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Ever tough, always loyal, O'Flaherty is Walsh's rock » Boston Globe When he couldn't stop the story, the attorney who heads the City of Boston's law department sat for an interview that fairly well confirmed what many say: 1) Gene O'Flaherty is pretty intense, and 2) …

HHS chief outlines guv's budget in conference call » State House News Service STATE HOUSE, BOSTON, DEC. 8, 2016.....A day after Gov. Charlie Baker cut $98 million from the state budget to bring it into balance, Health and Human Services Secretary Marylou Sudders held a conferen…

Senate Dems shamed for nearly all-white top staffers » Politico Senate Democrats are facing growing pressure to break the white male stranglehold on senior staff positions in their ranks — a push that's uniting consultants and lobbyists inside the Beltway w…

DeLeo Aims To Restore Funds Cut By Baker » WGBH News House Speaker Robert DeLeo says he'll restore funding Gov. Charlie Baker cut yesterday when he unilaterally slashed state spending. …

Businesses seek to overturn Massachusetts ban on political contributions » The Republican BOSTON -- Attorneys for two Massachusetts businesses on Wednesday tried to convince a Superior Court judge to overturn the state's ban on campaign contributions by corporations and to allow businesses…

Democratic PAC Transitions to Advocacy Role in 2017 » Roll Call 2016 wasn't the year Democrats wanted it to be. But for one PAC created this cycle to elect Democrats at the federal level, this year's election results may actually validate support for their mission…

2018 Senate: The Democrats Are Very Exposed » Sabato's Crystal Ball A potential silver lining for Democrats is that they head into the 2018 midterm as the party that does not hold the White House, and the “out” party typically makes gains down the ballot i…

Antiboycott groups pay for state officials' Israel trips » Boston Globe Governor Charlie Baker and Massachusetts lawmakers are touring Israel this month on trips financed by groups opposed to a growing anti-Israel boycott movement, which is at the center of a legislative …

New judge weighing arguments in Mass. political finance case » Berkshire Eagle A state judge could soon decide whether Massachusetts corporations should be free to make contributions to political candidates or administer their own political action committees after oral arguments…

"It's pretty clear that with the deficiencies we need to fund — court-ordered attorneys, snow and ice, emergency assistance, stuff that I think there's general agreement that we're going to need to pay for — and the downturn that we've all seen in revenue despite the success of our economy, that we needed to take action at this time,"

Governor Charlie Baker

Commenting on why his $98 million in budget cuts were necessary.

News By Category
Business

Can Amazon revolutionize the supermarket? » Boston Globe There were about 3.4 million cashiers in the United States in 2005, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.…

Could Donald Trump's trade policies make trouble for Chinese rail car builder in Springfield? » The Republican Donald Trump won the presidency largely on his promise to "Make America Great Again" by returning manufacturing jobs to these shores.…

Reebok's new Boston HQ will feature retail store, one-mile running track and more » Boston Business Journal Reebok has chosen Boston's Seaport District as the home of its new headquarters.…

The Catch-22 of online advertising » Commonwealth Magazine As advertisers flee the dead tree versions of news for the online sites that can target audiences through complex algorithms, they are confronting an unintended and growing problem that has their ads …

Baker Announces Delegation for Israeli Economic Development Mission » Go Local Worcester Governor Charlie Baker and the New England Business Council announced the business delegation attending the administration's upcoming Economic Development Mission to Israel. …

Here's how Baker's $98M in budget cuts will affect businesses » Boston Business Journal Gov. Charlie Baker plans to cut funding for several budget items that affect businesses, including a handful of economic development initiatives seeking to spur growth in the technology sector and oth…

Special investigation: Trash to table » Dig Boston On a crisp fall day in 2007, a Massachusetts motorcyclist was headed home on I-93 North, enjoying the New England air, the light and sweet smell of the fallen leaves, and the coolness of the wind when…

Reebok to move headquarters to Boston's Seaport District » The Republican In step with the wave of other companies seeking a trendier work environment, Reebok is moving into Boston's Seaport District. The athletic shoe and apparel company will set up shop in the Innovation…

