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Now-closed Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant maintains emergency plan, security measures

Saturday, January 31, 2015

VERNON, VT. — Although the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant shut down permanently in December and later laid off one-third of its employees, emergency plans and security measures remain in place. The plant shut down Dec. 29, after about 40 years operation. Last month, its workforce was cut from 528 to 329. Its fuel has been removed from its reactor, mixed with older, used fuel in canisters and placed in …

Poehler feted by Harvard’s Hasty Pudding

Thursday, January 29, 2015

CAMBRIDGE — Amy Poehler turned the tables on her roasters, poking fun at Harvard and its famed Hasty Pudding theater troupe during its annual Woman of the Year award Thursday. The actress joked at the irreverent affair that she never expected to be feted by the Ivy League school she raised a “middle …

House votes to eliminate speaker term limits

Thursday, January 29, 2015

BOSTON — Massachusetts lawmakers have voted to eliminate term limits for state House speakers — a change pushed by Democratic Speaker Robert DeLeo, who supported term limits when he was first elected to the powerful post. The 109-45 vote Thursday was largely on party lines, with Republicans favoring term limits and most Democrats siding with DeLeo. DeLeo defended his decision earlier Thursday, speaking …

NH delegation requests openness in pipeline plan

Sunday, January 18, 2015

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire’s congressional delegation is calling for an open and transparent process before a final decision is made about a proposed natural gas pipeline route in the state. Texas-based Kinder Morgan wants to construct about 70 miles of pipeline through southern New Hampshire. About …

Protesters chained to barrels block I-93 at rush hour

Thursday, January 15, 2015

BOSTON — Activists protesting what they call “police and state violence against black people” chained themselves to concrete-filled barrels and blocked a busy Boston-area highway at the height of the Thursday morning commute. State police shut down northbound …

Question of death hangs over jurors in bomb trial

Thursday, January 15, 2015

BOSTON (AP) — Some of the first prospective jurors questioned in the federal death penalty trial of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev illustrated the difficulty in finding people who say they have not formed an opinion on …

Boston group lays out opposition to Olympics

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

BOSTON — In order to start the first public meeting — pro or con — since Boston was chosen as the American nominee for the 2024 Olympics, the head of the group opposed to bringing the Summer Games …

Prospective Tsarnaev jurors face questions

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

BOSTON — Prospective jurors who made it through the first round of cuts in Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s federal death penalty trial face individual questioning as the second phase of jury selection begins Thursday. More than …

Environmentalists concerned new owner of Northfield Mountain Pumped Storage project may stop erosion control

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

No one ever thought it would be easy, more than 20 years ago, when regional, state and federal agencies, together with environmental groups, joined to pressure the owners of the Northfield Mountain Pumped Storage Project to halt and repair erosion along a 20-mile stretch of the Connecticut River. …

State launches $30 million residential loan program to help homeowners finance solar electric projects

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

The state Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs last week announced plans to roll out a new $30 million residential solar loan program to make it easier for homeowners to finance solar electric projects. The Mass Solar Loan program, to be administered by the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center, …

Tsarnaev lawyers seek delay over Paris attacks

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

BOSTON — Lawyers for Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev asked a judge on Tuesday to suspend jury selection in his trial for at least a month because the recent terrorist attacks in France have again placed the …

Bid to draft Warren heads to NH

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Progressive activists hoping to draft Sen. Elizabeth Warren into the 2016 presidential race will hold their first meeting in the key early-voting state of New Hampshire on Saturday. Members of MoveOn.org and Democracy for …

Baker, Democratic leaders say they can cooperate on budget

Monday, January 12, 2015

BOSTON — Republican Gov. Charlie Baker and Democratic leaders in the Massachusetts Legislature signaled after their first formal meeting Monday that they believe the state’s budget shortfall could be erased without a major showdown over spending or taxes. …