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Group forms in opposition to Question 3 » Politico With just six weeks to go before the election, opposition to a ballot question banning farm animal cruelty has crystallized into a ballot committee. …

Janitors, building contractors negotiate amid threat of strike » Boston Globe The agency representing some of the region's largest building maintenance contractors said it is confident it will reach a new contract with some 13,000 janitors before the end of the week, avoiding a…

Former Worcester County Sheriff Guy Glodis planning to open The Ballot Box Bar, a political bar in Kelley Square » The Republican Former Worcester County Sheriff Guy Glodis is going to make it fun to vote again after he opens The Ballot Box Bar on 9-17 Kelley Square. …

Enabler or family defender? How Hillary Clinton responded to husband's accusers » The Washington Post Hillary Clinton has wrestled with allegations surrounding her husband's infidelities for much of their 40-year marriage, including a sexual harassment lawsuit, a grand jury investigation and an impeac…

Commission proposes tougher lobbying rules » POLITICO The European Commission on Wednesday unveiled a new push to strengthen the EU's transparency rules by creating a mandatory lobbying disclosure system for all three of its main institutions. …

Environmental PAC scores lawmakers ahead of November elections » State House News Service Twenty-six House lawmakers and seven senators earned top marks on the Environmental League of Massachusetts Action Fund's scorecard for this legislative session, a tally the group hopes to use to spur…

“I now believe that the opportunity to serve as Cambridge’s next city manager is not the right fit for me. I have chosen to withdraw my name from further consideration,”

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Business

New Dr. Seuss Museum Gets State Funds » WAMC Massachusetts officials have announced state funding for an exhibit at a new museum highlighting the life and work of a renowned children's book author.…

Springfield grocer Big Y takes a big step into Eastern Mass. » Boston Globe West of Worcester, Big Y is an institution, an 80-year-old family-owned grocer with a name derived from the shape of a Chicopee intersection.…

New Dr. Seuss Museum in Springfield gets $200,000 state aid boost for bilingual exhibit » The Republican Local and state officials and museum advocates on Wednesday praised a $200,000 state budget appropriation that will help provide a bilingual exhibit for the new Amazing World of Dr. Seuss Museum set t…

Denmark's crown prince couple kick off 2 day Boston trip » The Associated Press (AP) Denmark's Crown Prince Frederik and his wife Mary are kicking off a two-day trade mission to Boston.…

Boston taxi owners sue Gov. Baker over new law » The Daily Free Press The Boston Taxi Owners Association filed a lawsuit against Gov. Charlie Baker and other Massachusetts officials Friday, claiming a new law passed last month regarding “transportation network com…

Question 3 on farm animal confinement draws opponents, including retailers, who say it will spur higher food prices » The Republican Gearing up under an umbrella group for a battle at the ballot box, opponents of the November initiative on farm animal confinement, known as Question 3, say it creates a de-facto "food tax."…

How Much Does Child Care Cost In Massachusetts, Compared To The Rest Of The U.S.? » WBUR Many families are feeling the pressure of the rising cost of child care in the U.S., and a new report from New America,, measures U.S. child care in each of the 50 states by cost, quality and availabi…

Applications for US unemployment aid tick higher to 254,000 » Lowell Sun More Americans sought unemployment benefits last week but the number of applications remained low, the latest sign that layoffs are scarce. The Labor Department says weekly applications for jobless a…

EU live lobster ban could cut off $125 mil Massachusetts market » State House News Service

Civil Rights

Critics pursue bid to roll back state's new transgender law » Boston Herald Opponents of a transgender rights law said Wednesday they had collected enough signatures to continue their campaign to roll back the landmark measure.…

Activists move closer to repealing the transgender rights law » WWLP 22 The state's new transgender anti-discrimination law will be fully implemented this Saturday, October 1. Efforts are currently underway to repeal the controversial policy.…

Crimes

As probe begins, boat sinking survivor defends vessel's safety » Boston Globe The 22-year-old man who survived a week at sea after a boating tragedy that led to his mother's presumed death said Wednesday that he believed his vessel was seaworthy and that a multistate criminal i…

Education

US attorney thinks Boston Latin reforms will help racial climate » Boston Globe US Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz, who two days ago released a critical report on the racial climate at Boston Latin School, said Wednesday that she is confident a series of reforms underway at the elite sc…

