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11:00am Senate Session, Informal Session

11:00am House Session, Informal Session

4:00pm Workforce Skills Capital Grants Announcement, Grand Staircase

6:00pm Cleantech Party for Hillary with AG Maura Healey and Sen. Ben Downing

7:00pm Evening with Chefs for Hillary and Governor Deval Patrick

7:30pm Progressive Mass. Celebration of Endorsed Candidates

Must-Reads

Jewish professors sue Wheelock College, claim discrimination » New Boston Post BOSTON — A pair of Jewish Wheelock College professors have taken the school and its recently retired president to federal court, alleging in an explosive lawsuit filed Thursday that they were s…

Question 3 opponents lack financial backing in fight over farm animal confinement » Politico BOSTON — A ballot question that would ban farm animal confinement has flown so far under the radar this year that opponents have not yet established a financial organization to oppose it. …

Among Democrats, deep concern about Clinton's Hispanic strategy » Washington Post Lagging support among Hispanic voters for Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and congressional candidates in crucial races has stoked deep concern that the party and the presidential ca…

As Maine's 2nd District Goes, So Goes the Nation? » Roll Call LEWISTON, Maine — Every presidential year after Labor Day, Maine's 2nd District pops up on the national political radar as territory Republicans will put in play. …

Massachusetts bucking efforts to weaken anti-opioid measures » Cape Cod Times BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts appears to be bucking efforts by makers of prescription painkillers to kill or weaken measures aimed at stemming the tide of prescription opioids. …

Dairy farmers squeezed by milk prices, drought » Gloucester Times It's been a tough few years for Rowley dairy farmers Sam and Kathy Herrick, as milk prices have plummeted to their lowest levels in decades and historic drought has driven up the cost of feed and wate…

Hillary Clinton: Here's what millenials have taught me » policy.mic We hear a lot of things about the millennial generation. But too often, the people who are busy trying to define you are the ones who have spent the least time listening to you. …

With no state standards, local police make their own rules for handling evidence » Patriot Ledger The picture painted by the audit of the Braintree evidence room is grim: money envelopes torn open, their contents gone; property left on the floor despite empty shelves; and haphazard records that ga…

"I would say that the most important thing we can do with respect to this is to try and educate -- and use the channels, both informal and formal, that are available -- to make sure that people who are dealing with folks who are dealing with addiction are as versed and up to date as they can be about the dangers of fentanyl and why this really lethal mix of fentanyl and heroin is ever-more prevalent out there."

Governor Charlie Baker

Speaking on the opioid epidemic and the dangers of fentanyl

News By Category
Business

Education co. eyes state site for expansion » Boston Herald Less than two years after opening a sparkling new North American headquarters in Cambridge, study-abroad company EF Education First is in negotiations with the state to buy land for further expansion,…

Boston's War on Happy Hour Needs to End » Boston Magazine The craziest thing happened on my last trip to New York City. It was a Tuesday evening, and I'd met some colleagues after work for drinks at a bar. …

Startup that grows crops in shipping containers unveils sleek, new design » Boston Globe At first glance, the tall metal box on the Greenway looks somewhat innocuous. But open the doors and there's a salad disco happening inside.…

Abiomed doesn't miss a beat when it comes to growth » The Salem News It's been more than a year since Gov. Charlie Baker came to the U.S. headquarters of medical device maker Abiomed and smashed a wall with a golden sledgehammer, symbolizing the company's expansion int…

Looking to jump-start delayed project, Chiofaro scales back » Boston Globe Hoping to jump-start a long-delayed project, developer Don Chiofaro is ready to dial back his ambition and build a tower nearly one-third smaller than the one he first proposed for a site next to the …

Beer, politics, and a whole lot of tech talk at HUBweek » Boston Globe There will be a party in the South End with music, art installations, and an unusual tasting competition featuring six beers brewed with water from the Charles River that's been purified (they promise…

Education

Officials push for inclusion of intellectually disabled in higher ed » Boston Herald State officials and special education advocates are pushing legislation aimed at breaking down barriers they say are keeping thousands of intellectually disabled Bay State students from enrolling in c…

Beyond Textbooks: Mass. Schools Find New Ways To Teach Racial History » WBUR Textbooks are often thought of as a critical tool for teachers in the classroom. But when it comes to teaching the history of race in the United States, WBUR has found that more and more teachers in M…

UMass Lowell scraps doctor of pharmacy program due to budget restraints » Lowell Sun The plan for the first public doctor of pharmacy program in Massachusetts is dead.…

Congresswoman Katherine Clark says she's opposed to Question 2 on expanding charter schools » The Republican

