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9:00am MassDevelopment Board of Directors Meeting, 99 High Street, 11th Floor, Boston

11:00am Massachusetts State Police Fall Awards Ceremony, Grand Staircase, State House

11:00am Election Modernization Coalition Press Conference for Automatic Voter Registration, State House steps, Boston

11:00am Inspector General Council Meeting, One Ashburton Place, Room 1311, Boston

11:00am House Session, Informal Session

11:00am Senate Session, Full Formal Session

1:00pm House Committee on Bonding Capital Expenditure and State Assets, Oversight Hearing

2:00pm Joint Committee on Veterans & Federal Affairs, Public Hearing

6:00pm Rep. Colleen Garry's Fall Fundraiser

Must-Reads

Who will run for McGee's Senate seat? » ItemLive.com A symphony has started in a game of musical chairs that could have sweeping implications for the region's political landscape. …

Massachusetts criminal justice bill is welcome reform » Boston Globe The Massachusetts Senate recently passed watershed legislation that, among other things, retroactively reduces mandatory sentences and incorporates 18-year-olds into the state's juvenile court justice…

Women channel political angst into election success » Boston Globe Last November, Manisha Bewtra was just another frustrated voter whose notion of running for office someday took on new and sudden urgency…

Suburbs Rebel Against Trump, Threatening Republicans in Congress » New York Times The American suburbs appear to be in revolt against President Trump after a muscular coalition of college-educated voters and racial and ethnic minorities dealt the Republican Party a thumping rejecti…

Political dysfunction in Agawam rears its ugly head -- again » The Republican If Agawam ever gets its own TV sitcom, the name of the show might be "Dysfunction Junction."…

Democratic women sweep into office in state elections » Politico Female candidates swept into office in Virginia and other state and local elections around the country Tuesday, giving Democrats the first taste of a force reshaping their party in the first year of P…

Time for state to catch up on Airbnb tax » Commonwealth Magazine STARTING NOVEMBER 1, New Hampshire became the fifth and latest New England state to allow Airbnb to collect taxes on behalf of its community of hosts and guests, and remit that revenue to the state.…

“Today, the Massachusetts House of Representatives made clear that birth control access is not up for debate in Massachusetts,”

Dr. Jennifer Childs-Roshak, president of the Planned Parenthood Advocacy Fund of Massachusetts

Speaking about the bill passed that would ensure access to free birth control in the state.

News By Category
Beltway Politics

Do Tuesday's GOP losses prove Trump's politics don't work for everyone? » Boston Globe The hazards of Trump-inspired appeals to white nationalism were laid bare for Republicans this week in a closely watched Virginia election, exposing dangers for the GOP as it fights to extend control …

Business

Panera Bread to acquire Boston-based Au Bon Pain » Boston Globe Panera Bread announced on Wednesday that it would acquire Boston-based Au Bon Pain, a move that will reunite two bakery-cafes that share the same starter yeast. …

Southeastern Mass Buy Local Organizations Receive State Grant Funding » Cape Cod Online The Southeastern Massachusetts Agricultural Partnership has received $68,000 in grant funding from the state to support buy local organizations.…

Time Ticking For A Berkshire Museum Appeal » New England Public Radio The Berkshire Museum is poised to start auctioning off parts of its collection next week, including two Norman Rockwell paintings. That's after a judge Tuesday cleared the way for the sale.…

Football at Fenway: Ballpark wants to be 'alternative home' for UMass » The Republican As football at Fenway Park becomes a more annual occurrence, could UMass also become a more regular playing partner?…

'Daddy's Home 2,' partially filmed at Ski Butternut, injected $19M into Massachusetts economy » Berkshire Eagle If you're a state looking for a multimillion-dollar cash infusion, get a Hollywood film company to come and make a movie.…

Report: Boston venture capital on 'fundraising tear,' facing more outside competition » Boston Business Journal Boston venture capitalists have had a good few years in terms of both exits for their investment and their own fundraising efforts, according to a new data-heavy deep dive from investment research fir…

The Fastest-Growing Jobs and Where They're Most Common » Governing Aging baby boomers and Americans' eating and technology habits will help drive large increases for some occupations over the next decade. …

Crimes

Joint drug probe in Marlborough and Hudson area results in 31 arrests for heroin and fentanyl sales » The Republican A months-long investigation into the heroin and fentanyl trade in the Marlborough and Hudson area resulted in 31 people arrested Monday as state and local police rolled up a fentanyl and heroin ring, …

