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Amtrak Vermonter service fully restored

Friday, October 9, 2015

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Amtrak says the Vermonter service is now fully restored following the train derailment in Northfield. The company says the service between Washington, D.C., and St. Albans was operating normally on Friday. Amtrak had been providing passengers traveling south with bus service to Springfield or New Haven, Connecticut, where they could board other trains. A passenger train headed from Vermont to Washington derailed Monday when it hit …

In college rape debate, overseas-study crimes gain attention

Thursday, October 8, 2015

MONTPELIER, Vt. — As colleges wrestle with how to address sexual assault, a legal challenge involving a small Vermont institution brings an obscure part of the equation to the fore: how to report, investigate and punish sexual assaults that happen in overseas-study programs. Statistics on such assaults are scant, although no one disputes …

Baker bill seeks expansion of charter schools

Thursday, October 8, 2015

BOSTON — Legislation unveiled Thursday would let the state add up to a dozen new or expanded charter schools each year outside the existing cap on the schools in Massachusetts. Gov. Charlie Baker said his bill would focus the new growth in districts that are performing in the bottom 25 percent of districts statewide. The bill would also let the schools give preference …

Baker has reservations on Senate drug screening plan

Friday, September 25, 2015

BOSTON — Gov. Charlie Baker indicated Friday that he could not support a Senate proposal that calls for screening middle and high school students for potential drug abuse unless it was made optional for school districts with funding made available by the state. The provision is part of …

Gaming panel raps revised casino plans

Thursday, September 24, 2015

BOSTON — Massachusetts gambling regulators expressed concern and frustration Thursday over major revisions MGM has proposed for its $800 million Springfield casino that regulators say took them by surprise. Also Thursday, the commission declined to issue a blanket …

Senate bill takes aim at opioid drug deaths

Thursday, September 24, 2015

BOSTON — Mandatory screening of middle and high school students for potentially risky drug behavior is among key provisions of a wide-ranging opioid abuse bill now being finalized by Massachusetts Senate leaders. The legislation represents the latest effort at the state level to reverse an alarming trend: State …

Bill would allow drug offenders to retain driver’s licenses

Thursday, September 24, 2015

BOSTON — Convicted drug offenders would no longer have their driver’s licenses automatically suspended, under a bill the Massachusetts Senate unanimously approved Thursday. State law currently requires mandatory suspension of a person’s driver’s license for up to five years when that person is convicted of a drug crime, …

Bulger memorabilia sales grow with film release

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

BOSTON — There’s a mugshot from Alcatraz, an autographed prison shirt and poker chips featuring his photo. Memorabilia related to Boston gangster James “Whitey” Bulger is being peddled to coincide with the release of the new Johnny Depp …

Ex-funeral director gets 5 years for fraud

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

BOSTON — A former Boston funeral home director who stashed human remains in storage lockers, gave families the wrong ashes after cremations, and cheated customers out of $150,000 was sentenced Wednesday to up to five years in prison after emotional statements from his victims. Joseph O’Donnell, 57, apologized …

Baker: New protocols needed for kids

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

BOSTON — Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker said Tuesday that the state must update the way it handles investigations into allegations of abuse or neglect of children if it hopes to avoid more cases like the death of 2-year-old …

Court: Pot odor from car not a reason for police stop

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

BOSTON (AP) — The smell of marijuana coming from a car does not give police enough cause to pull the driver over, according to a split ruling by the state’s highest court. The court on Tuesday ruled in the case of a New Bedford police officer who pulled …

Bulger’s lover charged anew

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

BOSTON (AP) — The longtime girlfriend and fugitive companion of Boston mobster James “Whitey” Bulger was indicted Tuesday on a charge she refused to testify about whether other people helped him during his 16 years on the run. …

Sides argue over Wynn casino

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

BOSTON (AP) — Wynn Resorts’ Boston-area casino was the focus in court Tuesday as a judge heard arguments in the state’s bid to throw out a series of lawsuits challenging its decision to grant the company a gambling license. Boston, Revere, Somerville, Mohegan Sun and others, in separate …