Environment

Storm Irene's impact still felt in N.H. » Boston Globe Five years and nearly $10 million in repairs later, the harrowing legacy of Tropical Storm Irene still tarnishes the heavily forested trails and streams of the White Mountain National Forest.…

Baker updating air pollution controls » Gloucester Times Gov. Charlie Baker plans to update air pollution controls as part of a dual effort to ease the burden of regulation on businesses while complying with new federal standards aimed at reducing smog.…

Health Care

Audit says home health care companies overbilled Mass. Medicaid by $23m » Boston Globe The state's Medicaid program was routinely billed for home health care services that were never provided or were not medically necessary. …

Housing

ICYMI: Somerville Receives State Grant for Public Housing Redevelopment » Canton Patch Somerville received $300,000 in state funding Wednesday to advance the development of mixed-income housing complexes in the city. The state granted a total of $600,000 in funding, with the other half…

Labor

Towards universal retirement » Boston Globe FOR A GREAT many Americans, planning for a life after their working years comes down to two words: wishful thinking.…

New Massachusetts Amendments Related to Gender Identity Discrimination Go Into Effect October 1: What Massachusetts Employers Should Know » JD Supra he Massachusetts Legislature recently amended the General Laws of Massachusetts, Chapter 272 (M.G.L. ch. 272), to prohibit discrimination in places of public accommodation based on an individual's gen…

Legislative

Expansion of "cork and carry" law revived in Senate » State House News Service

Local Government

Milford free cash spending planned for Town Meeting » Milford Daily News The town is planning on spending most of its extra cash at upcoming town meetings, including an estimated $5 million in free cash.…

Opinion

Carr: Aww. the poor thug » Boston Herald Whatever happened to the old underworld adage, “Don't do the crime if you can't do the time”?…

Government should stop propping up marginal schools » Boston Globe FOR ITT TECHNICAL Institute, the day of reckoning was long overdue. But the collapse of the for-profit college chain this month came suddenly, and it was ugly — a blow to lots of people who wer…

Editorial: Stepping up to climate change emergency » Gazette Net When he signed Executive Order 569 on Friday, Gov. Charlie Baker put government resolve to work on climate change, harnessing science to solve an enormous problem.…

Chabot: Dems loath to blast glad-handing gov » Boston Herald Beacon Hill Democrats need to pounce on the recent patronage scandal roiling Gov. Charlie Baker's administration and stop giving the popular Republican political cover if they hope to regain the Corne…

Your View: Outside support for charters requires pushback » South Coast Today Clearly, the charter school higher-ups are rattled, among them, Marc Kenen ("Your View: The facts belie criticism of charter schools," Sept. 11.) Their propaganda drive for a lift on the charter schoo…

Editorial: President Obama waves his wand » Boston Herald President Obama's executive overreach isn't confined to immigration or health care.…

Why are any of us still waiting, inequitably, in a line for the restroom? » Boston Globe RE “TAKE the binary out of bathrooms” (Opinion, Sept. 6): I strongly agree with Susan Etta Keller's argument for well-designed unisex bathrooms with separate individual toilet areas and a …

Decoding the federal budget » Boston Globe There is nothing more important for our economic future — or less understood — than the federal budget. …

Other

The Trump Surge. Or is it a Clinton Fallback? » Sabato's Crystal Ball Well, not everything, but enough to generate the first major revision in our electoral map, and all of it is in Donald Trump's direction for now. Let us make our view perfectly clear: We still believe…

Concern mounts among seniors, disabled about T deal with Uber, Lyft » Boston Herald Officials and advocates for the disabled are voicing concerns that a yearlong MBTA partnership with ride-sharing services Uber and Lyft to transport customers of The Ride may lead to the popular progr…

Baker-Polito administration releases energy storage report » WWLP 22 The Baker-Polito Administration released Friday a comprehensive report, State of Charge, detailing the value of deploying energy storage in Massachusetts and a road map of policy recommendations for g…

Baker team poised to step into weeds of climate change, emissions cuts » Berkshire Eagle Gov. Charlie Baker on Friday directed his administration to confront climate change on two fronts: reducing greenhouse gas emissions contributing to the planetary warming trend and preparing the Bay S…

Elizabeth Warren and Tracee Ellis Ross on the Road to Activism » New York Times Tracee Ellis Ross may be working 14 hours a day in Los Angeles on her hit TV show, “black-ish.” “But when Elizabeth Warren says she'll have dinner with you,” Ms. Ross said, wal…

