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Must-Reads

ExxonMobil fires back at AG Maura Healey with own suit » Boston Globe When Attorney General Maura Healey and other law enforcement officials announced last spring that they were pursuing fraud investigations against the world's largest oil company, ExxonMobil, former vi…

State Police accused of bias in promotions » Boston Globe A lawsuit brought by four current and former troopers is alleging that the Massachusetts State Police routinely pass over female and minority troopers for promotion, and exile those who do earn advanc…

Climate, government trust on legislators' minds at WMass summit » Gazette Net NORTHAMPTON — How can the state better serve western Massachusetts communities in terms of education, agriculture and clean energy? Could there be a solution to unfunded mandates that cripple s…

Trump expands search for secretary of state beyond Romney and three other finalists » The Washington Post President-elect Donald Trump has expanded his search for a secretary of state beyond the four finalists his aides previously identified, including former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney, a senior a…

Energy landscape undergoes major changes » Wicked Local Framingham New England has undergone a profound shift in how it produces electricity over the past decade and a half, phasing out coal and oil plants while becoming more reliant on natural gas.…

House speaker earns big praise during Plainridge visit » The Sun Chronicle PLAINVILLE - As House Speaker Robert DeLeo walked through the horse barn at Plainridge Park Casino Friday, people stopped him and thanked him for saving their jobs. …

Rocker's lawsuit unearths affair with ex-senator's 'Idol' daughter » Former US Sen. Scott Brown's “American Idol” contestant daughter had an affair with a patriotic-rock singer while married to a former Major League Baseball player, according to a bizarre l…

Should convicted former House speaker get his pension back? » The Washington Post Thomas Finneran was once the most powerful politician in Massachusetts, ruling the state House of Representatives with an authoritarian style that earned him the nickname “King Tom” from s…

Tomi Lahren: Young, Vocal and the Right's Rising Media Star » New York Times Tomi Lahren, a 24-year-old conservative commentator, had left her bubble of more than 4.3 million followers on social media last week to appear in front of the progressive, diverse audience that atten…

“This is not about changing climate policy,” Healey added. “The goal of this investigation is to get to the bottom of what happened, whether or not it’s true that Exxon knew certain information and made misrepresentations to consumers and investors. It’s as simple as that.”

Attorney General Maura Healey

Speaking about the fraud investigation into ExxonMobil.

News By Category
Business

Boston Fed chief: Independent Fed important to economic health » Boston Globe The president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, Eric Rosengren, is fairly certain the central bank will raise a key short-term interest rate next week. But when it came to the outcome of the pres…

Reinventing The Suburbs » Banker & Tradesman A succession of “space available” and “now leasing” signs decorate office and R&D buildings along Route 129, the heart of Chelmsford's 623-acre commercial district.…

Biotech grows in the Berkshires » Berkshire Eagle Andrea Wagner is walking through the back of the cavernous Berkshire Corporate Center on Pleasant Street. She points out various laboratory facilities that her company, Berkshire Sterile Manufacturin…

Education

Burns joins UMass trustees » Lowell Sun AS UMASS LOWELL continues to expand its blueprint and carve out an international reputation as a research and development university, Gov. Charlie Baker thought it made sense to have at least one memb…

Boston Superintendent Has Message For Students Planning Walkout Over Trump » CBS Boston Students throughout the City of Boston are planning to walk out of class Monday to protest President-elect Donald Trump–and as they plan to rally on Boston Common, at City Hall, and at the Stat…

Report: BU's Brown Receives Highest Pay Of Mass. College Presidents » WBUR Boston University's Robert Brown is the best-paid college president in Massachusetts, according to the Chronicle of Higher Education. The publication reports Brown's total compensation for 2014 at $1…

BU's Robert Brown tops college leader pay in region » Boston Globe For a second year in a row, an annual survey by the Chronicle of Higher Education found that Boston University president Robert A. Brown was the highest-paid president of a private college in Massachu…

UMass Medical School opening Springfield location » Worcester Business Journal Worcester's UMass Medical School announced yesterday that it is opening its first-ever satellite location in Springfield in a partnership with Baystate Health.…

