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9:00am Mass. NAHRO Legislative Information Day, Grand Staircase & Great Hall

10:00am Joint Committee on Higher Education, Public Hearing

10:00am Joint Committee on Education, Public Hearing

11:00am House Session, Informal Session

11:00am Senate Session, Informal Session

6:00pm Boston Marathon Wreath Ceremony, Great Hall

Must-Reads

No Hamilton, no worries because UMass board is providing plenty of theater » Boston Globe I don't have a ticket to “Hamilton” yet, but I got my fill of political theater in the most unlikeliest of places: the University of Massachusetts boardroom. …

Ben Carson visits Miami housing development — and gets stuck in elevator » Miami Herald Carson, Miami-Dade County Public Housing Director Michael Liu and five other people got stuck inside an elevator Wednesday on the way down from a visit to the rooftop of the Courtside Family Apartment…

Trump Reversals Hint at Wall Street Wing's Sway in White House » New York Times Startling shifts on China and the Export-Import Bank and the possible reappointment of the chairwoman of the Federal Reserve show financiers may be gaining the upper hand over the populists.…

Hillary Clinton, Shoe Model? » New York Times The former presidential candidate steps out in Katy Perry's collection, and now the resistance knows what to wear on its feet.…

Cuomo enlists Bernie Sanders to unveil free public college proposal » Politico Over chants of “Bernie! Bernie!,” Gov. Andrew Cuomo joined Sen. Bernie Sanders in Long Island City on Tuesday to roll out a proposal to make New York's public universities tuition-free for…

Opinion: Trump Is Paying Back Corporations by Wiping Out Regulations » Roll Call If many of President Donald Trump's proposals become law, regular Americans — including many diehard Trump supporters — have a great deal to lose. …

Automakers: Too many rules could drive innovation out of Bay State » Boston Herald Automakers are warning Beacon Hill they will take their self-driving car business out of the state if new regulations under consideration choke off an innovative technology they say represents a great…

Schools would see increased funds under House budget » Herald News Addressing healthcare, local aid and the state's long-term financial health are among the priorities House Ways and Means Chairman Brian Dempsey listed in unveiling his committee's $40.3 billion Massa…

Trump 'truly a danger to our democracy,' says Katherine Clark » Boston Globe US Representative Katherine Clark on Wednesday said President Trump is “truly a danger to our democracy,” and said she is deeply concerned by reports that Russian operatives attempted to i…

Weighing another run, Gomez sees Warren as beatable » State House News Service Former Navy SEAL Gabriel Gomez said Wednesday that U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren's fundraising advantage heading into a 2018 re-election campaign should not deter any Republicans, including himself, from…

Guest Opinion: Raise your voice for Stoughton rail route to SouthCoast » Herald News Since the early 1980s, Massachusetts residents have been promised a South Coast Rail project that would bring reliable, adequate service to all of Southeastern Massachusetts and provide our neglected …

“She actively protected racists who work at the Trial Court at the expense of those like myself who are the object of their hatred,” said Arroyo, who read from a prepared statement and would not take questions. “For the very same reasons that she is not fit to be a judge and to sit on the bench here in Massachusetts, she is also not fit to continue to serve as a deputy court administrator for the Trial Court.”

Felix D. Arroyo - Suffolk Register

Speaking about Judicial nominee Linda M. Medonis after she withdrew her nomination on Wednesday.

News By Category
Beltway Politics

George W. Bush Calls Foreign Aid A Moral And Security Imperative » WBUR President Trump's budget blueprint is all about "hard power" — increasing the country's military might by slashing foreign aid. The proposed cuts are in contrast to the dramatic boost to foreig…

Trump Signals Steve Bannon Could Be On His Way Out » WBUR Could a real shake-up be coming soon to the Trump White House — and is his chief strategist Steve Bannon the one on the outs? The president sounds fed up with the infighting, and he appears to…

Business

Rejected ride-hailing drivers have little recourse in Mass. » Boston Globe After losing his job as a driver for Lyft, Edward Fares took his frustrations right to the top: Governor Charlie Baker.…

Boston Grand Prix chief accepts $50k fine, ban on events in settlement » Boston Herald The former CEO of the failed Boston Grand Prix has agreed to pay $50,000 and accept a lifetime ban on promoting events in Massachusetts in exchange for the state attorney general dropping a civil laws…

