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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

Must-Reads

Can the debates save Clinton? » Boston Globe WHO WOULD have thought it would be Hillary Clinton looking to the debates to revive a sputtering campaign? …

Why is Baker cutting OT for personal care attendants? » Boston Globe SNIP. THAT'S Governor Charlie Baker trimming back the cost of overtime for personal care attendants who assist the elderly and people with disabilities. …

Surgery center dispute clouds broader overhaul of DPH review program » State House News Service BOSTON, SEPT. 22, 2016....While proposed changes to the process by which state officials examine hospital expansions were applauded at a hearing Wednesday, several speakers cautioned that restrictions…

Battenfeld: Allegations dog Charlie Baker's EEA » Boston Herald Gov. Charlie Baker's administration is facing a new investigation into explosive claims that GOP operatives at a patronage-laden state agency harassed and retaliated against a staffer after her fiance…

PBS' Rick Steves will lend 'European Perspective' to the Legal Marijuana Ballot Question in Massachusetts » Boston Magazine Travel show host and author Rick Steves, who in addition to leading PBS viewers on televised tours of Europe has been an advocate for legalizing marijuana, is lending his support to the Yes on 4 campa…

Controversy arises ahead of Worcester report on homelessness » Worcester Telegram WORCESTER — City Manager Edward M. Augustus Jr. plans to provide a comprehensive report on ways for the city to address issues of homelessness and homeless encampments, taking into account best…

What does state law say about driverless cars? Not much » Boston Globe Within a single week, the City of Boston announced it would soon allowtesting of self-driving cars on its hectic streets, the federal government unveiled its guidelines to allow them on the nation's r…

State High Court Sends A Clear Message: Black Lives Do Matter » WBUR In a victory for justice, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court this week unanimously ruled that black people who walk away from police officers may be justified in trying to avoid the “recur…

“They told her if I were to hand in my signatures they would make her life miserable. And they did,”

J.D. Parker-O'Grady

Allegations of threats from a Baker loyalist and Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs staffer

News By Category
Business

Boston Fed chief outvoted on rate hikes » Boston Globe The country's central bank kept a key interest rate unchanged Wednesday, putting the president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, Eric Rosengren, in an unusual spot: on the outside.…

Developers planning 'live-work-play' concept at Southie's Boston Edison plant » Boston Business Journal The former Boston Edison power plant was acquired in April for $24.25 million.…

Bay State lobstermen press pols to ease access to restricted areas » Gloucester Times Bay State lobstermen want federal fishing regulators to work with them to ease restrictions on lobstering in Massachusetts Bay and two areas east of the South Shore, proposing new safety measures that…

Akamai gets $700K tax subsidy for Kendall expansion » Boston Globe State officials Wednesday approved $700,000 in tax breaks for Akamai Technologies Inc. to subsidize the tech firm's planned expansion in Kendall Square.…

Akamai stays in Cambridge » Boston Herald Cambridge tech stalwart Akamai will move across the street to a new headquarters with the help of a newly granted $700,000 in state tax breaks amid criticism that the company, founded out of the Massa…

Chan Zuckerberg Initiative Announces $3 Billion Investment To Cure All Disease » WBUR The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative just announced one of its biggest investments to date: It is ponying up more than $3 billion to kickstart "Chan Zuckerberg Science," an initiative that plans to bring to…

Associated Industries of Massachusetts recognizes Unistress, Chamberlain Group, Jiminy Peak » Berkshire Eagle One company has been a Berkshire economic mainstay for almost half a century, while another is known for its cutting-edge products. A third firm's commitment to the environment is almost as well know…

Mass. lobstermen press pols to ease access to restricted areas » State House News Service Bay State lobstermen want federal fishing regulators to work with them to ease restrictions on lobstering in Massachusetts Bay and two areas east of the South Shore, proposing new safety measures that…

Dracut man cultivates cannabis career » Lowell Sun Two years ago, Phil Hardy lost his job at Raytheon and re-purposed most of his Derry, N.H., home into a marijuana-cultivation facility.…

