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Bill Clinton's $18M college deal may upset Bernie Sanders backers » Boston Herald Former President Bill Clinton's $17.6 million “honorary chancellor” position at a for-profit university could upset some young voters — many already struggling to tackle college deb…

Milton officials debate whether renovations to Joyce's home were permitted » Boston Globe MILTON — The developer of state Senator Brian Joyce's house pulled the necessary permits for extensive renovations to the Milton home before he sold it to him in 2003, the town administrator sa…

It's a new day on state's highest court with arrival of three justices » Boston Globe The state Supreme Judicial Court sat Tuesday for the first time since June, and it was clear from the outset that something was different. “Yes, it is a new look SJC,” Chief Justice Ralph …

The State Primary Is Thursday. Here Are 7 Races Worth Noting » WBUR You may not be aware, but many Massachusetts voters will head to the polls this Thursday (yes, Thursday, that's not a typo) for the state's primary election.…

With Koch Brothers Academy, Conservatives Settle in for Long War » New York Times If the Koch brothers have lost the battle for conservative values in 2016, they are also quietly preparing for a long war. …

Mannal now says he would accept Senate nomination » Cape Cod Times BOSTON — Secretary of State William Galvin expects voter turnout for Thursday's primary election to be higher on the Cape and Islands than in other parts of the state. …

“Clearly the interest here and nationally is on the presidential campaign, and that’s absorbing everyone’s political attention,”

Secretary of State William Galvin

Speaking about the state primary elections this Thursday

News By Category
Business

Is Donald Trump's campaign hurting his hotel chain? » Boston Globe The grand hotel soon to open in Washington's historic 1899 Old Post Office Pavilion boasts the largest suites in the country, and the biggest ballroom in the city — not to mention a stunning lo…

?Moderna to seek permission to test Zika vaccine in humans this year » Boston Business Journal Cambridge-based Moderna Therapeutics is joining a select few biotechs around the world in the hunt for a vaccine for the Zika virus, thanks to an $8 million award from the federal government.…

Education

Academia wrestles anew with how freely words can flow » Boston Globe When the University of Chicago recently came out against the use of so-called “trigger warnings,” saying they represented a danger to campus free speech, it represented something of a rari…

ITT Tech closure: 101 students at Massachusetts locations were veterans » WCVB ITT Tech had locations in Wilmington and Norwood, and the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education said there were more than 500 total enrolled students, including 101 veterans. Like those student…

Large, For-Profit ITT Tech Is Shutting Down All Of Its Campuses » WBUR The fall semester has just begun on most college campuses, but tens of thousands of students in 38 states were told Tuesday that, instead, their college is closing its doors.…

Environment

State launches drought emergency loan fund » WWLP 22

Health Care

Commission named to study varying health provider prices » Boston Globe A number of hospital executives and public officials will serve on a new special commission to study the variation in prices at Massachusetts health care providers.…

Appointees to governor's health care commission include some unusual names » Boston Business Journal Gov. Charlie Baker has named his eight appointments to the state's health care commission reviewing provider pricing, including an executive heading the most expensive hospitals in the state and an ex…

Audit faults Massachusetts payments, cites money for inappropriate payments » WWLP 22 News Citing “systemic problems” in the payment process governing the state's largest program, Auditor Suzanne Bump on Tuesday released an audit showing more than $300,000 in inappropriate payme…

Hospitals, advocates resist reforms to MassHealth » Gloucester Times Gov. Charlie Baker's overhaul of the state's Medicaid program faces opposition from hospitals and health care advocates who say cuts will hurt the state's most vulnerable citizens.…

Gov. Baker to announce creation of 13 drug take-back kiosks » The Associated Press (AP) Gov. Charlie Baker is joining with officials from Walgreens to announce the creation of 13 drug take-back kiosks.…

Housing

Legislature stalls on foreclosure » Bay State Banner

Human Services

Centro, MassHealth ordered to reevaluate protocols after state audit » Worcester Mag Centro, the prominent Worcester social services agency serving the Latino community, is being ordered to pay back more than $50,000 in state funds after the State Auditor found problems with administr…

No welcome mat shown for Bridge Home addiction recovery center in Springfield's McKnight neighborhood » The Republican There was no welcome mat on Tuesday night for a proposed residential substance abuse recovery program in the McKnight neighborhood, as residents raised strong objections during a community meeting.…

Social studies: Food bank takes action against hunger » Boston Herald September is Hunger Action Month, a national­ awareness campaign by Feeding America and its network of 200 food banks across the country, including­ the Greater Boston Food Bank — the lar…

