News Minute: Here is the latest Massachusetts news from The Associated Press at 7:40 a.m. EDT
PINKHAM NOTCH, N.H. (AP) - Authorities say a fellow hiker came to the aid of a man who injured his leg at a trail junction below the summit of Mount Washington. Thirty-year-old Steven Brandon, of Brighton, Massachusetts, was descending the Tuckerman Ravine trail on Tuesday evening when he slipped on a rock. He had been hiking alone. Another hiker came along, called for help and stayed with him until they connected with conservation officers on the Mount Washington Auto Road.
BOSTON (AP) - The director of the state agency that stopped processing alerts from other states about Massachusetts drivers who had broken traffic laws has been fired. The Registry of Motor Vehicles' Merit Rating Board voted Tuesday to fire Thomas Bowes. Troubles at the RMV were exposed after a June crash that killed seven motorcyclists in New Hampshire. The registry had been storing notifications of out-of-state violations since March 2018 instead of acting on them.
NEW BEDFORD, Mass. (AP) - Massachusetts congressional leaders are asking federal officials to move quickly on permits for the Vineyard Wind offshore wind project. Vineyard Wind has signed contracts to sell 800 megawatts of power a year to three Massachusetts electric utilities. The company planned to begin construction later this year off the Massachusetts coast. The Cape Cod Times reports federal officials say they need at least another six months to prepare a supplement to its environmental impact statement draft.
BOSTON (AP) - Federal officials will meet with fishermen and other members of the public in Massachusetts to talk about possible changes to rules designed to protect vulnerable whales. North Atlantic right whales number only about 400. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is looking for comments on new management options. The meeting is scheduled for Tuesday night in Gloucester, Massachusetts.
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