Grant-funded project introduces Falmouth students to new locales » Wicked Local Cape Cod Visual arts teacher Jane Baker and her colleague, Lauren Kenny of the Falmouth High School English department, traveled with more than 50 AP art and literature students last week to Cuttyhunk and Peni…

Rural schools: How do we make state aware of budget woes? » The Recorder Close to a dozen educators met at Mohawk Tuesday morning to review the case for why the state should raise Chapter 70 funding for rural schools with declining enrollments for the last two decades.…

Question 2 'misconception' » Boston Herald The Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, taking aim at “misconceptions” about a controversial ballot measure, says charter schools are not siphoning dollars away from traditional public sch…

Charter school math » Commonwealth Magazine It's unlikely to change many minds because, like who won the presidential debate, facts mean little when it comes to perception and opinion.…

Campus rape, terrorism focus of Worcester conference » Lowell Sun Massachusetts law enforcement and college officials gathered Wednesday to talk about sexual assaults and terrorist threats, two areas of focus that have commanded attention in the past decade.…

Nearly $16 million in federal funds awarded to support new Massachusetts charter schools » The Republican

Environment

Apple Orchards Bear The Burden Of State's Extreme Drought » WBUR With much of the state experiencing extreme drought conditions, some apple growers are reporting big drops in their harvests this season.…

Massachusetts tops energy efficiency rankings » The Republican

Everett terminal at center of new civil lawsuit against ExxonMobil » State House News Service

Massachusetts drought situation remains unchanged » State House News Service

Federal

Companies are disclosing more about their political contributions, study says » The Washington Post The nation's largest public companies are disclosing more information about their political contributions, according to a report released Thursday by the Center for Political Accountability. …

How did US senators, representatives from Mass. vote on the 9/11 bill? » Boston Globe Almost every senator and representative from Massachusetts voted to override the president's veto on the Sept. 11 bill today — save for two.…

Elizabeth Warren declares $41 million victory over "gutless" C.E.O. » Vanity Fair

Warren against charter expansion, Lynch in favor » Nashoba Publishing U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, the most high-profile Democrat in the state, came out in opposition to the charter-school-expanding Question 2 on Monday, the same day U.S. Rep. Stephen Lynch, a South Bost…

Health Care

How Trump was named 'Grand Benefactor' for a Dana-Farber gala without donating a penny » STAT News he annual fundraising bashes that Donald Trump hosted at his Mar-a-Lago Club for the renowned Dana-Farber Cancer Institute were showy affairs, complete with poolside champagne, flamenco dancers, and T…

Vertex wins OK for cystic fibrosis drug for younger patients » Boston Globe Federal regulators on Wednesday approved Vertex Pharmaceuticals Inc.'s cystic fibrosis drug Orkambi to treat children from 6 to 11 years old.…

Hospital to launch program for pregnant mothers, infants affected by opioid crisis » Gloucester Times The opioid crisis not only affects addicts, it also can harm their children. For expecting women who are suffering from addiction, Beverly Hospital is working on a new program to get them help.…

Massachusetts leads nation in diagnosed concussions » Boston Business Journal Massachusetts youth are increasingly sitting on the sidelines, with the Bay State having the highest number of diagnosed concussions, according to an analysis by Blue Cross Blue Shield.…

Riethle joins governor's committee on prescribing opioids » The Reminder

?Inside Brigham's $511M Building for Transformative Medicine » Boston Business Journal

Human Services

Swampscott dedicated to elders » Lynn Daily News Item Construction on the town's second assisted living facility is moving along, with completion expected next summer.…

Governor cuts ribbon on new DYS facility in Middleton » The Salem News

Judiciary

Busing decision spurred Superior Court nominee's legal interest » State House News Service Almost exactly two months after the Governor's Council approved his nomination to the state's top court, newly minted Supreme Judicial Court Judge David Lowy returned to the panel, this time to advoca…

SJC ruling makes it harder for police to seize cellphones » Boston Globe The state's highest court strengthened the right to privacy Wednesday, ruling that police who want to seize a cellphone cannot rely on a common-sense belief that criminals use cellphones to talk to ea…

Go ahead and take a ballot selfie — it's now legal in N.H. » Boston Globe If you want to snap a photo of your New Hampshire ballot and share it online, go ahead: A court has ruled that you can.…