Over 30 people arrested in Middlesex County drug distribution ring » Boston Globe More than 30 individuals have been arrested on drug charges after a large, undercover investigation exposed a heroin and fentanyl distribution ring operating in parts of Middlesex County, according to…

Actor Kevin Spacey accused of Nantucket assault » Cape Cod Times A former Boston news anchor has accused actor Kevin Spacey of sexually assaulting her teenage son at a Nantucket restaurant in 2016, adding to a wave of sexual misconduct allegations against the two-t…

Education

Berklee let teachers quietly leave after alleged sex abuse, and pushed students for silence » Boston Globe She woke up naked and unnerved. Her professor, her mentor at Berklee College of Music, was groping her as she tried to push him away while fighting off waves of nausea. …

Funding eyed to handle influx of Puerto Rican students » The Lowell Sun Gov. Charlie Baker plans to request additional school funding from the Legislature to help cities pay for the education of hundreds of children who have arrived from Puerto Rico since Hurricane Maria …

Gov. Baker Will Seek Money To Address Influx Of Puerto Rican Students » WBUR Gov. Charlie Baker plans to request additional school funding from the Legislature to help cities pay for the education of hundreds of children who have arrived from Puerto Rico since Hurricane Maria …

Gaming

Wynn interested in buying Everett T facility » Commonwealth Magazine WYNN RESORTS IS INTERESTED in purchasing a massive MBTA repair facility adjacent to the Everett property where it is building a $2.4 billion hotel and casino, but so far has made no formal offer.…

Health Care

Free birth control clears Mass. House » Worcester Business Journal The Massachusetts House passed a bill guaranteeing free access to birth control for women in the Bay State by a wide margin Tuesday. …

Free-Contraception Bill Racing Through Massachusetts Legislature » New Boston Post A bill that would guarantee copay-free coverage for birth control in Massachusetts earned initial approval in the House Wednesday morning and appears likely to be advanced to the Senate later in the d…

Mass. House Approves Co-Pay-Free Contraception » WGBH The Massachusetts House has approved new health insurance mandates covering contraceptives without requiring a co-pay, part of an effort by Beacon Hill lawmakers to safeguard sexual health coverage am…

Senate to revisit single-payer plan that failed in 2012 » The Salem News It's been five years since the Massachusetts Senate last waded into the issue of single-payer health care, and debate beginning Wednesday could bring the topic back to the floor.…

Mass. Senate to field renewed call to study single-payer health care » Berkshire Eagle It's been five years since the Massachusetts Senate last waded into the issue of single-payer health care, and debate beginning Wednesday could bring the topic back to the floor.…

Immigration

From Sanctuary City to Sanctuary State? ACLU Sees Salem Vote As Springboard » New Boston Post The American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts is praising those who turned out in droves Tuesday in Salem to vote down a referendum that would have overturned the City Council's vote months ago …

Judiciary

Criminal justice reform activists lobby for bill passage » Bay State Banner On the first day of November, several days after the Senate passed a comprehensive criminal justice reform bill, supporters of the legislation rallied and lobbied in the Massachusetts State House to c…

Labor

Battenfeld: iHeart agrees to recognize 'BZ union, offer jobs to all of AM station's employees » Boston Herald The radio conglomerate set to buy local news powerhouse WBZ-AM has agreed to recognize the station's union and offer jobs to all of its employees, averting a nasty fight that threatened to derail the …

Local Government

Planning board violates Open Meeting Law » Andover Townsman The Massachusetts Attorney General found the board had violated the state's Open Meeting Law by failing to release meeting minutes in a timely manner. …

The city of Newton is at war — over leaf blowers » Boston Globe In his 14 years of public service, Ted Hess-Mahan has dealt with no shortage of controversial issues. There have been tax overrides and zoning reform, sanctuary city status and affordable housing.…

North Andover receives MassWorks Program Infrastructure grant » Wicked Local North Andover Housing and Economic Development Secretary Jay Ash joined local officials and community leaders to award a $2.7 million MassWorks Program Infrastructure grant to North Andover for the Route 125 Corrid…

$1.7M grant goes toward Bellingham road work » Wicked Local Bellingham The town received a $1.7 million grant from the state this week for a project at the intersection of Rte. 140 and Maple Street that officials hope will ease traffic flow.…

Kim Janey wins District 7 seat on the City Council » Dorchester Reporter After one of the city's most hotly contested campaigns, Kim Janey was elected on Tuesday as the first female city councillor to represent the neighborhood that her family has called home for generatio…

