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Northwestern district attorney’s office suspends use of breathalyzer results

Thursday, April 23, 2015

The Northwestern district attorney’s office has suspended its use of breathalyzer results in drunken driving cases, amid a state review of the handheld alcohol tests used by police. Concerns about the test have led defense attorneys and prosecutors to sift through old cases and look for evidence of questionable breathalyzer results. Officials learned of concerns last month. “So far, no operating under-the-influence cases in the Northwestern District have been identified …

Prosecution rests in bombing trial’s penalty phase

Thursday, April 23, 2015

BOSTON (AP) — A video played Thursday at the trial of Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev showed a mother crouched over her 8-year-old son as he lay dying on the sidewalk, a scene that prosecutors hoped would linger in jurors’ minds while they determine whether Tsarnaev lives or dies. Prosecutors rested their case …

NE governors map out way to cut energy costs

Thursday, April 23, 2015

HARTFORD, Conn. — New England’s governors agreed Thursday to a mix of regional and state actions to cut persistently high energy costs. Five of the region’s six governors said they will work across the region while each state pursues individual projects. New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan did not attend the Hartford meeting. “Obviously …

Pro-pot backers send draft of ballot question to state

Friday, April 17, 2015

BOSTON — A group hoping to legalize the recreational use of marijuana in Massachusetts has submitted a draft of a proposed ballot question to the state attorney general’s office. Bay State Repeal said the question would let adults 21 or older grow and buy the drug while taking …

In first 100 days, Baker weathers record snow, budget deficit

Thursday, April 16, 2015

BOSTON — The state’s new governor, Charlie Baker, glanced out the window of a briefing room at the bare ground outside and remarked that while he had plenty of other fiscal problems to deal with, at least he …

Penn National revises plans for Plainville slots

Thursday, April 16, 2015

BOSTON — Massachusetts is inching closer to the official launch of its casino industry, as Penn National Gaming submitted revised plans Thursday for a slot parlor slated to open in June along the Rhode Island border while regulators highlighted steps the state still needs to complete before it …

Analyst: Casinos in uphill battle

Thursday, April 16, 2015

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Demographic and industry problems are weighing on casinos struggling to draw visitors and increase revenue, an industry analyst said Thursday. Economic growth will slow as the population of older Americans outpaces younger consumers who are “less enthused” about gambling, turning instead to electronic games …

Bells, kind acts mark Boston bombing anniversary

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

BOSTON (ap) — With a moment of silence, the tolling of church bells and a call for kindness, Boston marked the second anniversary of the marathon bombings Wednesday, the emotions clearly still raw from the devastating attack during …

House leaders’ $38B budget hikes spending 2.8%

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts House leaders unveiled a nearly $38 billion state budget proposal Wednesday that calls for a modest increase in state spending and offers the troubled Boston-area transit system more flexibility to enter into private contracts. The House Ways and Means Committee’s proposed budget for the …

Senate moves to break from House on committees

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

BOSTON (AP) — The Massachusetts Senate has raised the stakes in a power struggle with the House, voting unanimously to begin pulling out a legislative process they say gives the House too much control over the fate of bills. Wednesday’s vote authorizes the Senate to draft a plan …

Former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez convicted of first-degree murder, sentenced to life in prison

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

FALL RIVER — Former New England Patriots star Aaron Hernandez was convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to life in prison Wednesday for a deadly late-night shooting, sealing the downfall of an athlete who once had a $40 …

Search ended for burglary suspect who jumped off Springfield bridge

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — Springfield authorities have ended their river search for one of two men who jumped out of a car and off a bridge on Tuesday while fleeing police. Police said they were sought in a West Springfield housebreaking in which two men were seen carrying away …

Rosenberg urges change in way bills are handled

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

BOSTON — Beacon Hill’s two most powerful Democrats are locked in an increasingly bitter tug-of-war over how bills live or die at the Statehouse. Senate President Stan Rosenberg has launched a public battle to try to change the system, which he said gives the Massachusetts House too much …