Battenfeld: John Casey hits the skids on Bay State promotions » Boston Herald The former CEO of the failed Grand Prix of Boston has agreed to pay $50,000 and accept a lifetime ban on promoting events in Massachusetts in exchange for the state attorney general dropping a civil l…

Car companies weigh in on self-driving vehicle regulations in Mass. » Boston Business Journal The competing instincts of business advocates and lawmakers came into sharp relief during a public hearing Wednesday at the Massachusetts State House over the future of self-driving cars in the state.…

Boston's WBUR to launch investigative unit » Current WBUR will launch an investigative reporting unit with a three-year, $300,000 grant from the Barr Foundation.…

MassDevelopment chief departing after 8-3 board vote » State House News Service

Massport picks Omni to build Boston's fourth-largest hotel » Boston Business Journal

State, GE funding new digital health research center in Worcester » Boston Business Journal

Education

Local educators named to state advisory council » Lowell Sun A Chelmsford school administrator and a college professor from Littleton have been appointed to the state STEM Advisory Council.…

Sannicandro chosen to head UMass Institute of Community Inclusion » Wicked Local Ashland Former State Rep. Tom Sannicandro will take up a $165,000 post at UMass Boston in a role that draws on his Statehouse advocacy for special needs students.…

Sex Ed Bill Encourages Frank Discussions of Non-Reproductive Acts » State House News Service The bill, dubbed “An Act Relative to Healthy Youth,” includes an updated curriculum for sex education for public schools in Massachusetts. It is scheduled to be discussed at a public heari…

Why Thousands Of American Parents Are Sending Their Kids To 'Russian Math' » WBUR When Larisa Itina was emigrating from Russia in 2000, her son Boris told her not to bother packing all the toys, games and puzzles she'd collected for helping children learn math. He said, " 'Mother,…

Students, faculty protest UMass Boston cuts » Boston Herald Fearing education will be compromised, UMass Boston students and faculty interrupted a trustees meeting and demanded support for the campus in a packed overflow meeting today.…

UMass Boston, Stuck In Transition, Seeks A Way Forward » WBUR The Board of Trustees of the University of Massachusetts system met Wednesday morning in a bright white ballroom inside UMass Boston's campus center, still only 12 years old. Outside there were piles …

Senator Jason Lewis Named by Governor Baker to STEM Advisory Board » Reading Patch

Health Care

UMass Med School honors memory of Gov. Cellucci » Worcester Telegram & Gazette The University of Massachusetts Medical School has announced the creation of a newly endowed chair, the Gov. Paul Cellucci Chair in Neuroscience Research.…

Was Baker's $2,000-Per-Business Health Care Penalty A Red Herring? » New Boston Post Governor Charlie Baker's plan to impose a hefty fine on businesses that have 11 or more workers and do not provide health care coverage is still alive officially, but the sting may be in the process o…

Clark leads health care rally outside State House » WWLP 22 Union members rallying outside the State House made health care their focal point as they pledged to continue fighting Trump administration policies.…

Human Services

Baker-Polito Administration Establishes Council to Address Aging in Massachusetts » Sampan Yesterday, at MIT AgeLab in Cambridge, Governor Charlie Baker signed an Executive Order establishing the state's first Governor's Council to Address Aging in Massachusetts.…

Immigration

In Chelsea, Suing Trump Is About More Than Protecting Federal Dollars » WBUR Chelsea and Lawrence are immigrant cities and have been for generations.…

Insurance

Get Set For Trump Revisions To Your Affordable Care Act Insurance » WBUR Repeal and replace is on-again, off-again, but that doesn't mean the rules affecting your insurance will stay the same in the meantime. The Trump administration's proposed rule aimed at stabilizing t…

Neighborhood Health to offer unprecedented money back guarantee » Boston Business Journal

Legislative

Black and Latino caucus hears pleas for funding » Worcester Telegram & Gazette Members of the state Black and Latino Legislative Caucus got a wide-ranging earful Wednesday night from residents and local organizations advocating for funding for programs in the fiscal 2018 state b…

NILP hosts legislative forum » Wicked Local The Northeast Independent Living Program Inc. and the Elder Services of the Merrimack Valley Inc. recently held their annual legislative forum at The Massachusetts School of Law in Andover.…

