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Hole found in engine of small plane that crashed into Plainville house

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

PLAINVILLE (AP) — A federal investigator says there was internal damage to the engine of a small plane that crashed into a Massachusetts home and burned, killing three people aboard. National Transportation Safety Board investigator Doug Brazy said Tuesday investigators found a hole in the engine’s crankcase but do not know the cause. Brazy says the engine will be examined at its manufacturer’s lab. The pilot told air traffic controllers …

USOC sticks with Boston’s bid for 2024

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. — Leaders of the U.S. Olympic Committee are sticking with Boston as a candidate for the 2024 Olympics, knowing full well that getting the city to the starting line in this contest could be as tough as actually landing the games. The USOC board met Tuesday to discuss the Boston …

State focuses on employers as paid sick time rule starts

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

BOSTON — When a paid sick time requirement takes effect Wednesday, state officials say the focus will be on educating employers about the new law, not punishing any for noncompliance. Voters backed a ballot question in November allowing workers to accrue up to 40 hours of paid sick leave in a given year, earning one hour for every 30 hours they put in. …

2 injured in National Guard vehicle accident on I-89

Monday, June 29, 2015

ROYALTON, Vt. (AP) — Police say two Massachusetts National Guard members suffered minor injuries after they lost control of their Humvee in a military convoy at the junction of Interstates 89 and 91 in Vermont. Police said the vehicle was the last one in the four-vehicle convoy Thursday …

Man killed, three injured in Taunton shooting

Monday, June 29, 2015

TAUNTON (AP) — Authorities say one person has died and three are injured after a Saturday afternoon shooting in Taunton. The Bristol district attorney’s office said 24-year-old Marques McCassie died at a hospital about an hour after the shooting. Taunton police responded to Weir Street at about 5:44 …

Plane crashes into Plainville home, killing 3 aboard; residents escape

Monday, June 29, 2015

PLAINVILLE (AP) — A small plane crashed into a house Sunday evening, killing three people on board, police said, but residents managed to flee as fire engulfed the home. The Beechcraft BE36 aircraft crashed into the house at …

Boston man facing assault charges after three children stabbed in domestic attack, police say

Monday, June 29, 2015

BOSTON (AP) — Police say a 51-year-old Boston man is facing charges of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon after three children were stabbed on Saturday. Rock Aurelien, who police say is known to the children, is expected to be arraigned Monday in what police say is …

Groups push to bolster solar panel program

Monday, June 29, 2015

BOSTON — Environmentalists are pressing Massachusetts lawmakers to lift what they call arbitrary limits on a key program designed to encourage solar panel use in the state. The so-called “net-metering” program allows homeowners, businesses and local governments to …

Organizers to reveal new plan for Boston 2024 bid on Monday

Saturday, June 27, 2015

BOSTON — Organizers for Boston’s bid for the 2024 Summer Olympics will release updated plans on Monday for how the city would pay for and stage the games. A spokesman for the private Boston 2024 group confirmed Friday …

Smithsonian to improve ethics policies on research funding

Saturday, June 27, 2015

After revelations that a Massachusetts scientist failed to disclose his funding sources for climate change research, the Smithsonian Institution said Friday it is improving its ethics and disclosure policies to avoid conflicts of interest. The museum and research complex said it is prepared to take immediate action after …

State briefs

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Home care workers to get $15 hourly wage BOSTON (AP) — Gov. Charlie Baker’s administration has approved a new contract that aims to increase pay for some 35,000 home care workers in Massachusetts to $15 per hour by 2018. The agreement announced Friday with the union representing personal …

MGM asks to delay opening Springfield casino by a year to September 2018

Thursday, June 25, 2015

BOSTON — MGM wants to delay the opening of its planned resort casino in western Massachusetts by a year because of a major highway project taking place nearby. The Las Vegas casino giant Thursday submitted a revised project …

Massachusetts State Police trooper meets colleague who saved him as infant

Thursday, June 25, 2015

FRAMINGHAM (AP) — A veteran Massachusetts State Police trooper and the baby boy whose life he saved more than three decades ago were reunited this week, and through a strange twist of fate, that boy is now a fellow trooper. Al Balestra, 63, met and shook hands Tuesday …