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Watertown

State, local police probe death of infant girl

An infant in Watertown died Thursday afternoon, according to the Middlesex district attorney’s office. Watertown police responded to Watertown Street at 2:16 p.m. to find the 5-month-old girl unresponsive, prosecutors said in a statement. She was taken to Newton-Wellesley Hospital, where she was pronounced dead. Watertown police and State Police assigned to the Middlesex district attorney’s office are investigating the death. The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner is working to determine the cause and manner of the infant’s death. No further information was immediately available.

AMHERST

UMass plans to add units for 1,000 students

The University of Massachusetts is planning to build housing for 1,000 undergraduate students at its Amherst campus. The project would be developed on what is now a series of parking lots, and it would include the rebuilding of an apartment complex on the other side of the campus. The North Village complex was built in 1971, and many of the apartments are considered un-rentable due to their poor condition.The UMass Trustees Committee on Administration and Finance voted in Boston on Wednesday to issue a request for proposals from interested developers. The request would yield specifics, including the cost. (AP)

Manchester, N.H.

Health threat issued for West Nile, EEE viruses

New Hampshire authorities declared a public health threat for the southern part of the state for a pair of mosquito-borne diseases, West Nile virus and Eastern equine encephalitis. The move makes it easier for about 30 municipalities in the area to take mosquito population control measures. Mosquitoes have been a bigger problem than usual this year. State officials said this season has had the highest number of mosquito batches testing positive for West Nile virus of the past five years. (AP)

Boston

T employee accused in $450,000 theft scheme

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An MBTA employee assigned to repair fare collection boxes allegedly used the T’s money like a personal ATM, stealing $450,000 in cash from the financially struggling agency, the state attorney general’s office said Thursday. Stephen P. Fagerberg, 55, was arrested by State Police and Transit Police in June when the investigation concluded that the Dedham resident had allegedly stolen $80,000 in cash from T fare machines installed on buses and trolleys. State prosecutors, who began investigating Fagerberg in April, said in a statement Thursday that the inquiry into Fagerberg’s alleged thefts has found evidence that he allegedly stole at least $450,000 in cash. Police said they added marked bills to regular cash in fare boxes and tracked them down to a bank where he allegedly deposited the cash into accounts he controlled. Fagerberg was indicted on a two counts of larceny over $1,200 in a continuing scheme. He is scheduled to be arraigned on Oct. 11. The T said it was moving to fire Fagerberg.

Providence

Bedbugs reported at courthouse complex

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Reports of bedbugs at Providence’s main courthouse have raised alarms among employees and others who frequent it. Family Court Chief Judge Michael Forte sent an e-mail to staff Thursday confirming reports of bedbugs in parts of the fifth floor at Garrahy Judicial Complex, the Providence Journal reported. Courts spokeswoman Kara Picozzi said a pest control company has been performing treatments but denied infestation. (AP)

Montpelier, Vt.

Principal allows pupils to post censored story

Student journalists at a Vermont high school who were asked by the principal to remove a story they broke about unprofessional conduct charges against a guidance director can now repost the article. Burlington High School principal Noel Green said Thursday that since the story was published elsewhere, students could republish it. Students received a tip about the investigation and filed a records request. They published a story Monday night based on their findings. (AP)