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Must-Reads

Kushners' China Deal Flop Was Part of Much Bigger Hunt for Cash » Bloomberg Politics Jared Kushner, Donald Trump's son-in-law and top adviser, wakes up each morning to a growing problem that will not go away. His family's real estate business, Kushner Cos., owes hundreds of millions o…

The Politics of Disasters » Sabato's Crystal Ball What history tells us about the potential effects of Hurricane Harvey …

Dems' 2020 dilemma: Familiar 70-somethings vs. neophyte no-names » Politico MANCHESTER, N.H. — Old but well-known vs. fresh but anonymous: That's how the 2020 Democratic presidential field is shaping up so far — and it's causing anxiety within a party starting t…

Ivanka Trump supports rollback of Obama's policy to close gender pay gap » The Guardian Ivanka Trump, who came into her father's administration vowing to fight for women in the workplace, has blessed a White House plan to roll back an Obama-era policy aimed at eliminating the gender pay …

Baker seeks to toughen penalties for dealing drugs » State House News Service A year after working with the Legislature to try to stem the flow of opioids and improve addiction treatment options, Gov. Charlie Baker is targeting the peddlers of dangerous narcotics with a proposa…

Locals worried, uncertain awaiting Trump's plans for DACA » The Metro West Daily News Fear is growing in the immigrant communities in MetroWest and the Milford area who worry that President Donald Trump may dismantle an Obama-era program that offered protection to children who entered …

“This would establish a standard that basically says that if you knowingly sell this stuff to somebody, and you kill them, you will be subject to a charge of manslaughter, and that manslaughter charge will carry a five-year mandatory minimum,”

Governor Charlie Baker

Outlining a new bill that punishes drug dealers that prey on addicts.

News By Category
Beltway Politics

Hillary Clinton to return to New Hampshire » Boston Globe She's baaaaaack. And on her trip to New Hampshire, Hillary Clinton is going to sign some books.…

President Donald Trump pushes plan to overhaul US tax system, US Rep. Richard Neal says Democrats ready to work on 'real' reform » The Republican President Donald Trump hit the road Wednesday to promote his administration's plan to overhaul the U.S. tax system -- an area on which Republican lawmakers have pledged to focus much of their attentio…

Business

Facebook to open new Kendall Square office, add hundreds of jobs » Boston Globe Facebook has a status update: The social network will open a new office in Cambridge next year and plans to hire more than 500 employees, bringing the staff to 650. …

No rush to erase Yawkey imprint from scoreboard » Boston Herald Weeks after Red Sox owner John Henry publicly pushed to rename Yawkey Way, the team indicated it's in no rush to change Fenway Park's own tribute to controversial former boss Tom Yawkey, even though i…

Throwback Thursday: Happy 100th Birthday, Norman B. Leventhal! » Boston Magazine Rome wasn't built in a day, and neither was Boston. But with Norman B. Leventhal's help, Boston certainly made some leaps and bounds over the past century. Yesterday marks what would have been the lat…

South Bay alcohol license bill sent to governor » Dorchester Reporter Legislation facilitating economic development in Dorchester's South Bay, by allocating up to 15 alcohol licenses, is on Gov. Charlie Baker's desk.…

SBANE offering manufacturing consulting grant » Worcester Business Journal

Civic leaders brace for a busy fall on development front » Dorchester Reoprter

Bay state gas prices rise as U.S. taps petroleum reserves » Salem News

Civil Rights

Activists set launch party for Western Mass. chapter of Jewish Alliance for Law and Social Action » The Republican The Jewish Alliance for Law and Social Action, headquartered in Boston, has been dedicated to the pursuit of justice for the past 15 years. Now, a local group of men and women is initiating a Western …

Crimes

Baker proposes manslaughter charge for drug dealers » Boston Globe Seeking to crack down on the suppliers behind the state's lethal opioid crisis, Governor Charlie Baker on Wednesday filed a broad legislative package that would create a new manslaughter charge for dr…

Bill aims to nail drug dealers for OD deaths » Boston Herald Selling drugs that end up killing a user could lead to homicide charges for the dealer — or kingpins higher up the food chain — under a new tough-on-crime bill that could help prosecutor…

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker proposes increasing penalty for illegal distribution of drugs leading to death » The Republican Dealers who provide illegal drugs that lead to death would see an increase in penalties under a bill proposed by Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker and backed by local law enforcement officials.…

