Voters to decide Mass. 5th District contest
BOSTON (AP) - Voters in Massachusetts' 5th Congressional District are heading to the polls to fill Edward Markey's old seat in the U.S. House.
Tuesday's contest pits Democratic state Sen. Katherine Clark of Melrose against Republican Frank Addivinola, a Boston attorney.
They have staked out very different positions in what has been a low-profile race.
The district stretches from the coast to communities north and west of Boston including Waltham, Framingham and Medford. It is heavily Democratic.
Markey resigned the seat earlier this year after winning a special election to fill John Kerry's U.S. Senate seat. Clark and Addivinola won their parties' primaries in October.
Two other candidates are on the ballot - Wellesley resident James Aulenti and Arlington resident James Hall.
Tuesday's winner will face voters again next year.
Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
MASSACHUSETTS GAMBLING-SUFFOLK DOWNS
Local officials endorse Revere casino proposal
LYNN, Mass. (AP) - A proposed resort casino in Revere has been endorsed by the leaders of several neighboring communities.
Lynn Mayor Judith Flanagan Kennedy, Salem Mayor Kimberly Driscoll and Chelsea city manager Jay Ash were among those who joined Revere Mayor Dan Rizzo on Monday to express support for the project.
Mohegan Sun is hoping to develop a casino on land owned by Suffolk Downs in Revere. An earlier plan by Suffolk Downs for a casino that straddled East Boston and Revere was rejected by East Boston voters.
The Massachusetts Gaming Commission is expected to vote tomorrow on whether the revised proposal can go forward without the need for another vote in Revere.
The mayors said the casino would create thousands of temporary and permanent jobs, help local businesses and provide for local road improvements.
Mass. gambling chair says he disclosed conflict
BOSTON (AP) - State gambling commission chairman Stephen Crosby says he made all the necessary disclosures after learning that a friend and former business partner was the co-owner of land in Everett where a casino has been proposed.
Crosby announced last week that he planned to recuse himself from a review of the land deal between Wynn Resorts and the owners of the former Monsanto chemical site. Crosby says he has known the site's co-owner, Paul Lohnes, since the 1970s, but has not spoken with him for nearly two years.
Crosby told reporters Monday that he disclosed the potential conflict to Gov. Deval Patrick and in two filings with the state Ethics Commission.
Crosby reiterated that he expected to be a full participant any in future licensing decisions about Wynn, saying he was confident of his ability to be objective.
Hernandez associate seeking more detail on charge
FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) - An attorney for a so-called "right-hand man" of former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez wants more detail from Massachusetts prosecutors about the accessory to murder charge he faces.
Ernest Wallace's lawyers filed the request Monday in Fall River Superior Court ahead of a brief hearing.
Wallace has pleaded not guilty to accessory to murder after the fact and is being held on $500,000 cash bail. Hernandez has pleaded not guilty to murder in the death of Odin Lloyd, a 27-year-old semi-professional football player.
Prosecutors say Wallace and associate Carlos Ortiz were with Hernandez and Lloyd on the June night Lloyd was killed. They say Wallace fled to Florida after the killing.
The defense wants more specifics on how Wallace's alleged actions helped Hernandez.
The prosecution's response is due Jan 9.
Man held in theft of SUV from woman found dead
(Information in the following story is from: Telegram & Gazette (Worcester, Mass.), http://www.telegram.com )
EAST BROOKFIELD, Mass. (AP) - A 35-year-old man accused of stealing an SUV from the Rutland home of a woman found dead after a suspicious fire has been ordered held on $25,000 bail.
The Telegram & Gazette of Worcester reports that Amador Roman pleaded not guilty Monday to charges including car theft.
The death of 53-year-old Diane Lamarche-Leader has been ruled a homicide but no one is charged. Documents in the case have been sealed.
Prosecutor Jeffrey Travers said Lamarche-Leader was a nurse who helped people with substance abuse problems, and Roman, who is homeless, had been staying at her home. Court records show Roman served a short jail term earlier this year for a Worcester assault conviction related to a fight.
Travers said the SUV belonged to Lamarche-Leader's ex-husband, who gave her exclusive use of it.
Mass. pension board settles suit over mine blast
BOSTON (AP) - Massachusetts has reached a $265 million settlement with a mining company over allegations that it misrepresented its safety record in an effort to artificially inflate its stock price after a deadly 2010 explosion at a West Virginia mine.
The Pension Reserves Investment Management Board oversees public pension investments in Massachusetts. It was the lead plaintiff in a class-action lawsuit brought by investors against Alpha Appalachia Holdings Inc.
Alpha was formerly known as Massey Energy Co. Its parent company, Alpha Natural Resources, bought Massey for $7.1 billion in 2011.
A spokesman for Bristol, Va.-based Alpha says the settlement is related to allegations from before Alpha bought Massey. Spokesman Ted Pile says Alpha could have gone to court but decided the prudent thing to do was to resolve it quickly and put it behind the company.
9 states tighten carbon dioxide pollution rules
BOSTON (AP) - The Patrick 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.
Power plants in the states must buy "allowances" allowing them to emit carbon dioxide. The states auction these allowances.
The revisions to the greenhouse gas initiative standards will lower the existing cap on power plant emissions in the states from the current 165 million tons per year to 91 million tons per year starting in 2014, with additional cuts after that.
Groups fault Mass. on anti-smoking program funding
BOSTON (AP) - Massachusetts is getting poor marks on how much it spends on preventing children from taking up smoking and helping adult smokers quit.
A coalition of groups, including the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, says the state ranks 36th in the nation in funding anti-smoking programs.
Massachusetts currently spends about $4 million on tobacco prevention and cessation programs, a fraction of the $90 million recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The coalition said that translates into less than half a percent of the nearly $945 million Massachusetts will collect this year from a 1998 tobacco settlement and tobacco taxes.
Secretary of Health and Human Services John Polanowicz defended Massachusetts' anti-smoking programs saying the state has lowered the percentage of young people using tobacco and is always looking for new ways to curb smoking.
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