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Baker signs $42M supplemental budget into law » Politico After vetoing two items, Gov. Charlie Baker signed the supplemental budget spending bill into law this afternoon. …

T union vows: We won't back down » Boston Herald Carmen's Union bosses say they are “not backing down” from the privatization fight that landed seven of the local's leaders?in handcuffs yesterday, ?escalating the war of words with the MB…

Racial disparities persist in Massachusetts marijuana arrests, ACLU report says » The Republican Since the decriminalization of marijuana possession in Massachusetts, racial disparities in marijuana arrests have persisted, disproportionately hurting African-Americans and Latinos. …

Hillary Clinton's lead drops to 2 points over Donald Trump in N.H., new poll shows » Boston Globe Less than five weeks until Election Day, a survey released Thursday has found that Hillary Clinton's lead over Donald Trump has collapsed in the swing state of New Hampshire. …

Without Samantha Bee, this election would be so much worse » Boston Globe Is it possible that Comedy Central has doubled its Kleenex order, to keep up with the executive demand? …

Scandal-plagued parks department challenges Baker » Boston Globe A few months after Governor Deval Patrick took office in 2007, a group of dispirited Republicans gathered at a Hingham country club to hear from one of their party's few remaining bright lights.…

The head of Massachusetts' public records agency doesn't have an email address » The Republican Massachusetts Secretary of the Commonwealth William F. Galvin has a four decade career in public service, and currently runs the state department which oversees corporate filings, elections and enforc…

How much damage could a President Trump do? We can only begin to imagine. » Washington Post A PRESIDENT TRUMP could alter the face of this country and its role in the world, in many cases with Congress and the courts having little power to check him. In a series of editorials over the past s…

"If I can be honest, I'll just say: 'Where there's smoke, there's fire,' " says the Westfield Republican. "Clearly, that agency has had problems,"

Senator Donald Humason

Speaking about the Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs

News By Category
Business

Rare win: Sarepta's Duchenne drug approval boosts Boston's biotech hub » Boston Business Journal The approval of the first drug in the U.S. to treat Duchenne muscular dystrophy stands to benefit more than just patients. It could have an impact on the Boston biotech sector — and the world.…

Outside the Box: Attorney Stephen Hall says greater focus required to bring more diversity to field » Boston Business Journal It did not take Stephen Hall long to take on a leadership role in Boston legal circles. …

U.S. Creates 156,000 Jobs In September, Lower Than Predicted » WBUR The U.S. economy generated 156,000 new jobs in September, according to the monthly jobs report released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.…

North End, Chinatown, South Boston waterfront have enough liquor licenses, board rules » Universal Hub The Boston Licensing Board today rejected requests from several North End and Chinatown restaurants to serve hard liquor, saying there's no public need in an area already full of places to get a drink…

Worcester license board not notifying ABCC of violations » Worcester Mag The Worcester License Commission has not been supplying the state Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission with notice of a violation when a local business is found responsible for breaking liquor licen…

Ground lease for landmark up for sale » Boston Herald The ground lease for a landmark building that served as Boston's city hall from 1865 to 1965 is up for sale.…

Western Mass. 'overlooked and underappreciated,' economist says at Knowledge Corridor even » MassLive If the economy of the Knowledge Corridor of Massachusetts and Connecticut is to grow, the Hartford/Springfield-centered region is going to have to live up to its nickname. "What sort of knowledge are…

Business council launching innovation series » State House News Service Innovation in health care will be the focus of a new event series that launches next week in Boston.…

Crimes

Racketeering Plea Reinforces Gang Fears In Chelsea » WBUR Twenty-nine-year-old Mauricio Sanchez, of Chelsea, pleaded guilty last week to racketeering and conspiracy in connection with the Salvadoran-based gang, MS-13.…

Education

The charter funding debate » Commonwealth Magazine IN THE HIGH-STAKES battle over charter school expansion, the impact of charters on school finances has come front and center. Supporters of Question 2, which would allow up to 12 new charter schools o…

Maura Healey reviewing RCC 'alleged criminal activity' » Boston Herald The state attorney general's office is looking at alleged financial irregularities at Roxbury Community College's Reggie Lewis Track and Athletic Center on the advice of state auditors who cited possi…

AG now involved in probe at RCC » Boston Globe Attorney General Maura Healey's office said Thursday that it is looking into possible criminal activity by the fund-raising arm of Roxbury Community College and the school's Reggie Lewis Track and Ath…

Healey's Office reviewing possible criminal activity at Reggie Lewis Center » Boston Herald Attorney General Maura Healey's office is reviewing allegations of mismanagement and alleged criminal activity at Roxbury Community College's Reggie Lewis Track and Athletic Center, officials say.…