Education

Diane Patrick speaks of diversifying education » Concordiensis Monday, September 16, attorney and advocate for education and healthcare Diane Patrick gave this academic year's first presidential forum on diversity presentation “Don't Stand Alone: My Stake i…

Indoor track coaches cheer UMass-Boston involvement in Reggie Lewis Center » Wicked Local Legislation that would transfer control of the facility from Roxbury Community College to UMass-Boston was met with cheers Wednesday by the leadership of the state high school track coaches associatio…

DOJ: Wheaton College fell short in handling of sex assaults » Berkshire Eagle A U.S. Department of Justice probe found five areas where Wheaton College fell short of its legal obligations in handling reported sexual assaults. The Boston Globe reports the small liberal arts col…

Surging UMass enrollment climbs past 74,000 » State House News Service Enrollment at the five University of Massachusetts campuses shot up 27 percent over the past decade and surpassed the 74,000 mark for the first time this year, university officials reported on Wednesd…

Boston School Committee takes up charter school question » Boston Globe The Boston School Committee, concerned about the financial impact of more charter schools, is poised to join more than 120 other school committees across the state to oppose a ballot question that wou…

Tommy Chang can't make top grade in first-year report card » Boston Herald The Boston School Committee has found Superintendent Tommy Chang did just about average over the past school year when it comes to instructional leadership, management and community engagement, accord…

Brockton appeals to education commissioner for increased funding » The Enterprise While he was showered with boos for his statements in support of a controversial new charter school, Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education Mitchell Chester also showered Brock…

Sudbury Public School Committee opposes charter cap lift » Wicked Local Sudbury The Public School Committee voted Wednesday to formally oppose a November ballot question that would lift the cap on the number of charter schools allowed in Massachusetts.…

State government explores partnership with online education company » Mass Live

Mary Walachy of Springfield appointed to state early education board » Mass Live

Environment

Drought and about: Snakes on move in dry Raynham » The Enterprise The discovery of a 2-foot-long snake in a Raynham backyard yesterday might not be so unusual if drought conditions continue.…

State provides emergency spill response trailer to Springfield for Connecticut River protection » Mass Live

Federal

Official calls proposed Monomoy bill 'disappointing' » Cape Cod Times The bill U.S. Rep William Keating, D-Mass., filed Tuesday in an attempt to make it clear the federal government has no authority over the submerged land and waters off the Monomoy National Wildlife Re…

Monomoy Boundary Bill Filed » The Cape Cod Chronicle A bill clarifying the town and state's right to manage the resources in the submerged lands west of the Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge was expected to be filed Tuesday by Congressman William Keating…

Health Care

State clears way for Hallmark Health acquisition » Boston Business Journal

Housing

How Homeownership Affects Greater Boston's 'Immense' Racial Wealth Gap » WBUR Among the big themes of this year's presidential campaign is the growing gap between America's rich and its poor, which increasingly defines a number of American cities, including the Boston area.…

Judiciary

Superior Court nominee looks forward to "mastering new areas of the law" » State House News Service Before he fielded a single question from the Governor's Council on Wednesday, Michael Callan knew he would have at least one vote for his confirmation to a position on the Superior Court bench.…

New Report Identifies Federal Resources to More Effectively Address Critical Needs of the Massachusetts Juvenile Justice System » Digital Journal

State, local officials break ground on new Lowell court » Lowell Sun

Labor

Some Chinese restaurants pay immigrant workers less than minimum wage » Gazette Net Wilfredo Zuniga came to the United States last year in search of something he couldn't find in his native Honduras: a job that would allow him to send money back to his wife and three children without…

Legislative

Rep. Dooley honored by Animal Control Officer Association » Wicked Local Plainville

Local Government

'Great attorney,' 'fantastic,' 'fair': departing acting solicitor Kara Cunha saluted in Holyoke » Mass Live Often called on to be an island of calm in a sea of confusion, acting City Solicitor Kara Cunha received a proclamation and praise Wednesday from the City Council as she leaves for a job with the sta…

