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1 hr ago | WWLP

Massachusetts paratrooper laid to rest

Hundreds have paid their respects and flags lined the streets of a central Massachusetts town to honor a paratrooper killed in Afghanistan. The Worcester Telegram & Gazette reports that Spc.


Related Topix: Massachusetts Government

2 hrs ago |

VA health care system in Western, Central Massachusetts gets new director

NORTHAMPTON - The Department of Veterans Affairs has appointed John P. Collins as new director of the VA's health care system in central and western Massachusetts. Collins has more than 30 years experience in the U.S. Army, with positions ranging from chief operating officer at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany and commander of the 62nd Medical Brigade at Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington to commander of the Europe Regional Medical Command in Sembach, Germany.


Related Topix: Life, Veteran Affairs, US Military, US Army, Landstuhl Regional Medical Center

7 hrs ago | Business Journal

An analysis of Massachusetts property-tax rates, take two

If my decade of near-uninterrupted service at the Boston Business Journal has taught me anything, it's that out readers love - I mean L-O-V-E - to consume anything and everything to do with property taxes. Last week's story on the highest single-family tax bills in Massachusetts was no exception, and it was no surprise that many of our loyal readers chimed in with suggestions and requests to further refine our analysis to reflect the relative tax burden, and not just the total tax burden, of owning a single-family home in a given community.


8 hrs ago | CBS Local

Boston May Swap MCAS For PARCC In Most Schools

The school committee will consider a proposal Wednesday night to replace MCAS for grades 3-8 with the PARCC exams, a testing system that's been developed by several states, including Massachusetts. The PARCC exam, which stands for Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers, is designed to better evaluate critical thinking skills and can be taken online.


12 hrs ago | Berkshire Eagle

Gov. Patrick heading to London for trade mission

Patrick's crowded Tuesday schedule includes meetings with Deputy Prime Minister Nicholas Clegg and Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne. He's also planning to participate in a financial services round table, discuss partnership opportunities between Massachusetts and the United Kingdom, and make an announcement about to community college partnerships.


Related Topix: Deval Patrick, US Governors, Europe, World News, United Kingdom

16 hrs ago | Lowell Sun

Food stamps can be saved

QUESTION: A friend of mine told me if you don't use your food stamps on a regular basis that you could lose the balance on your card. I can't get out that often so when I do get to the store I buy enough to last me for awhile.


Related Topix: Massachusetts Government

17 hrs ago |

So Much to Do in the Berkshires

Massachusetts is famed for its colorful foliage - especially Berkshire County - but there's more to do in this Western Mass. enclave than merely leaf-peep.


Related Topix: Berkshire County, MA, Life, Food, Dining, Great Barrington, MA, Berkshire, MA, Travel

Mon Sep 15, 2014

Silicon Alley Insider

One Of Romney's Biggest Wall Street Backers Thinks He'll Run In 2016

Scaramucci, one of Romney's biggest backers on Wall Street during the 2012 race, predicted on Monday that Romney would ultimately end up running if other establishment favorites like former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush , back out. "I don't think he's 100% made the decision," Scaramucci said in a Fox Business interview.


Related Topix: Florida, Florida Government, Jeb Bush, Massachusetts Government

Lowell Sun

Which senators will claim per-diem money?

There were no roll calls in the House or Senate last week. Beacon Hill Roll Call has obtained the 2014 official list from the state Treasurer's Office of the "per diem" travel, meals and lodging reimbursements collected by the Legislature's 40 state senators from Jan. 1, through Sept.


Related Topix: Boston, MA, Beacon Hill (Boston, MA), Back Bay (Boston, MA), Nantucket, MA

WTEN-TV Albany

News Minute: Here's the latest Massachusetts news from The Associated Press

The highest court in Massachusetts has thrown out a lawsuit aimed at blocking Tesla Motors from selling its electric cars directly to consumers. The Massachusetts State Automobile Dealers Association had sought to prevent the direct sales, citing a state law designed to block car dealers from abuses by car manufacturers.