Federal

Questions Of Race And Redistricting Return To The Supreme Court » WBUR For more than a quarter century, two legislative districts in the state of North Carolina have been ground zero in a fight over race and redistricting. In the course of that time, Republicans have tak…

Health Care

Demolition begins at Prouty Garden » Boston Globe The demolition of a beloved garden at Boston Children's Hospital has begun, frustrating many who fought for years to preserve the space.…

Insurance

In $3B deal, Liberty Mutual buys global insurer with Boston office » Boston Business Journal

Legislative

How area lawmakers voted on some of the key laws enacted this year » The Sun Chronicle This week, with the end of the 2016 session only weeks away, Beacon Hill Roll Call, in the first of a series of special reports, looks at some of the bills that were approved by the Legislature and si…

Local Government

Towns may follow Ashland's lead on pot regulations, moratorium » Wicked Local Tewksbury When Town Meeting passed a moratorium on pot shop applications this week, Ashland became the first town in the state to put a temporary ban on recreational marijuana.…

Salem defers action on sanctuary city ordinance » The Salem News City officials, immigrant community leaders and members of the Salem No Place for Hate Committee have agreed to defer any action on an ordinance establishing Salem as a sanctuary city until early 2017…

Opinion

Bolling: The need to move along to get ahead » Boston Herald There's a lot we can learn from President-elect Donald Trump's win to strengthen the Democratic Party locally and nationally — instead of the constant focus on finger-pointing, retribution or r…

Restoring civic virtue in America » Boston Globe The direst threat American society faces today is the collapse of civic virtue. By that, I mean the honesty and trust that enables the country to function as a decent, forward-looking, optimistic nati…

Robichaud: Time for a Law & Order rerun » Boston Herald “Drain the swamp” could be coming to Beacon Hill real soon — with a Trump-appointed U.S. attorney in Boston doing the draining.…

A matter of virtual life and death » Boston Globe ON NOV. 17, writer Scott Eric Kaufman posted this message on Facebook: “I'm dead — well, not yet. Still sorting it out. But I'm entering an end-of-life facility at the end of the week, to…

Inmates' care provides essential lessons for all » Boston Globe INMATES HAVE a past, but they also provide lessons for the future, if we are willing to see them, and learn (“The new asylums,” Spotlight, Page A1, Nov. 27).…

With hope comes action » Boston Globe If you're a member of the clergy, you're in the business of hope.…

Peter S. Cohan: How well is Massachusetts fighting hate? » Worcester Telegram Elections have consequences. And a notable consequence of the Nov. 8 election has been a spike in hate crimes and harassment.…

More guns, more risk for people of color » Boston Globe Post-election fears, again, are driving gun purchases — this time less by those worried about losing their gun rights than losing their lives.…

Roof trial cannot become racist spectacle » Boston Globe HISTORY IS not on the side of accused murderers who act as their own attorneys in high-profile trials.…

Investment in vocational education is well worth it » Boston Globe MICHAEL LEVENSON'S article on the vocational school wait list (“Vocational schools see demand soar,” Page A1, Nov. 26) is an important reminder of the impact of these programs on so many a…

Editorial: Don't mess with min wage » Boston Herald An increase in the minimum wage would cost the jobs of so many of the lowest-paid workers that it ought to be a non-starter.…

Chabot: Dems lost the thread, need to weave jobs into message » Boston Herald Democrats need to ax their politically correct talking points and focus on jobs if they want to win back the working-class voters who flocked to Donald Trump on Election Day, said U.S. Rep. Michael E.…

Other

Healey praised for opening access to public records » Eagle Tribune Attorney General Maura Healey was praised Friday by newspaper publishers and editors for prying open access to public records and government meetings in a state criticized for its secrecy.…

After Trump-Romney feud, genuine effort to join forces » Boston Globe In the days after the election, after Mitt Romney had called to offer his congratulations to Donald Trump, a core nucleus of Trump advisers began assembling a list of candidates for secretary of state…