State audit: Some Centro expenses missed standards for reimbursement » Worcester Telegram The state auditor is recommending Centro Las Americas Inc. repay $57,341 in Medicaid funding after an audit concluded the social services organization improperly spent the money on gifts, golf outings…

Judiciary

'I Think I Deserve That Second Chance': Former Juvenile Lifers, Now Free, Try To Reenter Society » WBUR Greg Diatchenko spends a lot of time people watching in Harvard Square. Before starting his custodial job in the square, he often takes a few minutes to sit in a nearby park marveling at how the world…

Little attention, big bucks paid to immigration judges » Boston Herald The six little-known judges of the Boston immigration court rake in as much as $167,000 a year, rarely land in the spotlight and render decisions that are largely out of view of the public, a Herald i…

Massachusetts sees plunge in deportations » Boston Herald Massachusetts last year deported the lowest percentage of illegal aliens of any state in the nation — and had the third highest rate of granting asylum, according to a Herald investigation of a…

Legislative

Joyce absolved of wrongdoing » Commonwealth Magazine SEN. BRIAN JOYCE obtained all the required permits to renovate his home, according to a report by the Milton Town Administrator that rebuts questions raised in a newspaper article over whether the law…

Milton officials debate whether renovations to Joyce's home were permitted » Boston Globe The developer of state Senator Brian Joyce's house pulled the necessary permits for extensive renovations to the Milton home before he sold it to him in 2003, the town administrator said Tuesday in a …

Local Government

'Second chances': Mayor Tyer aims to appoint firefighter with criminal past » Berkshire Eagle Mayor Linda M. Tyer said Tuesday that she will appoint a new city firefighter despite objections from firefighter union members over the appointee's drug-related criminal record.…

Case Of Proposed Muslim Cemetery In Dudley Will Remain In Land Court » WBUR The fight over a proposed Muslim cemetery that was denied by officials in the town of Dudley will remain in state land court for now.…

Opinion

The case against cash » Boston Globe The world is awash in paper currency, with major-country central banks pumping out hundreds of billions of dollars' worth each year, mainly in large denomination notes such as the $100 bill.…

If Clinton wins, what does Elizabeth Warren want? » Boston Globe With the practiced eye of a veteran pol, Secretary of State Bill Galvin watched Senator Elizabeth Warren work the room at Boston's annual Labor Day breakfast Monday and envisioned a post-November ches…

Get back to work, Boston. Here's a list of unfinished business. » Boston Globe Hope everyone had a glorious summer. I sure did, but boy, I return to work with a long list of unfinished business.…

Edward Udel: An Olympian push on education is required » Berkshire Eagle The Olympic Games in Rio served as a welcome two-week reprieve from ugly and disheartening national politics. The extraordinary accomplishments of our athletes are both inspirational and instructive. …

Guest Opinion: Breaking through boundaries at UMass Dartmouth » Taunton Gazette You are starting your college education at a turbulent time in our country. …

Collecting more than tolls on the Mass. Pike » Boston Globe Oh my gosh, that toll-taker sure is cute.…

Editorial: Moulton misses on tax » Boston Herald It must be easy for an elected member of Congress who routinely flies to his job in Washington to embrace a tax on other people who have to drive to work every day, whether it's 10 miles round trip or…

Letter: Farley-Bouvier's bold stance on mileage tax » Commonwealth Magazine Much has been made this primary season about Rep. Farley-Bouvier's support, and Gov. Baker's subsequent veto, of a federally funded pilot program to investigate if a mileage-based tax is a viable alte…

Letter: GOP must speak up against unfit candidate » South Coast Today Since my last letter to the editor about a month ago, Donald Trump and his supporters have moved on from merely advocating for the imprisonment of their political opponents, to casting doubt upon the …

Get back to work, Boston. Here's a list of unfinished business » Boston Globe

Other

Johnson-Weld ticket in danger » Commonwealth Magazine The first presidential debate is just 20 days away and right now it appears Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump will have the stage all to themselves.…

The State Of Play Two Months Before The General Election » WBUR Two months until Election Day. We'll check in with top political watchers across the United States on where the race really stands, and what they see coming.…

Elizabeth Warren to campaign for Hillary Clinton in Philadelphia » The Republican Weeks after urging support for presidential nominee Hillary Clinton at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Massachusetts, will return to the City of Broth…

Politics

Katie Forde for Suffolk register of deeds » Boston Globe SUFFOLK COUNTY CURRENTLY lacks an elected register of deeds, yet seems to be doing just fine. …

13th Essex state rep. race down to the wire » The Salem News Anti-pipeline activist and West Peabody businessman Bob Croce is challenging longtime state Rep. Ted Speliotis, D-Danvers, to represent the 13th Essex District this Thursday, Sept. 8, in the state Dem…

