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Close to Half of American Adults Infected With HPV, Survey Finds » New York Times High-risk strains of the virus - a cause of cervical and vaginal cancers, and cancer of the penis - infect 25.1 percent of men and 20.4 percent of women.…

Trump and Warren Agree? Maybe, on Plan to Shrink Big Banks » New York Times President Trump and Senator Elizabeth Warren, a Democrat harshly critical of Wall Street, may both favor separating retail and investment banking.…

Health care in the US is an expensive mess. How does Canada do it? » Boston Globe My friends — let's call them Tim and Richard — live in Toronto. In their wallets they carry cards issued by the government, entitling them to health care. …

A duel between tax plans » Boston Globe JON HURST, president of the Retailers Association of Massachusetts, is about to inject an X factor into the state's fiscal and political debate. …

It took a village to create the mess at UMass Boston. Where was the board? » Boston Globe At least when Margaret McKenna was going down in flames at Suffolk University last year, she took the board down with her. …

Americans trust their friends, not media or government » Axios The volatile relationship between the Administration and the news media, combined with the prevalence of fake news and misleading content online, is causing Americans to feel more confused about who a…

Frustration mounts, careers jeopardized over Obamacare failure » Politico Tempers are flaring at the White House over House Republicans' failure to repeal Obamacare. But that hasn't changed the reality on the ground: As Congress skips town for a two-week recess, Speaker Pau…

Senator Mitt Romney? » The Atlantic Republican leaders and high-powered donors in Utah are waging a quiet but concerted campaign to convince 83-year-old incumbent Senator Orrin Hatch not to seek reelection next year—and now, they…

Mayor, sheriff spar over sanctuary cities — face-to-face this time » Boston Globe DARTMOUTH — It was their first face-to-face meeting in their roles as adversaries in the immigration enforcement debate, and they met with a respectful handshake. But the courtesies between Bri…

Ayyadurai is no ordinary Senate candidate » Lowell Sun LOWELL -- Shiva Ayyadurai is an entrepreneur, MIT graduate, Donald Trump-supporting Indian-born immigrant and U.S. citizen hoping that his outsider status will carry him to the U.S. Senate. Read mo…

Worcester, other school districts explore legal action to achieve funding equity » Worcester Telegram WORCESTER – More than two decades ago, a major lawsuit alleging poor students were not getting an equal education in Massachusetts helped push the passage of landmark education reform in the st…

New England Baptist wants to get in on the state's biggest hospital merger » Boston Business Journal New England Baptist Hospital wants to jump in on the merger already being sought between Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Lahey Health, growing the size of the network to nine hospitals. …

“If we can get 11- and 12-year-olds to get the vaccine, we’ll make some progress. ... This is a vaccine against cancer — that’s the message.”

Geraldine McQuillan, Epidemiologist at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

On close to half of American adults being infected With HPV

News By Category
Beltway Politics

Trump Orders Syria Airstrikes After 'Assad Choked Out The Lives' Of Civilians » WBUR President Trump has launched airstrikes in Syria in response to deadly chemical attacks allegedly ordered by the country's president, Bashar Assad, against his own people. …

After Historic Vote, Gorsuch Speeding To The Supreme Court » WBUR

US blasts Syria with missiles; Trump calls on 'civilized nations' to end carnage » MassLive The United States blasted a Syrian air base with a barrage of cruise missiles Thursday night in fiery retaliation for this week's gruesome chemical weapons attack against civilians. President Donald T…

Warren says Trump 'owes Americans explanation,' condemns airstrikes » WCVB Massachusetts congressional leaders are responding to the airstrikes on Syria that killed seven people early Friday.…

Business

Tourism is the 3rd largest industry in Massachusetts » WWLP 22 Massachusetts business owners told 22News they rely on tourism to help bring shoppers to their businesses. Visitors to the state spent $20.2-billion on lodging, meals, transportation and retail in 201…

Sen. Eric Lesser and Rep. Brian Ashe help celebrate grand opening of new East Longmeadow hair salon » The Republican State politicians were on hand Monday to help celebrate the grand opening of a new East Longmeadow hair salon. State Sen. Eric Lesser and State Rep. Brian Ashe, both Longmeadow Democrats, joined busi…

Civil Rights

Dutch men hold hands in solidarity with attacked gay couple » Boston Globe From Amsterdam to New York, London to Havana, Dutch men across the world held hands this week to show solidarity with a gay couple who say they were brutally beaten in Arnhem, the Netherlands. …

Crimes

Healey defends handling of daycare rape records request » Wicked Local Bridgewater Referring to it as a technical dispute about the process of providing public records, Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey continues to defend the actions of her office more than a year ago, wh…

