Sunday July 15, 2012

Massachusetts:

Lawmakers scramble as session nears end

BOSTON (AP) -- The two-year legislative session on Beacon Hill is heading into the homestretch.

With formal sessions set to end on July 31, a number of major bills await final action by lawmakers.

Atop that list is a health care cost containment measure. Both the House and Senate have passed versions of the bill that seeks to reduce health care expenditures by $150 billion to $160 billion over 15 years.

A conference committee has been working to reconcile differences between the two versions.

House and Senate negotiators have also been trying for months to reach consensus on a criminal sentencing bill that would include a ban on parole for three-time violent offenders.

Among other unfinished business: A bill targeting unnecessary foreclosures, a measure aimed at curbing electricity costs and a casino compact with the Mashpee Wampanoag tribe.

Vermont:

Woman, 5 children found OK on mountain

DUXBURY (AP) -- A woman and five children have been found unhurt after they got lost on Vermont’s Camel’s Hump mountain.

Vermont State Police said they got a call about 5 p.m. Friday from Katherine Cournoyer saying she was lost on the mountain. The children were ages 7 through 13.

Police were able to find their location on the mountain using GPS coordinates from Cournoyer’s cell phone.

At one point, the group was making its way down the mountain when Cournoyer lost battery power on her phone. Police lost their location.

Members of the state police search and local rescue teams responded. The group was found about 3:15 a.m. Saturday in a wooded mountain by search members.

New Hampshire:

Police: Man stole, crashed fire truck

KEENE (AP) -- New Hampshire police who were helping a bleeding skateboarder say they soon discovered that he had stolen and crashed a fire truck.

Keene police say they responded early Saturday to a report of a man who had fallen off a skateboard and was bleeding. While talking to him, they say they learned that he had stolen a special operations vehicle from the Keene Fire Department and had abandoned it.

Police say 28-year-old Scott Ibelle entered the fire department garage and struck the brick entryway while driving the vehicle out.

Ibelle is being held in jail on $10,000 cash bail.

New York:

Police: Teen killed dad after ATM card fight

TROY (AP) -- Police say a 17-year-old upstate New York girl aimed a rifle at her father’s head and killed him after the two argued over his ATM card.

The Times Union of Albany reports that Trinity Copeland confessed the shooting to investigators. The newspaper says Trinity called 911 early Friday to report that her father, Harlan Copeland, had been shot in his Troy apartment.

The Times Union says the two had been arguing over Trinity’s repeated use of her father’s ATM card against his wishes.

The newspaper says the teen told police that her father ordered her to kill him -- or he would kill them both.

Trinity was arraigned on second-degree murder charges.