What the Alt-Right Really Means » New York Times Not even those most depressed about Donald Trump's election and what it might portend could have envisioned the scene that took place just before Thanksgiving in a meeting room a few blocks from the …

Massachusetts officials seeing spike in "straw donor" cases » Boston Herald Massachusetts election officials say they're seeing a spike in the number of so-called "straw donor" cases meant to disguise the true source of campaign contributions — and they're hoping to di…

Trump expands secretary of state search » Boston Globe President-elect Donald Trump is broadening the field of candidates for secretary of state, as his transition team remains divided nearly a month after the election over how to fill the most prominent …

After UN apology, real work on cholera in Haiti begins » Boston Globe The United Nations offered Haiti a lackluster apology this week for its role in a deadly cholera outbreak on the island nation. …

More than 100 people are displaced after Cambridge fire » Boston Globe A Bangladeshi family stood behind yellow tape Sunday afternoon, weeping in silence as they watched crews working on Berkshire Street around the fire-damaged building that they used to call their home.…

Clark blasts House science committee's tweet to Breitbart story » Boston Globe At least one member of the House science committee was not happy that its Twitter account sent a link to a Breitbart News story denying climate change: Representative Katherine Clark of Massachusetts.…

Personal care attendants, Baker administration compromise on overtime rules » The Republican A union representing personal care attendants has reached a compromise with Gov. Charlie Baker's administration on new rules related to overtime work.…

Baker, at odds with Warren, comes out in support of medical innovation bill » Boston Globe At the urging of the Obama administration, Governor Charlie Baker expressed support Friday for a sweeping medical innovation bill, a striking move just days after Senator Elizabeth Warren strongly den…

Democrats Need To Pick a Leader. Now. » The New Republic The fragmented party needs a public face of unified opposition to Trump. Elizabeth Warren is the clear choice. …

Five things you should know about Kris Krane » Boston Globe Take a good look at Kris Krane — you might be staring at the new face of the marijuana trade in Massachusetts.…

At Harvard, no simple answer on final clubs » Boston Globe Upstairs in the great hall of the Fly Club, a mounted buffalo wears a Santa hat.…

Heard on Beacon Hill » The Sun Chronicle If Scott Brown is the nominee for Veterans Affairs I have no doubt that he would put his heart and soul into trying to help veterans and I would put my heart and soul into trying to help him do that.…

Trump Taps Ben Carson For Secretary Of Housing And Urban Development » WBUR President-elect Donald Trump has chosen Dr. Ben Carson to lead the Department of Housing and Urban Development in his incoming administration. "Ben Carson has a brilliant mind and is passionate about…

Clarksburg Welcomes Reserve Officers, Hears From Ed Task Force » iBerkshires Town officials welcomed Clarksburg's two newest police officers on Wednesday night.…

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe Will Become First Japanese Leader To Visit Pearl Harbor » WBUR Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will visit Pearl Harbor later this month, becoming the first Japanese head of state to ever visit the site of the surprise attack. President Obama will accompany Ab…

In Victory For Protesters, Army Halts Construction On Dakota Pipeline » WBUR The Army Corps of Engineers has denied a permit for the construction of a key section of the Dakota Access Pipeline, granting a major victory to protesters who have been demonstrating for months. The…

Hampshire College supporters organize Amherst rally to support the campus » The Republican Protesters who said Hampshire College staff and students have been bullied and besieged by flag-waving supporters, took things into their own hands - or maybe feet - on Sunday.…

Worcester native backs second chance for job applicants with criminal history » Worcester Telegram “There but for the grace of God go I.” That's how Mark Holden says he felt after working as a part-time corrections officer at the Worcester County jail in the early 1980s.…

Gov. Baker says Massachusetts plans follow-up on report of toxic lead levels at many National Guard armories » The Republican Massachusetts state officials plan to look into a report by Portland's The Oregonian/OregonLive showing dangerous levels of lead dust in U.S. National Guard armories across the country.…

Fix in the works for Holbrook dam » Wicked Local Holbrook The Lake Holbrook Dam will be repaired, thanks to a grant from the state Dam and Seawall Repair or Removal Fund, according to the Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs.…

