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Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker says a push to develop vacant or underutilized state property is paying dividends.

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A lawyer for the widow of one of the Boston Marathon bombers says she is portrayed unfairly in the new Mark Wahlberg film, "Patriots Day."

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A recent state report shows 367 children died in Connecticut from 2011 to 2015 from unintentional and intentional injuries.

The 30-year-old pastor of a central New York church where one teenager was killed and his younger brother badly beaten during a church counseling session overseen by the pastor has been sentenced to 12 years in prison.

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A homeless encampment that has been on state-owned land off Interstate 91 in New Haven, Connecticut for years has been bulldozed.

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Connecticut is leading a 20-state lawsuit against six generic drug-makers, alleging they artificially inflated and manipulated prices to reduce competition for an antibiotic and oral diabetes medication.

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 An affordable housing advocacy group says Connecticut is making significant progress toward ending chronic homelessness.

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Vermont's 911 emergency calling system — and state oversight of it — are coming under scrutiny after at least four outages in less than two years.

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Recreational marijuana is becoming legal in Massachusetts. Legal, but not readily available.

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It appears Massachusetts’ new recreational marijuana law can take effect next week after all.

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Hartford police have charged nine juveniles in connection with a destructive flash mob robbery of a convenience store last month and say more will likely be charged. They were referred to juvenile court.

State police are warning New York residents of an identity phishing scam.

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Signs marking the eastern and western ends of the longest continuous road in the U.S. are being unveiled on both coasts. Historic U.S. Route 20 runs between Boston and Newport, Oregon cutting through our region.

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The trial of a retired Springfield police officer charged with stealing nearly $400,000 from the department's evidence room has been postponed.

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Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker is about to embark on the first international trade mission of his administration.

Hazardous chemicals linked to cancer and other illnesses have been found near three Vermont landfills.

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New York is relaxing some restrictions in its nearly year-old medical marijuana law to boost patient access.

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The Massachusetts college that drew nationwide criticism when it stopped flying the U.S. flag on campus following the presidential election says Old Glory is back up. 

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Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey is telling supporters she's willing to sue Republican President-elect Donald Trump if that's what's needed to protect the state.

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Governor Dannel Malloy's budget director is warning Connecticut lawmakers that the next two-year state budget faces "significant pressure" from slowing revenues and looming payments for unfunded pension liabilities and other old debt.

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Massachusetts’ top elections official says procedural issues could slightly delay the state's new marijuana law.

The Federal Highway Administration isn't showing any "Love" for some tourism signs along New York highways.

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The state's top elections official says the Nov. 8 election brought a record turnout in Massachusetts.

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Ride-hailing companies Uber and Lyft have agreed to perform comprehensive background checks on all of their Massachusetts drivers starting in January.

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The Vermont Department of Mental Health says people in crisis in the state can now send a text message to people trained to help them.

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The Vermont Air National Guard has begun a two-year construction project to replace some of the taxiways at its base at the Burlington International Airport.

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U.S. Sens. Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy are calling for major federal spending on roads, bridges, highways, rails, ports, and public transportation.

Rescue crews continue the search for a Vermont hunter who hasn't been seen since he left his hunting camp last weekend in northeastern New York.

Authorities say a fatal shooting at an Albany bar popular with the LGBT community wasn't bias-related.

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A Massachusetts hospital says the personal information of more than 1,700 patients has been found on thumb drives recovered from a former employee of an outside service vendor.

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