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News Minute: Here is the latest Massachusetts news from The Associated Press

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BOSTON (AP) - Organizers and law enforcement officials are urging Boston Marathon spectators to leave backpacks and other bags at home. They also say crowds will be limited at the finish line where two bombs exploded a year ago. Monday's 26.2-mile race is expected to attract 36,000 runners - about 10,000 more than usual for the event - and about 1 million spectators.

BOSTON (AP) - Fire officials say two elderly people have been seriously injured in an explosion and fire at a house in Boston's Dorchester neighborhood. A total of 11 people were taken to area hospitals last night for evaluation. Officials suspect natural gas as a possible cause.

BOSTON (AP) - The House has approved a bill authorizing Massachusetts to borrow nearly $13 billion to jumpstart major transportation projects around the state. The House voted yesterday to accept a compromise worked out by legislative negotiators. The Senate could act on the measure as early as today.

BOSTON (AP) - Governor Deval Patrick says he's leaning against any further court action on the state's bid to ban the powerful new painkiller Zohydro in Massachusetts. A federal judge has issued an injunction against the ban, which Patrick ordered after declaring a public health emergency in light of a surge of drug overdoses.

BOSTON (AP) - The House is backing a bill that offers strategies for addressing the needs of the growing number of children diagnosed with autism. The measure would establish a permanent state commission on autism and develop a training program for teachers to help educate students with the disorder. It now heads to the Senate for consideration.

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