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10:00am Mass. Gaming Commission Public Hearing, 101 Federal Street, 12th Floor, Boston

10:00am Joint Committee on Public Safety and Homeland Security, Public Hearing

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Must-Reads

Regulator: We Weren't Told of Wynn $7.5M Settlement » NECN A Massachusetts Gaming Commission investigator says information about a $7.5 million settlement was kept from Massachusetts officials when they were reviewing the suitability of casino magnate Steve W…

Joe Kennedy: Read My Message, Not My Lips » Politico Joseph Kennedy III is well aware of all the jokes about what looked to many like a bit of drool hanging off his lips during his response to the president's State of the Union speech.…

Here's What Happens If 'Magnificent Bastard' Mueller Gets Fired » WIRED BOB MUELLER IS famously nonchalant amid life's toughest moments. Much of that public calm stems from the fact that he's a Magnificent Bastard and, specifically, the lessons of December 11, 1968.…

DeLeo points to areas of likely policy focus for 2018 » State House News Service Well beyond the midway point of the 2017-2018 session, House Speaker Robert DeLeo is laying out policy plans that are more directional than prescriptive.…

Federal government will be unable to pay all bills sooner than expected, due to new tax law » The Washington Post The U.S. government's cash reserves are expected to run out faster than expected, the Congressional Budget Office said Wednesday, a result of lost revenue from last year's tax cut law.…

Explaining The Mystery: Why Ayanna Pressley Is Running For Congress » WGBH News In declaring her candidacy for Congress Tuesday against Somerville's Michael Capuano, Boston city councilor Ayanna Pressley willfully broke the longstanding code of Massachusetts politics—the o…

Minority Women In Boston Earn Nearly Half On The Dollar What White Men Earn, Report Finds » WBUR Black and Latina women in Greater Boston make around 50 cents on the dollar compared to white men, according to a new report.…

“We have heard directly from MCAD that requests for sexual harassment training are up dramatically,” DeLeo told the House in a speech yesterday, “and they expect an increase in the filing of sexual harassment complaints.”

House Speaker Robert DeLeo

Explaining why he must add more funds to the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination for sexual harassment training.

News By Category
Beltway Politics

Locals give Trump, Kennedy mixed reviews » Milford Daily News President Donald Trump gave his first State of the Union address to Congress on Tuesday night, touting an economy and outlining his guide for immigration reform.…

Business

Helipad proposal irks Roxbury neighbors » Boston Herald Suffolk Construction CEO and city power broker John Fish is looking to build a private helipad next to the company's Roxbury headquarters, a plan that is riling nearby residents who say they've been l…

Civil Rights

Decision to bar press from governor's Latino commission meeting angers First Amendment advocates, WMass leaders » The Republican Local leaders and First Amendment advocates took aim Wednesday at a decision to bar reporters from a listening session of Gov. Charlie Baker's Latino Advisory Commission that was open to other members…

Sen. Creem makes voice heard on antiquated, anti-choice bills » Wicked Local Newton

Crimes

Hampden County prosecutor says he didn't know spa leasing space in his building was alleged prostitution, sex trafficking hub » The Republican A seasoned prosecutor with the Hampden district attorney's office says he was unaware a spa leasing space in a building he owns was an alleged hub of prostitution, money laundering and sex trafficking…

Mass. Man Found Guilty of Buying Firearms to Kill Attorney General Martha Coakley, Federal Judge » NECN A Massachusetts man was found guilty of receiving firearms with intent to commit murder on Tuesday in a New Hampshire federal court.…

Education

MIT enlisting hundreds of scientists in effort to make computers think more like people » Boston Globe The Massachusetts Institute of Technology is planning a broad initiative to seek breakthroughs in the field of artificial intelligence, enlisting hundreds of researchers who will look deeply at the hu…

UMass Boston finds big fix for budget woes » Boston Globe As UMass Boston struggles to fix its overwhelming budget troubles, one especially complex challenge has loomed large: a massive, underground garage in urgent need of costly repair.…

Roxbury alternative high school is placed on probation » Boston Globe At Greater Egleston High School in Roxbury, students on average missed about half of the school days in recent years, according to state data, often leaving classrooms fairly empty while giving rise t…