Mayor and council making noise in the library » Lynn Daily News Item The fight between the City Council and the mayor over new staff positions shows no sign of letting up and could be a preview to the 2017 mayor's race.…

'Writers Without Margins' Put Struggles With Poverty In Boston To Paper » WBUR Giving the homeless and other struggling people in Boston opportunities to write and tell their stories is the goal of a local organization called "Writers Without Margins." It holds writing workshop…

Public Squares, Private Money: Considering Harvard Square's Glittering, Empty Future » WBUR Is the entire idea of Harvard Square as we know it about to end? Or is the long, slow fade of street-level intellectual foment that once set it apart merely being accelerated?…

At Last, We Know What Marty Walsh Keeps in the Pockets of His Cargo Shorts » Boston Magazine Mayor Marty Walsh held a “Back to School” Twitter chat Wednesday afternoon, fielding questions on a variety of topics, from Boston Public Schools and the November ballot question that woul…

Local communities receive state funds for recycling efforts » The Landmark The Baker-Polito Administration recently announced nearly $1.6 million in Sustainable Materials Recovery Program (SMRP) grants for 217 municipalities and regional solid waste districts to help maximiz…

Medway Business Council announces candidates event » Wicked Local Medway The Medway Business Council will present an opportunity to meet the candidates and hear their positions on issues of interest to area businesses and the community. The event will take place 7:30 to 9 …

Walsh set to announce rebranding of Boston Redevelopment Authority » Boston Herald Mayor Martin J. Walsh is planning to unveil a ?“new identity” for the oft-maligned Boston Redevelopment Authority early next week, including a two-hour event on City Hall Plaza to detail t…

Sterling to receive META grant » The Landmark Sen. Jennifer Flanagan (D-Leominster) announced recently that the towns of Bolton, Lancaster, and Sterling will be recipients of a Municipal Energy Technical Assistance Grant (META) by the Green Commu…

Rockport leaders may tweak town's alcohol rules » Gloucester Times Selectmen have scheduled an Oct. 18 public hearing on the town's current alcohol regulations to determine which rules need to be revised, upgraded or eliminated.…

Framingham Gets Funding Approved For Multi-Use Path » Framingham Patch Funding for the building of a two-way multi-use path near the intersection of Fountain Street and Dudley Road has been approved, a release from the Massachusetts Department of Transportation said.…

Medford Receives Grant to Improve Pedestrian Safety » Medford Patch Medford was one of 11 Massachusetts communities Wednesday to receive funding as part of the state's Complete Streets initiative.…

Weymouth officials seeking answers on Connell pool's future » Wicked Local Weymouth Youngsters enrolled with the Weymouth Dolphins competitive and recreation swim program won't be splashing in the Connell Memorial Pool during the months ahead if the Department of Conservation closes …

Greenfield firefighters honored for off-duty heroics » The Recorder Two Greenfield firefighters were recognized during Wednesday night's Town Council meeting for their heroic actions while off-duty last year when they stopped to help the victim of a motorcycle crash o…

Sources: Tentative agreement in place with Pawtucket school lunch workers »

Opinion

A few words on the election » Boston Globe campaign, noun. 1. An attempt to inform voters of your experience, qualifications, and planned policies, should you be elected to higher office. 2. A blast. …

Congressman misses what's at issue in probes into ExxonMobil » Boston Globe IN HIS Sept. 15 letter “Congressman's probe intended to protect scientists from government intimidation,” Lamar Smith, chairman of the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, ba…

Editorial: Convenient uncertainty » Boston Herald By definition elected officials tend to be an opinionated bunch. So the fact that some leading Democrats in Massachusetts have a sudden case of the “I'm not sures” when it comes to controv…

EDITORIAL: We can't get the lead out overnight » Wicked Local Medford As of mid-May, 51 schools responding to the voluntary “Lead and Copper in Schools Maintenance Checklist” from the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection reported results abov…

