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KEVIN GUTTING
University of Massachusetts Amherst chancellor Kumble Subbaswamy, left, and UMass system president-elect Marty Meehan make their way to the Integrative Learning Center to meet with students and press during Meehan's first visit to the flagship campus on Wednesday.

Lawmakers move to restore budget items vetoed by Baker

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

BOSTON — Lawmakers moved Wednesday to restore nearly $100 million in spending vetoed from the state budget by Republican Gov. Charlie Baker, including funds for full-day kindergarten programs and for the University of Massachusetts system. Baker used his line-item veto power to shave $162 million from the more than $38 billion budget for the fiscal year that began July 1, …

Massachusetts lawmakers back 2-day sales tax ‘holiday’

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

BOSTON — Massachusetts was on track Wednesday for another sales tax holiday in August despite concerns from several lawmakers that the two-day suspension of the state’s 6.25 percent tax was little more than a gimmick that benefits large retailers while costing the state valuable revenue. The House voted 136-20 to hold the holiday on the weekend of Aug. 15-16, followed by a Senate …

Casino land deal criminal case keys on investigators

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

BOSTON — A federal judge heard arguments Wednesday over allegations that private investigators working for Wynn Resorts gained unauthorized access to files in a joint state and federal criminal probe that now figures into Massachusetts’s biggest casino project. U.S. District Court Magistrate Marianne Bowler took the arguments under advisement and is expected to decide whether to hold a hearing on the allegations as …

Body of slain Marine returns home

Saturday, July 25, 2015

SPRINGFIELD — Hundreds of people lined the streets of Springfield waving American flags and paying final respects as the body of a Marine killed by a gunman in Tennessee was returned to his hometown. The body of Gunnery Sgt. Thomas Sullivan arrived at Bradley International Airport in Connecticut …

Gov. Baker: Boy allegedly starved and beaten by father should recover

Saturday, July 25, 2015

BOSTON — Gov. Charlie Baker said a 7-year-old boy allegedly starved and beaten by his father is on a ventilator, but should recover. Baker said Friday that he received a one-hour briefing on the case. State child welfare officials say they’ve been involved with the family. “By all …

$1.5M price tag for lawsuits challenging Wynn’s casino

Saturday, July 25, 2015

BOSTON — Lawsuits challenging Massachusetts’ decision to award Wynn Resorts a gambling license have come with a hefty price tag. The state Gaming Commission and three cities involved in the legal fight — Boston, Revere and Somerville — have spent more than $1.4 million combined since the first …

Springfield Marine Thomas Sullivan, killed in Tennessee shooting, will be laid to rest Monday

Thursday, July 23, 2015

SPRINGFIELD — A Marine who grew up in Springfield and was killed by a gunman in Tennessee will be laid to rest next week. The family of Gunnery Sgt. Thomas Sullivan announced that the private funeral Mass is …

Massachusetts revenue collections surpass benchmarks in 2015

Thursday, July 23, 2015

BOSTON — Massachusetts finished the 2015 fiscal year on a strong note. Tax revenues for the year that ended in June were nearly 6 percent higher than the previous fiscal year collections, according to state revenue officials. Revenues also beat predictions for the year by about $391 million. …

Alleged terrorist plotter indicted

Thursday, July 23, 2015

SPRINGFIELD — A Boston police captain’s son who authorities say plotted a terrorist attack in support of the Islamic State group has been indicted on weapons and assault charges in western Massachusetts. Federal prosecutors say a grand jury in U.S. District Court in Springfield on Thursday indicted 23-year-old …

Officials mull future after New Bedford casino plan scrapped

Thursday, July 23, 2015

BOSTON — Massachusetts gambling regulators are weighing what to do next now that developers of a proposed New Bedford casino abruptly dropped out of the competition. The state Gaming Commission met Thursday after New York-based developers KG Urban Enterprises notified them late Wednesday that they were withdrawing their …

briefs

Thursday, July 23, 2015

AG: Stop suspending licenses for drug offenses BOSTON (AP) — Attorney General Maura Healey said she supports repealing a Massachusetts law that automatically suspends the driver’s license of anyone convicted of a drug offense. Healey said her office has seen no evidence that license suspensions are an effective …

Scientists probe cause of beach blast

Thursday, July 23, 2015

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Scientists trying to figure out the reason why a mysterious beach blast that sent a woman flying into a jetty are now pursuing a specific cause, Rhode Island’s top environmental official says, but she isn’t disclosing their theory until testing is finished. Department of …

State study: School snack ban working

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

BOSTON — Rules aimed at banning sugary sodas, sweet snacks, potato chips and other standard school vending machine fare appear to be working in Massachusetts, according to a study released Wednesday. The study of 74 middle and high schools in three dozen districts showed big increases in the …