Pittsfield Councilors Want More Details For West Side Youth Center Project » iBerkshires The city is set to ask the West Side Neighborhood Initiative to flesh out the details of possibly building a new youth center.…

Cape's regional government sidetracked by #metoo controversy » Cape Cod Times Ronald Beaty Jr.'s recent Twitter post calling the #MeToo movement “nonsense” continued to generate controversy Wednesday, and the head of the county panel on which he sits appears to be t…

Women now a majority on Attleboro City Council » The Sun Chronicle When new Ward 5 councilor Laura Dolan is sworn in sometime within the next week or so, women will make up a majority on the city council for the first time in the city's 103-year history.…

7 takeaways from Worcester's municipal election » Worcester Telegram & Gazette Now that the dust has settled from Tuesday's municipal election, here are seven takeaways from the results and what they might mean going forward.…

Ricker may seek recount in narrow loss to Mayor Mazzarella in Leominster » Worcester Telegram & Gazette With only 210 votes separating Mayor Dean J. Mazzarella over write-in candidate Kenneth J. Ricker in Tuesday's election, Mr. Ricker took out papers for a recount Wednesday, according to City Clerk Lyn…

State Rep. Arciero tours Middlesex Sheriff Office's Housing Unit for veterans » Wicked Local Westford State Rep. James Arciero, D-Westford, and the members of the legislature's Joint Committee on Veterans and Federal Affairs recently toured the nation's first facility specifically designed for veteran…

Plainville signs pact with state » The Sun Chronicle The town has joined a long line of communities in Massachusetts to sign an agreement with the state that creates an enhanced partnership between both.…

Marijuana

Greenfield eviction notice highlights possible conflict in medical marijuana and anti-smoking laws » The Recorder Sitting in her motorized wheelchair, Anita Nelson gives a laundry list of her medical problems: multiple spinal injuries, distressed organs, post-traumatic stress disorder, double-vision, an episode o…

Opinion

Don't let Brookline seize land from Pine Manor College » Boston Globe The shocking proposal by the town of Brookline to seize 7 acres of the Pine Manor College campus for use as a K-8 school is deeply unfair to our students and faculty, and a poor way to treat a nonprof…

KIRBY: No 'mayor for life' in Attleboro » The Sun Chronicle No matter what happened on Tuesday, this election was going to be historic.…

Hay voted for his own pay raise, despite his critique » Sentinel & Enterprise Last month, state Rep. Stephan Hay, D-Fitchburg, wrote an op-ed criticizing MassFiscal for a mailer that we sent to his constituents.…

Carr: Who put the shiv into an honest cop? » Boston Herald The only question is, how many hacks are going down over this latest scandal in state government involving judges?…

Boston City Council makes history with the election of six women » Boston Globe Six women won election to the Boston City Council — making history and stirring optimism that a legislative body not known for its relevance or diversity can finally propel women to real power …

Warren: A seat of honor for POW/MIAs » Boston Herald Every year on Nov. 11, America honors the men and women who have served our country in uniform.…

Politics

2018 Midterms: What To Watch For One Year Out » WBUR One year out from the 2018 midterm elections, Democrats see light ahead while Republicans are being dragged down by President Trump.…

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Setti Warren wants to create 2 cabinet-level positions for veterans, elder affairs in MA » The Republican Democratic gubernatorial candidate Setti Warren announced Wednesday that he will pursue the creation of two new cabinet-level positions to oversee elder, veterans and military family-related affairs i…

Needham Native Phil Murphy Wins NJ Governor's Race » Somerville Patch Future Olympians, astronauts, ESPN personalities, and NFL players have previously walked the halls of Needham High School. Now, the school can add the future governor of New Jersey to the list of nota…

Dems Win Special Elections for 2 Massachusetts House Seats » US News and World Report Two Democrats, one making a political comeback and the other a 24-year-old newcomer, have won seats in the Massachusetts Legislature.…

Murphy reaffirms intent to decline council seat in Weymouth » Wicked Local Weymouth Michael Murphy, a constituent services director for state Sen. Patrick O'Connor who withdrew from the councilor-at-large election race Oct. 17 only to be elected to the position by voters Tuesday, wil…

Victor in Newton race touts inclusive message » Boston Herald Ruthanne Fuller, elected Newton's first female mayor Tuesday, joined Zuri Berry on Boston Herald Radio yesterday.…

