Monday, 12/5/11: NoBo Newsworthy Wrap-Up

MASSACHUSETTS – Here’s a look at today’s top stories for the NoBo region. Enjoy the rest of your evening!

1. A woman died when the SUV she was riding in plunged into the Saugus River, crossing the Foxhill bridge in Lynn. Four officers of the Saugus Police jumped into the river to pull a man from the vehicle, who was in critical condition when rushed to Brigham and Women’s Hospital early this morning.

2. A Peabody police sergeant was seriously injured earlier today after being hit by a pickup while on detail on Route 1. The officer has been identified as Sergeant Eric Zawacki. He was transported to Massachusetts General Hospital.

3. AAA Southern New England reported today that gas prices have fallen another 3 cents across the Bay State, with motorists paying an average of $3.28 a gallon for self-serve regular. It marked the third straight weekly drop in prices, however, the average is still one cent higher than the current national average.

4. The state’s “checkbook” is now online, according to a press release and website created by state officials. Massachusetts residents who want to find out where their tax dollars go will now have an easier time, however, the checkbook is still a work in process. Some data has yet to be uploaded. As of 6PM EST, the site was actually not operational.

5. Governor Deval Patrick kicked off the Massachusetts Brazil Innovation Economy Partnership Mission 2011, meeting with U.S. Ambassador to Brazil Thomas Shannon and senior government leaders in Brasilia to discuss job creation opportunities.

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