Transportation costs create headache for ORR » Sippican Village Soup Old Rochester Regional School District's budget has been burdened in recent years by a continuous shortfall in state funding for transportation costs, and now administrators, some state officials, and…

Environment

Attorney General Healey Expresses Concern About Weakened Coastal Regulations » Cape Cod Online Attorney General Maura Healey is concerned that in addition to the Trump administration's plan to open up restricted coastal waters to offshore oil and gas drilling…

In polarized times, clean energy is what unites us » Martha's Vineyard Times With today's political climate in Washington, D.C., so polarized, it may seem like liberals and conservatives have hardly anything in common. But there's at least one point on which the overwhelming m…

Politics, process playing into carbon pricing debate » State House News Service Massachusetts senators may soon be asked to take a vote on imposing a price on carbon emissions to ease global warming, but the chief proponent for that plan in the House said there are "very slim" od…

Gaming

Gaming panel will review whether Wynn is suitable to keep license » Boston Globe Top state casino regulators sent a strong signal to Wynn Resorts' board of directors on Wednesday that its handling of sexual misconduct allegations against its chief executive, Steve Wynn, will go a…

Battenfeld: Don't bet on gaming board's redemption » Boston Herald The Massachusetts Gaming Commission is scrambling to redeem itself after missing a sexual abuse settlement by casino magnate Steve Wynn.…

Massachusetts casino panel: Wynn settlement was kept from us » The Berkshire Eagle Following sexual abuse allegations against casino magnate Steve Wynn, a Massachusetts Gaming Commission investigator said Wednesday information about a $7.5 million settlement was kept from state offi…

Steve Wynn's Sexual Misconduct Settlement Was Hidden from Mass. Investigators » Boston Magazine When the casino mogul applied for a license to open a gaming property in 2013, a $7.5 million payment was kept secret. …

Gaming Commission could yank Wynn Resorts license » Commonwealth Magazine Initial focus of probe is Steve Wynn's $7.5m manicurist settlement …

A Wynn-lose situation » Commonwealth Magazine

Massachusetts officials should yank Wynn Boston Harbor's gambling license, Democratic candidate for governor Jay Gonzalez says » The Republican

Health Care

Improved Alzheimer's treatment and medical training ordered by House bill » State House News Service State health services officials would be required to evaluate every state program that addresses Alzheimer's disease and come up with a statewide plan for dealing with the disease that afflicts more t…

Housing

Affordable housing bill passes House » Martha's Vineyard Times Last week, the Massachusetts House of Representatives voted to pass a bill that would increase spending for affordable housing in the commonwealth.…

Housing Justice Advocates Pack State House Hearing on Jim Brooks Act » Banker & Tradesman

Human Services

As Massachusetts joins AARP 'Age-Friendly' network, Dartmouth does its part » South Coast Today Massachusetts has joined the network of AARP Age-Friendly States and the World Health Organization Global Network of Age Friendly Cities and Communities.…

Funding crunch at ABCD » Boston Herald A regional homeless outreach team that leaders in Malden, Medford and Everett say is essential to fighting poverty, hunger and addiction in the Mystic Valley is turning to the public for help after or…

Immigration

Fall River fires back after taking hits following Kennedy speech » South Coast Today From the Fabergé egg-shaped bell towers of St. Anne's Church to the Portuguese bakeries that line Columbia Street, Fall River would not be Fall River without its immigrants.…

Congress hopeful calls for limits on Feds » Boston Herald In a district where immigration is likely to be a pivotal issue, Democratic congressional hopeful Lori Trahan says she would back a new immigration bill that puts “constraints” on federal …

Insurance

GIC chief takes responsibility for 'havoc' » Milford Daily News After a fierce wave of backlash to its move to limit the health plan offerings for state employees, the Group Insurance Commission's executive director told lawmakers Wednesday she accepts accountabil…

GIC chief takes the fall » Commonwealth Magazine Senators focus on process, less on substance of cost-cutting plan …

State agency pulls back health plan consolidation, reinstates three insurers » Boston Business Journal

Judiciary

Bill prompted by Hernandez verdict dismissal after suicide » WWLP 22 News The prison suicide of former NFL star Aaron Hernandez is prompting lawmakers to revisit a centuries-old Massachusetts legal principle.…