Local Government

Another city councilor to retire » Boston Globe After nearly three decades in public service, City Councilor Salvatore LaMattina said he will not seek reelection this year, opening the floodgates for potential challengers to vie for another open co…

ConCom signs letter opposing new gas pipelines » The Harvard Press Harvard's Conservation Commission joined 73 other commissions across the state in signing a letter that asks Governor Charlie Baker to end his support for natural gas pipelines, in particular the Acce…

State budget figures give Shrewsbury school budget a boost » Worcester Telegram & Gazette School officials are feeling cautiously optimistic about the fiscal 2018 budget after hearing the latest Chapter 70 education aid figures from the state.…

Downtown Crossing's renaissance » Commonwealth Magazine For those wondering what the turnaround of Downtown Crossing means for the city of Boston, two stories this week in the Boston Globe and CommonWealth magazine provide some perspective. The Globe on W…

Easton official's Facebook, Twitter posts spur social media storm » The Enterprise He has called Barack Obama gay, said Islam is destroying the world and mocked a GateHouse Media newspaper. Now, he will help decide the next town administrator.…

Surprise: three write-in votes propel Hadley resident to School Committee » Gazette Net In politics, sometimes a handful of votes makes the difference. In this case, all it took to propel 38-year-old Keith Shannon to the School Committee were three write-in votes — from himself, h…

The push for Ranked Choice Voting » Worcester Mag

Marijuana

Marijuana dispensary may open in Milford plaza » The Metro West Daily News Just after a medical marijuana cultivation facility stepped back its plans to open a dispensary, another is hoping to open in a different location - but in a much more public area.…

Planning Board supports temporary marijuana business ban » Wareham Week The question of temporarily banning the sale of recreational marijuana in Wareham will be before voters at the April 24 Town Meeting.…

State senator: Massachusetts pot regulations may tap gaming standards » Eagle Tribune Count Sen. Eileen Donoghue among the Beacon Hill insiders who think the state's evolving marijuana industry oversight structure should be modeled after gaming regulation.…

Opinion

The generals come to Trump's rescue » Boston Globe THANK GOD FOR the generals. No one thought they would turn out to be the moderates in the Trump White House.…

Trump and the rally culture » Boston Globe According to the April 8 poll from Gallup, 40 percent of Americans approve of the job President Trump is doing. What are those 40 percent thinking? …

Why the Kansas election matters » Boston Globe To understand why Tuesday's special election in Kansas matters in American politics, it's important to remember that incumbent politicians run two kinds of campaigns — unopposed and scared.…

Does Massachusetts live up to the hype? » Boston Globe CHECK OUT THE headlines. Charlie Baker is the most popular governor in America and Massachusetts is the Promised Land.…

The backstory on Mitt Romney's 'binders full of women' » Boston Globe Those storied binders full of women resurfaced this week, artifacts from an ancient and more innocent time.…

Our Opinion: Encouraging signs on state funding of education » Berkshire Eagle The early word on state education funding for the coming fiscal year is encouraging, which offers cause for some optimism among Berkshire school districts struggling to come up with their own budgets.…

Why Mass. must not let up on testing students » Boston Globe

Politics

Southwick May Be The Reddest Town In Blue Mass. » WBUR Farming still dominates the countryside around the town of Southwick, which jogs southward and is surrounded by Connecticut on three sides. Politically, Southwick is also somewhat removed from much of…

Special election set in 4th Middlesex Senate District to fill Donnelly's seat » Wicked Local Burlington

Special election in the 4th Middlesex Senate district scheduled » Lowell Sun

4th Middlesex District Special Election Date Set » Peabody Patch

Public Health

Where the food deserts are » Commonwealth Magazine CHELSEA, SPRINGFIELD, AND TAUNTON top a new list of cities with the highest percentage of low-income residents lacking access to grocery stores, a problem with nutrition ramifications that is most acu…

Data shows Gateway Cities, rural areas, trapped in "grocery gap" » Lowell Sun In low-income areas where there is limited grocery store access, residents are more reliant on convenience stores and other outlets, limiting their ability to obtain fresh produce, meats and other hea…

