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Bourne: 330 gallons of oil spilled from tug boat

The Coast Guard says about 330 gallons of gear oil spilled when a tug boat ran aground in Buzzards Bay near the mouth of the Cape Cod Canal.

The tug Justice grounded just after midnight Thursday. It was towed to the Massachusetts Maritime Academy and is no longer leaking.

State environmental officials said an oil sheen was seen on the water from the academy to Butler Cove. The canal was closed Thursday morning but has since reopened.

The Cape Cod Times reports the tug's owner, New York-based Reinauer Transportation Companies, said its starboard lower drive unit was damaged in the grounding. The company said it's cooperating with the Coast Guard and working with an environmental cleanup company.

Greenfield: Man pleads not guilty to armed bank heist

A 38-year-old Greenfield man has pleaded not guilty to masked armed robbery in connection with a bank holdup last week.

The Northwest District Attorney's office said Richard May was arraigned Thursday in Franklin Superior Court. He was ordered held on $500,000 cash bail.

Prosecutor Carrie Russell said at May's arraignment that a witness followed May after he allegedly robbed the Greenfield Cooperative Bank on March 13, and noted the license plate of his car. Russell said marked bills from the robbery, a ski mask and clothing matching that described by witnesses to the robbery were found at May's girlfriend's house.

The district attorney's office said more charges are expected. Police have said May also is a suspect in robberies Feb. 17 and March 3 at the TD Bank in Greenfield.

Boston: Film companies got $44M in tax credits

Film companies have been awarded $44 million in Massachusetts tax credits for projects filmed in 2011, with nearly two-thirds of new spending generated by the productions going to individuals and businesses located out-of-state, including many individuals making more than $1 million.

That's a jump over the $18 million in credits in 2010.

Supporters say the credits lure money and jobs that would go to other states while critics say the credits are tax giveaway to a deep-pocketed industry. Gov. Deval Patrick wants to cap the tax credits at $40 million annually.

-- The Associated Press


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