Four contests on Hampshire County Democratic primary ballots » Gazette Net Hampshire County voters will help decide four contests in Thursday's Democratic primary, and Secretary of State William F. Galvin believes that means turnout here will be higher than elsewhere in Mass…

Western Mass. clerks predict low turnout, with sheriff's races helping draw voters » The Republican During regularly scheduled Tuesday elections, Springfield Election Commissioner Gladys Oyola will often get people showing up on Wednesday to vote.…

Strong choices for sheriff, Saugus state rep » Lynn Daily News Item With low voter turnout predictions and many Massachusetts communities without contested elections, Thursday's primary election offers Essex County voters strong choices for Essex sheriff and state rep…

Democratic candidates for 16th Essex District discuss the issues » Eagle Tribune Two challengers are vying to replace Marcos Devers in the 16th Essex District.…

In Leominster rep debate Higgins, Marchand close on some issues, far apart on others » Sentinel & Enterprise Natalie Higgins and Richard Marchand continued to clash over issues regarding increasing taxes on the wealthy and legalizing recreational marijuana during a debate Tuesday night hosted by the Sentinel…

Sept. 11 Marked Turning Point For Muslims In Increasingly Diverse America » WBUR Fifteen years after the attacks of Sept. 11, Americans have grown aware not only of the danger of terrorism but also to the reality that their nation is far less white, Christian and European than it …

Secretary of State: Primary turnout may dip below 10 percent » Sentinel & Enterprise The combination of no marquee statewide races fueling voter enthusiasm and scant competition for the scores of local elected offices that are up for grabs this cycle will ensure low voter turnout in T…

Dist. 7 candidates debate » Bay State Banner Residents turned out at the Twelfth Baptist Church last week to hear from the candidates seeking to replace longtime incumbent Gloria Fox when she steps down from the Seventh Suffolk district House se…

GOP challenger questions Sen. Marc Pacheco's commitment; Pacheco says he has 'passion and dedication' » South Coast Today A Republican rival is questioning State Sen. Marc Pacheco's commitment to his job in light of the fact he was in the running for a high-level post at Bridgewater State University earlier this year.…

Push on to make Norfolk Republican Democratic nominee » The Sun Chronicle State Rep. Shawn Dooley is guaranteed to be the Republican nominee for the Legislature from the 9th Norfolk District, but now some of his friends want to make him the Democratic nominee as well.…

West County residents to vote on state Senate seat » The Recorder For the vast majority of Franklin County's 49,000 registered voters, Thursday's primary election may not seem important enough to show up at the polls, with just a single Democratic contest for the ob…

Republican rival slams State Sen. Marc Pacheco for applying for Bridgewater State post » Taunton Gazette A Republican rival is questioning State Sen. Marc Pacheco's commitment to his job in light of the fact he was in the running for a high-level post at Bridgewater State University earlier this year.…

Toomey reveals 'dark money' in campaign against Connolly: Bernie Sanders' group » Cambridge Day The Tim Toomey reelection campaign has made allegations in a mailer sent to voters of a “well-financed, shadowy group of anonymous donors” attacking Toomey, eventually citing Our Revolutio…

Galvin predicts 8-10 percent turnout for Thursday's primary » South Coast Today A lack of contested races and an absence of statewide offices up for election will also contribute to the low turnout, said Galvin, who added that his prediction is based in part on previous state pri…

Mannal now says he would accept Senate nomination » Cape Cod Times

Lantigua robo calls for Devers' opponent » Eagle Tribune

Candidates for 3rd Hampshire state rep seat feel good about campaign, say it's a wide open race » The Republican

The hottest political race in Boston is for an obscure position with a $124,000 salary » The Republican

Mass State primaries to watch for Thursday » Boston Herald

Public Health

Mass. Congressman Stephen Lynch says he's against marijuana legalization » The Republican

Public Safety

Stop jailing immigrants for deportation, would-be Suffolk sheriff says » Boston Globe A businessman running for Suffolk County sheriff says he would seek to stop jailing immigrants for deportation unless they have serious criminal records, taking aim at the agency's lucrative contract …

Police head says he can assign body cameras to officers » Boston Globe Boston's highest-ranking police official testified Tuesday that he has the power to assign body cameras to a group of officers after none volunteered to wear them, but union officials insisted that su…

Boston police unions overstate case for “long guns” » Commonwealth Magazine BOSTON POLICE UNIONS got quite a bit of attention last month when the presidents of three unions cosigned a letter to Mayor Martin Walsh and Police Commissioner William Evans demanding more patrol off…