Lexington Medical Expands with a New Office in Billerica Massachusetts » Boston Real Estate Times CEO of Lexington Medical Inc., Leon Amariglio, joined by President & CEO of the Massachusetts Life Science Center (MLSC), Travis McCready, Kendalle Burlin O'Connell, VP for Member Services & General C…

Senate okays alcohol sales at farmers' markets » State House News Service

Boston Globe CEO Mike Sheehan stepping down » Boston Business Journal

Education

Governor's Midyear Budget Cuts Include $12 Million From Education » WBUR At the end of a year of bruising fights over school education, a new round of cuts has come down from on high — even as Massachusetts' general funding of local schools will rise slightly in the…

Mass. shines on global test, but math scores slip » Boston Globe Massachusetts dominated in the subjects of reading and science on a prestigious yardstick of global achievement last year, but saw its math scores slip, according to results released Tuesday.…

Apple CEO Tim Cook to deliver MIT commencement address » Boston Globe

Health Care

The Power of Will: Their indefensible hope » Boston Globe They needed to build a drug company, out of nothing and in no time. Pat Lacey and Meryl Witmer had to raise money from donations and summon a complex working enterprise, licensed and equipped to make …

MIT team uses LEDs to attack Alzheimer's » Boston Globe Experimental drugs from some of the world's top pharmaceutical companies have so far failed to halt the march of Alzheimer's disease, a neurodegenerative disorder that gradually robs people of their m…

Connector reports increase in consumers shopping for health plans » State House News Service

Housing

Officials break ground on Orient Heights redevelopment » Boston Globe City and state officials gathered at the Orient Heights public housing community in East Boston on Wednesday to break ground on a redevelopment initiative.…

Stop & Shop Eyes 1,000-Unit Allston Development » Banker & Tradesman Stop & Shop Supermarket Co. is drawing up plans for a massive mixed-use development at its 11-acre property next to the Massachusetts Turnpike in Allston, including approximately 1,000 residential uni…

Mayor Walsh Proposes Housing Stability Act For Boston » WBUR It's been one year since our series on the evictions happening in East Boston and the push by residents and activists for a "just cause" eviction ordinance. We spoke to residents, landlords, housing e…

Pulte Homes to buy Westboro hospital land, plans 700 homes » Worcester Telegram The town plans to sell about 38 acres of the former Westboro State Hospital property to a company that wants to build 700 housing units for people 55 and older.…

Human Services

Audit: Northampton social services agency charged unallowed salary, alcohol expenses against state contracts » The Republican Nonotuck Resource Associates failed to maintain full personnel files, paid consultants without valid contracts, and improperly charged the state $4,304 for executive director salary payments and alcoh…

Judiciary

Legislature passes bill to preserve evidence for victims of rape and sexual assault » The Landmark Senators Michael O. Moore (D-Millbury) and Anne M. Gobi (D-Spencer) announced that the Senate took final action to advance legislation that would establish uniform protocol and procedures for tracking…

For child sex abuse victims, court can be another place to feel unsafe » Boston Globe The 10-year-old girl sat at the witness stand, fiddling with a soft pom-pom ball she had found in a sewing kit.…

SJC refuses to hear Benjamin LaGuer appeal of rape » Boston Herald The state's highest court is refusing to hear the appeal of a Leominster man who is serving a life sentence for raping a 59-year-old woman more than 30 years ago.…

Malden resident sworn in as Associate Justice to Mass. Appeals Court » Wicked Local Malden Mayor Gary Christenson and City Councillor Neal Anderson were tremendously proud to attend the administration of the Ceremonial Oath of Office to the Honorable Kenneth Desmond, Jr. as Associate Justic…

Probation fees hit poor the hardest, says report » Commonwealth Magazine MONTHLY FEES CHARGED to those on probation in Massachusetts disproportionately hit poorer communities, a costly obstacle to rehabilitation for those least able to afford it, according to a new study. …