With opioids, progress leads to dilemmas » Sentinel & Enterprise At least 6,258 Massachusetts residents fatally overdosed in the decade before former Gov. Deval Patrick declared opioid addiction a public-health emergency, on March 27, 2014. …

Cambridge aims to take pets out of pet stores » Boston Globe Forget the doggie with the waggly tail — that parrot, guinea pig, or iguana in the window will never be for sale in Cambridge if the City Council approves a plan to ban sales of most animals th…

Analysis: By 2025, 99.6% of Paul Ryan's tax cuts would go to the richest 1% of Americans » Washington Post The House Republicans' proposal for tax relief could force the government to borrow trillions of dollars to continue operating and might even weaken the economy, according to a new analysis from the n…

Politico Editor: 2016 Election Highlights Blue-Collar Concerns » AIM Blog Donald Trump has more social-media followers than the number of votes normally needed to be elected president of the United States. …

Editorial: Amherst panel must heal rift, serve students » Gazette Net Members of a vital public body in Amherst must find a way to put their house in order. The well-being of a school district demands it. Their selection by voters requires it. Salvaging a sense of self-…

In building boom, immigrant workers face exploitation » Boston Globe Luis Mayancela was 15 years old when he fell from the roof of a house in Portland, Maine, where he was helping fasten shingles. …

Judge orders city to allow 2-day marijuana rally » Boston Globe A Superior Court judge granted an emergency order Friday that forced the city of Boston to grant a permit for this weekend's rally promoting the legalization of marijuana, and blocked the city from im…

Akamai to expand in Cambridge » Boston Globe Akamai Technologies Inc. will move into a new 19-story building in Kendall Square and is seeking a state tax break in return for keeping its workers in Cambridge and adding hundreds of jobs.…

Elizabeth Warren and Tracee Ellis Ross on the Road to Activism » New York Times Tracee Ellis Ross may be working 14 hours a day in Los Angeles on her hit TV show, “black-ish.” “But when Elizabeth Warren says she'll have dinner with you,” Ms. Ross said, wal…

The New Hillarycare » The New Republic During her historic run for the presidency, Hillary Clinton has made much of her record of fighting for women and children. …

New federal rules target woeful public reporting of clinical trial results » STAT News WASHINGTON — Researchers will have to publicly report the results of many more clinical trials, including some for drugs and devices that never reach the market, under new government rules anno…

Panicked liberals are petrified » Boston Globe Oh my god! Oh my god! Oh my god! Oh, look; it's my Panicked Liberal Friend again. How are you doing, friend?…

Wells Fargo executives must answer for scandal » Boston Globe SO MUCH for the idealized notion that lessons learned from the financial meltdown brought accountability to the banking industry. …

Kelleher wins Tewksbury, loses state in low-turnout primary » Tewksbury Town Crier Wil­ming­ton resident Barry Kelleher beat incumbent Peter Kou­toujian in the Middlesex she­r­iff's race in his hometown, but lost the Demo­cratic nom­ina­tion in Massachu­se…

Lynn will take LEAD with investors » Lynn Daily News Item For the first time in anyone's memory, more than 100 developers, lenders and investors will tour the city next week to learn about its investment and development opportunities.…

Sustaining startups in a no-frills building (manual elevator included) » Boston Globe Walk down Kingston Street from the fringe of Downtown Crossing toward the newly rehabbed Chinatown Park, and you'll see Sparkling New Boston on your left and Gritty Old Boston on your right.…

For companies with a food focus, Boston is fertile » Boston Globe If you're a farmer growing fresh food, the conditions need to be just right to get from seed to harvest. …

Herpetologist speaks for the state's snakes » Boston Globe What is a herpetologist? And why does the Commonwealth need an official state herpetologist? …

Back in the day, immigration demagogues denounced not Mexicans, but Chinese » Boston Globe THE LARGEST MASS lynching in the United States took place in Los Angeles on Oct. 24, 1871. …

Needing support from communities, builders pay for it » Boston Globe The proposition reads like a payoff.…

Rejecting opioids, pain patients find relief with marijuana » Boston Globe Julia Sullivan makes her own medicine, toasting marijuana buds in her oven, simmering them in oil, dripping the oil into capsules.…

T official disputes shutdown cost estimate » Commonwealth Magazine The September 15 opinion piece by James Aloisi, the former Massachusetts secretary of transportation, exploring the end-of-day shutdown process of the MBTA, contains several factual errors and misrepr…

Quietly, Baker hosts GOP governors in Boston » Boston Globe Governor Charlie Baker hosted a meeting of Republican governors in Boston this week. …

