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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 …

State approves summer electric rates for Eversource, with average customer saving $22 per month

Thursday, May 14, 2015

The state has approved Eversource electric rates for the summer months. On July 1, the basic service supply price for all residential Eversource customers in western Massachusetts will drop by about 31 percent, from 14.228 cents for the cold-weather months to 9.767 cents per kilowatt-hour. Customers using 500 …

Jury weighs lawyers’ last words on bomber’s fate

Thursday, May 14, 2015

BOSTON — Prosecutors and defense attorneys on Wednesday made their final appeals to the jury that will decide the fate of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev as jurors began deliberating whether the Boston Marathon bomber should get life in prison or …

Home care workers press for $15 an hour

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

BOSTON — Hundreds of home care workers delivered hand-signed letters to Gov. Charlie Baker’s office Wednesday pressing for what they called a $15 an hour “living wage.” The workers rallied outside the Statehouse before handing the letters to Baker staff members in front of his third floor office. …

Feds nix extended disaster aid

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

BOSTON (AP) — The federal government has denied Massachusetts’ request to expand disaster aid for a January blizzard, the first of several major storms that pummeled the state this past winter. Gov. Charlie Baker appealed to the Federal Emergency Management Agency last week to extend the disaster declaration …

Concern raised over possible spread of Southern pine beetle to pitch-pine forests in Montague Plains

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

It’s a long way from the home it has known for decades, but the Southern pine beetle has made it as far north as Connecticut, leaving experts to wonder whether it will spread to pitch-pine forests like Lake …

Healey reviewing pay equity

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

BOSTON — State Attorney General Maura Healey said Tuesday that her office will allow new parents to take up to six weeks of paid parental leave, including parents who adopt or participate in foster care. She also said …

Prof regrets bashing ‘white college males’

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

BOSTON — An incoming Boston University professor who called “white college males” a “problem population” and was publicly criticized by the university’s president said on Tuesday she regrets making the remarks. Black sociology professor Saida Grundy, who completed her doctorate at the University of Michigan last year, had …

Brockton residents approve $650M casino

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

BROCKTON — A proposed $650 million resort casino for the Brockton Fairgrounds cleared a crucial step Tuesday as city residents approved the proposal in a special election. The Enterprise newspaper reported that the binding referendum passed by 143 votes, 7,163 to 7,020. About 32 percent of the city’s …

Eversource seeks supply charge rate decrease beginning July 1

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Eversource announced Monday that it has filed with the state Department of Public Utilities to lower its supply charge rate by more than 31 percent beginning July 1, reflecting a drop from its historically high charge over the past six months. If the basic service supply price, which …

Famed nun testifies as bomber’s defense rests

Monday, May 11, 2015

BOSTON — Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s lawyers rested their case Monday in their bid to save him from execution after death penalty opponent Sister Helen Prejean testified that he expressed genuine sorrow for the victims. “No one …