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In this Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016 photo, George Perrot bows his head as one of his  Attorney's Christopher J. Walsh comforts him after the trial judge orders him to be  released on his own recognizance after his bail hearing inside the Bristol County Superior Court in New Bedford, Mass. (Jonathan Wiggs/The Boston Globe via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT

Man freed, gets new trial after 30 years in prison

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

NEW BEDFORD — A man who spent three decades in prison for a rape conviction based in part on one strand of hair was freed Wednesday after a judge said he is “reasonably sure” the man is innocent and believes prosecutors cannot win a conviction at a retrial. George Perrot was convicted of raping 78-year-old Mary Prekop in her Springfield …

Body found in Colrain; foul play not suspected

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

COLRAIN — Police said foul play is not suspected in the death of a person whose body was found Wednesday night by the bank of a river on Jacksonville Road. On a residential, wooded area behind a single-family house, firefighters and crime scene investigators walked into the brush down a steep slope to the edges of the North River to retrieve a body …

Refugees’ mental health needs concern experts

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

BOSTON — For the thousands of Syrian refugees expected to arrive in the U.S. in coming months, the first order of business will be securing the basics — health care, jobs, education and a safe home. But what organizations helping resettle them might not be prepared for, and what refugees themselves might be …

Marathon bombing amputee trains to run this year’s race

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

BOSTON — A professional ballroom dancer who lost a leg in the Boston Marathon bombings says she’s training to run this year’s race: all 26.2 miles of it. Adrianne Haslet-Davis said in an interview aired Tuesday on the …

AG’s office probes high cost of hepatitis C drug

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

BOSTON — The Massachusetts attorney general’s office said Wednesday that it is investigating whether the makers of a breakthrough treatment for hepatitis C are violating state law by pricing the drugs too high. Attorney General Maura Healey on Wednesday publicly released the letter she sent Jan. 22 to …

Feds expand critical East Coast habitat for right whales

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

CHARLESTON, S.C. — The federal government is expanding its list of right whale habitat to include calving grounds off the Southeast coast and feeding grounds off New England, increasing the critical area by thousands of square nautical miles. …

Senate launches initiative on children

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts Senate President Stan Rosenberg has announced what he says will be a multi-year initiative to improve the lives of children in Massachusetts. Rosenberg named a group of nine senators Wednesday to look at everything from education and nutrition to public health, housing and workforce …

Teachers rated highly in new state evaluation

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

BOSTON — Most Massachusetts teachers and administrators earned good grades under the state’s evaluation system last school year. Data released by education officials on Tuesday showed that about 86 percent of teachers and administrators earned a proficient rating in their performance reviews for the 2014-15 year, roughly the …

Speaker to outline goals for 2016

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts House Speaker Robert DeLeo planned to urge fellow House members to wade into contentious fights over charter schools and ride-hailing services in the coming months. The Democrat, beginning his eighth year as House leader, was scheduled to outline his 2016 agenda during his annual …

Law ends practice of sending addicted women to state prison

Monday, January 25, 2016

BOSTON — Massachusetts is ending its long-standing practice of sending women with alcohol or substance abuse problems but who have committed no crimes to the state prison for women in Framingham. Republican Gov. Charlie Baker on Monday signed …

Markey blocks FDA pick over drug approval

Monday, January 25, 2016

BOSTON — U.S. Sen. Edward Markey is blocking Senate confirmation of a new commissioner for the Food and Drug Administration to call attention to the agency’s approval process for opioid painkillers. The Massachusetts Democrat said Monday he’s placed …

Missouri professor who called for ‘muscle’ to remove reporter charged with assault

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

COLUMBIA, Mo. — Melissa Click, the University of Missouri communications professor who garnered widespread scorn for trying to physically remove a student reporter from a campus protest, was formally charged with assault Monday morning. A spokeswoman for the Columbia Prosecutor’s Office said Click was being charged with third-degree …

Pittsfield senator Downing won’t seek re-election

Monday, January 25, 2016

PITTSFIELD (AP) — State Sen. Benjamin Downing, who has represented the Berkshires since 2007, says he will not seek re-election to a sixth term in November. The 34-year-old Democrat from Pittsfield gave no specific reason for leaving the Legislature in his announcement Monday except to say he had …