BOSTON (AP) - The Massachusetts Senate has given final approval to its version of the state budget, setting the stage for negotiations with the House over the $34 billion spending plan for the fiscal year that starts July 1. Among the key differences to be resolved in the House and Senate versions is the level of spending for the University of Massachusetts. Both plans increase funding, but the House included enough additional money to allow the university to freeze tuition for the academic year.
SALEM, Mass. (AP) - A Methuen High School student charged with making online threats has asked a judge to grant him bail so he can go home. A lawyer for 18-year-old Cameron D'Ambrosio told a judge on yesterday that his client is not a danger to society. Authorities say D'Ambrosio made a profanity-laced post on his Facebook page on May 1st saying he would outdo the carnage of the Boston Marathon bombings that killed three people.
BOSTON (AP) - A federal judge has rescheduled a probable cause hearing for surviving Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev (joh-HAHR' tsahr-NEYE'-ehv). A hearing is now scheduled for July 10th. The judge earlier this week granted a joint request from prosecutors and defense attorneys to postpone the hearing originally scheduled for May 30th until July 2nd. The lawyers say they need more time to obtain and review evidence.
BOSTON (AP) - Boston Mayor Thomas Menino is lending his political clout to fellow Democrat Edward Markey in the state's special U.S. Senate election. Menino endorsed Markey today during an event at a Boston union hall. The mayor credited Markey for being out front on gun control and for securing federal funding for medical research institutions, a key part of the city's economy.
BOSTON (AP) - U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano is in Boston to meet with government officials and visit the marathon bombings memorial. Napolitano is scheduled to meet today with state Secretary of Public Safety Andrea Cabral, state police Superintendent Col. Timothy Alben, Boston Mayor Tom Menino, Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis and members of the state's congressional delegation.
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