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker's public safety chief Dan Bennett, once murder-for-hire target, now seeking to close loophole » The Republican In Massachusetts, a murder for hire plot is considered a misdemeanor, leading to local authorities going to federal officials for help in cases where a person has offered to pay someone to kill someon…

Former Lawrence Officer Faces Prison For Extorting Cocaine From Dealer » WBUR A former Massachusetts police officer has agreed to plead guilty to extorting cocaine from a drug dealer by threatening to arrest the man.…

US Attorney: Sheriff's Dept. captain charged with smuggling in Rafael case » South Coast Today A captain with the Bristol County Sheriff's Office was arrested and charged late Wednesday in connection with helping Carlos Rafael, the owner of one of the largest commercial fishing businesses in th…

Hodgson: 'Codfather' charges filed against captain 'disappointing' » Boston Herald A captain with the Bristol County Sheriff's office has been charged with helping the man known as “The Codfather” smuggle cash into Portugal, federal authorities said.…

Education

Anti-Defamation League begins its work with Easthampton educators » MassLive As students prepare to return to school, teachers here are undergoing anti-bias training courtesy of the Anti-Defamation League.…

State Awards $46 Million in Funding for Early Education Programs » Cape Cod Today The Baker-Polito Administration has announced $46 million in funding awards to multiple initiatives that support the quality and availability of early education and care programs serving young childre…

Why Wheelock College Wants To Merge With Boston University » WBUR For almost 150 years, Wheelock College has been proudly small.…

Environment

Caterpillars have defoliated nearly one-third of state's forests, survey shows » Boston Globe Nearly a third of the forest canopy across Massachusetts has been consumed this year by a plague of gypsy moth caterpillars, finger-long creatures whose insatiable appetite for leaves can ultimately k…

Reservoir flooding the neighborhood: Berkshire transplants report on Harvey » Berkshire Eagle The floodwaters are slowly receding in Houston, but Harvey continues to churn along the Texas and Louisiana coasts.…

$500K jump-starts Manchester dredging » Gloucester Times The town was awarded a $500,000 state grant Tuesday, the remaining third of the $1.5 million total needed to complete the Manchester Harbor dredging project. The project will remove 24,676 cubic yards…

A Bacteria That Thrives In Warmer Waters Keeps Mass. Oyster Fisheries On High Alert » WBUR Massachusetts loves its local oysters from places like Wellfleet and Duxbury. The state's bivalve business is booming along with increased consumer demand. These days there's no shortage of $1 oyster …

Federal

Galvin, MAR Urge Congress To Preserve Mortgage Interest Deduction » Banker & Tradesman Secretary of State William Galvin sent a letter to Rep. Richard Neal (D-Massachusetts), ranking member of the tax-writing Ways & Means Committee and dean of the Massachusetts delegation, urging him to…

Health Care

Health care "referee" could cut through red tape, industry says » WWLP 22

Report outlines financial condition of Mass. hospitals » Lowell Sun

Housing

LBC Boston Celebrates Ribbon Cutting of its First Residential Project in Boston: Nova Residences » Boston Real Estate Times BOSTON – LBC Boston, a diverse group of companies managing real estate and business ventures, announced the grand opening of its first residential project in Boston.…

Cruz cuts ribbon on renovated affordable development » Bay State Banner In a city of more than 272,000 housing units, the renovation of the 87 units in the Wayne at Columbiahousing development may seem inconsequential. But elected officials and heads of both city and stat…

Immigration

Undocumented college students are facing an uncertain future » Boston Globe Undocumented immigrant students are returning to college campuses in the Boston area weighed down by an uncertain future, worried they could soon lose protections that have allowed them to live, work,…

Behind bars at ICE, MIT custodian awaits court ruling on unlawful detainment » The Tech More than a month after being detained by Immigration and Custom Enforcement (ICE), MIT custodian and Chelsea resident Francisco Rodriguez remains behind bars.…

Locals worried, uncertain awaiting Trump's plans for DACA » Milford Daily News Fear is growing in the immigrant communities in MetroWest and the Milford area who worry that President Donald Trump may dismantle an Obama-era program that offered protection to children who entered …

Labor

Sheriff proposes sending inmates to help with Harvey damage » WWLP 22 A Massachusetts sheriff who proposed sending county jail inmates to help President Donald Trump build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border is offering to send inmates to Texas to help clean up damage f…

Boston area has added 220,000 private-sector jobs since Great Recession, says new report » Boston Business Journal The Boston area has added 220,000 private-sector jobs during the past 10 years, outpacing the growth rates of nearly three-quarters of the nation's major markets, according to a federal report issued …