Colleges can get free Narcan » Lowell Sun As the United States continues to grapple with the opioid crisis, a new program is targeting college campuses with an effort to deliver 40,000 doses of Narcan in an effort to save more lives.…

Public Safety

Road Closures On Marathon Days Increase The Risk Of Death From Heart Attack, Research Finds » WBUR On a spring day, Dr. Anupam Jena and his daughter were headed toward Beacon Hill to cheer on Jena's wife, Dr. Neena Kapoor, in a road race. But the exits off Storrow Drive near Massachusetts General H…

No space, no place for female inmates in Essex County » Boston Globe

State Finance

Proposed MA State Budget Targets Medicaid Program Funding » Health Payer Intelligence The Massachusetts House of Ways and Means approved employer-based Medicaid program tax revenues following the Governor's proposed state budget earlier this year. …

Baker 'working the edges' of budget to address revenue shortfall » Herald News

Senators to lobby feds before state budget rollout » State House News Service

State Government

State seal may be up for makeover » Worcester Telegram & Gazette

Transportation

T union president indicted for fraud, kickbacks » Commonwealth Magazine THE PRESIDENT OF an MBTA union is facing charges that he used his position as a buyer for the agency to submit fraudulent invoices that netted him more than $100,000 in cash and kickbacks, according t…

State Inspector General looking into MBTA deals » Boston Herald

Advocates push anew for driver ban on handheld devices » Wicked Local Cambridge

Utilities

Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. given green light to begin tree cutting in Otis State Forest » Berkshire Eagle The Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. has been given the green light to start clearing trees and begin building its natural gas storage loop through Otis State Forest.…

Amid Axia uncertainty, state moves to ensures MassBroadband 123 doesn't go dark » Berkshire Eagle Though one company claims it's losing millions running the state's 1,200-mile fiber-optic network, as many as a dozen others may compete to step into the fray.…

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Yesterday's Late-Breaking News

MIRA Coalition draws hundreds to rally for safe communities » Bay State Banner

Nine Massachusetts hospitals receive 'C' grades for safety » Boston Business Journal

Want to buy a train station? South Station could be yours for $100M » Boston Business Journal

Massachusetts unveils preliminary plans to repair, replace declining court facilities, but where is Springfield? » The Republican

Judicial nominee withdraws hours before confirmation hearing » Boston Globe

Superior Court, BMC nominees cleared for judgeships » State House News Service

Cape, South Shore Legislators Express Support for Federal Nuclear Waste Site » Cape Cod Online

Data shows Gateway Cities, rural areas, trapped in "grocery gap" » Sentinel & Enterprise

Sheriff favors reform of “fine time” for defendants » WWLP 22

Tribe, town react to casino court ruling » Martha's Vineyard Times

Keating defends Mass. health care as ACA debate simmers » State House News Service

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Press Releases

AIM Offers Downloadable Employer Guide to State Ballot Questions » Associated Industries of Massachusetts

Massachusetts Association of Realtors Recognizes Realtor Tanisha Salmon for her Community Service Efforts » Mass. Association of Realtors

Mattapoisset Broker Named 2018 Massachusetts Realtor of the Year » Mass. Association of Realtors

Cambridge Broker Receives Massachusetts Realtor Distinguished Service Award » Mass. Association of Realtors

Baker-Polito Administration Announces Improvement Project at Flynn Memorial Rink » Mass. Department of Conservation & Recreation

Federal Judge Denies Motion from For-profit School Industry to Delay Critical Protections for Student Loan Borrowers » Office of Attorney General Maura Healey

AG Healey Sues Starion Energy Over Deceptive Sales Tactics, Overcharging Residents by $30 Million » Office of Attorney General Maura Healey

AG Healey Joins Multistate Effort to Stop Illegal Robocalls » Office of Attorney General Maura Healey

Baker-Polito Administration Awards $3 Million in Community Compact IT Grants to 44 Cities and Towns » Executive Office of Administration & Finance

Treasurer Goldberg Announces SeedMA Baby » Office of Treasurer Deb Goldberg

Legislature passes FY18 close-out bill with $40M for local roads » Mass. Municipal Association

Franklin Line Weekend Shuttles during Two Weekends for East Street Bridge Rehabilitation Work » MBTA

Weekend Daytime Closures of Chelsea Street Drawbridge for Standard Maintenance » MBTA


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