Baker nominates Brockton attorney for District Court slot » Wicked Local Easton Brockton attorney Edward Sharkansky was nominated Wednesday by Gov. Charlie Baker as a District Court judge.…

Governor nominates for judge two lawyers with ties to Attleboro District Court » The Sun Chronicle Two lawyers who have appeared in area courts have been nominated by Gov. Charlie Baker to serve as district court judges.…

Labor

Councilor urging pay raise for City Hall janitors » Boston Herald The City Council is looking to raise wages for City Hall janitors as they prepare for a possible strike this weekend and would set their base pay at a higher level than many other contractors doing bu…

Battenfeld: Carmen's union bullies T bidders, GM says » Boston Herald In a major escalation over the battle to privatize MBTA operations, the T's largest union is warning firms bidding for a new contract to operate the scandal-plagued “money room” that they …

AG: T consultant's report on employee leave policies should be public » Boston Herald

MBTA to continue battle to keep employee leave report secret » Boston Herald

Legislative

ELM Action Fund 2015-2016 Legislative Scorecard » Environmental League of Mass. The Environmental League of Massachusetts Action Fund is pleased to release our legislative scorecard for the 2015-2016 session. …

Environmental group ranks Beacon Hill Democrats highly » The Republican Democrats — including several from Western Massachusetts — are among the leaders in environmental policy on Beacon Hill, according to a scorecard released Thursday by an environmental ad…

House speaker: Rules forbid release of Fresolo ethics probe » Worcester Telegram State House of Representatives Speaker Robert A. DeLeo Tuesday said he could not release a House ethics probe of former state Rep. John P. Fresolo because of House rules that he is not in favor of cha…

Local Government

Winchester School Committee: contracts approved, master plan proceeds » Wicked Local Winchester At its meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 27, the Winchester School committee unanimously voted to approve its contract with the largest association of Winchester employees, the Winchester Education Associatio…

Hudson Board of Health to launch mental health screening kiosk » Wicked Local Hudson The Board of Health will launch a mental health screening kiosk with a grand opening on Tuesday, Oct. 4.…

Barbera praised for excellence as Saugus educator » Wicked Local Saugus School Committee members began their last meeting by recognizing the late Jean Barbera for her service as a longtime educator and mentor in the Saugus Public Schools.…

Proposed medical marijuana dispensary at former KFC site rejected by Pittsfield ZBA » Berkshire Eagle Siding with several neighborhood home and business owners, the Zoning Board of Appeals Wednesday night denied a special permit for a medical marijuana dispensary at a defunct fast food restaurant on E…

Boston City Council Calls For Hearing On Goose Control » WGBH Canada Geese are, by and large, migratory creatures, which evolved the ability to fly thousands of miles seasonally in search of food and habitat. …

Ash withdraws name from Cambridge post » Commonwealth Magazine JAY ASH, SECRETARY, for the state's Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development and one of three finalists for the open Cambridge city manager's post, has withdrawn from the competition for t…

Amherst authorizes fines for water violations » Gazette Net Residents, businesses and other users of municipal water who violate the continue water ban may now be issued fines.…

Court dismisses suit to revive effort to recall Rivera » The Eagle Tribune The languishing effort to recall Mayor Daniel Rivera suffered what it likely to be a fatal blow last week when a Superior Court judge refused to order city election officials to restore thousands of s…

Mayors meet in Northampton for monthly meeting » WWLP 22 Massachusetts' mayors gathered in Northampton wednesday for their monthly meeting. 22News was at the Hampshire County Bureau to find out what was discussed.…

Leominster council may get authority on speed limits » Sentinel & Enterprise

Opinion

Clinton didn't have the luxury of being unprepared for the debate » Boston Globe THOUGH HILLARY CLINTON aced the first presidential debate, some still criticized her for being over-prepared. For many women to succeed, there's no such thing as being over-prepared. They have no othe…

Warren weighs in on charter schools » Boston Globe BAD NEWS for Governor Charlie Baker and his quest to expand charter schools via a ballot question: Senator Elizabeth Warren just came out swinging against Question 2, which, if passed, would allow up …

In an interruptathon, gender is beside the point » Boston Globe RE “FROM women, no pardon for the interruptions” (Page A1, Sept. 28): The hypocrisy of equal rights for women astounds me.…