Education

UMass Boston Community Defends Outgoing Chancellor Keith Motley » WBUR Students, faculty and staff at UMass Boston are defending Chancellor Keith Motley, who on Wednesday announced he will step down at the end of June after a decade leading the campus. The news comes sh…

Environment

Advocates push for continued reductions in fossil fuel emissions » WWLP 22 Environmentalists are calling on Massachusetts to help keep the air clean by reducing emissions from fossil fuels like coal and gasoline. They want Governor Charlie Baker to follow through on his prom…

Unhealthy air days common in Mass. despite progress » Worcester Telegram & Gazette Despite significant progress in curbing greenhouse gas emissions over the past decade, smog and soot pollution continues to create health concerns in Massachusetts, according to a new environmental su…

Health Care

Another state is at risk of having only one Obamacare health insurer » The Washington Post Two insurers announced this week that they would pull out of Iowa's Affordable Care Act exchanges next year, raising worries that the decisions could be the leading edge of a trend. Insurers face appr…

Human Services

Event highlights work to help those with mental illnesses » Eagle Tribune State Sen. Kathleen O'Connor Ives, D-Newburyport, recently co-sponsored the annual Massachusetts Department of Mental Health Northeast Area Citizen's Legislative Breakfast at the Statehouse along with…

Immigration

Curtatone, Hodgson hold largely cordial sanctuary city debate » Commonwealth Magazine SOMERVILLE MAYOR JOSEPH CURTATONE and Bristol Country Sheriff Thomas Hodgson on Thursday dropped their sound-bite attacks on one another and for the most part engaged in a substantive debate about san…

'Don't Open the Door': How Fear of an Immigration Raid Gripped a City » New York Times For days, it was the only topic of conversation. Immigration agents were said to be planning a raid. They could come any minute.…

1,500 immigrants and allies advocate for their priorities at the State House » Sampan About 1,500 immigrants, children of immigrants and their allies came together at the State House today to advocate for a Commonwealth where all people feel welcome to pursue their dreams and feel safe…

Judiciary

ECCO ADVOCATES FOR JUSTICE REFORM » Lynn Daily News Item Criminal justice reform was the topic for several hundred residents of North Shore communities who gathered at St. Stephen's Church Thursday evening with several of their legislative representatives. …

Labor

Only 98,000 New Jobs Were Created In March, Labor Department Says » WBUR After adding more than 200,000 jobs in each of the first two months of 2017, the U.S. economy gained only 98,000 jobs in March, according to the monthly report released Friday by the Bureau of Labor S…

US adds 98,000 jobs; rate falls to a low of 4.5 percent » Lowell Sun U.S. employers added just 98,000 jobs in March, the fewest in a year, though the unemployment rate fell to a nearly 10-year low of 4.5 percent. Last month's weakness in hiring may point to sluggishn…

US employers add just 98K jobs, as rate falls to 4.5 pct. » WCVB U.S. employers added just 98,000 jobs last month, the fewest in a year, though the unemployment rate fell to an almost seven-year low of 4.5 percent.…

Legislative

After 24 years, former lawmaker has quite the story » The Recorder Ellen Story, the Amherst Democrat who served for 24 years in the state House of Representatives, had plenty of tales to tell Tuesday from under the gilded Beacon Hill dome.…

Mass. Ave. Closures for Sen. Donnelly's Wake » Arlington Patch The wake of Sean. Kenneth Donnelly at Arlington Town Hall will partially close Mass. Ave. and Academy Street Friday. …

Local Government

Pacheco, Gifford fill Carver in on education funding » Wicked Local Carver A contingent from Carver plans to meet with state education and revenue officials Monday as part of the town's continuing effort to focus attention on the need to update the state funding formula for …

Social media use presents opportunities, challenges for Massachusetts communities » The Metro West Daily News The rise of social media has created new questions for cities and towns when it comes to preserving public records. “In some respects this becomes a moving target because these different platfo…

Opinion

In Changing Higher Ed Landscape, UMass Boston Gambled — And Lost » WBUR The recent budget woes at University of Massachusetts Boston may in part be due to mismanagement and fundraising shortfalls. Yet the difficulties at UMass Boston tell another cautionary tale as well…

Editorial: The future of tolls » Boston Herald President Trump is back to talking about his big, beautiful infrastructure plan (arguably what he could have been talking about for the last few months, if not for his undisciplined tweeting) and natu…

Politics

Congressman Jim McGovern and Boston City Council President Michelle Wu to receive Massachusetts Democratic Party's Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt Award » Sampan The Massachusetts Democratic Party has named Congressman Jim McGovern and Boston City Council President Michelle Wu as this year's recipients of the Party's Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt Awards. …

Public Health

Anti-smoking advocates renew push to raise tobacco-buying age to 21 » Sentinel & Enterprise Anti-smoking advocates are renewing their push to raise the tobacco-buying age to 21 across all of Massachusetts. More than 140 cities and towns in Massachusetts have passed ordinances lifting the mi…