Listen to the heated Harvard meeting between the top Trump and Clinton campaign aides » Boston.com You can now listen to the bitter meeting between World's Most Easily Insulted Fascist Buffoon and Hillary Clinton's top campaign staffers Thursday night at Harvard.…

Richard Neal to defend Medicare, Social Security as House Ways and Means' top Democrat » The Republican Democratic Massachusetts Congressman Richard E. Neal adds a new credential to his title as the Springfield native ascends to the highest position for his party on the powerful House Ways and Means Com…

Jill Stein Campaign Plans To Take Pennsylvania Recount Effort To Federal Court » WBUR The Jill Stein campaign plans to bring her fight for a statewide ballot recount in Pennsylvania to federal court. Jonathan Abady, lead counsel to Stein's recount efforts, said in a statement late Sat…

Liberal groups raising money off anti-Trump sentiment » Newburyport News Liberal nonprofits are reporting a surge in donations since the upset election of Donald Trump, and civil liberties, environmental and social justice groups are leveraging the president-elect's bombas…

Maura Healey touts government transparency, later reverses course » Boston Herald Attorney General Maura Healey yesterday touted the importance of transparency in government to a room full of Massachusetts newspaper publishers — but hours later, her office said that a consul…

In House Majority Leader's Home District, Many Depend On Health Law He Wants To Scrap » WBUR House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy wants to repeal the Affordable Care Act first and replace it sometime later. That doesn't sit well with Victoria Barton, who lives in McCarthy's rural California d…

US flag, lowered after election, flies again at Hampshire College » click 2 houston "We acted solely to facilitate much-needed dialogue on our campus about how to dismantle the bigotry that is prevalent in our society," Lash said in a statement. "We understand that many who hold the …

State tax collections tumble in November » Lowell Sun State revenue officials collected $105 million less in taxes last month than they did in November 2015, contributing to a long-running up-and-down pattern that has flummoxed state budget writers and f…

Stephen Lynch endorses Scott Brown for VA post as Palin blasts Donald Trump's deal » Boston Herald Sarah Palin — who's competing against Scott Brown for the cabinet-level post of Veterans Affairs secretary — slammed as “crony capitalism” Donald Trump's deal with Carrier to…

Trump taps former campaign rival Ben Carson as housing secretary » The Barnstable Patriot President-elect Donald Trump has chosen former Campaign 2016 rival Ben Carson to become secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development. Trump's decision, announced early Monday by his t…

Moulton: Dems need to reflect on message, messengers » State House News Service U.S. Rep. Seth Moulton on Monday called for "serious introspection" within the Democratic Party, which he said "failed miserably" in the 2016 election.…

Politics

Anti-Trump activists “won't go back” on progress made » South Coast Today Activists as young as five years old peacefully marched downtown from William Street to the First Unitarian Church in protest to a Donald Trump presidency to let people know “we won't go back.â…

High schoolers in Boston plan mass walkout to protest Trump » My Fox Boston High school students in Boston are planning a mass walkout from their classes on Monday to protest President-elect Donald Trump.…

Mayor Marty Walsh to protesters: Stay in school » Boston Herald The student organizer of a planned anti-Trump walkout today that could involve hundreds of Boston kids is rejecting pleas by the mayor and superintendent to stay in class as “suppressive” …

Moulton warns Dems against using "dead wrong" strategy » State House News Service

Public Safety

Six years after 'housecleaning' of Parole Board, Salem woman's suit lingers » The Salem News Nearly six years ago, then-Gov. Deval Patrick undertook a highly publicized “housecleaning” of the Parole Board, following the shooting death of a Woburn police officer by a recent parolee…

Tell Us What You'd Like To Know About Marijuana Legalization » WBUR Recreational marijuana comes to Massachusetts in 10 days. Voters last month approved a ballot measure that will allow adults ages 21 and older to be in possession of pot, and to grow it home —…

Pot smoking police officers could lose job » Worcester Telegram All will not be treated equally when recreational use of marijuana is legalized this month, as police chiefs statewide remind officers that any use is a federal offense and grounds for termination.…

