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Powerlines and a tress rest in the street in Pittsfield, Mass., on Thursday, Nov. 27, 2014, after the winter storm on Wednesday. (AP Photo/The Berkshire Eagle, Stephanie Zollshan)

Storm upsets Thanksgiving for thousands across region

Thursday, November 27, 2014

CONCORD, N.H. — The first major snowstorm of the season left more than 300,000 customers in northern New England without power, forcing many to make last-minute changes to their Thanksgiving plans. The heavy snowfall set accumulation records across the region, snapped tree branches that fell onto power lines and caused cars to skid into utility poles. Utilities said it could …

Federal regulators approve request by Northfield Mountain Pumped Storage Project to increase winter capacity

Thursday, November 27, 2014

NORTHFIELD — Federal regulators on Wednesday granted last-minute approval for the Northfield Mountain Pumped Storage Project to pump more water from the Connecticut River, boosting storage capacity at its mountaintop reservoir for four months beginning Monday. FirstLight Hydro Generating Co. will be able to add 22 feet of capacity to its 5-billion-gallon reservoir through March 31 to address winter electricity needs in New …

Ski areas have extra reason to celebrate

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

MONTPELIER, Vt. — Ski areas across northern New England were giddy Wednesday at the prospect of a major Thanksgiving snowstorm that is bringing early season skiers to the slopes and offering a promising start to the winter season. Cold weather last weekend enabled the Mount Snow ski area in southern Vermont to make snow and open with some of the best early skiing …

Recommendation due Dec. 1 on pay raises for governor, other top elected officials

Saturday, November 22, 2014

BOSTON — Among the many decisions Gov.-elect Charlie Baker and the next Legislature could face is a potentially awkward one: Whether to back a salary hike for the state’s chief executive and other top elected officials. The Special …

Gov.-elect Charlie Baker names Marylou Sudders to serve as secretary of Health and Human Services

Friday, November 21, 2014

BOSTON — Marylou Sudders, a former state mental health commissioner and chief executive of the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children, was named Friday by Gov.-elect Charlie Baker to serve as secretary of Health and Human Services in his administration. Sudders, currently an associate professor …

Vermont Yankee to begin layoffs in January

Friday, November 21, 2014

VERNON, Vt. — The Vermont Yankee nuclear plant has officially notified the state of Vermont that it will be laying off 165 employees starting in January. That there would be layoffs has been common knowledge since Entergy’s announcement in August 2013 that it would ceas operations at the …

Speaker rules out cuts in local aid

Thursday, November 20, 2014

BOSTON — The top Democrat in the Massachusetts House of Representatives took local aid off the table on Thursday in discussions over how to close a state budget shortfall. House Speaker Robert DeLeo ruled out any cut in local aid less than 24 hours after Democratic Gov. Deval …

Former Brown dean, Nobel Prize winner, dies

Thursday, November 20, 2014

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — David Greer, a doctor who co-founded a group that won the 1985 Nobel Peace Prize for working to prevent nuclear war and who helped transform the medical school at Brown University, has died. He was …

Town ends bid to ban tobacco sales

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

WESTMINSTER — A proposal that would have made the town the first in the nation to ban all tobacco sales has gone up in smoke. Westminster’s board of health voted 2-1 to drop the proposal at its regular …

Patrick cuts $200M in spending

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

BOSTON — Gov. Deval Patrick’s administration ordered nearly $200 million in immediate spending cuts Wednesday while asking lawmakers to approve reductions in local aid and other accounts to help close a state budget shortfall. The gap, currently estimated at $330 million, has been triggered by a number of …

Officers honored for bravery after bombing

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

BOSTON — Sean Collier, a police officer who authorities say was shot and killed in the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombing, received a posthumous award for bravery during a ceremony Wednesday at which seven other officers who …

Study: Minorities punished more in schools

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

BOSTON — Massachusetts public schools punish a disproportionately high number of minorities and students with disabilities with out-of-school suspensions, putting them at higher risk of dropping out or getting in trouble with the law, according to a civil rights group. About two-thirds of those suspensions are for minor …

Comments accepted through Tuesday on decommissioning, dismantling of Vermont Yankee nuclear plant

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

BRATTLEBORO, Vt. — Two studies on the future of the Vermont Yankee Nuclear Plant site are under review by the Vermont Public Service Department, which is accepting public comment through Tuesday. The Vermont Yankee Site Assessment Study, issued last month by plant owner Entergy, describes its plans for …