Related Topix: World News, United Kingdom, Kent County, England, Ipswich, MA, Fall River, MA

Massachusetts Bishops Call for Repeal of Casino Law

Roman Catholic Bishops in Massachusetts released a statement Monday calling for the repeal of the state's 2011 expanded gaming law. Voters will get the opportunity to do so in November, as Ballot Question 3 will ask whether to do away with the law.


Related Topix: Roman Catholic Church, Religion

Boston Herald

New study on 'income inequality' looks at Mass.

Advocates for changing Massachusetts' personal income tax may have new fuel for their campaign, as a new national study suggests a more progressive income tax that requires wealthier individuals to pay higher tax rates could help states deal with revenue problems. Standard & Poor's, in a study released Monday, found that the improving fortunes of the nation's top earners corresponds with a decades-long slowdown in tax revenue growth among states.


Related Topix: Tax, Massachusetts Government, Opinion

Four of Massachusetts' Latest 'Most Wanted' Criminals

Every day, police solve crimes in all our communities. But when suspects get away, Massachusetts law enforcement officers turn to the public for help.


Related Topix: Massachusetts Government

Were 3 babies found dead in Mass. home born alive?; Adrian Peterson missed (10 Things to Know for Monday)

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry says nearly 40 countries have agreed to contribute to a worldwide fight to defeat the militants before they gain more territory in Iraq and Syria. The extremist group earns more than $3 million a day from oil smuggling, human trafficking, theft and extortion, according to U.S. intelligence officials and private experts.


Related Topix: John Kerry, US News, US Senate, Democrat, US Politics, Massachusetts Government

Sun Sep 14, 2014

Schools' wait lists called a drag on economy

Many vocational and technical schools across Massachusetts have long waiting lists for students seeking admission, creating a bottleneck in worker training even as thousands of well-paying jobs go unfilled for lack of skilled labor, according to a new survey. The survey, conducted by researchers at Northeastern University School of Law, found that at least 3,500 students were unable to get into public vocational schools in the past two years, with the longest waiting lists in communities with high unemployment and large minority populations.


Related Topix: Northeastern University, New Bedford, MA, Springfield, MA

The Chronicle Herald

Ramp dispute may cost volunteers

Cheryl Lamerson stands outside her consignment shop in Lunenburg. She said the business is caught in the middle of a dispute between the town and the building's owner, which could force the store to shut down.


Related Topix: Life, Charity

Daily Mail

Neighbor of woman accused of concealing death of three infants says ...

Neighbors of Erika Murray, the Massachusetts mother accused of hiding the death of three of her children, said they would see poorly dressed infants playing outside her home which they described as 'squalid'. They described the smell at 23 St. Paul Street in Blackstone as atrocious and said that the home, which was discovered by police to be infested with vermin and soiled diapers, was a mess for years.


Related Topix: Boston, MA, Blackstone, MA, Uxbridge, MA

CBS Local

Keller @ Large: Globe's Jim O'Sullivan Discusses Mass. Governor's Race

TV political analyst Jon Keller sat down with Boston Globe political reporter Jim O'Sullivan to discuss the Massachusetts governor's race. Keller and O'Sullivan talked about the results of the Democratic primary and looked at the impact of independent candidates on the matchup between Democratic candidate Martha Coakley and Republican Charlie Baker.


Related Topix: Massachusetts Government

For Godsmack's frontman, it's about the destination

For Sully Erna, frontman for Massachusetts-bred alternative metal band Godsmack, it's the destination - not the journey - that matters when it comes to traveling. And while the 46-year-old Lawrence native may not enjoy the part about actually getting to his destination, he admits to having lots of fun once he arrives.


Related Topix: Godsmack, Pop/Rock, Travel

JEFF JACOBYSeth Moulton's win will still be the exception

The political newcomer, an Iraq War veteran with three Harvard degrees , was the first Massachusetts candidate in 22 years to vanquish a sitting congressman from his own party. It last happened in 1992, when upstart Marty Meehan booted incumbent Chet Atkins in the Fifth Congressional District, then went on to win the seat in November.


Related Topix: US Politics, US News, US House of Representatives, Barney Frank, Democrat, Life, Veteran Affairs, Chet Atkins, Country, Opinion


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