New England News

Democrat Clark Wins Mass. Congressional Race

Dec 11, 2013
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Democrat Katherine Clark has defeated three opponents to win a special election to fill a vacant Massachusetts congressional seat.

The state senator from Melrose will be only the fifth woman to represent Massachusetts in the U.S. House.

After winning a crowded Democratic primary, Clark ran a low-key general election campaign, agreeing to a single debate against Republican Boston attorney Frank Addivinola.

The other two candidates were Wellesley resident James Aulenti Arlington resident James Hall.

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Eight Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states filed a petition with the Environmental Protection Agency on Monday seeking to force nine other states to reduce their air pollution.

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission has authorized Mohegan Sun to apply for a license to build a casino on land owned by Suffolk Downs in eastern Massachusetts.  However, a new voter referendum on the project will have to take place.

Seeking to avoid a scenario that would have left just one applicant for the lone casino license available in eastern Massachusetts, the five-member gaming commission voted unanimously Tuesday to waive a requirement that a casino applicant secure the approval of local voters before filing a final license application.


NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — The Department of Defense says the remains of an Air Force colonel from New Haven missing during the Vietnam War have been identified and will be buried with full military honors in Arlington National Cemetery.

The Pentagon says Col. Francis J. McGouldrick Jr. was on a night strike mission on Dec. 13, 1968, when his aircraft collided with another in Laos. He was never seen again and was listed as missing in action and presumed dead. He was 39.

Between 1993 and 2004, efforts by the United States and Laos tried to locate the crash site.

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NEW HAVEN, Conn (AP) — New Haven police say they have arrested on unrelated charges a "person of interest" who may have information about a Nov. 25 phone call that said an armed man would shoot up the Yale University campus.

Police said Monday an unidentified woman was arrested for two warrants unrelated to the Yale case that prompted a six-hour lockdown of the campus.

Police say she may be able to provide valuable information to investigators.

Police also released a photo of the woman, but no other details.


WASHINGTON (AP) — Vice President Joe Biden is pledging more funding for mental health as the first anniversary of the Newtown, Conn., school shooting approaches.

The White House says $100 million will become available to increase access and quality of mental health services. Biden will announce the funds Tuesday when he meets with relatives of Newtown victims at the White House.

MGM Resorts International is looking to get a green light this week from Massachusetts gaming industry regulators to file a final application to build a $800 million resort casino in downtown Springfield. Investigators for the Massachusetts Gaming Commission have found no reason to disqualify the Las Vegas-based company from the casino licensing process.

9 States Tighten Carbon Dioxide Pollution Rules

Dec 10, 2013

Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick’s administration has issued final amendments to a regulation it says will reduce up to 90 million tons of carbon dioxide pollution from power plants across nine New England and mid-Atlantic states during the next six years.

Massachusetts and eight other states who also adopted revisions — Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island and Vermont — are part of the nation's first multi-state "cap-and-trade" program known as the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative.

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A state committee addressing the rising costs of student loans held a hearing in western Massachusetts today.

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MGM Resorts International appears to have cleared a key hurdle in the quest to build a resort casino in Springfield, Massachusetts.  The results of a 10-month investigation by Massachusetts gaming industry regulators were released today.