Milford schools to tackle mental health, substance abuse » Wicked Local Milford The school district is taking on new initiatives aimed at improving the social-emotional wellbeing of students and the statewide substance abuse epidemic.…

Divide widens on Question 2 in Cambridge » Wicked Local Cambridge

Environment

State approves four-day Blue Hills deer hunt » State House News Service Licensed hunters will again have the chance to participate in a state-sanctioned hunt aimed at bringing the deer population in The Blue Hills Reservation under control, as part of a plan signed off by…

Justices tell Harvard students they can't use the courts to make the university do their bidding on climate change » Universal Hub The Massachusetts Appeals Court today tossed a lawsuit by Harvard students who wanted a judge to make Harvard sell off its endowment's holding in fossil-fuel companies.…

Beaton: Water conservation "more important than ever" » State House News Service

Federal

Tsongas, Wofford will face off in Voice-sponsored debate » Nashoba Publishing U.S. Rep. Niki Tsongas, D-Lowell, and her Republican challenger, Ann Wofford, will square off in a debate at 10 a.m. Oct. 17 at the Devens Commerce Center. The event is co-sponsored by the Nashoba Va…

Health Care

For cancer patients, newest treatments force the ultimate decision, with no room for error » STAT News Three weeks earlier she'd been done. …

Human Services

Gov. Baker adds $3.7 million to elder home care funds » Wicked Local Sharon Gov. Charlie Baker has signed the supplemental budget bill adding $3.78 million to elder home care services.…

Soldier On breaks ground on Agawam facility » The Reminder

Judiciary

Lynn Resident Named in Judicial Nominations » Lynn Journal Governor Charlie Baker has nominated Kathryn Phelan-Brown, an attorney from Lynn, to serve as an Associate Justice on the Massachusetts Juvenile Court, and First Assistant Attorney General Christopher…

Councilor quizzes judicial nominee about religious beliefs » State House News Service .Some might be inclined to distance themselves from Caius Veiovis, who reportedly told jurors he would "see you all in hell" after they convicted him for a 2011 triple murder and dismemberment in Pitt…

Labor

Harvard, striking food workers resume negotiations » Boston Globe Harvard University and its striking dining hall workers resumed negotiations over wages and health care on Thursday, while the union representing the school's janitors said it shares some of the same …

156,000 jobs added in US, unemployment rate little changed » Boston Globe U.S. employers added 156,000 jobs in September, a decent gain that reflects a healthy economy but also a sign that hiring has slowed from its robust pace last year.…

Local Government

Town receives top marks on latest financial audit » Canton Citizen An independent auditor has given Canton's 2015 financial books a superlative rating and commended the town for its top bond rating, high level of cash reserves, and workable plan to meet its pension l…

Vineyard Town Clerks Prepare for Early Voting » Vineyard Gazette For the first time this year, voters on Martha's Vineyard and across the state can choose to cast their ballots up to two weeks prior to election day on Nov. 8. …

Fall River officials move to secure vacated Duro properties » Herald News With Duro Textiles abruptly closing its doors this summer, owing more than $225,000 in back taxes and fees and, so far, leaving four properties virtually abandoned, the city is taking swift action to …

Preserve Pittsfield pushing hard for Community Preservation Act » Berkshire Eagle Local preservationists have stepped up their campaign seeking hundreds of thousands of dollars toward fixing up the city's historic buildings, saving open space, rehabilitating municipal parks and cre…

Martha's Vineyard Commission Receives State Housing Funding » Cape Cod Online

Opinion

Mary Wentworth: Editorial missed racial factors in Amherst » Gazette Net Two white members resigned from the Amherst-Pelham Regional School Committee following the departure of Superintendent Maria Geryk, who left clutching a bone-of-contention golden parachute.…

LETTER: A student's vote for Ken Gordon » Wicked Local Burlington Long before I set foot in the Massachusetts State House as a legislative intern this summer, I knew the name and face of the man I'd be working with. Politics were on the periphery of my life, but thi…

Hillary Clinton and the truth » Boston Globe THANKS TO Scot Lehigh (“Trump's Titanic troubles,” Opinion, Oct. 5) for the understatement of the century: Hillary Clinton “occasionally trims the truth,” he writes. …

Do we lack the will to make our streets safe for cyclists? » Boston Globe THE DEATH of bicyclist Bernard Lavins Wednesday is heartbreaking (“Bicyclist struck, killed in Cambridge,” Metro, Oct. 6). …