Mass. AG Healey Faces Legal Battles Against ExxonMobil In Boston And Texas Courts » WBUR Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey wants ExxonMobil to turn over 40 years of internal documents, claiming the records will show the oil company knew decades ago that its fossil fuel products …

Baker nominates Sal Tabit for superior court judgeship » The Eagle Tribune Attorney Sal Tabit, who has handled many high-profile cases involving Lawrence clients, has been nominated for a superior court judgeship by Gov. Charlie Baker.…

Son of Cuban Immigrants, Baker Appoints Andover Attorney Sal Tabit Superior Court Judge » The Valley Patriot Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker has nominated Andover attorney Salim Tabit to serve as Associate Justices of the Massachusetts Superior Court.…

ExxonMobil And AG Healey Legal Battles; How A Reshaped Supreme Court Could Affect Massachusetts » WBUR WBUR legal analyst Nancy Gertner looks at the ongoing legal battles between Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey and ExxonMobil, as well as how President-elect Donald Trump could reshape the Su…

AG Healey's climate change showdown with ExxonMobil enters Massachusetts courtroom » New Boston Post

Labor

Workers' Compensation Pilot Would Expedite Opioid-Related Cases » Grafton Patch

State program will steer injured workers toward non-opioid treatment » The Republican

Legislative

Joyce hit with bigger tax bill » Commonwealth Magazine MILTON ASSESSORS HAVE hiked the value of Sen. Brian Joyce's home because of a real estate listing that showed an opulent finished basement, a livable attic, and more bathrooms than officials were awar…

Have questions for your state senator? Hinds hosting meetings for constituents » Berkshire Eagle As Adam Hinds prepares for his rookie year on Beacon Hill, the state senator-elect wants his constituents' input on what most concerns them entering the new year.…

Milton officials deliver a big tax bill to Senator Brian Joyce » Boston Globe Milton town officials have raised Senator Brian Joyce's property taxes by 54 percent based largely on a sales brochure describing its interior. …

Rosenberg spox says no effort underway to boost lawmaker stipends » State House News Service

Local Government

Pignatelli pushing Lee, Lenox, Stockbridge on shared admin. decision » Berkshire Eagle State Rep. William "Smitty" Pignatelli, in an apparent effort to shore up support for a proposal to create a tri-town chief administrator serving Lee, Lenox and Stockbridge, has convened a highly unus…

Old courthouse in limbo after developer kills deal » Worcester Mag Brady Sullivan Properties has terminated the sale agreement for the old courthouse on Main Street, leaving the future of a prominent city building up in the air after a March 2015 sale that was touted…

Worcester council to explore local options on recreational marijuana » Worcester Telegram With the state legalization of recreational marijuana scheduled to take effect Dec. 15, the City Council wants to know what options it has to manage the distribution, sale and siting of recreational m…

Lawrence mayor backs police chief amid calls for exit » Boston Herald Lawrence Mayor Dan Rivera is blasting the “shameful” decision by two city councilors to call for the resignation of the city's top cop amid allegations his department bungled the investiga…

Opinion

Trump's choices in the Middle East » Boston Globe ALL 177 FOREIGN embassies located in Washington are no doubt attempting to read the tea leaves and figure out what President-elect Donald Trump's foreign policy will look like.…

Why Israeli entrepreneurs keep choosing Massachusetts » Boston Globe When it comes to attracting Israeli entrepreneurs, Boston has proved to be a premier destination for leading startups. …

Give the devil his due — the people like Trump » Boston Globe Demonizing Donald Trump won't be easy. So far, at least half the American people like the president-elect they're getting to know.…

Carr: EBT 'anecdotes' galore » Boston Herald Remember how ex-Gov. Deval Patrick used to describe all examples of welfare waste, fraud and abuse as “anecdotes?”…

Essay: The Moshup legal win » Martha's Vineyard Times On Nov. 28, the Supreme Court of the United States ended a decades-long case involving 30 landlocked parcels off Moshup Trail in Aquinnah. …

Editorial: Beacon Hill in denial » Boston Herald The midyear cuts that Gov. Charlie Baker announced this week as part of an effort to bring the state budget back into balance amount to $98 million — a vanishingly small percentage of the $39.3…

