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Amtrak Vermonter service fully restored

Friday, October 9, 2015

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Amtrak says the Vermonter service is now fully restored following the train derailment in Northfield. The company says the service between Washington, D.C., and St. Albans was operating normally on Friday. Amtrak had been providing passengers traveling south with bus service to Springfield or New Haven, Connecticut, where they could board other trains. A passenger train headed from Vermont to Washington derailed Monday when it hit …

In college rape debate, overseas-study crimes gain attention

Thursday, October 8, 2015

MONTPELIER, Vt. — As colleges wrestle with how to address sexual assault, a legal challenge involving a small Vermont institution brings an obscure part of the equation to the fore: how to report, investigate and punish sexual assaults that happen in overseas-study programs. Statistics on such assaults are scant, although no one disputes …

Baker bill seeks expansion of charter schools

Thursday, October 8, 2015

BOSTON — Legislation unveiled Thursday would let the state add up to a dozen new or expanded charter schools each year outside the existing cap on the schools in Massachusetts. Gov. Charlie Baker said his bill would focus the new growth in districts that are performing in the bottom 25 percent of districts statewide. The bill would also let the schools give preference …

Lawmakers set hearing on trans rights bills

Monday, October 5, 2015

BOSTON — U.S. Rep. Joe Kennedy is among those planning to testify at a public hearing on a pair of bills that would extend non-discrimination protections to transgender people in public spaces in Massachusetts. The Massachusetts Democrat and other supporters of the bills want to expand a 2011 …

Jury selection set for teen’s murder case

Monday, October 5, 2015

BOSTON — One day in the fall of 2013, Colleen Ritzer asked one of her 9th-grade algebra students to stay after school. Hours later, the body of the popular, 24-year-old teacher was found in nearby woods, partly covered …

Attleboro man builds dream home in the trees

Monday, October 5, 2015

ATTLEBORO (AP) — Treehouses are usually built of equal parts scrap lumber and childhood imagination, typically cobbled together by pre-teens in an afternoon. Not so Jay Hewitt’s 40-foot-tall, tri-level version he built for his grandkids over the course …

Theology college cancels sale of Native objects

Monday, October 5, 2015

JUNEAU, Alaska — A Massachusetts theology college has abandoned plans to sell off art from 52 Native tribes, including Tlingit and Haida items, as the federal government investigates. The Andover Newton Theological School could face penalties for quietly planning the sale of 80 Native art pieces this summer, …

State report says child agency failed in death of toddler in foster care

Friday, October 2, 2015

BOSTON — A state report on the death of a 2-year-old girl in foster care found the Department of Children and Families failed to properly evaluate the qualifications of a foster mother and determine whether the home was safe for children. The internal review, released Thursday, revealed an …

Mass. Senate OKs bill aimed at opioid crisis

Friday, October 2, 2015

BOSTON — Prompted by a deadly wave of opioid addiction in the state, the Massachusetts Senate on Thursday unanimously passed a bill that would encourage doctors to consider new approaches for treating pain and would increase screening of public school students for potential substance abuse. The Senate vote …

Conn. tribes seek proposals for border casino sites

Friday, October 2, 2015

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The Mashantucket Pequot and Mohegan tribes on Thursday began the process of seeking potential locations for a jointly run casino north of Hartford to compete with a casino planned for nearby Springfield, Massachusetts. Tribal leaders delivered their request for proposals to the Connecticut Department …

Warren, Markey back bill to raise smoking age

Thursday, October 1, 2015

BOSTON (ap) — U.S. Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Edward Markey are backing legislation that would hike the nation’s smoking age by banning the sale of tobacco products to anyone under 21. Warren said restricting tobacco sales to adults 21 or older will save lives and promote healthier communities. …

Man smothers mother, gets high with friends

Thursday, October 1, 2015

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — A Massachusetts man has admitted to suffocating his mother with a pillow before selling her televisions and smoking crack with friends while she lay dead in another room. The Republican reports 43-year-old Luis Rosa, of Springfield, pleaded guilty as part of an agreement on Tuesday …

Archaeologists uncover secrets of Revolutionary War site

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

BOSTON — Archaeologists using 21st-century technology are mapping out the exact spots British soldiers and Colonial militiamen were standing as they fired at each other during a pivotal skirmish on the first day of the American Revolution. Parker’s …