City, Police Union Square Off In Court Over Body Camera Pilot » WBUR A plan to equip 100 Boston police officers with body cameras is now before a judge. The city and the Boston Police Patrolmen's Association began presenting arguments Tuesday to Suffolk Superior Court…

Boston's police commissioner, union spar over body cameras » The Associated Press (AP) Boston's police commissioner squared off in court Tuesday with the leader of the city's largest police union over a plan to have 100 officers wear body cameras, as lawyers for each side accused the ot…

At Walgreens, Gov. Charlie Baker to announce statewide safe medication disposal program » The Republican Gov. Charlie Baker is joining Walgreens executives on Wednesday at one of the drug store chain's Massachusetts locations to announce the first statewide safe medication disposal program.…

Massachusetts deporting 50 percent fewer immigrants than 10 years ago, 20 percent lower than national average » The Republican Bay State judges deport illegal immigrants at a rate 20 percent lower than the national average and more than 50 percent lower than the Massachusetts rate of a decade ago. The state immigration court…

State Government

Massachusetts Secretary of the Commonwealth Bill Galvin predicts 8-10 percent statewide voter turnout for Thursday primary » The Republican Secretary of the Commonwealth William Galvin estimated low voter turnout, of between 8 percent and 10 percent statewide, in Thursday's primary election.…

Mouse caught in Governor Baker's office » Boston Globe Governor Charlie Baker had an unexpected visitor on Tuesday, but he was briskly escorted outside the building in a recycling bin.…

During Emergency Preparedness Month, MEMA urges you to stay informed » Cape Cod Online In an effort to enhance awareness of the importance of emergency preparedness for individuals and families, Governor Charlie Baker has proclaimed September to be 'Emergency Preparedness Month' in the …

Broken records: reefer madness » Dig Boston For the first time in more than a year, the Massachusetts attorney general's office has been prompted to take action against government officials who have violated the state's public records law. …

Taxation

State officials: August tax collections fall $42M under benchmark » Berkshire Eagle Weak tax collections in August left the Baker administration in a familiar position - managing a state budget in which revenues are not keeping pace with expectations.…

Transportation

MBTA could privatize maintenance and bus driver jobs » Boston Globe The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority is considering the privatization of driver and maintenance worker jobs, a prospect that could lead to the layoff of hundreds of employees, as it tries to…

Questions over proposed fees for Mass. Pike drivers lacking E-ZPass transponders raised at state's first hearing on Mass. Pike tolls » The Republican In the first of seven public hearings on the newly-proposed Mass. Pike toll rates set to take effect Oct. 20, the issue of increased costs to some commuters was raised.…

Quincy's ferry service on pace for 60 fares per day » Patriot Ledger On average, the ferry at Quincy's Squantum Point Park tallied more than 60 fares per day during the first five weeks of a test run of the service.…

Rep. Cabral pushing for South Coast Rail info ahead of public meetings » South Coast Today With a series of regional public meetings about South Coast Rail set to start Wednesday evening in the city, state Rep. Antonio F.D. Cabral reminded state officials Tuesday that many questions remain …

Utilities

Offshore wind developers to use largely empty New Bedford port » Boston Globe Three offshore wind developers signed an agreement on Tuesday to use the state's $113 million New Bedford Marine Commerce Terminal, providing a key victory for the Baker administration after a state a…

Offshore wind developers agree to use New Bedford Marine Terminal » The Republican Gov. Charlie Baker today announced good news for a $113 million state-funded marine terminal run by the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center.…

Offshore Wind Developers Agree To Use New Bedford Terminal For Staging Area » WBUR The effort to create wind power off the coast of Massachusetts is taking a step forward.…

Offshore wind firms eye New Bedford » Commonwealth Magazine STATE OFFICIALS ON TUESDAY signed a non-binding letter of intent with three companies who all agreed to use the New Bedford Marine Commerce Terminal as a staging area if they succeed in building wind …

Another shutdown for Pilgrim » Cape Cod Times Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station was shut down Tuesday morning for the second time in almost three weeks after water levels in the reactor pressure vessel fluctuated unexpectedly, according to the Nuclea…

Last of the old Salem coal plant comes down » The Salem News Amid a cloud of dust and piles of rubble in one place, clapboard going up hundreds of yards away and the signing of a bill in Boston, the Footprint Power Plant site is dramatically transforming.…

Wind companies intend to use New Bedford » South Coast Today All three offshore wind developers competing to build turbines south of Martha's Vineyard signed a letter of intent Tuesday to stage operations in New Bedford, as city and state officials celebrated a…

Another shutdown for Pilgrim » Cape Cod Times PLYMOUTH — Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station was shut down Tuesday morning for the second time in almost three weeks after water levels in the reactor pressure vessel fluctuated unexpectedly, accor…

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