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Wife criticizes Brockton police for killing husband who had BB gun

Friday, July 3, 2015

BROCKTON (AP) — The wife of a man killed by police on Thursday said she told authorities there were no real firearms in her home before two officers shot him to death. Prosecutors said the man had pointed a realistic-looking BB gun at the officers before they opened fire. Two Brockton officers shot 45-year-old Douglas Buckley early Thursday after he pulled the BB gun, which had been hidden behind his …

Lenox resort sold for $18M

Thursday, July 2, 2015

LENOX (AP) — A landmark Berkshire County resort once owned by Harriet Beecher Stowe has been sold for $18 million. The Berkshire Eagle reports that CampGroup LLC and L.D. Builders under the corporate umbrella 55 Cranwell LLC bought the 380-acre Cranwell Spa and Golf Resort in Lenox. The resort has been owned by the Burack family since 1993. The purchase includes the 105-room …

Documentary on Market Basket fight nears release

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

BOSTON — One of the most remarkable work stoppages in U.S. labor history will soon be the subject of a documentary film. “Food Fight: Inside the Battle for Market Basket” is being edited and is scheduled to be released in the fall, said director Jay Childs, a New Hampshire-based film maker who’s been …

Task force: Opioid drug abuse is health issue

Monday, June 22, 2015

BOSTON — Massachusetts is in the midst of an epidemic of deadly opioid abuse, according to a task force created by Gov. Charlie Baker that said Monday that drug addiction must be considered a medical disease. The 18-member group released a total of 65 recommendations in the areas …

Six-year dredging of Hudson for PCBs nears end

Monday, June 22, 2015

WATERFORD, N.Y. — Long after the last barge dredging toxins from the bottom of the upper Hudson River moves on, scientists will track the slow fade in contamination levels. General Electric Co. expects this year to finish removing …

Vt. growing farm-to-school programs

Monday, June 22, 2015

MONTPELIER, Vt. — Vermont has made a name for itself in the national farm-to-school movement getting more locally raised foods into school cafeterias and curriculum about nutrition and agriculture into classrooms. Now the state will serve as a …

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 …