Not Just Virginia: Democrats Recover Some Ground in Several State Legislatures » Governing Democrats gained seats in several states on Tuesday -- more in the Virginia House than they have in any single cycle since the 19th century. …

Election 2017 Was a Historic Night for Women » Governing Minority and LGBTQ women, in particular, scored big victories in state and local races across the country. …

Public Health

How one Massachusetts town is facing the opioid crisis head-on » Worcester Telegram Robert Hollis III's obituary didn't hide much.…

Families forced to wait months for autopsy reports and death certificates » WWLP 22 Imagine having to wait months, or even years to find out how your loved one died.…

Public Safety

Bennett says he didn't order alterations to OUI report on Dudley judge's daughter » Boston Herald The state's public safety chief is denying he ordered embarrassing comments scrubbed from a police report detailing the arrest of a Worcester County judge's daughter on drug and drunken driving charge…

State Finance

House okays $199 million for new Chelsea Soldiers Home » State House News Service The House on Wednesday approved a $244 million bond bill that directs $199 million to be spent on the design and construction of a new 154-bed Soldier's Home in Chelsea.…

States' Financial Practices Get Graded » Governing And the report card isn't good: Most states failed to balance their budgets without resorting to one-time fixes or underfunding pensions, among other violations. …

State Government

Berkshire Museum art sale opponents pin hopes on AG » The Berkshire Eagle The most recent plaintiff to challenge the Berkshire Museum's planned art sale is now the last one with standing. …

Taxation

Experts: GOP tax plan would hurt affordable housing in Mass. » Worcester Telegram & Gazette BOSTON - While Republicans in Washington, D.C., are planning to move quickly to advance their overhaul of the American tax code, voices from Massachusetts are calling for someone to apply the brakes.…

Transportation

Can optical illusions trick drivers into slowing down? » Boston Globe Here's a creative way to get speeding drivers to slow down: Deceive them and then scare the heck out of them.…

JetBlue passes 450,000 passengers at Worcester Airport, future eyed » Worcester Mag In November 2013, a contingent of city officials and media ascended the steps of a rolling flight of stairs and climbed into a JetBlue plane for the airline's inaugural flight from Worcester to Fort L…

Safety improvement work begins at Plainville's George Street and Rte. 1 » Wicked Local Plainville Work toward addressing concerns about the Rte. 1 and George Street intersection got underway Tuesday as crews from the state Department of Transportation (MassDOT) began making safety improvements the…

Utilities

Energy pipelines are on ice, but Baker is still getting heat on natural gas » Boston Globe The region's two giant pipeline projects are on the shelf for now. So what were protesters doing in Governor Charlie Baker's office Wednesday, pressing him to just say “no” to natural gas?…

Utilities manipulated natural gas supplies, causing artificial shortages, soaring energy prices, study finds » the Berkshire edge For years, New England's high electricity prices have been blamed on inadequate natural gas pipeline capacity.…

I-Team: Lawmaker Questions Utilities About Mass Save Rebate Issues » CBS Boston A state lawmaker is questioning utility companies about why some consumers have difficulties receiving their rebates after making energy upgrades through the Mass Save program.…

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Yesterday's Late-Breaking News

Markey will be honored as an 'unsung hero' » ItemLive.com

Longmeadow Town Meeting bans recreational marijuana businesses » The Republican

Taxation authority for regional schools » The Landmark

'Daddy's Home 2' pumped $19 million into Massachusetts economy, workers took home $10 million in wages, film group says » The Republican

Massachusetts activists urge renewal of protective program for refugees from Honduras, Haiti and elsewhere » The Republican

Well done, Mr. Mayor. Now get to work » Boston Globe

Candidates spell out goals, share experiences at Democrat forum » Wicked Local Brookline

Massachusetts Senate Slated to Talk Single-Payer Health Care » New Boston Post

House sets sights on criminal justice reform » Bay State Banner

Rep. Angelo Puppolo tours Wilbraham Animal Hospital » MassLive

2017 Springfield election results » WWLP 22

Longmeadow senator touts grants for legal aid organizations » MassLive

Three Chicopee men in their early 20s will serve on City Council, School Committee after election upsets » MassLive

Free contraception bill on fast track on Beacon Hill » Worcester Telegram

Senate to revisit single payer plan that narrowly failed in 2012 » State House News Service

Mayor-elect in Attleboro won't be resigning his House seat » Worcester Telegram

Sanctuary ordinance stands in Salem voting » The Salem News

Massachusetts House passes no co-pay birth control bill » The Republican

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