursday, speaking …

Judge nixes Partners HealthCare hospital merger deal

Friday, January 30, 2015

BC-MA--Partners HealthCare,130 Judge nixes Partners HealthCare hospital merger deal Eds: APNewsNow. Associated Press BOSTON — A high-profile deal that would have allowed Partners HealthCare to merge with South Shore Hospital has collapsed. Suffolk Superior Court Judge Janet Sanders on Thursday rejected the agreement that Partners worked out with …

Mass. reps to serve on key committees

Thursday, January 29, 2015

BOSTON (AP) — Members of the Massachusetts congressional delegation have been named to serve as the top Democrats on key U.S. House committees. Rep. Jim McGovern of Worcester has been appointed the ranking Democrat on the House Committee on Agriculture’s Subcommittee on Nutrition, which oversees in part the …

Two found dead near homes after blizzard

Thursday, January 29, 2015

YARMOUTH (AP) — Police in Massachusetts say a 97-year-old man and an 84-year-old woman were found dead outside their homes in different towns after this week’s blizzard. An officer found Richard Mac-Lean Sr.’s body next to a carbon dioxide exhaust vent on his Yarmouth home on Cape Cod …

Dartmouth bans hard alcohol on campus

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Dartmouth College is banning hard alcohol on campus and threatening to disband organizations that don’t shape up as part of efforts to “root out extreme behavior,” the school’s president announced Thursday amid controversies enveloping universities across the nation. Dartmouth President Philip Hanlon announced the “Moving Dartmouth Forward” plan …

Snowbound cities return to normal

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

BOSTON — Boston bounced back quickly Wednesday from the Blizzard of 2015, with subways, buses and trains up and running again the morning after the storm buried a swath of New England in 2 to 3 feet of …

Storm hits coastal communities hard

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

MARSHFIELD — Some of the areas hardest hit by the blizzard that tore through the state were on the coastline, where oceanfront homes took the brunt of raging seas. In Marshfield, officials were still assessing the damage but …

House to mull lifting term limits for speaker

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

BOSTON — Massachusetts House lawmakers are being asked to consider lifting the rule that limits House speakers to four two-year terms. A copy of proposed rules to be debated by lawmakers on Thursday would eliminate an existing rule stating “no member shall hold, for more than eight consecutive …

Blizzard slams Boston area, coast and central Massachusetts

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

BOSTON — Its winds howling at more than 70 mph, the Blizzard of 2015 slammed Boston and surrounding parts of New England on Tuesday with none of the mercy it unexpectedly showed New York City, piling up more …

Snowstorm threatens to paralyze Northeast US with up to 3 feet of snow

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

NEW YORK — Tens of millions of people along the Philadelphia-to-Boston corridor rushed to get home and settle in Monday as a fearsome storm swirled in with the potential for hurricane-force winds and 1 to 3 feet of …

Gov. Charlie Baker declares state of emergency, bans non-essential motor vehicle travel after midnight

Monday, January 26, 2015

FRAMINGHAM (AP) — Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker has declared a state of emergency and banned all non-essential motor vehicle travel during the approaching blizzard. Baker said Monday the state of emergency is effective immediately and the non-essential travel ban goes into effect at midnight. The Massachusetts Department of …