Legislative

Representative Ferguson appointed to Conference Committee » The Landmark State Representative Kimberly Ferguson (R-Holden) has been appointed to the conference committee for House Bill 3740 An Act relative to language opportunity for kids.…

Local Government

Patriots Charitable Foundation scores new play set for Brockton park » The Enterprise The Patriots legal counsel met with officials at Brockton City Hall on Monday to iron out the details of the donation, the mayor said, which is being used to buy a new playground set at McKinley Park …

Newburyport City Council to review letter to NRC calling for hearing » Newburyport News City Councilor at-large Barry Connell drafted a letter earlier this month to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission in Washington, D.C., calling for a hearing on evacuation plans in the event of an acciden…

Massachusetts Brewers Guild meeting held in Weymouth » Wicked Local Norwood In the efforts of promoting license and franchise law reform, the guild has elevated their presence by testifying during Massachusetts State Treasurer Debora Goldberg's Alcohol Task Force meetings. Th…

Free rides to polls for wheelchair-bound Quincy voters » Patriot Ledger It's about time to get out and vote – and there's help for handicapped people to do that. State Rep. Bruce Ayers, who represents parts of Quincy, is organizing a ride service for people in whee…

State, town sign Community Compact to improve IT, traffic and building maintenance » The Harvard Press In a brief Town Hall ceremony Tuesday morning attended by Lt. Gov. Karen Polito, state Rep. Jen Benson, members of the Board of Selectmen, and various department heads and well-wishers, Harvard became…

North Adams Earns Cultural District Designation » iBerkshires The Massachusetts Cultural Commission on Tuesday added two new cultural districts to the state's creative economy map: North Adams and Arlington.…

Automatic voter signup now in place in 10 states » Lowell Sun Illinois this week became the 10th state to adopt an automatic voter registration law, and election reform advocates in Massachusetts are using the news to call on Bay State lawmakers to approve simil…

Braintree exploring added hotel tax for dedicated police patrols » Patriot Ledger Town officials are discussing the possibility of raising the town's hotel tax to pay for increased police patrolling of hotels.…

Marijuana

Marijuana regulatory panel slow to take shape » The Associated Press (AP) The state's top elected officials are facing a deadline for assembling an agency that will regulate marijuana in Massachusetts.…

Former Bain partner to chair Massachusetts marijuana commission » Boston Herald

Former Bain executive Steven Hoffman, marijuana legalization opponent, tapped as Cannabis Control Commission chairman » The Republican

Mass. Officials Unlikely to Meet Marijuana Regulation Deadline » NECN

Opinion

First the rain — then the armchair experts » Boston Globe When a major catastrophe strikes your city, the worst part is all the death and destruction.…

A penny savored » Boston Globe Alex Beam's column “My two cents for keeping the penny” (Opinion, Aug. 28) featured an odd headline, because Beam basically provided all the logical reasons for getting rid of the penny, n…

I can't stop thinking about Mavis Wanczyk. And that's what the Lottery wants » Boston Globe Call me crazy, but I just can't stop thinking about Mavis Wanczyk.…

Our Opinion: Make registering voters automatic in state » Berkshire Eagle Massachusetts, normally known for its groundbreaking social advances like legalization of same-sex marriage, finds itself behind the eight-ball on the issue of automatic voter registration…

Politics

Controversial author Charles Murray to speak at Harvard » Boston Globe Controversial libertarian author Charles Murray is scheduled to deliver a speech next week at Harvard University, months after a similar appearance at Middlebury descended into chaos and violence when…

Leominster councilor launches state Senate bid » Lowell Sun LEOMINSTER -- At-large City Councilor Claire Freda is the fourth candidate to announce a run for the seat that state Sen. Jennifer Flanagan will resign from on Thursday to become the governor's choice…

Dan Koh brings on Doug Rubin for possible congressional campaign » Boston Globe A longstanding political grudge could end up being rich subtext in the race to fill the seat that US Representative Niki Tsongas is vacating.…

Public Safety

Fentanyl incident spurs push for first responder gear » South Coast Today Police cruisers in Chelsea now carry protective gear — including masks, gloves, and a hooded suit Chief Brian Kyes said makes the wearer look “kind of like a moonman” —after …

Andover man donates inflatable boats to help Harvey rescuers » Eagle Tribune Local resident Jamie Lyman donated two inflatable boats to help save people from the Harvey floods. Lyman owns New England Ski Boat, an outboard motors and inflatable boat company based in Cambridge.…

