BOSTON (AP) - Gov. Deval Patrick has signed a bill designed to tighten security around abortion clinics in Massachusetts. The law will allow police to disperse protesters who are substantially impeding access to a clinic. It follows a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that struck down a state law that established a protest-free "buffer zone" at clinic entrances.
BOSTON (AP) - Opponents of a proposed natural gas pipeline through northwestern Massachusetts are calling on Gov. Deval Patrick to rescind his support for additional taxes on New Englanders' electricity bills to help pay for it. Protesters gathered on the Boston Common today, the culmination of a monthlong "rolling rally" that began in western Massachusetts.
BOSTON (AP) - Massachusetts lawmakers have given final approval to two bills that would let the state borrow up to $2.3 billion to pay for major infrastructure and information technology projects. The projects include renovations to the Senate and House chambers and money for public libraries. The bills now head to Gov. Deval Patrick.
STAMFORD, Conn. (AP) - A Connecticut judge has ordered prosecutors to preserve all evidence as Kennedy cousin Michael Skakel awaits a new trial. Skakel is the nephew of Ethel Kennedy. He was freed from prison after a judge ruled he had inadequate legal counsel at his trial, when he was convicted of killing Martha Moxley in Greenwich when they were both 15.
TOPSFIELD, Mass. (AP) - It was a scary moment on a highway north of Boston when an ax smashed through the windshield of a car. Police say the ax bounced out of a dump truck on Interstate 95 in Topsfield and got stuck in a car's windshield. No one was hurt. The truck driver, from Peabody, was cited for failing to secure the ax, which carries a $200 fine.
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