Long empty Worcester State Hospital site to be redeveloped into biomanufacturing space » The Republican It's sat empty since it closed in 1991, but Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito announced today that the former Worcester State Hospital will be redeveloped into "prime biomanufacturing space."…

Springfield Museums named Smithsonian affiliate; new opportunities for exhibits, education » The Republican The Smithsonian Institution has named the Springfield Museums an affiliate, opening up new opportunities for cultural and historical exhibits and a wealth of educational programs.…

Massachusetts State Police Monitoring Crime Incidents in NYC, NJ, PA » NECN Massachusetts State Police said they are monitoring three national incidents that took place over the weekend with the help of the state's intelligence center.…

Uber, Lyft To Help MBTA Transport Disabled Passengers » WGBH The Boston-area transit system is turning to ride-hailing services Uber and Lyft to help provide service to disabled customers.…

Warren: Trump has 'dark and ugly soul' » CNN Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren tore into Republican presidential nominee Decomposing Ear of Corn on the campaign trail Saturday for lying about President Barack Obama's citizenship and hinting at…

Jill Stein stumps against 'lesser evils' » Boston Herald Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein dismissed the notion that voting for her could help elect the GOP's Donald Trump — telling her backers at Wheaton College yesterday to avoid the te…

Wynn Resorts Limited declares opposition to Question One » World Casino News

No. 200: Massachusetts Gaming Commission conducts 200th open public meeting on Thursday » The Republican

Politics

Rivera running for a 2nd term » Eagle Tribune Mayor Daniel Rivera announced he intends to run for a second term as mayor of Lawrence at the Mount Vernon Neighborhood Association meeting Saturday morning.…

Lawrence politics upstart knocks out old guard » Eagle Tribune From his home in the Dominican Republic, former mayor William Lantigua recorded automated robo calls urging voters to elect Juan Pascual in the 16th Essex House district in the Sept. 8 Democratic prim…

Sen. Ross facing opposition on November ballot » Wicked Local Franklin In this year's race for Massachusetts state senator for the Norfolk, Bristol and Middlesex District, incumbent Richard J. Ross, R-Wrentham, faces opposition from newcomer Kristopher K. Aleksov, D-Wayl…

Cameron named campaign manager for Brianna Sullivan » Newburyport News Ed Cameron, veteran city councilor and narrow loser for state representative two years ago, has been named campaign manager for Brianna Sullivan in her quest for that post.…

Podcast: Eagle editorial board discusses Clinton endorsement » Berkshire Eagle In Sunday's edition, The Berkshire Eagle became the fourth newspaper in the country to endorse Hillary Clinton for president.…

Gov. Baker on verge of socking away $4M in campaign account » The Associated Press (AP) Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker's name won't appear on the ballot again until 2018, but he's quickly building a daunting fundraising edge over any would-be challengers.…

Kelly Ayotte's foe isn't just Maggie Hassan. It's also history » Boston Globe Which party will control the Senate — and with it the power to confirm as many as three Supreme Court nominees, and decide when the country can go to war — may come down to Senator Kelly…

Public Health

Massachusetts bucking efforts to weaken anti-opioid measures » Boston Herald Massachusetts appears to be bucking efforts by makers of prescription painkillers to kill or weaken measures aimed at stemming the tide of prescription opioids.…

Baker: Opioid measures will 'take a while to sink in' » Lowell Sun The Sun recently interviewed Gov. Charlie Baker on the topic of the opioid epidemic in Massachusetts and the entire New England region.…

Big strides, but opioid toll grows » Lowell Sun At least 6,258 Massachusetts residents fatally overdosed in the decade before former Gov. Deval Patrick declared opioid addiction a public health emergency, on March 27, 2014.…

Public Safety

Battenfeld: Charlie Baker parked his driver in top green police job » Boston Herald Gov. Charlie Baker gave his campaign driver a prestigious state post and a promotion to colonel running the environmental police, joining nearly a dozen Baker loyalists at the patronage-laden office i…

Study: Violent Crime And Murders Slightly On The Rise This Year In Largest Cities » WBUR Violent crime is likely to rise slightly this year in the nation's 30 largest cities, and murders will increase too, mostly because of problems in one place--Chicago — according to a new, preli…

Security tightened across state following weekend incidents » Boston Globe State, federal, and local officials in Massachusetts on Sunday tightened security and increased information-sharing after a rash of violent incidents elsewhere, including a bomb blast in New York, but…

State Government

Firm with spotty past regains state's car inspection contract » Boston Globe The company that developed Massachusetts' first auto emissions inspection program — technology that proved to be inaccurate for the first five years of its use — has won back the contrac…

