Anticipating cold temperatures and high utility bills in coming months, Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley is urging federal officials to start releasing $3.47 billion in government funds allotted to help needy families pay to heat their homes. Massachusetts households that are kept warm by oil heat — about 39 percent — can expect to spend a record $2,500, on average, this coming winter, according to a forecast released earlier this month by the federal Energy Information Administration.
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