Vote 'yes' for better educational opportunities » Bay State Banner A volatile political issue in the Nov. 8 election is Question 2 on the ballot that permits the expansion of charter schools to 12 per year. …

A stern warning from the Connecticut bench » Boston Globe THE RECENT frank rebuke to the Connecticut public school system from a state judge should reverberate in Massachusetts. Connecticut's unequal public education system is not so different from that of M…

Other

Fenway folks protest Emerson extension » In a protest last Thursday outside of the Walker Building, about 10 members of the Fenway community voiced their opposition to Emerson's plans to lease a residential building to house 115 students in …

Revere mayor says no dice on slots » Lynn Daily News Item Officials are urging the city's residents and voters statewide to reject a proposal that would bring a slots parlor to Revere.…

Revere Leaders: Just Say 'No' To Ballot Question 1 » WGBH Seven Revere elected officials are urging Massachusetts residents to cast a 'no' vote on Ballot Question 1, which would pave the way for the construction of a new slot parlor in that city.…

Progressive Politics After Bernie » The American Prospect The Sanders campaign mobilized the largest democratic left the nation has seen in decades. Can its follow-up organization and other liberal groups roll its revolution on? …

In casino deal, feds felt the heat from Mass. » Boston Globe

Politics

Activity in Lewis campaign for 7th Middlesex district » Wicked Local Framingham The Jack Lewis campaign is ramping up activity ahead of Election Day with three planned events in October.…

Baker endorses Duff's opponent in Governor's Council race » State House News Service Gov. Charlie Baker on Wednesday got behind the candidacy of Richard Baker, who is hoping to unseat Governor's Councilor Eileen Duff in November.…

Third parties struggle to gain traction » Gloucester Times Evan Falchuk's fledging United Independent Party, which has struggled to recruit candidates and members since emerging from obscurity two years ago, could be stripped of its official status in the upc…

New Poll Shows Mass. Voters in Favor of Legalizing Recreational Marijuana » Boston Magazine Bay State supporters of legalization are riding high.…

Poll: Likely Mass. voters back legalizing pot » Sentinel & Enterprise High-profile ballot questions that would legalize the adult use of marijuana and authorize additional charter schools have similar levels of "strong support" among likely Massachusetts voters but are …

Democratic leaders, officials rally in support of Higgins » Leominster Champion

Public Safety

AG Healey teams up with Patriots to prevent domestic violence » WWLP 22 Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey wants the state to intervene early to prevent domestic violence.…

Campus safety violence prevention task force meets at DCU Center » Worcester Mag Lt. Governor Karyn Polito joined Attorney General Maura Healey Secretary of Public Safety and Security Daniel Bennett, Secretary of Education Jim Peyser, Higher Education Commissioner Carlos E. Santia…

Campus rape, terrorism focus of Worcester conference » Sentinel & Enterprise Massachusetts law enforcement and college officials gathered Wednesday to talk about sexual assaults and terrorist threats, two areas of focus that have commanded attention in the past decade.…

State Finance

House approves $26.6 million spending bill » State House News Service

State Government

Gov. Baker planning first overseas trade mission to Israel » The Associated Press (AP) Administration officials say the focus of six-day trip will be to pitch Massachusetts as a potential business hub to Israeli cybersecurity and digital health firms looking to expand into the U.S.…

Governor Baker confirms Israel trade mission » Boston Globe It's official: Governor Charlie Baker will head to Israel in December for his first overseas trade mission.…

Jay Ash drops out of bid for Cambridge city manager job » Boston Herald State economic development chief Jay Ash will remain with the Baker administration after dropping out from the race to become the next Cambridge city manager.…

Baker headed to Israel in December for first trade trip » Politico Gov. Charlie Baker will head to Israel in December for the first trade mission of his first term, the administration announced on Wednesday.…

Mass. AG Healey doubles down on refusal to disclose details of gun law interpretation process » New Boston Post Attorney General Maura Healey, recently directed by the state secretary's office to provide a “revised response” to a records request related to her July “copycat” weapons enfo…

New Tech Collaborative head wants 'visible, vibrant' agency » State House News Service The state agency that oversees the incubation and growth of the Massachusetts innovation economy -- including electronic health initiatives, efforts to connect rural towns to broadband internet and fo…

Baker to lead December trade trip to Israel » State House News Service Gov. Charlie Baker will lead a trade mission of about a dozen state government officials and 40 private sector representatives to Israel in December, his administration announced Wednesday, with plans…

