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Milwaukee County firefighters and law enforcement officers respond to a crash site of a small plane which caught fire Wednesday, July 29, 2015, at Timmerman Airport in Milwaukee. Milwaukee County Department of Transportation Director Brian Dranzik said in a statement the accident happened around 6:15 p.m. Wednesday at the airport on the city's northwest side. (Rick Wood/Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel via AP)

Boston exec, daughter die in plane crash

Friday, July 31, 2015

MILWAUKEE — The victims of a fiery plane crash in Milwaukee were identified Thursday as a top executive at a Boston capital investment firm and his teenage daughter who were traveling to the Midwest for a college visit. Joseph Trustey, a former Army captain, and his 18-year-old daughter, Anna, died when their small single-engine plane crashed and erupted in flames …

Baker orders state agencies to improve records access

Thursday, July 30, 2015

BOSTON — Gov. Charlie Baker ordered his administration to take steps Thursday to make public records easier and less expensive to obtain, noting that Massachusetts had received failing grades in the past for government transparency. The new policy mirrors many — but not all — of the provisions in a public records bill recently approved by a legislative committee but not yet put …

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 …

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 …

Man charged after son, 7, is hospitalized weighing 38 pounds

Thursday, July 23, 2015

EAST BROOKFIELD, Mass. — The father of a 7-year-old boy who is suffering from starvation and dehydration was held without bail Wednesday after the child was brought to the hospital unconscious. A hearing is scheduled Friday for Randall …

Man dies in Westfield house fire blamed on smoking

Thursday, July 23, 2015

WESTFIELD (AP) — Fire officials say a 64-year-old man has died after a house fire in Westfield. State Fire Marshal Stephen Coan and Westfield Fire Chief Mary Regan said Wednesday that the fire early Wednesday appears to have been caused by improper disposal of smoking materials. The officials …

Eligibility review knocks thousands off Mass. Medicaid

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

BOSTON — Tens of thousands of people have been removed from the state’s Medicaid program during the first phase of an eligibility review, according to figures from Gov. Charlie Baker’s administration obtained by The Associated Press. The eligibility checks, required annually under federal law but not performed in …

Campaign donations pour in for top state lawmakers

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

BOSTON — Massachusetts House Speaker Robert DeLeo collected more than $415,000 in campaign donations during the first half of the year — more than during any previous six-month period for the powerful Democrat. The total is close to the $465,000 DeLeo raised during all of 2014, an election …

Boston Olympics organizers step up outreach

Monday, July 20, 2015

SOMERVILLE — Organizers of Boston’s bid for the 2024 Summer Olympics are in a sprint to the finish, scrambling to improve lackluster poll numbers ahead of a September deadline to formally throw the city’s name into the mix …

State Probation Department promotion exams shredded

Monday, July 20, 2015

BOSTON (AP) — Efforts to overhaul the state Probation Department’s hiring and promotion system after years of political favoritism have suffered another setback after trial court officials admitted they accidentally shredded promotional exams before they could be graded. The shredding incident comes after 55 percent of probation employees …

Website offers civilized solutions to wildlife woes

Monday, July 20, 2015

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Looking for a civilized solution to a wildlife problem? Residents of 13 eastern states and the District of Columbia have a new online resource. The site — wildlifehelp.org — was created by the Northeast Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies and the Northeast Wildlife …

Ex-Vt. transit chief to push Montreal train link

Monday, July 20, 2015

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — A former Vermont transportation secretary is coming out of retirement to help plan resumption of passenger train service between the northeastern United States and Montreal. Brian Searles, who retired as transportation secretary in December, is returning to state service part-time to deal with the …