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Northfield Mountain hydroelectric plant seeks to boost storage capacity during winter

Thursday, September 18, 2014

NORTHFIELD —Owners of the Northfield Mountain hydroelectric project have sought permission to change its operating license temporarily this winter to boost storage capacity of its mountaintop reservoir so the region’s power supply can have additional capacity. The application filed last month by FirstLight Hydro Generating Co. to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission for a temporary license amendment is not entirely unprecedented. But the application — allowing an additional 22 feet …

Winners of MacArthur ‘genius grants’ unveiled

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

CHICAGO — A professor whose research is helping a California police department improve its strained relationship with the black community and a lawyer who advocates for victims of domestic abuse are among the 21 winners of this year’s MacArthur Foundation “genius grants.” The Chicago-based John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation announced on …

Wynn, regulators sign casino license

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

BOSTON — Wynn Resorts and Massachusetts gambling regulators on Wednesday finalized a license for a proposed $1.6 billion resort casino across from Boston, but the casino company says it’s not yet prepared to campaign against a looming threat: November’s ballot question to repeal the state’s casino law. “We have always said that it …

Advocates: State tax unfair

Sunday, September 14, 2014

BOSTON — Advocates for changing Massachusetts’ personal income tax may have new fuel for their campaign, as a new national study suggests a more progressive income tax that requires wealthier individuals to pay higher tax rates could help states deal with revenue problems. Standard & Poor’s, in a …

Connecticut River Watershed Council raises concerns about water discharge permit for Vermont Yankee

Saturday, September 13, 2014

VERNON, Vt. — The state’s Agency of Natural Resources is scheduled to issue a new water discharge permit later this month for the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant, even though the plant will be a few months away from permanently shutting down by then. Still, the Connecticut River Watershed …

Blackstone woman charged in connection with deaths of three infants in squalid home

Friday, September 12, 2014

BLACKSTONE — A woman who lived in a squalid, vermin-infested home where the bodies of three infants were found was charged Friday with covering up the deaths, while neighbors said they wish they had acted themselves to call …

Defeat of incumbent leaves Republican Richard Tisei facing political newcomer Seth Moulton

Thursday, September 11, 2014

BOSTON — For months, state and national Republican groups have been criticizing Democratic Rep. John Tierney in Massachusetts’ 6th Congressional District as an extreme partisan on the far left, hoping to leave him politically wounded and vulnerable to GOP challenger Richard Tisei in the November election. Republicans may …

Three babies’ bodies found in filthy house

Thursday, September 11, 2014

BLACKSTONE — The bodies of three infants were found Thursday in a filthy house where four other children were removed by authorities last month, a Massachusetts prosecutor said. A woman who lives at the home was arrested on …

State marks anniversary of 9/11 attacks

Thursday, September 11, 2014

BOSTON (AP) — A Fall River man who left his car and rushed into a burning building to alert residents to a fire was honored Thursday with a civilian bravery award named for a flight attendant aboard one …

After defeating nine-term congressman, Seth Moulton now faces Richard Tisei

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

BOSTON — Political newcomer Seth Moulton is setting his sights on Republican Richard Tisei in the state’s 6th Congressional District, having pulled off the stunning defeat of nine-term incumbent U.S. Rep. John Tierney in a bitter Democratic primary …

Gubernatorial choices set sights on November

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

BOSTON — With primary election wins behind them, Republican Charlie Baker and Democrat Martha Coakley wasted no time Wednesday setting the stage for what could be a bruising campaign for governor that apparently will not include restrictions on …

Massachusetts reports second human case of West Nile virus this year

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

BOSTON (AP) — The Massachusetts Department of Health says the state has confirmed its second human case of West Nile virus this year. Officials said Wednesday the case, like the first one, is from Middlesex County. The new case is a woman in her 40s who was hospitalized …

Massachusetts Gaming Commission delays decision for Boston-area casino license

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

BOSTON — Massachusetts gambling regulators said Wednesday they will hold off on awarding the lone Boston-area casino license this week to give Wynn Resorts and Mohegan Sun time to respond to requirements the state wants to impose on the winning bidder. The Massachusetts Gaming Commission asked Wynn to …