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Patrick hitting road more as term nears end

Sunday, August 17, 2014

BOSTON — As he nears the end of his second and final term, Gov. Deval Patrick’s wanderlust has kicked into high gear. In the past 18 months, Patrick has embarked on a whirlwind tour of the globe, stopping in such far-flung places as Colombia, Ireland, Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore, Panama, Israel and the United Arab Emirates. The slew of trips marks the most active overseas travel period of Patrick’s nearly … 0

Man gets life for killing, raping college student

Thursday, August 14, 2014

DOVER, N.H. — The photograph of a beaming Elizabeth “Lizzi” Marriott was taken on Mother’s Day 2011, a frog she rescued from the family’s pool cupped in her hand. A year and a half later, Seth Mazzaglia raped her, killed her and threw her body in a river after she rebuffed his sexual … 0

Tsarnaev lawyers say November trial date too soon

Thursday, August 14, 2014

BOSTON (AP) — Lawyers for Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev said Thursday they likely won’t be ready for a planned Nov. 3 trial date. Tsarnaev’s lawyers told a federal judge that prosecutors have given them volumes of evidence — much of it poorly organized — as part of the pre-trial discovery process that they still need to sort through. They intend to … 0

Warren explains pipeline opposition

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

BOSTON (AP) — U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren is spelling out her opposition to a proposed new natural gas pipeline through northwestern Massachusetts. The first-term Democrat penned a more than 600-word op-ed for The Berkshire Eagle on Tuesday about why she’s opposed to Kinder Morgan’s proposed $3.75 billion natural … 0

Candidates for governor taking to TV

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

BOSTON — With just a month to go before the state primary, candidates for governor and their supporters are taking to the airwaves in an effort to reach Massachusetts voters — many of whom are more interested in beach weather updates than political pitches. On Tuesday, Democratic candidate … 0

Northeast berry farms fight late-season fruit fly

Sunday, August 10, 2014

MONTPELIER, Vt. — Northeast berry growers are learning ways to combat an invasive fruit fly that wiped out 80 percent of some farms’ late-season fruit two years ago, forcing some small growers out of business. The tiny spotted … 0

Man fatally shot on Springfield street

Sunday, August 10, 2014

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — Massachusetts police say a man has been fatally shot near an elementary school in Springfield, and they suspect the shooting was related to drugs and gangs. Springfield police responded to a disturbance shortly after 5 p.m. Saturday and found a wounded man on a walkway … 0

Penn National’s $225M slot parlor takes shape

Sunday, August 10, 2014

PLAINVILLE (AP) — Plans to open the state’s first slot parlor are moving forward at a harness racing track near the Rhode Island state line despite a vote in three months on whether to repeal Massachusetts’ 2011 casino … 0

Bills including overhaul of state’s gun laws await Gov. Deval Patrick’s signature

Saturday, August 9, 2014

BOSTON — Gov. Deval Patrick has a handful of bills on his desk awaiting his signature, including a proposed overhaul of the state’s gun laws. The bill would give Massachusetts police chiefs the right to go to court … 1

New England consortium of governors, energy executives seeks to slow process for possible utility tariffs

Friday, August 8, 2014

A New England consortium of governors and energy executives has indicated it wants to slow a proposal to petition the federal government for utility customer tariffs to finance $5 billion to $10 billion in power projects such as natural gas pipelines and transmission lines. The New England States … 0

Tests show higher-than-acceptable noise from Hoosac Wind turbines

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

MONROE — Acoustic testing of the Hoosac Wind turbines in Monroe and Florida show that noise levels have exceeded the maximum decibel range permissible for the 19-turbine New England Wind facility. Wind turbines in Massachusetts are not allowed to exceed the ambient noise level of their surroundings by … 0

State Auditor Suzanne Bump denies allegations that she conducted political business from Statehouse

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

BOSTON — Massachusetts Auditor Suzanne Bump on Wednesday denied allegations by a former top aide that she conducted political activities out of her Statehouse office. Bump was responding to a lawsuit filed earlier Wednesday by former First Deputy Auditor Laura Marlin in U.S. District Court. In the wrongful … 0

Patrick signs substance abuse bill 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 flurry of bill signings came after state lawmakers ended their formal session last week. The governor has 10 days … 0