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Massachusetts to Fund Upgrades for Dams, Coastal Seawalls

Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick’s administration says it will invest more than $13 million in shoring up many of the state’s dams and coastal seawalls. Secretary Maeve Vallely Bartlett, secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs, plans to announce the loans and …

New York Officials Seek Changes After Catskill Hiker Deaths

Local officials in New York are calling for safety changes at a popular waterfall in the Catskills after two women died there on separate occasions this summer. Hunter Town Supervisor Daryl Legg tells the Kingston Daily Freeman that the state …

Maine Company Recalls 25,192 Pounds of Beef

A Maine company is recalling more than 25,000 pounds of beef dating to last November for failure to remove tissues that could potentially allow transmission of mad cow disease. Maine state officials announced last Friday that Bubier Meats of Greene …

Massachusetts Tells Drivers Their LOLs, OMGs Can Wait

Massachusetts state transportation officials first got the attention of drivers in June when they posted electronic highway signs that implored Bostonians to “use yah blinkah.” The latest effort to combine a serious safety message with a touch of humor took …

Western Pennsylvania Township Sued Over Gas Drilling

A western Pennsylvania couple is suing their township, claiming that supervisors improperly approved natural gas drilling in a residential area. The lawsuit against Pulaski Township was filed by Timothy Chito and Elizabeth Kesner. The lawsuit says the couple purchased a …

Former NYC Police Officer Admits Guilt in Big Disability-Fraud Case

An accused ringleader of a sprawling disabilities fraud scheme admitted Wednesday he helped coach retired police officers and others to fake mental-health problems to get Social Security benefits. Joseph Esposito pleaded guilty to grand larceny in a scam that prosecutors …

Panel Faults Safety Practices at New York’s Metro-North Railroad

New York’s Metro-North Railroad has sacrificed safety for on-time performance, according to a report released Wednesday by a Metropolitan Transportation Authority panel. The report echoes an assessment conducted this year by the Federal Railroad Administration, which investigated after a string …

NYC Comptroller: Some Pre-K Sites May Be Unsafe

New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer is raising concerns about possible safety problems with some of the sites slated to be used for Mayor Bill de Blasio’s signature pre-kindergarten program. Stringer says the mayor’s office is far behind schedule in …

Philadelphia Insurance Vindicated in YouTube Bugatti Crash Case

Philadelphia Insurance Companies said it’s been vindicated in its investigation and denial of a fraudulent claim filed by an East Texas motorist for the 2009 crash of his Bugatti Veryon, following his guilty plea this week in the case United …

Mass. DOI: Insurers Received Over 1,300 Claims From Revere Tornado

The Massachusetts Division of Insurance (DOI) said the state’s insurers have so far received more than 1,300 claims from a rare tornado that ripped through the coastal city of Revere on July 28. The DOI said regulators have been collecting …

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