BOSTON (AP) — The fate of Gov. Charlie Baker’s plan to offer early retirement to thousands of state government employees could be decided within the next week.

The administration is counting on about 4,500 executive branch workers opting for early retirement, saving the state more than $170 million in the fiscal year starting July 1.

The Senate has been studying the plan and could vote this week.

The House voted overwhelmingly last month to back the program, despite objections raised by several lawmakers about its scope. They’re questioning why early retirement would be made available only in the executive branch and not all of state government.

The administration says it only has control over executive branch hiring. The plan would allow state agencies to hire replacements until they reached 20 percent of the total salaries of those who left.


Train service south of Boston delayed by electrical fire

BOSTON — Amtrak and commuter rail service has been delayed by a smoky electrical fire outside the Forest Hills station south of downtown Boston.

Power to the rail had to be shut down to allow firefighters to battle the blaze in an outside electrical vault. It was reported just before 7 a.m. Saturday and brought under control about two and half hours later.

No injuries were reported.

The disruption was causing delays on Amtrak’s Northeast service between New Haven, Connecticut and Boston. Some commuter rail passengers were being bused.

The fire also briefly delayed service on the MBTA’s nearby Orange Line in Boston. Those tracks weren’t directly affected.


Woman, 2 girls hit by taxi reported in good condition

WORCESTER, Mass. — Police say a woman and two young girls are in good condition after being hit by a taxi as they crossed a street in Worcester.

Police said the cab driver did not appear to be speeding and no charges have been filed. The investigation is continuing.

A witness, Michael Ranese, said he saw the three starting to cross the street at about 8 p.m. Friday. He said the cab driver, who remained at the scene, didn’t appear to see them.

Police said the 24-year-old woman had a minor head injury, and her 5-year-old daughter had a facial injury and a minor head injury. A 2-year-old girl with them, who is not a relative, has a broken collar bone and a rib injury.

Miller returns for ‘BodeFest’

FRANCONIA, N.H. — Skier Bode Miller is returning to Cannon Mountain for the 10th anniversary of BodeFest, an event to raise money for charity.

The year’s events include a new kids-only press conference, during which those age 17 and under can ask questions of the Olympian skier. There’s also a run through a modified banked slalom race course against the clock.

The event on Saturday benefits The Turtle Ridge Foundation, a nonprofit group founded by Miller and his family that supports innovative and progressive adaptive and youth athletic opportunities.


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