Other

Progressives Want Say on Filling Administration Posts If Hillary Clinton Wins » The Wall Street Journal Progressive groups and labor unions are assembling a list of vetted candidates for top posts in a potential Clinton administration, vowing at the same time to block any they consider too close to indu…

Clinton makes an unusual push: To win over disabled people and their families » The Washington Post ORLANDO — Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton is pushing intensively to win over a group of voters who don't typically get much attention during elections but who have become an inc…

Poll: Few Millennials Plan to Watch First Presidential Debate » Roll Call Millennials may already match baby boomers in terms of their share of the American electorate, but a new poll reveals that only 32 percent of voters under 30 are “definitely” planning on w…

Trump seeks to repair image among black voters » Boston Globe Donald Trump, fighting persistent complaints that he is racially insensitive, traveled to a predominantly black church in Ohio Wednesday in an effort to connect with African-American voters — b…

Trump's campaign paid his businesses $8.2 million » Politico Donald Trump's presidential campaign has paid his family's businesses more than $8.2 million, according to a POLITICO analysis of campaign finance filings, which reveals an integrated business and pol…

'Libertarian for life' donates to GOP candidate » Boston Globe

Politics

State Rep. Vieira Endorses Sheriff Cummings for Re-Election » Cape Cod Today Falmouth State Representative David Vieira has thrown his support behind Barnstable County Sheriff Jim Cummings in his re-election bid.…

PBS travel guru Rick Steves to stump for pot ballot question » The Associated Press (AP) Travel guru Rick Steves is set to tour Massachusetts in support of a pro-marijuana ballot question.…

Travel expert Rick Steves has new recommendation for Mass.: legalize weed » Boston Business Journal Renowned travel expert Rick Steves has recommended many a tourist destination for travelers throughout the world. Now, he's recommended that Massachusetts residents legalize marijuana.…

Clinton raises $13.5M in Massachusetts; Trump raises $1M » Worcester Telegram Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton is continuing to rake in hefty donations from Massachusetts supporters.…

Laplante says incumbent state senator 'out of touch' with district » Andover Townsman Susan Laplante, 53, a Republican from Lawrence, is running for state Senate against first-term incumbent Barbara L'Italien, 55, a Democrat from Andover. …

Suffolk sheriff joins race to chair state Democratic Party » Boston Globe

In bid for party chair, Tompkins targeting those "too often left out" » State House News Service

McDonough, ex-State House lobbyist, out of prison » Boston Globe

Public Health

Worcester Among Town Halls Planned to Discuss Opioid Epidemic Impact on Caregivers » Worcester Patch Looking to discuss the impact of substance use on families, and provide support for grandparents and other kinship caregivers raising children, Attorney General Maura Healey joined forces with the Com…

Here's what an apparent overdose looks like » Commonwealth Magazine Everyone has read countless stories about the horrors of addiction, but a video taken in one of the aisles of a Family Dollar store in Lawrence on Sunday morning makes the horror real.…

Vineyard medical marijuana dispensary awarded provisional certificate » Cape Cod Times After two years of effort, Patient Centric of Martha's Vineyard has been awarded a provisional certificate by state health officials to grow, process and sell medical marijuana on the island.…

Public Safety

Troopers allegedly sold several hundred State Police guns » Boston Globe An investigation that led to the recent suspension of three state troopers involves allegations that they sold several hundred used State Police guns to a Greenfield firearms dealer on behalf of the d…

A day to remember and honor fallen officers » Boston Globe Law enforcement officers, state officials, and family members gathered Wednesday to pay tribute to a Massachusetts State Trooper and an Auburn police officer killed in the line of duty this year, and …

At memorial, Attorney General Maura Healey says it's a 'scary time' to be in law enforcement » Mass Live The names of four fallen officers were added to the Massachusetts Law Enforcement Memorial on Tuesday as their colleagues also remembered State Trooper Thomas Clardy and Auburn Police Officer Ronald T…

