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Gov.-elect Charlie Baker names Marylou Sudders to serve as secretary of Health and Human Services

Friday, November 21, 2014

BOSTON — Marylou Sudders, a former state mental health commissioner and chief executive of the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children, was named Friday by Gov.-elect Charlie Baker to serve as secretary of Health and Human Services in his administration. Sudders, currently an associate professor at Boston College’s School of Social Work, will oversee one of the largest and most sensitive segments of state government. “She will …

Vermont Yankee to begin layoffs in January

Friday, November 21, 2014

VERNON, Vt. — The Vermont Yankee nuclear plant has officially notified the state of Vermont that it will be laying off 165 employees starting in January. That there would be layoffs has been common knowledge since Entergy’s announcement in August 2013 that it would ceas operations at the end of this year, but plant officials made the formal notification to the state Wednesday …

Speaker rules out cuts in local aid

Thursday, November 20, 2014

BOSTON — The top Democrat in the Massachusetts House of Representatives took local aid off the table on Thursday in discussions over how to close a state budget shortfall. House Speaker Robert DeLeo ruled out any cut in local aid less than 24 hours after Democratic Gov. Deval Patrick included it as part of a plan to close a projected $329 million budget …

Faculty backs fossil fuel divestment movement

Monday, November 10, 2014

BOSTON — The largely student-led movement at many Boston area colleges urging their schools to divest from fossil fuel companies is getting an important boost from faculty. Faculty members at Harvard University, Boston University, Boston College, Tufts University, and Brandeis University have written open letters, formed groups, or …

Fire in Agawam displaces 20

Monday, November 10, 2014

AGAWAM (AP) — Fire officials are trying to determine the cause of a blaze that displaced more than 20 residents at an apartment building in Agawam. The Springfield Republican reports that the fire started around 3:30 p.m. Sunday in a second-floor unit at the Shibley Court Apartments. Firefighters …

Dukakis’ name added to South Station

Monday, November 10, 2014

BOSTON — Boston’s South Station has been renamed to honor a former governor who has long been an advocate for public transportation — Michael Dukakis. Gov. Deval Patrick announced Monday at the busy transportation hub that it will be known as “Governor Michael S. Dukakis Transportation Center at …

Mass. town weighs nation’s first tobacco ban

Sunday, November 9, 2014

WESTMINSTER — The cartons of Marlboros, cans of Skoal and packs of Swisher Sweets are hard to miss stacked near the entrance of Vincent’s Country Store, but maybe not for much longer: All tobacco products could become contraband …

State bracing for 2 death penalty trials

Sunday, November 9, 2014

BOSTON — As Massachusetts braces for the upcoming death penalty trial of the suspect in the Boston Marathon bombing, the state’s other death penalty defendant is also heading back to court: Gary Lee Sampson, a drifter from Abington …

Oxford woman refused drink allegedly pulls dentures from bartender’s mouth

Friday, November 7, 2014

DUDLEY (AP) — A Massachusetts woman is facing charges for allegedly yanking the false teeth out of another woman’s mouth and throwing a beer bottle at her. Caterina Froio-Chaput, of Oxford, was released on $100 bail after pleading not guilty Thursday to assault and battery and assault and …

Northeasst Utilities confident that regulators will approve controversial Northern Pass electrical transmission line

Friday, November 7, 2014

CONCORD, N.H. — The utility company proposing a 187-mile electrical transmission line across New Hampshire said Friday that it’s confident state and federal regulators will agree to a plan by the middle of 2015. On a call with investors, Northeast Utilities says if the proposal is approved, construction …

Accomplice in student’s rape, murder denied parole

Friday, November 7, 2014

CONCORD, N.H. — A woman will stay behind bars for luring a University of New Hampshire student to her apartment as a sex offering to her domineering boyfriend then helping dispose of the body after he killed and …

Three-vehicle crash in Yarmouth kills one, injures two

Thursday, November 6, 2014

YARMOUTH (AP) — One person has been killed and two others hurt in a three-vehicle crash in Yarmouth. Police identified the victim of the crash at about 2 p.m. Wednesday as 79-year-old Robert Froleiks of Yarmouth. Investigators say Froleiks’ car crossed into the opposite lane and struck two …

Outside groups spent $17M in governor’s race

Thursday, November 6, 2014

BOSTON (AP) — Super PACs and other outside groups spent almost $17 million to influence voters in the just-completed race for governor in Massachusetts. The data was released Thursday by the state Office of Campaign and Political Finance, which noted that 2014 was the first gubernatorial election in …