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MGM seeks to delay fees

Thursday, April 17, 2014

BOSTON — With efforts to repeal Massachusetts’ casino law underway, MGM Resorts International has asked state regulators to delay the collection of casino fees from the company even as it prepares to become the state’s first licensed casino operator. MGM Springfield President Michael Mathis said on Thursday that the Las Vegas-based company risks losing about $200 million in fees, deposits and other payments if a referendum to repeal the state’s … 0

Marathon organizers confident of safe race

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

BOSTON — The arrest of a man with a rice cooker in his backpack near the Boston Marathon finish line led police to step up patrols Wednesday, while organizers sought to assure the city and runners of a safe race next week. The actions of the man, whose mother said he had a … 0

Entergy proposes eliminating emergency planning zone after Vermont Yankee shuts down

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

VERNON, Vt. — Owners of the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant want to do away with the 10-mile emergency planning zone surrounding its reactor after it ceases operation at the end of this year. The zone, which includes portions of Northfield, Bernardston, Gill, Greenfield, Leyden, Colrain, and Warwick in Massachusetts as well as 11 towns in Vermont and New Hampshire, is no longer needed, … 0

Boston mayor’s race set state spending record

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

BOSTON (AP) — The race to replace Boston Mayor Thomas Menino was the most expensive mayoral contest in Massachusetts history. Finalists Martin Walsh and John Connolly reported spending a total of more than $6 million during the 2013 campaign, beating the record of $4.1 million set by Menino … 0

State hits health insurance target

Monday, March 31, 2014

BOSTON — Despite a hobbled website, Massachusetts health officials said Monday that they’ve surpassed federal target enrollment numbers ahead of a key deadline for President Obama’s health care law. While activists in other states were rushing to sign up uninsured residents Monday, the scene in Massachusetts was a … 0

Officials: Reality TV star Benzino shot by nephew riding in funeral procession

Sunday, March 30, 2014

BROCKTON (AP) — Reality TV star Benzino was injured after being shot by his nephew on a Massachusetts highway Saturday while riding in a funeral procession for a family member, according authorities and Benzino’s hip-hop magazine. Benzino, whose … 0

Train hits and kills person in Chester

Sunday, March 30, 2014

CHESTER — A train hit and killed a person in this rural Hampden County town Saturday afternoon, police said. The accident happened in a section of town known as Chester Village, where Main Street meets Lower Prospect Street. State Police Lt. Daniel Richards said troopers responding to a … 0

Some service restored after storms knock out radio towers in N.Adams

Sunday, March 30, 2014

NORTH ADAMS (AP) — City officials say emergency service has been restored to the western Massachusetts town of North Adams approximately 11 hours after cellphone and Internet service was knocked out when radio towers on top of a nearby mountain collapsed amid high winds and heavy rain. North … 0

Boston mourns 2 firefighters killed in blaze

Thursday, March 27, 2014

BOSTON — One was a fitness enthusiast who helped the wounded after the Boston Marathon bombings and planned to run the race himself this year. The other was a father of three young children who had firefighting in … 0

Northfield Mount Hermon sells 1,650-acre forest and water company to Trust for Public Land

Thursday, March 27, 2014

NORTHFIELD — An expansive local forest, as well as the water company that serves at least 250 residents, could end up in the hands of a national land trust. The Northfield Mount Hermon School announced March 26 the tentative sale of a 1,650-acre forest and the East Northfield … 0

Man held on $250K in missing boy case

Thursday, March 27, 2014

WORCESTER — The boyfriend of a missing 5-year-old Fitchburg boy’s mother was ordered held on $250,000 cash bail on Thursday in connection with the child’s disappearance. Alberto Sierra, 23, pleaded not guilty in Worcester Superior Court to charges of indecent assault and battery on a child, permitting bodily … 0

Fire kills 2 firefighters in Boston

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

BOSTON — A fire driven by strong winds raced through a brownstone on Wednesday, trapping and killing two firefighters in the basement, where their colleagues could not rescue them. Thirteen other firefighters were injured in the blaze, and … 0

Blizzard whips coast

Thursday, March 27, 2014

CHATHAM — An Atlantic storm created blizzard conditions in parts of the Northeast corridor on Wednesday while whipping Maine and Massachusetts with wind gusts that fanned a Boston brownstone fire that killed two firefighters. In West Virginia, two … 0