Brockton hires former Boston cop fired for assault » The Enterprise A former Boston police officer who was fired from the force for assaulting a civilian was recently hired by the Brockton Board of Health, according to several city leaders.…

State Finance

Beacon Hill's budget trick could backfire » Boston Globe For the state's budget writers, one-time revenue sources can be just too tempting to resist. Witness the bureaucracy unfolding at the Department of Revenue over the way sales taxes are collected.…

State Government

Massachusetts AG's Office Is Reviewing Berkshire Museum Plan » WAMC The Massachusetts Attorney General's office is reviewing the Berkshire Museum's controversial plan to sell 40 objects from its collection to fund major renovations and create an endowment. …

Ash: focus on projects the state can do today » The Reminder

Baker, Polito to headline charity fund-raiser » Boston Globe

STATEHOUSE NEWS: Money first, labor later as Massachusetts eyes ways to help Texas » Wicked Local Ashland

Transportation

Uber to pay Mass. drivers for improper toll charges » Boston Globe Uber Technologies revolutionized the transportation industry with its powerful and sophisticated software, but apparently couldn't figure out how to properly collect and pay road tolls for some of its…

Uber leasing arm agrees to pay $250G » Boston Herald An Uber subsidiary will pay a quarter of a million dollars to settle allegations it overcharged hundreds of drivers who leased cars from the ride-hailing giant.…

What The Process Was For Selecting The New MBTA GM » WBUR The MBTA's incoming general manager starts Sept. 12, and he's a controversial pick. …

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Yesterday's Late-Breaking News

Facebook, planning major Cambridge expansion, aims to hire 500 » Boston Business Journal

Sen. Eric Lesser plans town halls in Belchertown, Ludlow, Springfield » MassLive

Potential Elimination of J-1 Visa Program Could Cripple Cape Cod's Seasonal Businesses » CapeCod.com

Massachusetts Cultural Council designates downtown North Adams a 'cultural district' » Berkshire Eagle

Field shaping up for late Rep. Gailanne Cariddi's seat in Massachusetts House » MassLive

Hurricane Harvey: Local efforts sought to aid Texas » Berkshire Eagle

Mental health workers press Baker to back metal detectors at DMH facilities » Worcester Telegram

Baker Seeks To Toughen Penalties For Dealing Drugs » WBUR

Harvey would 'wipe out' Boston, mayor says, eyeing flood planning » Boston Herald

Galvin warns how GOP tax plan could "cripple" Bay State housing market » State House News Service

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Press Releases

Partners HealthCare Launches New Center of Excellence » Partners Healthcare

How Can a 'Biological Opinion' Help North Atlantic Right Whales? » Conservation Law Foundation

Cleantech Open Northeast Accelerator Program Awards 2018’s Top Cleantech and Energy Startups » Northeast Clean Energy Council

U.S. SETS NEW RECORD FOR OIL PRODUCTION IN SEPTEMBER MEETING VIRTUALLY ALL GLOBAL DEMAND GROWTH » Mass. Petroleum Council

MassDOT Commits Funds to Help Amtrak Improve Longmeadow Railroad Crossing » MassDOT

How Small Businesses Can Sell Products on Amazon » National Federation of Independent Business

More than Two Dozen NFIB Members Are Running for Office Across the Country » National Federation of Independent Business

Lt. Governor Polito Hosts Roundtable on Dangerousness » Office of Governor Charlie Baker

Baker-Polito Administration Further Expands Access to Opioid Reversal Medication » Office of Governor Charlie Baker

Warren, Markey Query Columbia Gas On Uninhabitable Homes Following Merrimack Valley Disaster » Office of Senator Ed Markey

Senator Markey Commends MassDOT Commitment to Help Amtrak Improve Longmeadow Railroad Crossing » Office of Senator Ed Markey

Senator Markey Urges FDA to Deny Approval of Powerful Opioid Dsuvia, Cites Warning of Committee Chair » Office of Senator Ed Markey

Senators Press for Full Disclosure of Trump Family Business Ties to Saudi Arabia » Office of Senator Ed Markey

Bipartisan Legislation Introduced Suspending Military Aid & Sales to Saudi Government following Khashoggi Disappearance » Congressman Jim McGovern

McGovern Statement on Apparent Murder of Jamal Khashoggi » Congressman Jim McGovern

Educators' Voices Are Influential on Ballot Questions » Massachusetts Teachers Association

CLIMATE CHANGE WILL COST LOCAL BREWERIES, WINERIES » Climate Action Business Association


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