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GOVERNOR-MASSACHUSETTS-GROSSMAN

Grossman's mother star of latest super PAC ad

BOSTON (AP) - A super PAC supporting Democratic candidate for governor Steve Grossman is using a new television ad to tout the endorsement of a key backer - Grossman's 92-year-old mother.

In the 30-second ad, Shirley Grossman calls her son the best Democrat in the race but says he should smile more.

The ad is paid for by the Mass Forward Independent Expenditure Political Action Committee, which is supporting Grossman's candidacy. Shirley Grossman is one of the PAC's biggest donors, having contributed $100,000.

Fellow Democratic candidate Don Berwick also began airing a new television ad Tuesday.

The ad casts two children in the roles of Grossman and the third Democratic candidate Martha Coakley bickering on a playground.

Berwick said he's a problem-solver while Coakley and Grossman are playing politics.

The primary is next Tuesday, Sept. 9.

MASSACHUSETTS GAMBLING-WARREN

US Sen. Warren supports repealing state casino law

BOSTON (AP) - Anti-gambling activists are touting a major political boost from U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren as their campaign to repeal the state's casino law heads into the final stretch.

The first-term Democrat said Monday following the Boston Labor Council's Labor Day breakfast that she'll likely vote in favor of repealing the law that opened the door for Las Vegas-style gambling in Massachusetts. On Tuesday, Repeal the Casino Deal hailed the comments as a "bold stand" by one of the state's most prominent politicians.

As a candidate in 2011, Warren opposed the decision to expand the state's gambling law to allow for up to three resort casinos and one slot parlor. Question 3 would repeal that law, effectively ending the state's licensing process before the first casino project can even open.

FIRE-MOTHER KILLED

Woman to be retried on murder charge after fire

BOSTON (AP) - Prosecutors say a Massachusetts woman convicted of murder following a deadly fire will be retried.

The state's highest court ruled prosecutors had to reduce the murder conviction or grant a new trial to the woman, who was accused of setting a fire that killed a mother of four. The Supreme Judicial Court on Tuesday upheld Chiteara (shuh-TEE'-ruh) Thomas' conviction for arson but said her first-degree murder conviction couldn't stand.

Prosecutors say they'll retry Thomas on the murder charge. They say Thomas used a cigarette lighter to start the 2006 fire. A woman who lived on the third floor was killed.

Thomas argued the trial judge should have suppressed statements she made to police. The high court found police didn't honor her request to stop questioning until she had a lawyer.

OFFICERS HURT

Worcester officers hurt by alleged drunk driver

(Information in the following story is from: Telegram & Gazette (Worcester, Mass.), http://www.telegram.com )

WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) - Two Worcester police officers were injured when a sport utility vehicle hit the back of their cruiser and drove away, leaving a crucial clue behind.

Police say they were able to track down the driver because the SUV's front bumper detached in the accident with the license plate still attached.

The Telegram & Gazette reports that 29-year-old Daniel Fournier pleaded not guilty Tuesday to charges including drunken driving and leaving the scene of a personal injury accident. He was released on $2,500 cash bail

The officers were on patrol at about 9:15 p.m. Sunday when the SUV ran into the cruiser hard enough to spin it around and snap off a wheel.

The officers suffered injuries to their legs, neck, back and chest. They were treated and released at a hospital.

BICYCLE FATAL

Man dies after Vermont mountain biking crash

WATERBURY, Vt. (AP) - Vermont State Police say a 25-year-old Massachusetts man has died of injuries suffered while riding on an expert section of biking trails in Waterbury.

Police say there were no witnesses to the Aug. 26 crash on the Waterbury bike path.

Andrew J. Langlois, of Gardner, Massachusetts, was found unresponsive.

He was wearing a helmet.

Langlois was taken the Fletcher Allen Health Care in Burlington with head and neck injuries.

Police say Langlois died on Friday.

The death is considered an accident.

SEAWALL REPAIRS

State funds efforts to shore up seawalls, dams

SCITUATE, Mass. (AP) - The state is making more than $13 million available to shore up crumbling seawalls and dams.

Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs Maeve Vallely Bartlett announced the grants and loans on Tuesday in Scituate, which will receive $4 million to shore up the Oceanside Drive Seawall, which has been prone to damage in previous storms.

About $4 million will also be dedicated to repairs of the Foster Avenue Seawall in Marshfield, and more than $1.3 million will go to help shore up the Easy Street Bulkhead on the island of Nantucket.

Among several dams that will receive $1 million each in funding for rehabilitation are the Hoppin Hill Reservoir Dam in Attleboro, the Bound Brook Dam in Cohasset, and the Morse Reservoir Dam in Leominster.

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