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5:58 pm
Sun February 17, 2013

"Roadrunner" could become official Mass. rock song

Jonathan Richman, leader of rock group The Modern Lovers, performing in Barcelona in 2009.
Credit Flickr / Quique Lopez

BOSTON (AP) — The Modern Lovers' "Roadrunner," an iconic 1970s ode to the joys of driving along Route 128 when it's late at night, was unlike any song of its era.

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New England News
2:31 pm
Fri February 15, 2013

Noise Complaints Filed Against Hoosac Wind Project

Credit Michael Fairneny

Massachusetts residents living near a recently completed large-scale industrial wind farm in the Northern Berkshires have filed noise complaints to state officials.

This week a group of concerned residents called the Friends of Florida and Monroe met to communicate their experiences of living near the so-called Hoosac Wind Project, a 19-turbine wind farm owned and operated by Iberdrola Renewables in the Berkshire County town of Florida and neighboring Franklin County Town of Monroe.

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New England News
12:30 pm
Thu February 14, 2013

Massachusetts Program Supports Regionalization of Community Initiatives

Over $2 million in grant funding has been awarded by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to support a wide variety of community-based initiatives, from public safety to information technology. 

The 2nd round of the Community Innovation Challenge Grants were announced this week to support expansion and regionalization of a slew of community programs across the Bay State. Lieutenant Governor Timothy Murray says that the $2.25M round of funding is important for solidifying important programs, but will also save cities and towns money in the long-term.

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New England News
9:00 pm
Wed February 13, 2013

Gov. Patrick Open to New Revenue Proposals

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick says he remains open to other ideas for raising revenue to pay for improvements in transportation and education.

Patrick has proposed a series of tax changes in his budget calling for a net increase of nearly $2 billon. His plan includes hiking the income tax from 5.25 percent to 6.25 percent, while reducing the sales tax from the current 6.25 percent to 4.5 percent.

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New England News
6:00 pm
Wed February 13, 2013

Farmers Show Support For Bill to Expand Meat and Poultry Production in Mass.

Credit Lucas Willard / WAMC

Farmers and agricultural advocates are rallying behind a piece of legislation that promises to expand the potential for local meat and poultry processing in Massachusetts.

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New England News
10:00 pm
Tue February 12, 2013

Mass. Tribe Takes 'Step Forward' in Casino Bid

BOSTON (AP) — A Native American tribe hoping to develop a resort casino in southeastern Massachusetts has received a favorable opinion on their land bid from the federal government.

The Mashpee Wampanoag tribe announced Tuesday that the Office of Indian Gaming, in a preliminary advisory opinion, said the land where the casino has been proposed in Taunton qualifies as an "initial reservation," as does land in Mashpee, where the tribe is headquartered.

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New England News
7:56 am
Mon February 11, 2013

Mass. governor to tour areas hard hit by blizzard

February 8, 2013 - Governor Deval Patrick holds a media availability to discuss state preparations for and response to the upcoming storm and its potential impact on Massachusetts at the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) Headquarters in Framingham.
Credit Eric Haynes / Governor’s Office

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick is scheduled to tour some of the areas hit hardest by the weekend blizzard and meet with local officials.

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New England News
6:38 am
Mon February 11, 2013

Mass. urges caution on 1st work day since blizzard

Traffic on Interstate 93 near Bunker Hill College in Boston at around 6:30 a.m., Monday, February 11, 2013.
Credit MassDOT 511 Traffic Camera

BOSTON (AP) — Commuters heading back to work in Massachusetts for the first time since the blizzard are being urged to use caution and leave extra time.

Many secondary roads still have a thick coating of snow, and high snow banks that block sight lines at intersections and near highway ramps make turning and merging hazardous.

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New England News
12:15 pm
Sat February 9, 2013

Power outages, transit closures remain in Massachusetts after major winter storm

Snowfall around Medford Square in Boston, Massachusetts, on the morning of Feb. 9, 2013.
Credit Courtesy Judah Leblang

BOSTON (AP) — A massive snowstorm packing hurricane-force winds has knocked out power to more than 400,000 customers in Massachusetts and has shuttered a nuclear power plant.

Late this morning NStar reported more than 248,000 customers out and National Grid about 160,000. Most are in southeastern Massachusetts and Cape Cod, where there was wet heavy snow and winds gusting over 75 mph.

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New England News
9:30 pm
Mon February 4, 2013

GOP ex-MA Lt. Gov. Healey opts out of US Senate race

Former Massachusetts Lieutenant Governor and state Republican Party chair Kerry Healey.
Credit Wikimedia Commons

BOSTON (AP) — Former Lt. Gov. Kerry Healey has joined a growing list of Republicans who've ruled out running in a special election to fill the U.S. Senate seat left vacant by the departure of former Sen. John Kerry.

Healey said Monday she was grateful for the advice of those who urged her to get into the race but said she's decided against it.

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