Suit: Massachusetts state police overlook women, minorities » Lowell Sun Four current and former Massachusetts State Police troopers are suing the agency, alleging it routinely passed over female and minority troopers for advancement. The Boston Globe reports (http://bit.…

State Finance

Massachusetts lawmakers to weigh next year's tax projection » Boston Herald The lengthy process of crafting the state's annual budget in Massachusetts is beginning anew on Beacon Hill.…

MTF ESTIMATES TAX REVENUE GROWTH OF 2.65 PERCENT IN FISCAL 2018 » State House News Service STATE HOUSE, BOSTON, DEC. 5, 2016.....State tax revenues in the next budget cycle will grow by only 2.65 percent, according to the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, marking another year of sluggish …

Peisch, Spilka see education funding as 2017 priority » State House News Service A pair of key lawmakers expect changes to the state's education funding system to be a priority for the Legislature next year, after attempts to tackle the issue this session faltered.…

Goldberg flags issues with lottery, state finances, marijuana » State House News Service

'Extreme caution' urged as state begins budget planning » Boston.com

Baker budget chief mum after revenue hearing » State House News Service

State Government

Massachusetts Gov. Baker to lead trade delegation to Israel » WCVB Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker is about to embark on the first international trade mission of his administration.…

Pols & Politics: Charlie Baker, Stanley C. Rosenberg gearing up for travel » Boston Herald 'Tis the season to travel, apparently, at least for the state's top policymakers.…

Massachusetts, Quebec officials hoping to strengthen ties » Cape Cod Times Top political figures in Massachusetts and Quebec are hoping to strengthen ties between the two regions.…

Massachusetts, Quebec solidifying ties with new research council » WWLP 22

Goldberg flags issues with lottery, state finances, pot » Sentinel & Enterprise Despite the need to prepare for new marijuana oversight costs and stagnating Lottery profits, Treasurer Deborah Goldberg on Monday impressed upon lawmakers and the Baker administration that it would b…

Taxation

Airbnb says state, cities lost out on $15m in missed tax revenue » Boston Globe Airbnb Inc., the online home-rental company that is facing increasing pressure to regulate its business in Massachusetts, said state and local governments could have received at least $15 million over…

Transportation

Probe continues in transit boss double-dip » Nashoba Publishing Mark Hawke, mayor of Gardner and the chair of the Advisory Board, said the board has "absolutely" no involvement in the situation anymore. But an Inspector General report, issued to the Retirement Bo…

Congressman draws from commute in remarks at forum » State House News Service

Utilities

Pilgrim's plight » Cape Cod Times Mary Lampert and a small band of protesters stepped across the property line at Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station on New Year's Eve 1988, following a demonstration against the restart of the troubled reac…

Fallout » Cape Cod Times Paul Gunter steps out of his Jeep in a near-empty parking lot off Seabrook's Ocean Boulevard, unfolds his 6-foot-7-inch frame and tugs the bill of a well-worn cap against the sun. …

Gas pipeline constraints create winter challenges » State House News Service

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The Week Ahead

Monday - 12/5

10:00am Joint Committee on Ways & Means, Consensus Revenue Hearing

11:00am House Session, Informal Session

11:00am Senate Session, Informal Session

Tuesday - 12/6

12:00pm Mass. Book Awards, Great Hall & Nurses Hall

4:00pm Mass. Dept. of Elementary and Secondary Education Hearing on Proposed Charter Schools, Sturbridge Town Hall Veterans Memorial Hall 308 Main St. Sturbridge

5:30pm Reception for Sen. James Timilty with Senate President Stan Rosenberg

5:30pm Winter Fundraiser for Rep. James O'Day

Wednesday - 12/7

4:00pm Mass. Dept. of Elementary and Secondary Education Hearing on Proposed Charter Schools, Lynn Community Room 10 Church St.

Thursday - 12/8

9:30am Leading by Example Awards, Great Hall

11:00am Senate Session, Informal Session

11:00am House Session, Informal Session

3:30pm Senator Ryan Fattman's Christmas Party, Grand Staircase

Friday - 12/9

No Hearings Scheduled


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