Charter school education put him on a path to a better future » Boston Globe RE “CHARTERS aren't draining district school funding”: In the battle over Question 2, thousands of voices from current and former charter school students, like me, have been left out.…

Dave Roitman: State right to focus on emission reduction » Gazette Net Thank you for your excellent Sept. 19 editorial, “Stepping up to state's climate change emergency.”…

ViewPoint: Debates reveal lack of presidential presence » Boston Business Journal Most voters would have forgiven both candidates these style peccadillos, if the contrast on substance weren't so starkly drawn in the first round. …

ViewPoint: Business-heavy charter school boards should be copied, not maligned » Boston Business Journal Despite shots about executives supporting the upcoming ballot initiative to lift the cap on charter schools, the longer-term and more substantive debate involves business leaders taking a public servi…

Editorial: The secret middle-skill careers » Boston Business Journal Among the challenges in manufacturing are its aging workforce and the perception that jobs are “dirty” or low-paying. But the first Friday of each October, known as Manufacturing Day, is d…

Deception, Dirty Dealing, and Duplicity: The Low Down Campaign to Keep Marijuana Illegal in Massachusetts » AlterNet There are some things that opponents of the marijuana regulation initiative in Massachusetts don't want to talk about.…

Carr: Donald Trump loud and clear at N.H. hall » Boston Herald It was a town hall meeting, 72 hours before the big town hall meeting in St. Louis, the second “debate,” but Donald J. Trump was adamant that it wasn't a dry run.…

If charters aren't 'draining' district funding, then what shall we call money district loses? » Boston Globe THE GLOBE claims that “charters aren't draining district school funding” (Editorial, Oct. 2). …

Skimpy state GOP hurt by EEA scandal (Editorial) » The Republican

Other

Michelle Obama's role in campaign is unprecedented » Boston Globe At an appearance in North Carolina this week, Michelle Obama had the crowd roaring with four taps of her mic — wordlessly poking fun at Donald Trump's complaints about a faulty microphone durin…

In Worcester stop, Weld reaffirms commitment to ticket » Worcester Telegram & Gazette Giving assurances that he remains "absolutely all-in" with his ticket, former governor and Libertarian Party vice presidential nominee William Weld laid out a vision Thursday night of a future no long…

Weld Reaffirms Commitment To Libertarian Ticket In Worcester Campaign Stop » WBUR About 10,000 people came to the DCU Center in Worcester last November to see Donald Trump. Thursday night, at the same venue, it was a different kind of political rally and a much smaller crowd.…

Former Gov. Bill Weld says Donald Trump's plans will tank economy » The Republican Former Gov. Bill Weld, the Libertarian vice president candidate, has been outspoken about his concerns regarding Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump's proposed policies, on Thursday reitera…

Politics

Eric Lesser takes aim at second term in State Senate » The Reminder State Sen. Eric Lesser is seeking reelection for a potential second term in the Massachusetts Senate for the First Hampden & Hampshire District and told Reminder Publications he has focused his first …

Sen. Flanagan reflects on her path to the Legislature » Nashoba Publishing As state Sen. Jennifer Flanagan describes it, her career as an elected official began because she "said yes to a woman in a hospital bed." Speaking at a Massachusetts Women's Political Caucus event M…

Poll: Hillary Clinton Maintains a Big Lead Over Trump in the Bay State » Western New England University With early voting set to begin in Massachusetts in less than three weeks, Hillary Clinton leads Donald Trump by a margin of 58 percent to 26 percent among likely voters in the latest survey from the W…

Healey postpones Florida trip » State House News Service With Hurricane Matthew bearing in on Florida, Attorney General Maura Healey has canceled her plans to visit that state this weekend, where she had hoped to campaign for Hillary Clinton, march in a Pri…

5th District Governor's Council race heats up » Wicked Local Salem Gov. Charlie Baker, R-Swampscott, put a spotlight on the 5th District Governor's Council race when he endorsed West Newbury Republican Rich Baker's bid to oust incumbent Councilor Eileen Duff, D-Glouc…

State Sen. Benjamin Downing endorses Democrat Adam Hinds as successor » Berkshire Eagle State Sen. Benjamin B. Downing has formally announced his endorsement of Democratic candidate Adam Hinds to succeed him when his term expires in January.…

2nd Hampden & Hampshire Senate race: Don Humason on money, marijuana and manufacturing » The Republican

Tompkins suspends campaign for party chair » Boston Globe

Public Health

Baker, Polito review animal shelter standards » The Daily Free Press As part of an ongoing regulatory review process, the Baker-Polito administration partnered with the Animal Rescue League of Boston to highlight improvements in Massachusetts' animal shelters, accordin…

