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Hole found in engine of small plane that crashed into Plainville house

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

PLAINVILLE (AP) — A federal investigator says there was internal damage to the engine of a small plane that crashed into a Massachusetts home and burned, killing three people aboard. National Transportation Safety Board investigator Doug Brazy said Tuesday investigators found a hole in the engine’s crankcase but do not know the cause. Brazy says the engine will be examined at its manufacturer’s lab. The pilot told air traffic controllers …

USOC sticks with Boston’s bid for 2024

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. — Leaders of the U.S. Olympic Committee are sticking with Boston as a candidate for the 2024 Olympics, knowing full well that getting the city to the starting line in this contest could be as tough as actually landing the games. The USOC board met Tuesday to discuss the Boston …

State focuses on employers as paid sick time rule starts

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

BOSTON — When a paid sick time requirement takes effect Wednesday, state officials say the focus will be on educating employers about the new law, not punishing any for noncompliance. Voters backed a ballot question in November allowing workers to accrue up to 40 hours of paid sick leave in a given year, earning one hour for every 30 hours they put in. …

Governors claim latitude on public records law

Sunday, June 21, 2015

BOSTON — Like past Massachusetts governors, Charlie Baker has spoken about making state government more accountable and transparent to the public. One test of that pledge is to what extent the first-term Republican will argue that the governor’s …

American killed fighting ISIS felt calling after rocky past

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

HUDSON — The father of the first American believed to have been killed fighting the Islamic State group said his son’s path “wasn’t very straight,” but God straightened it and guided him to Syria. Keith Broomfield, a Massachusetts …

Time capsule returned to Statehouse cornerstone

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

BOSTON — In an elaborate ceremony steeped in tradition, a time capsule dating to 1795 was returned Wednesday to the cornerstone of the Massachusetts Statehouse, with a set of 2015 U.S. mint coins and a silver plaque added …

University renames institute after youngest bombing victim

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

BRIDGEWATER — Bridgewater State University has formally renamed its Institute for Social Justice for the youngest victim of the Boston Marathon bombing, and announced plans for a bronze memorial to him on the campus where his parents met. …

State launches opioid awareness campaign

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts is launching a public awareness campaign aimed at educating parents about the warning signs of opioid abuse. Gov. Charlie Baker says the campaign begins Wednesday and will run throughout the summer on television and online. The state has also launched a new website: www.mass.gov/StopAddiction. …

Gloucester says drug amnesty a success

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

BOSTON — A police chief in a small New England city combating its drug epidemic through a unique program that allows drug users to turn over their drugs and get immediate treatment said Tuesday that there’s been a …

Audit: State Medicaid squandered $500M

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

BOSTON — The state Medicaid program squandered more than $500 million through unnecessary payments or missed savings opportunities in its managed care program, according to an audit released Tuesday. The review by State Auditor Suzanne Bump found MassHealth, the state Medicaid program, made $233 million in unnecessary payments …

Court sides with Senate in tax spat

Monday, June 15, 2015

BOSTON — The state’s highest court sided with the Senate in a constitutional dispute with the House over taxes. In a 27-page advisory opinion Monday, the Supreme Judicial Court said the Senate was not out of line when …

Federal court to hear Bulger appeal next month

Monday, June 15, 2015

BOSTON — A federal court is set to hear an appeal by gangster James “Whitey” Bulger nearly two years after he was convicted in 11 killings and other underworld crimes during the 1970s and ‘80s. The 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Monday scheduled oral arguments in …

Montague Police allows heroin users to turn over drugs, paraphernalia without fear of arrest in most cases

Monday, June 15, 2015

MONTAGUE — Police Chief Charles “Chip” Dodge is following the Gloucester Police Department’s lead by allowing heroin users who want to quit to bring their drugs and needles to the police station without fear of being arrested. “We want to help people,” Dodge told The Recorder last week. …