Taxation

The Gas Tax Is So 20th Century. Here Are Two New Ones That Should Replace It » WBUR When you ask voters whether or not a tax should be increased, the results are predictable. Such was the case in 2014 when Massachusetts voted to repeal a law that indexed the tax on gasoline to inflat…

Mass. pot tax would be way lower than other states » Boston Herald Massachusetts could not be accused of being “Taxachusetts,” at least when it comes to taxing marijuana, if Question 4 on the November ballot passes.…

Transportation

Aloisi responds to Gonneville » Commonwealth Magazine MBTA CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER JEFF GONNEVILLE rightly takes pride in the work he and his fellow MBTA employees perform every day, keeping our aging public transportation moving as best they can. I have…

Driverless in Boston? It's time to experiment » Boston Globe WHAT HAPPENS WHEN 386-year-old cowpaths meet 21st century driverless cars? …

State launches grant program to repair small municipal bridges » The Republican

Utilities

As utilities ramp up gas, Enbridge play for Spectra highlights increasing value of pipelines » Utility Dive When Enbridge announced earlier this month it would acquire Spectra Energy and create the largest energy infrastructure company in North America, the deal reverberated for its sheer size. But the logi…

State on verge of clean energy transformation » Commonwealth Magazine SOMETIMES INCREMENTAL CHANGES result in a patchwork of policies whose larger significance may be missed – and along with it major opportunities. That is the case with Massachusetts energy polic…

Massachusetts state report recommends 600 MW energy storage target » Utility Dive In August, the Massachusetts legislature passed a bill that could make the state one of only three in the nation to have an energy storage mandate.…

Massachusetts to Offer $10-$20M in Energy Storage Grants this Fall » Microgrid Knowledge Massachusetts plans to offer $10-$20 million in energy storage grants this fall, as it positions for a paradigm shift in the economics of electricity.…

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Friday's Late-Breaking News

Hong Kong Day celebrated at Massachusetts Statehouse » Sampan

VIDEO: New MassBay Campus To Be Built on Framingham State Property » Framingham Source

Senate candidates tangle in Middlesex-Worcester seat debate » The Metro West Daily News

Rivera clashes with council over city attorney » Eagle Tribune

Retired State Police lieutenant arraigned in overtime scam » Boston Globe

Court eyes challenge to dismissing murder verdicts » Boston Herald

Peter Lucas: Lelling does his job so Healey doesn't have to do her job » Lowell Sun

Political Notes: Conservative group urges no vote for Baker » Cape Cod Times

EDITORIAL: To regret, or not to regret » Newburyport News

Baker, Gonzalez detail positions in Gatehouse editorial meetings » telegram.com

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The Week Ahead

Monday - 9/19

11:00am Senate Session, Informal Session

11:00am House Session, Informal Session

4:00pm Workforce Skills Capital Grants Announcement, Grand Staircase

6:00pm Cleantech Party for Hillary with AG Maura Healey and Sen. Ben Downing

7:00pm Evening with Chefs for Hillary and Governor Deval Patrick

7:30pm Progressive Mass. Celebration of Endorsed Candidates

Tuesday - 9/20

9:00am Surgical Advocacy Summit, Great Hall

4:00pm Plymouth 400 Commission Swearing-In, Grand Staircase

5:30pm Fundraiser for Rep. Kate Campanale with Lt. Governor Karyn Polito and Worcester County Sheriff Lew Evangelidis

6:00pm Fundraiser for State Rep. Candidate Brianna Sullivan

6:30pm Campaign Kick-Off for Suffolk County Register of Deeds Candidate John Keith

Wednesday - 9/21

11:00am Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Day, Great Hall

12:00pm Annual Mass. Law Enforcement Memorial Ceremony, Ashburton Park

1:30pm Joint Committee on Public Service, Public Hearing

5:00pm Reception for Rep. Matt Muratore

6:00pm Boston City Councilor Matt O'Malley's 37th Birthday Party

Thursday - 9/22

9:00am 33rd Annual Trooper George L. Hanna Memorial Awards for Bravery Ceremony, Great Hall & House Chamber

11:00am Senate Session, Informal Session

12:30pm House Session, Informal Session

5:30pm Plymouth County Register of Deeds John Buckley's Annual "Galway West" Oyster Festival

6:00pm Fundraiser for Barnstable County Sheriff James Cummings

6:30pm Meet and Greet with State Sen. Candidate Kris Aleksov

Friday - 9/23

6:00pm "Jimmy Tingle for President" for Sen. Marc Pacheco


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