Curb appeal counts » Lowell Sun Chelmsford homeowners received some early coal in their Christmas stockings courtesy of an average $420 annual increase in their property taxes.…

Letter: Supports AG's investigation into big oil efforts » Worcester Telegram It is of more than local interest that a US District Judge in Texas has ordered Attorney General Maura Healey to appear in a Dallas court to face questions regarding her investigation into whether Exx…

Other

Donald Trump to pick Boston native Gen. John F. Kelly to head Department of Homeland Security, sources say » The Republican President-elect Donald Trump continued to round-out his presidential cabinet Wednesday, reportedly choosing retired Marine Gen. John F. Kelly as his pick to head the Department of Homeland Security.…

Donald Trump's pick for Homeland Security is truly Boston strong » Boston Herald Retired Marine Gen. John Kelly — President-elect Donald Trump's pick to head the Department of Homeland Security — is a Boston native, Iraq combat commander and Gold Star father who volu…

Politics

Post-election protests continue, Boston officials receive demands » The Suffolk Journal Chants of “the youth united will never be defeated” were repeated by a group of high school and college students standing on the front steps of the Massachusetts State House on Monday afte…

As Trump Prepares For Presidency, Mass. AG Maura Healey Looks At Democrats' Path Forward » WBUR Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey is urging Democrats across the state to remain politically engaged and not to despair over the election of Donald Trump. She told hundreds of supporters in…

New Dem Party chair says Baker should skip Israel trip » Lowell Sun

Public Health

Life Expectancy In U.S. Drops For First Time In Decades, Report Finds » WBUR One of the fundamental ways scientists measure the well-being of a nation is tracking the rate at which its citizens die and how long they can be expected to live. So the news out of the federal gove…

Elevated lead, copper levels found in North Adams schools » Berkshire Eagle Greater-than-acceptable levels of lead or copper have been detected at more than 50 sources of water throughout North Adams Public Schools, officials announced on Wednesday.…

State cuts $100K in substance abuse prevention funds for Melrose » Wicked Local Melrose Melrose lost $100,000 in substance abuse prevention funding in state budget cuts yesterday.…

Life expectancy in U.S. has declined for the first time since 1993; Heart disease still No. 1 cause of death » The Republican Life expectancy for people across the country has decreased for the first time in more than two decades, though by a small amount, according to a report released Thursday by the National Center for He…

Public Safety

Mass. Sheriffs' Association falling flat on transparency, audit finds » The Republican Anyone interested in obtaining up-to-date information on the Massachusetts prison population or grant funds going into the state's various sheriffs' departments might be in for some frustration.…

Mass. Auditor: Data On Prisoners Not Properly Reported By Sheriffs' Association » New England Public Radio A state audit accuses the Massachusetts Sheriffs' Association of sloppy record keeping when it comes to data on prisoners in county lockups.…

Norfolk Prison Inmates Revive Storied Debating Society » WBUR The subject was nothing less than the future of the planet. Inside a fortress of high walls, razor wire and guard towers, two teams were debating whether the United States should impose a tax on gree…

Tito Jackson, Marty Walsh clash on crime » Boston Herald City Councilor Tito Jackson is calling out the Boston Police Department over an increase in murders and sexual assaults, demanding they and other city agencies come before the council to explain how t…

Military-Trained Police May Be Less Hasty To Shoot, But That Got This Vet Fired » WBUR There are plenty of recent stories involving white police officers who have shot and killed black men, including some who are on trial for those shootings. Then there's the case of a white cop who did…

Legal pot could still land buyers and sellers in jail » Gloucester Times A voter-approved law makes it legal to possess marijuana next week but buyers and sellers still face arrest — and possible prosecution.…

Braintree starts work on new police evidence room » Wicked Local Braintree Work is underway to convert the former pistol range of the Braintree police station into an evidence room.…

State Finance

After cuts, Baker gives voice to restoring services if revenues rebound » State House News Service The sudden clash over budgeting between Gov. Charlie Baker and Democratic leaders on Beacon Hill appears poised to spill into the new year after House Speaker Robert DeLeo said Wednesday he would look…

