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Massachusetts House and Senate approve a $58B state budget deal

Jul. 19, 2024 18:15 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — The Massachusetts House and Senate approved a $58 billion state budget deal Friday that includes a plan for free community colleges and would allow the Massachusetts Lottery to move some of its products online. The budget would set aside more than $117 million for the...

Member of eBay security team sentenced in harassment scheme involving bloody Halloween pig mask

Jul. 19, 2024 13:26 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — The former senior manager of special operations for eBay Inc.’s. global security team was sentenced Thursday in federal court in Boston for his role in a cyberstalking campaign that included sending a preserved fetal pig, a bloody pig Halloween mask and a book on surviving the...

Massachusetts lawmakers call on the Pentagon to ground the Osprey again until crash causes are fixed

Jul. 19, 2024 09:20 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Three Massachusetts lawmakers are pressing Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin to ground the V-22 Osprey aircraft again until the military can fix the root causes of multiple recent accidents, including a deadly crash in Japan. In a letter sent to Austin on Thursday,...

Massachusetts Senate approved bill intended to strengthen health care system

Jul. 18, 2024 22:11 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — The Massachusetts Senate approved a bill Thursday aimed in part at addressing some of the issues raised after Steward Health Care said it plans to sell off all its hospitals after announcing in May that it filed for bankruptcy protection. Democratic Sen. Cindy...

Independent Bank Corp.: Q2 Earnings Snapshot

Jul. 18, 2024 16:38 PM EDT

HANOVER, Mass. (AP) — HANOVER, Mass. (AP) — Independent Bank Corp. (INDB) on Thursday reported second-quarter net income of $51.3 million. The Hanover, Massachusetts-based bank said it had earnings of $1.21 per share. The results exceeded Wall Street expectations....

Massachusetts House approves bill to boost renewable energy efforts

Jul. 17, 2024 22:35 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — The Massachusetts House on Wednesday approved a bill that would help boost the state’s reliance on renewable energy, in part by streamlining the state and local permitting process for projects that shift the state away from using fossil fuels. The bill's approval...

Wind power operations off Nantucket Island are suspended after turbine blade parts washed ashore

Jul. 17, 2024 21:59 PM EDT

NANTUCKET, Mass. (AP) — The federal government has ordered an offshore wind developer off Nantucket Island, a popular summer tourist destination in Massachusetts, to suspend operations after parts of a damaged turbine blade washed up on the beaches. A spokesman for the federal...

Blade collapse, New York launch and New Jersey research show uneven progress of offshore wind

Jul. 17, 2024 17:34 PM EDT

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Three events Wednesday highlighted the uneven progress of the offshore wind industry in the Northeast, including the start of a major project in New York, research aimed at preventing environmental damage in New Jersey, and a temporary shutdown of a wind farm in...

Massachusetts lawmakers reach compromise deal on gun bill

Jul. 17, 2024 16:49 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts House and Senate negotiators have released a compromise version of a sweeping gun bill that supporters say builds on the state's existing gun laws, including a crackdown on difficult to trace “ghost guns," while safeguarding the rights of gun owners. ...

Pentagon leaker Jack Teixeira to face a military court-martial, Air Force says

Jul. 17, 2024 16:27 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts Air National Guard member Jack Teixeira, who pleaded guilty in March to federal criminal charges for leaking highly classified military documents, will now face a military court-martial. Teixeira admitted to illegally collecting some of the nation’s...