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Pilgrim nuclear plant back online after $70M refueling

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

PLYMOUTH (AP) — The only commercial nuclear power plant in Massachusetts returned to full service on Tuesday after a $70 million, monthlong, refueling and maintenance project that owners say makes the plant safer. Entergy Corp., owner of the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station in Plymouth, said control room operators reconnected the plant to the grid after a 35-day planned shutdown. The plant’s 600 employees, as well as nearly 1,200 temporary workers …

State briefs

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

New UMass president gets perks in contract LOWELL (AP) — Incoming University of Massachusetts president Marty Meehan will be paid $525,000 in the first year of a five-year contract that could be bumped to more than $750,000 with perks. The former congressman and UMass-Lowell chancellor starts on July 1 with a salary of $525,000. That grows to $602,500 by 2020 and includes a …

At Ludlow jail, addicts must wear shirt and tie

Monday, May 25, 2015

LUDLOW — A western Massachusetts prison believes dressing for success can help inmates break the stranglehold of addiction. Hampden County Sheriff Michael Ashe Jr. requires inmates at his jail’s minimum-security substance abuse treatment facility wear a shirt and tie from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday to Friday. Ashe recently announced that the policy, which has been in place since 2007, will remain …

Judge OKs $200M settlement in 2012 meningitis outbreak

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

BOSTON (AP) — Victims of a 2012 meningitis outbreak caused by a now-closed Massachusetts compounding pharmacy will have access to a $200 million compensation fund, following approval Tuesday by a federal bankruptcy judge. The new fund will be available to compensate creditors and victims who became ill or …

Mass man freed after 21 years in prison on murder charge

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

SALEM — A man who had spent 21 years behind bars for a murder he says he did not commit was released from prison Monday after a Massachusetts judge threw out his sentence, ruling that the prosecution’s case was flawed. Superior Court Judge David Lowy officially vacated a …

SJC issues decision in drug lab scandal

Monday, May 18, 2015

BOSTON — Thousands of defendants convicted of drug crimes after a chemist in a state lab tampered with evidence can’t be charged with more serious crimes or given harsher sentences if granted a new trial, Massachusetts’ highest court …

Tsarnaev likely to stay on death row for years

Sunday, May 17, 2015

BOSTON — At 21, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is about to become the youngest, most notorious inmate on federal death row. After convicting the Russian immigrant last month in the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing, a jury on Friday voted to sentence him to death for his role in the worst …

Bombing jurors filling out complicated form

Thursday, May 14, 2015

BOSTON — Jurors in the trial of Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev must make one of the most difficult decisions a jury can be faced with: Should they sentence him to death or spare his life? As they …

Roman Catholic school in Pittsfield closing

Thursday, May 14, 2015

PITTSFIELD (AP) — The Roman Catholic Diocese of Springfield has announced that is closing a Pittsfield parochial school because of declining enrollment and associated financial strains. The diocese announced Wednesday that St. Mark School will close at the end of the academic year. The school, with students in …

Grisly discoveries point to serial killer in Conn.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

NEW BRITAIN, Conn. — William Devin Howell, a drifter with a lengthy criminal record, was working odd jobs around central Connecticut in the summer of 2003 when several people, some of them women with histories of substance abuse, …

Gun found in hollowed-out Bible at suspect’s home

Thursday, May 14, 2015

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — Massachusetts police executing a search warrant at a drug suspect’s home say they found a gun inside a hollowed-out Bible on his nightstand. Police say an officer involved in Wednesday night’s raid in Springfield opened the Bible and found the pages had been cut out …

Doctor says stabbing suspect was high on PCP

Thursday, May 14, 2015

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — The suspect in the stabbing death of a 25-year-old Springfield woman was high on PCP at the time according to a court psychiatrist. Van Dorsey Jr.’s lawyer entered not guilty pleas to charges including murder and drug offenses at his arraignment Wednesday in connection with …

Judge orders protesters to end 11-year vigil inside closed church

Thursday, May 14, 2015

BOSTON — Parishioners of the St. Frances Xavier Cabrini Church must end their 11-year protest vigil and vacate the shuttered Roman Catholic church, a Massachusetts judge ruled Thursday. But the Friends of St. Frances, the group that has …