Former Brown Brothers Harriman exec is new state tech agency chief » Boston Business Journal The state's top economic development agency focused on technology and the innovation economy on Wednesday named a former executive at an international financial services firm as its new chief.…

Lt. Governor to Discuss Marijuana Legalization Impacts At Cape Cod Forum » Cape Cod Online Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito will join local officials to discuss the impacts of marijuana legalization at an upcoming panel discussion at the Resort and Conference Center in Hyannis.…

Parks dept: Pro-charter tweet 'mistakenly sent' from state account » Boston Herald The state's parks department — whose leaders were suspended for throwing a party using state resources at a top Republican official's home — dipped back into political waters this mornin…

New this election -- early voting. When and where can you vote? » Nashoba Publishing All registered voters will be able to vote early for the first time ever in Massachusetts. Early voting is available for biennial state elections. Voting for the Nov. 8. 2016 election will begin on Oc…

Gov. Charlie Baker, Mass. State House officials propose renaming Brookline Avenue Bridge after Red Sox slugger David Ortiz » The Republican

Transportation

Should 'HeartToHub' nonstop train service between Worcester and Boston be eliminated? Petition says yes. » The Republican Is the elimination of the MBTA's nonstop commuter rail service between Worcester and Boston, dubbed "HeartToHub" by Massachusetts transportation officials, the way to fix some of the problems plaguing…

Bernardston seeks grant to replace bridge » The Recorder Hoping to minimize the tax burden on residents, the Board of Selectmen has applied for a grant through the Massachusetts Department of Transportation's Small Bridge Program to replace the Turners Fall…

Middleboro's message to state is 'no rotary, no rail' » South Coast Today While the South Coast Rail presentation at Middleborough High School last week wasn't meant to have anything to do with the stalled Middleboro rotary project, members of the South Coast Rail project t…

North-South Rail Link Has Friends in High Places, But Will It Be Enough? » Boston Magazine

Utilities

Massachusetts city looks for funding to keep Covanta plant open » Renewable Energy Magazine The Mayor of Pittsfield, Massachusetts, has submitted a proposal to the City Council requesting approval to use funding from the Pittsfield Economic Development Funds to keep Covanta's facility in the…

The 'frightening, real' threat of gas leaks » Worcester Mag

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Press Releases

Partners HealthCare Launches New Center of Excellence » Partners Healthcare

How Can a 'Biological Opinion' Help North Atlantic Right Whales? » Conservation Law Foundation

Cleantech Open Northeast Accelerator Program Awards 2018’s Top Cleantech and Energy Startups » Northeast Clean Energy Council

U.S. SETS NEW RECORD FOR OIL PRODUCTION IN SEPTEMBER MEETING VIRTUALLY ALL GLOBAL DEMAND GROWTH » Mass. Petroleum Council

MassDOT Commits Funds to Help Amtrak Improve Longmeadow Railroad Crossing » MassDOT

How Small Businesses Can Sell Products on Amazon » National Federation of Independent Business

More than Two Dozen NFIB Members Are Running for Office Across the Country » National Federation of Independent Business

Lt. Governor Polito Hosts Roundtable on Dangerousness » Office of Governor Charlie Baker

Baker-Polito Administration Further Expands Access to Opioid Reversal Medication » Office of Governor Charlie Baker

Warren, Markey Query Columbia Gas On Uninhabitable Homes Following Merrimack Valley Disaster » Office of Senator Ed Markey

Senator Markey Commends MassDOT Commitment to Help Amtrak Improve Longmeadow Railroad Crossing » Office of Senator Ed Markey

Senator Markey Urges FDA to Deny Approval of Powerful Opioid Dsuvia, Cites Warning of Committee Chair » Office of Senator Ed Markey

Senators Press for Full Disclosure of Trump Family Business Ties to Saudi Arabia » Office of Senator Ed Markey

Bipartisan Legislation Introduced Suspending Military Aid & Sales to Saudi Government following Khashoggi Disappearance » Congressman Jim McGovern

McGovern Statement on Apparent Murder of Jamal Khashoggi » Congressman Jim McGovern

Educators' Voices Are Influential on Ballot Questions » Massachusetts Teachers Association

CLIMATE CHANGE WILL COST LOCAL BREWERIES, WINERIES » Climate Action Business Association


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