Officers Killed In Line Of Duty Honored In Boston » CBS Boston A moving tribute to fallen Massachusetts Police officers was held in Boston Wednesday.…

Here We Go Again? The Braintree Police Evidence Room Scandal » WGBH News Last week, an independent audit of the Braintree Police Department's evidence room confirmed that large quantities of drugs, weapons, and cash had gone missing over a period of years. After being conf…

With DC Deadlocked On Gun Control, Middlesex Sheriff Floats Expanded Gun Buyback Plan » WGBH News Plenty of interest groups and advocates hold lobby days and discussion panels at the State House trying to pressure lawmakers into action on gun violence prevention, but few have the kind of hands-on …

Undercover BPD slams brakes on dragsters » Boston Herald The city's auto theft unit has gone undercover to bust up a reckless drag-racing circuit in South Boston that's been drawing motorheads from all over the state — and could now land the speedste…

Senator flags education-related line of duty death benefit as top goal » State House News Service Speaking to a crowd of law enforcement officials and the family of fallen officers in Ashburton Park on Wednesday, Sen. James Timilty vowed to revive an effort to expand death benefits for surviving f…

Baker says feds have addressed his refugee concerns » South Coast Today Gov. Charlie Baker says the federal government has alleviated some of his concerns about people resettling in Massachusetts from war-torn countries, reporting that an "overwhelming" number of refugees…

Braintree Police chief retires amid evidence room scandal » Boston Globe

State Finance

Moody's Assigns Aa2 to Mass, School Building Authority.'s $625M Senior Sales Tax Bonds; outlook stable » Moody's The Aa2 rating on the senior lien bonds incorporates the pledge of the statewide one cent sales tax allocation to the dedicated sales tax bonds, along with the Commonwealth of Massachusetts' (Aa1 stab…

State Government

Ex-Eastern exec to replace Cotney as banking commissioner » Boston Business Journal Massachusetts Commissioner of Banks David Cotney is stepping down from the position at the end of the week, with Eastern Bank's former top lawyer taking his place.…

Mass. AG Healey directed to revise response to 'copycat' weapon ban information request » New Boston Post A Holden resident, stonewalled last month by Attorney General Maura Healey's office when she rejected his public records request for documents and records that may shed light on how Healey arrived at …

Baker takes council gavel while Polito attends hometown event » State House News Service Gov. Charlie Baker got to watch firsthand Wednesday as the Governor's Council approved one of his judicial nominees and reappointed a Parole Board member.…

Asked about Northampton refugee resettlement, Gov. Charlie Baker cites vetting process » Mass Live Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker on Wednesday weighed in on plans to resettle 51 refugees in Northampton next year.…

Baker aide to head DCR parks operations » Politico A top member of Gov. Charlie Baker's advance team is headed to the Department of Conservation and Recreation as the new director of operations for Massachusetts Parks Operations, an administration off…

Baker economic chief appeals for more lucrative municipal post » State House News Service

Massachusetts legislators consider shifting time zone » The Daily Free Press

Gov. Charlie Baker calls reported 'GOP revenge plot' allegations 'unbelievably disturbing' » MassLive

Charlie Baker says he agrees with Elizabeth Warren: Wells Fargo CEO should resign » Boston.com

Baker wants retribution probe results 'as soon as possible' » State House News Service

Baker: Staffer's threat allegations are 'unbelievably disturbing' » Boston Herald

Baker now more confident in refugee resettling process » WWLP 22

Baker names Eastern Bank executive as state banking commissioner » State House News Service

Transportation

Route 128 will be shut for two days in November » Boston Globe For the first time in recent memory, a section of Route 128 will close for two weekend days in November while crews demolish the Highland Avenue Bridge in Needham, detouring highway traffic onto local…

Registry 'partnership' fell apart » The Salem News In June 2010, the Massachusetts Department of Transportation announced what it hailed as a “great” new public-private partnership with the Liberty Tree Mall.…

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