Public Safety

Chief texter? 653 texts in a single day strains credulity, thumbs » Boston Globe Of all the questions swirling around Gloucester's investigation into its police chief, one surely mystified nearly anyone born before, say, 1985.…

Police Chief William Baker Era Starts in Foxborough » Somerville Patch Perhaps the scene of a police chief swearing-in ceremony taking place in the shadow of an NFL stadium is one of the best metaphors for Foxborough as a small town with a big attraction.…

Gloucester backtracks, will allow its police chief to retire » Boston Globe In a sharp reversal, Gloucester Mayor Sefatia Romeo Theken on Thursday rescinded her decision to fire embattled Police Chief Leonard Campanello, and instead will allow him to retire in January.…

Granny's pot roast: 'Ridiculous' marijuana raid targets single weed plant » Boston Herald Eighty-one-year-old grandmother Margaret “Peg” Holcomb is still in a huff after state police and the National Guard deployed ground troops and a helicopter at her Amherst home and chopped …

Western Mass. official calls raids 'overkill' » Boston Herald An angry western Massachusetts official says a DEA program that had helicopters buzzing her town in a hunt for private pot farms is “overkill” and “a waste of money” that could…

Racial disparities persist in Massachusetts marijuana arrests, ACLU report says » The Republican Since the decriminalization of marijuana possession in Massachusetts, racial disparities in marijuana arrests have persisted, disproportionately hurting African-Americans and Latinos.…

Never come between an 81-year-old and her marijuana plant » Boston Globe Peg Holcomb, an 81-year-old Amherst resident, has been nurturing her single marijuana plant, nestled within the raspberry bushes in the farthest corner of her Amherst backyard, for years. Never caused…

State Finance

State closes out last fiscal year with big infusion of money for MassHealth » WWLP 22 News Gov. Charlie Baker on Thursday signed a $187.5 million spending bill closing the books on the 2016 fiscal year and authorizing a grab of up to $60 million in Convention Center Fund revenues to help ba…

Despite strong September, Mass. tax revenues remain sluggish » The Republican Massachusetts revenues performed well in September, but not well enough to avoid a projected budget deficit.…

State Government

'Where there's smoke, there's fire,' Sen. Don Humason says about whether state agency is 'hack dumping ground' » The Republican With no equivocation in his voice, state Sen. Don Humason responded to a question about whether the Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs has become a dumping ground for p…

State worker at center of political payback scandal 'disappointed' with Baker probe » Boston Herald The state worker at the center of a plot by Baker administration GOP operatives to "coerce" her into quashing her fiancé's Democratic state Senate bid says she is "disappointed" the investigation f…

Staffer has mixed feelings on coercion probe result » Boston Herald

Amid union outrage, Baker touts privatization's impact » State House News Service

State agrees to $62.2 million software contract for Real ID licenses » State House News Service

Taxation

How marijuana will be taxed if Question 4 passes » WWLP 22 News In one month, Massachusetts voters will decide whether to legalize marijuana for recreational use.…

Transportation

Green Line extension getting close » Commonwealth Magazine THE $2.3 BILLION GREEN LINE EXTENSION project is not quite a go yet, but it's getting close, MBTA officials reported to the agency's oversight board on Thursday.…

T board privatizes money collection work » Commonwealth Magazine UNRUFFLED BY MOUNTING UNION ANGER, the MBTA's oversight board on Thursday swiftly approved a contract to dismantle the transit agency's cash collection and money counting operations and turn the work …

MassDOT board approves new toll rates as state readies switch to cashless Mass. Pike system » The Republican Members of the Massachusetts Department of Transportation board of directors on Thursday signed off on proposed toll rates for the cashless system set to go live on Oct. 28.…

Toll booth-free E-Z Pass gives long-term view on driver data » Boston Herald MassDOT will know how fast cars drive under their soon-to-be activated toll archways and archive that data for 30 days while also keeping videos of vehicles passing underneath for six months and licen…

MBTA votes to privatize money room » Boston Business Journal The private firm Brinks will take over cash handling at the MBTA after a unanimous vote by the T's Fiscal and Management Control Board on Thursday.…

State Senator Jim Welch and State Representative Michael Finn to host Mass Turnpike E-Z Pass registration in West Springfield » The Republican Residents of West Springfield will have an opportunity to register for a Mass Turnpike E-Z pass transponder on Thursday.…

Utilities

Cape Wind reverses, drops appeal » Cape Cod Times In what might be the most definitive sign that Cape Wind officials have given up on the long-running and seemingly unattainable dream of building a wind farm in Nantucket Sound, the company has moved …

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