In the State

Monday May 7, 2012


Toll signs up for
an overhaul

The Department of Trans portation is launching an overhaul of signs at toll plazas on the Turnpike, Tobin Bridge and Airport Tunnels to improve safety and meet federal highway guidelines.

Starting this week, drivers will see the "Fast Lane" signs come down and E-ZPass signs go up. "Cash Only" signs will also be updated as part of the project.

Officials say the changes are meant to combat driver hesitation and confusion that can jeopardize safety at toll plazas.

Davey said the changes won’t affect the state’s 1.7 million transponder holders. He said E-ZPass and Fast Lane are now one and the same.


Police admit they
mistakenly shot woman

Agawam police say they accidentally shot a 21-year-old woman in an apartment while responding to a 911 call about a break-in and possible domestic assault

The incident early Saturday left the unidentified woman with a nonfatal injury. Police did not provide details.

Hampden District Attorney Mark G. Mastroianni said Agawam officers heard breaking glass and shouting from inside an apartment.

He said as the officers were readying themselves to enter, the gun of one of the officers fired and the woman was shot. Mastroianni did not release the name of the officer involved.

Police say a suspect related to the call for assistance fled the apartment and was located by police. No details were provided.

Agawam police, State Police and the District Attorney’s office are investigating.


Senate unveils
health finance plan

The Massachusetts Senate is preparing to release a health care financing bill just days after House leaders unveiled their version of the bill.

House leaders said Friday that their bill will lower family premiums by nearly $2,000 annually over the next five years by cutting waste and inefficiency out of the health care system.

The House bill is also designed to reward doctors and hospitals for keeping patients healthy instead of paying them for each operation or service they provide.

The Senate is expected to unveil its version of the bill this week and vote on it the following week.

Senate President Therese Murray has said she expects passage by July 1.


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