Private wells in New England coming up empty amid drought

Private wells in New England coming up empty amid drought

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) – When Roxanne Moore got up to make her morning coffee a few weeks ago, she turned on the faucet and got a burst of water – then nothing came out but air.

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UPS testing drones for use in its package delivery system

UPS testing drones for use in its package delivery system

MARBLEHEAD, Mass. (AP) – One of the world’s largest package delivery companies is stepping up efforts to integrate drones into its system.

UPS has partnered with robot-maker CyPhy Works to test the use of drones to make commercial deliveries to … Read Full Story

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New office opens in Warwick to help veterans access benefits

New office opens in Warwick to help veterans access benefits

WARWICK, R.I. (AP) – Rhode Island has officially opened a new headquarters for the Office of Veterans Affairs’ to serve as a resource center for veterans.

The office is now open on Jefferson Boulevard in Warwick, near a bus route, … Read Full Story

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Mass. authorities urge caution, not fear, as NY bombing investigation unfolds

Mass. authorities urge caution, not fear, as NY bombing investigation unfolds

While intelligence officers have found no Massachusetts links to the weekend’s bombings in New York and New Jersey, law enforcement personnel are on alert for suspicious activity and plan to increase security for Thursday’s Patriots game.

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Charter school campaign draws $19M from backers, critics

Charter school campaign draws $19M from backers, critics

BOSTON (AP) – Supporters and opponents of a ballot question aimed at expanding the number of charter schools in Massachusetts have pulled in nearly $19 million in contributions heading into the final two months before Election Day.

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73-year-old sentenced to life for raping 5-year-old

73-year-old sentenced to life for raping 5-year-old

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) – A 73-year-old man has been sentenced to life in prison for raping a 5-year-old girl at the Pawtucket elderly housing complex where he lived.

The Providence Journal reports (http://bit.ly/2cMcnQc) that Joao Vieira was sentenced … Read Full Story

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Field set for November after primaries in Massachusetts

Field set for November after primaries in Massachusetts

BOSTON (AP) – Two incumbent Democratic Massachusetts lawmakers will not be returning to Beacon Hill after losing their primary races, and Thursday’s voting also set the stage for several other contests in November.

Voter interest in the primary was dampened … Read Full Story

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First Citizens’ Federal Credit Union awards 14 scholarships to area students

First Citizens’ Federal Credit Union awards 14 scholarships to area students

FAIRHAVEN First Citizens’ Federal Credit Union has awarded $1,000 scholarships to 14 local high school students from its branch communities across the Southcoast and Cape Cod.

Each scholarship is awarded to deserving students every year who demonstrated a high … Read Full Story

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Police losing battle to get drivers to put down their phones

Police losing battle to get drivers to put down their phones

WEST BRIDGEWATER, Mass. (AP) – State police in Chattanooga, Tennessee, have been known to patrol in a tractor-trailer so they can sit up high and spot drivers texting behind the wheel.

In Bethesda, Maryland, a police officer disguised himself as … Read Full Story

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Marijuana industry taking root in Massachusetts city

Marijuana industry taking root in Massachusetts city

FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) – If you go to a hash bar in Amsterdam, your server will ask you first: What kind of high do you want?

Do you want your head to float? Do you want your body to … Read Full Story

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US Marshals: Beware of jury duty scams

US Marshals: Beware of jury duty scams

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) – The U.S. Marshals Service is warning Rhode Island residents to be aware of jury duty scams.

U.S. Marshal Jamie Hainsworth said Monday there has been an increase in telephone scams asking people to pay fines for … Read Full Story

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 Rhode Island DMV rolls out new and improved driver’s license

  Rhode Island DMV rolls out new and improved driver’s license

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) – The Rhode Island Department of Motor Vehicles has begun issuing new driver’s licenses that officials say will better protect residents from fraud and identity theft.

The new design replaces the license configuration introduced in 2003 to … Read Full Story

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Federal report urges testing of private well water

Federal report urges testing of private well water

BOSTON (AP) – A federal report says Massachusetts is at greater risk than all but five other states from potentially corrosive ground water that could cause lead or other toxic metals in household pipes to leach into drinking water.

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Middleboro route on the table again as South Coast Rail projects soar

Middleboro route on the table again as South Coast Rail projects soar

BOSTON – Transit officials are taking a new look at an old option for delivering commuter rail service to Fall River, New Bedford and Taunton.

After announcing the projected cost of the long-planned South Coast Rail extension has ballooned to … Read Full Story

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Fishermen worry about plan for wind farm off New York coast

Fishermen worry about plan for wind farm off New York coast

MINEOLA, N.Y. (AP) – A long-stalled plan to build a forest of power-producing windmills off the coast of New York may finally be gathering momentum, and that is sparking concern among commercial fishermen who fear the giant turbines will ruin … Read Full Story

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A decade after boom, Rhode Island housing market struggles

A decade after boom, Rhode Island housing market struggles

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) – A decade after the housing boom, Rhode Island’s housing market is still struggling to recover.

While the number of home sales has bounced back, the median price of a single-family home in 2015 was 20 percent … Read Full Story

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Fishing fleets turning to technology to meet monitoring mandate

Fishing fleets turning to technology to meet monitoring mandate

New England fishermen are starting to use digital cameras to document groundfish discards and prove they are fishing within established quotas, turning to technology for a method that may prove more cost effective than hiring human monitors.

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House speaker: No immigrant driver’s licenses this year

House speaker: No immigrant driver’s licenses this year

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) – The Rhode Island House speaker says lawmakers won’t act this year on legislation that would allow immigrants in the country illegally to obtain driver’s licenses.

The Providence Journal reports that Democratic leader Nicholas Mattiello says it’s … Read Full Story

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