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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 …

Massachusetts expects to see net savings from Medicaid expansion

Sunday, July 19, 2015

BOSTON — Many states that opted to expand Medicaid under the federal Affordable Care Act have seen enrollments surge well beyond projections, raising concerns that the added costs will strain their budgets when federal aid is scaled back starting in two years, an Associated Press analysis shows. But …

DA’s plan for second trial for marathon bomber prompts backlash

Sunday, July 19, 2015

BOSTON — After a federal jury gave Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev the death penalty for his crimes, survivors of the 2013 attack expressed relief that at least the four-month trial was over. “We can breathe again,” said one survivor. But a state prosecutor’s insistence that Tsarnaev should …

Cohasset School Committee chairman resigns after arrest in sex solicitation sting

Saturday, July 18, 2015

CAMBRIDGE (AP) — A lawyer for a 43-year-old chairman of Cohasset’s school committee says his client has resigned following sexual solicitation accusations. Police say Paul Ognibene, a real estate developer, was arrested Tuesday evening in a food court of a Cambridge mall. Court records obtained by WCVB-TV show …

Baker OKs budget; names board to oversee MBTA

Saturday, July 18, 2015

BOSTON — Gov. Charlie Baker signed what he called a fiscally responsible $38.1 billion state budget into law Friday, while naming members of a new board that will take temporary control of the Boston-area transit system in the wake of last winter’s crippling breakdowns. The Republican governor used …

Federal law puts islands in medical pot bind

Thursday, July 16, 2015

BOSTON — Massachusetts has a cannabis conundrum. State law requires every county to have a dispensary for medical marijuana, but federal regulations forbid the drug from being transported across U.S. waters. That leaves the tourist havens of Martha’s …

Baker seeks $28M to fight rise in overdose deaths

Thursday, July 16, 2015

BOSTON — Gov. Charlie Baker is asking state lawmakers for nearly $28 million in additional funds to help stem a rise in opioid overdose deaths in Massachusetts. His request will be included in a separate appropriations bill Baker plans to file Friday after signing the new $38.1 billion …

West Nile virus found in mosquito in Sheffield

Thursday, July 16, 2015

BOSTON (AP) — Health officials say West Nile virus has been found in a mosquito in Massachusetts for the first time this year. The state Department of Public Health announced Thursday that the infected mosquito was collected July 8 in Sheffield in western Massachusetts. There have been no …

Police OT for bomber’s trial totaled $748,000

Thursday, July 16, 2015

BOSTON (AP) — Boston police say they spent nearly $750,000 on officer overtime during the trial of Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. Police officials said Thursday that officers worked more than 13,000 hours of overtime helping secure the federal courthouse from January through May during the trial and …

Mom accused of giving tot margarita avoids trial

Thursday, July 16, 2015

SALEM (AP) — A Massachusetts woman accused of allowing her 2-year-old daughter to sip her margarita at a restaurant and pouring some of it into the girl’s sippy cup has avoided trial and possible deportation. Forty-two-year-old Sheldy Nelson of Lynn was originally scheduled to go to trial Wednesday …

Study shows high-risk areas for Lyme disease growing

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

NEW YORK — The geographic areas where Lyme disease is a bigger danger have grown dramatically, according to a new government study published Wednesday U.S. cases remain concentrated in the Northeast and upper Midwest. But now more areas …