Want to buy cigarettes in Mass.? You might have to wait until you're 21 » Boston Globe Massachusetts lawmakers appear increasingly likely to raise the minimum legal age for sale of tobacco to 21, a move that would make the state just the third in the nation to enact that requirement sta…

Public Safety

Local lawmaker proposes registry to track abusers » Eagle Tribune In an effort to prevent re-hiring caretakers with a documented history of abusing disabled people, state Rep. Linda Dean Campbell has proposed creating a state Disability Abuse Registry. The legislat…

State Government

For Arroyo, probate job no soft landing pad » Commonwealth Magazine This wasn't how the story was supposed to end. When Felix Arroyo was elected Suffolk County Register of Probate in 2014, the former Boston city councilor was supposed to sail off into obscurity, colle…

Students Converge On Beacon Hill For 70th Annual Student Government Day » WBUR Beacon Hill legislators have the day off Friday, but in their stead hundreds of high school students from all around Massachusetts will be at the State House for a civics lesson known as Student Gover…

Tourism Officials Celebrate the Industry at the State House » Cape Cod Online Tourism leaders from across the state gathered yesterday at the State House to celebrate the industry's economic impact and legislative champions. The annual Massachusetts Tourism Day was hosted by t…

Taxation

Massachusetts lawmakers mull state tax on services » WWLP 22 We already get taxed on goods for things we buy, but there is a plan to tax intangible services that people provide like a massage, haircut, or a tattoo. Right now it's just an idea and the state hasn…

Rosenberg says revise tax code to boost revenues » Lowell Sun Acknowledging just how controversial of a proposal it would be, Senate President Stanley Rosenberg on Wednesday said Massachusetts should discuss imposing a tax on services.…

Transportation

Keolis fines averaging $608,000 a month » Commonwealth Magazine THE MBTA IS ASSESSING KEOLIS Commuter Services financial penalties of about $608,000 a month, which is roughly 2.3 percent of the firm's monthly fee of $26 million. According to figures released by th…

State senate OKs 2-year plan for funding for bridges and roads » Berkshire Eagle Local officials are lauding the Massachusetts Senate for backing a long-term state funding plan to help cities and towns pay for road and bridge projects. The Senate this week doubled up on the House…

More than 8,000 Uber and Lyft drivers fail Massachusetts background check » More than 8,000 current and recent Uber and Lyft drivers in Massachusetts have been banned from driving in the state under new, stricter background check regulations. In November, the ride-sharing co…

In South Coast Rail debate, Taunton snubbed by chosen route, MassDOT head » State House News Service Taunton officials on Tuesday pressed the Massachusetts Department of Transportation for a guarantee that a plan to extend commuter rail service to Fall River and New Bedford will include an electric-p…

T makes first stop on trolley study tour » Dorchester Reporter Transit officials began the first leg of a community outreach process on the future of the Mattapan High-Speed Trolley on Tuesday by briefing a modest gathering in the Mattapan branch of the Boston Pu…

Utilities

Attorney General Healey to Testify at Eversource Rate Hearing In Pittsfield » iBerkshires Attorney General Maura Healey will be at the library on Monday to do what her staff has been doing all across the state — opposing the electrical rate increase proposed by Eversource. The el…

Wind power industry looks to U.S. states like Massachusetts for growth » National Observer Canada's wind energy industry wants to capitalize on American states' focus on electricity costs and emissions reduction targets, two issues it hopes may provide a counterweight to climate change skep…

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Yesterday's Late-Breaking News

Sen. L'Italien attends LGBTQ awards banquet » The Andover Townsman

MBTA Retirement Fund Careening Off The Tracks? » New Boston Post

Baker, Polito create formidable war chest » Boston Globe

Gov. Charlie Baker says Auburn Police Officer Ronald Tarentino Jr. may not have been 'assassinated' if assault on an officer was a felony » The Republican

Charlie Baker's pitch to Elaine Chao possibly sealed Green Line extension » Boston Herald

Unhealthy air days common despite progress on emission, report says » State House News Service

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The Week In Review

Most read bills of the week:

HB1 - An Act making appropriations for fiscal year 2018

HB1038 - An Act establishing the Massachusetts pregnant workers fairness act

HB2783 - An Act financing improvements to municipal roads and bridges

HB3504 - An Act to increase addiction treatment services

HB1190 - An Act relative to abusive practices to change sexual orientation and gender identity in minors

HB3440 - An Act relative to automobile technology

HB1007 - An Act requiring health care employers to develop and implement programs to prevent workplace violence

HB3492 - An Act relative to affordable housing

HB1829 - An Act to promote the safe integration of autonomous vehicles into the transportation system of the Commonwealth

House Actions This Week: 278

Senate Actions This Week: 150


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