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Crowded 6th District Democratic primary for US House seat held by John Tierney

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

BOSTON — In a reliably Democratic state like Massachusetts, Republicans typically see few opportunities for big congressional wins. This year, the GOP is eyeing the 6th District, where they hope to unseat Democratic Rep. John Tierney, who’s held the seat since 1997. Two years ago, Tierney narrowly beat back a challenge from Republican Richard Tisei, a former state senator who’s running for the U.S. House seat again. While Tierney has … 0

Three Democrats run for lieutenant governor in primary

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

BOSTON — The office of lieutenant governor has a limited budget, few prescribed responsibilities and has been vacant for the past 15 months without much notice or effect. The relatively unknown candidates who are trying to fill it all say they can carve out an important role for themselves while serving as an invaluable partner to the next governor. The three Democrats on … 0

Where the candidates for governor stand on health care issues

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

This is the first in a series of five glances exploring the positions of candidates for Massachusetts governor ahead of the Sept. 9 primary. BOSTON — Improving the well-being of the state’s health care system could be a difficult prescription to fill for the next governor, given Massachusetts’ rocky effort to merge its … 0

Rozanski, new Springfield bishop, installed

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — The new spiritual leader of more than 200,000 Roman Catholics across western Massachusetts was formally installed Tuesday. Mitchell Rozanski was installed as the bishop of Springfield on Tuesday during a special Mass at St. Michael’s … 0

Hernandez cousin pleads guilty to contempt charge

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

FALL RIVER (AP) — A cousin of ex-New England Patriots star Aaron Hernandez pleaded guilty Tuesday to a criminal contempt charge for refusing to testify before a grand jury even though she had been granted immunity. Tanya Singleton, … 0

Warren explains pipeline opposition

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

BOSTON (AP) — U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren is spelling out her opposition to a proposed new natural gas pipeline through northwestern Massachusetts. The first-term Democrat penned a more than 600-word op-ed for The Berkshire Eagle on Tuesday about why she’s opposed to Kinder Morgan’s proposed $3.75 billion natural … 0

Candidates for governor taking to TV

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

BOSTON — With just a month to go before the state primary, candidates for governor and their supporters are taking to the airwaves in an effort to reach Massachusetts voters — many of whom are more interested in beach weather updates than political pitches. On Tuesday, Democratic candidate … 0

Northeast berry farms fight late-season fruit fly

Sunday, August 10, 2014

MONTPELIER, Vt. — Northeast berry growers are learning ways to combat an invasive fruit fly that wiped out 80 percent of some farms’ late-season fruit two years ago, forcing some small growers out of business. The tiny spotted … 0

Man fatally shot on Springfield street

Sunday, August 10, 2014

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — Massachusetts police say a man has been fatally shot near an elementary school in Springfield, and they suspect the shooting was related to drugs and gangs. Springfield police responded to a disturbance shortly after 5 p.m. Saturday and found a wounded man on a walkway … 0

Penn National’s $225M slot parlor takes shape

Sunday, August 10, 2014

PLAINVILLE (AP) — Plans to open the state’s first slot parlor are moving forward at a harness racing track near the Rhode Island state line despite a vote in three months on whether to repeal Massachusetts’ 2011 casino … 0

Bills including overhaul of state’s gun laws await Gov. Deval Patrick’s signature

Saturday, August 9, 2014

BOSTON — Gov. Deval Patrick has a handful of bills on his desk awaiting his signature, including a proposed overhaul of the state’s gun laws. The bill would give Massachusetts police chiefs the right to go to court … 1

New England consortium of governors, energy executives seeks to slow process for possible utility tariffs

Friday, August 8, 2014

A New England consortium of governors and energy executives has indicated it wants to slow a proposal to petition the federal government for utility customer tariffs to finance $5 billion to $10 billion in power projects such as natural gas pipelines and transmission lines. The New England States … 0

Tests show higher-than-acceptable noise from Hoosac Wind turbines

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

MONROE — Acoustic testing of the Hoosac Wind turbines in Monroe and Florida show that noise levels have exceeded the maximum decibel range permissible for the 19-turbine New England Wind facility. Wind turbines in Massachusetts are not allowed to exceed the ambient noise level of their surroundings by … 0