Baker's Budget Cuts Hit Western Mass. Tourism; Lawmakers Consider Restoring Funding » New England Public Radio Some tourist attractions and agencies in Western Massachusetts are facing tough budget choices after Governor Charlie Baker announced spending cuts this week.…

Full list of cuts made by the Baker administration » Boston Globe Governor Baker will unilaterally slash $98 million, which will affect a range of programs, from health care for the poor to state parks.…

Lawmakers eye reversal of Baker budget cuts » The Herald News It looks like legislative leaders might restore budget funds cut on Tuesday by Gov. Charlie Baker, who said he could be amenable if proven wrong by revenue trends. …

Legislative leaders eye restoration of Gov. Baker budget cuts » WRGB Albany Democratic Legislative leaders say they might try to restore some of the nearly $100 million cut from the state budget by Gov. Charlie Baker. …

Local politicians lament sting of Baker budget cut » Lowell Sun Local legislators are weighing the consequences of Gov. Charlie Baker's $98-million statewide budget cut, a decision some say was made too early in the fiscal year. …

State Government

Bump pushes 'accountability agenda' » Lowell Sun State Auditor Suzanne Bump on Wednesday outlined three bills she will push in the Legislature that she says will boost accountability in state government, including one that would give her access to c…

Analyst: Mass. government “moderately prepared” to weather recession » WWLP 22 After a slow economic recovery, state government in Massachusetts is “moderately prepared” to weather a recession, a credit analyst said Wednesday, attributing that status in part to the B…

State worker layoffs loom despite cuts » Boston Herald State worker layoffs are still on the table even after hundreds applied for buyouts and Gov. Charlie Baker slashed $98 million from the budget in a move intended to close a deficit, his budget office …

AG hopes to strike oil in Texas appeal » Boston Herald Attorney General Maura Healey's climate change crusade against Exxon Mobil — and her fight to keep it out of a Texas courtroom — is now in the hands of a Massachusetts state judge even a…

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

Our Opinion: Baker's hasty cuts will do real harm » Berkshire Eagle Governor Charlie Baker's unseemly haste in making $98 million in painful cuts from the state budget is a strong indication of an ulterior motive. The Republican governor said Tuesday that his unilate…

Congressional race results certified, ballot questions remain » State House News Service

Transportation

Dalton to bike proposed Green Line ext. path » Commonwealth Magazine John Dalton, recently hired to manage the Green Line extension project for the MBTA, is an avid biker, someone who in his previous job in Chicago biked or took public transit everywhere and di…

New Green Line stations are delayed until 2021 » Boston Globe The seven new stations for the embattled MBTA Green Line extension into Somerville and Medford are now scheduled to open in 2021, pushing back the long-delayed project yet again, state transportation …

Report: Boston Needs More Resources To Achieve Vision Zero Goals » WBUR Boston's initiative to eliminate traffic fatalities needs more funding and more proactive efforts to redesign crash "hot spots" in the city, according to a new report by the Massachusetts Vision Zero …

Route 20 highway marker directs Boston drivers to Oregon » The Republican

Utilities

Pilgrim nuclear plant staff said to be 'overwhelmed' » Boston Globe Staff at the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station appear to be “overwhelmed” and struggling to improve performance at the facility, which has a poor safety record and is set to close in less than…

SPECIAL REPORT: Energy benefits of being local » Wicked Local Acton There are 312 towns and 39 cities in Massachusetts, stretching from Provincetown on Cape Cod to Egremont in the west.…

Inspection Teams Question Safety at Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station » NECN The troubled Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station in Plymouth, Massachusetts, is scheduled to go off-line in 2019, but the inspection teams on-site seem to be questioning “safety at the plant” ri…

NRC email fuels concerns about Plymouth nuke plant safety » Wicked Local Easton Armed with an internal email documenting safety concerns, activists opposed to the continued operation of a Plymouth nuclear plant pressed Gov. Charlie Baker again on the issue and a senator from Cape…

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