This is day 15 of the partial government shutdown. There were some talks Monday highlighted by the fact that the Senate Leaders for both parties actually went to the floor of the senate and said nice things about each other. Meantime, Congressman Richard Neal says he is hopeful that negotiations will be more fruitful.

Tolls on the Mass Pike kicked in at 12:01 Tuesday morning on the first six exits of the highway. The move is expected to generate 12 to 14 million dollars a year for western Mass transportation projects. Some motorists say they will find secondary roads to get to school and to work bypassing the tolls.


Nurses at Baystate Franklin Medical Center in Greenfield are voting to authorize a strike against management in stalled contract talks. At issue, among other things are overtime pay scales and other working conditions. The authorization of the strike does not mean however that nurses will actually go out on strike. 47 nurses at the facility are effected.


A seven-year legal battle between an Agawam couple and the town that's been trying to make them get rid of their goats appears to be coming to a close. A Housing Court judge has ruled that Alan Griffin must comply with the town ordinance and prior court orders and remove the goats from his property by the end of the month.


Massachusetts Secretary William Galvin is predicting a strong voter turnout in the primary race to fill Massachusetts' open 5th Congressional District seat. Galvin said up to 120,000 Democrats and 20,000 Republicans could cast ballots tomorrow. There are seven Democrats and three Republicans vying for Sen. Edward Markey's former House seat.


A Boston ER doctor is among the leaders of a campaign that worked to reverse a decision by a national group not to embrace a campaign to reduce medical costs. The Boston Globe reports the group has now signed on to the ``Choosing Wisely'' campaign and released a list of five route tests or procedures patients often don't need, in part because of prodding by Brigham and Women's Dr. Jeremiah Schuur.@


In North Andover a teen is in trouble with the school district for helping out a friend. Erin Cox got a call from her friend who was drunk at a party and so she went to get her and take her home. But police also arrived at the party at Boxford and arrested several teens for underaged possession of alcohol. She was cleared of any wrong doing. But the school district has suspended her from the volleyball team. Her family has filed a lawsuit against the school district.