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April 13, 2014

Mass. candidates stockpiling campaign cash

BOSTON (AP) — The two Democratic candidates In the race to succeed Attorney General Martha Coakley are maintaining significant fundraising leads over the Republican hopeful.

Warren Tolman ended the first quarter of 2014 with nearly $563,000 in his account, compared to $365,000 for fellow Democratic hopeful Maura Healey.

Republican John Miller reported a balance of $53,750 at the end of March including a $50,000 loan he made to his campaign.

In the race to replace state Treasurer Steve Grossman, Barry Finegold reported nearly $416,000 in his account as of the end of March, compared to fellow Democratic candidates Deborah Goldberg, with more than $129,000, and Tom Conroy, with more than $53,000.

Republican candidate Mike Heffernan reported more than $52,000 in his campaign. He also loaned his campaign $50,000.

Coakley and Grossman are both running for governor.

Officer on bombing scene dies at 28

BOSTON — An officer who survived a shootout with the Boston Marathon bombing suspects has died after an on-duty medical emergency.

Officials say 28-year-old Officer Dennis Simmonds died Thursday after being stricken in the gym at the Boston Police Academy.

Police say Simmonds had been involved in the shooting with the alleged bombers in Watertown. For his actions he earned the department’s highest honor for bravery and was scheduled to visit the White House next month.

Simmonds was a six-year veteran assigned to the Youth Violence Strike Force.

Driver dies in crash on I-293 ramp

HOOKSETT, N.H.— New Hampshire State Police say a Pembroke man is dead after an early morning crash on Interstate 293 in Hooksett.

Police say evidence at the scene indicates that the driver — 25-year-old Jacob Kipp — was unable to negotiate a curve on the 293 northbound ramp to Interstate 93 and struck a guardrail early yesterday morning. Police were called to the crash around 4:45 a.m. Kipp was pronounced dead at the scene.

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