Labor

GE electrical work will be union after all » Boston Globe An electrical contract that was the focus of a labor controversy at the new headquarters project for General Electric Co. will be awarded to a union-affiliated company after all.…

Lawmakers working to avoid minimum wage, paid leave ballot question » Worcester Business Journal Two key Democrats in the House and Senate are working to make sure voters don't have to decide whether a $15 minimum wage and guaranteed paid family and medical leave is good public policy, but it's a…

Legislative

DeLeo: Time to up harassment probe funding » Boston Herald An expected spike of sexual harassment complaints and a flood of training requests in the wake of the #MeToo movement has the state's discrimination investigators pleading for more funding.…

Massachusetts House Speaker Robert DeLeo lays out legislative priorities for new session » MassLive Massachusetts House Speaker Robert DeLeo, D-Winthrop, drew a direct comparison with President Donald Trump and the Republican-led Congress from the first moments of his formal speech on the House floo…

DeLeo: Time to increase funding for harassment investigations » Boston Herald An expected spike of sexual harassment complaints and a flood of training requests in the wake of the #MeToo movement has the state's discrimination investigators pleading for more funding. …

Sen. Forry resigns: "it's my turn to truly put" family "first" » Dorchester Reporter As state Sen. Linda Dorcena Forry resigned her seat last Friday to join the private sector with Suffolk Construction, political observers were left to reckon with the loss of a prominent representativ…

Local Government

Black American Heritage Flag raising event held at Springfield City Hall » WWLP 22 News

Marijuana

Springfield councilors favor shorter moratorium on retail recreational marijuana » The Republican A City Council committee is recommending that a moratorium on retail recreational marijuana stay in effect until Sept. 30, rather than a full year, believing that will give sufficient time to draft an…

Opinion

Trump's voodoo infrastructure plan » Boston Globe If your goal is to invest $1.5 trillion in the country's ailing roads, bridges, railways, airports, and water systems, pushing through $1.5 trillion in deficit-funded tax cuts is a funny way to do it…

For Tom Brady, outrage is another way to sell the product » Boston Globe You think Tom Brady's the best at football? He's also the best at marketing Tom Brady.…

Scot Lehigh: Trump's address was a muddled road to nowhere » Boston Globe The idea behind the modern State of the Union address is to celebrate the nation, remind voters of what you've done, and set an agenda for the year ahead.…

Barring press from Gov. Charlie Baker's Latino Advisory Commission meeting was an outrage (Editorial) » The Republican Whenever the media becomes the story instead of reporting the story, some people will shrug it off. But when government officials arrogantly abuse the spirit of laws specifically created to keep peopl…

Joe Kennedy and Fall River values » The Washington Post

Editorial: Cap higher ed sick time accruals » Boston Business Journal A common-sense measure that could save the state millions of dollars, one that is already in place in other states and in the private sector locally — even in other Massachusetts agencies  

Politics

Local firefighter unions back Crighton for state senate seat » Lynn Daily News Item The Professional Firefighters of Massachusetts, and local firefighter unions in Lynn, Lynnfield, Marblehead, Nahant, Saugus and Swampscott have endorsed Brendan Crighton to be elected 3rd Essex Distri…

State Rep. Joseph McKenna of Webster to run for re-election » Worcester Telegram State Rep. Joseph McKenna, R-Webster, announced his campaign for re-election Wednesday, after he took out nomination papers from the secretary of state office in Boston.…

City bigs seen as backing Michael Capuano » Boston Herald City power brokers are sending signals they're ready to line up behind U.S. Rep. Michael Capuano in his primary fight with City Councilor Ayanna Pressley, adding early fuel to what could be a fiery in…

Storming the Castle: Springfield progressive Amatul-Wadud challenges entrenched Congressman Neal » Valley Advocate The African-American Muslim woman is taking on longtime and well-funded Congressman Richard Neal in the September 4 Democratic Primary for the First Congressional District of Massachusetts.…

America's Most and Least Popular Governors » Morning Consult Republicans continue to dominate, at the top and bottom of the rankings …

Massachusetts Nurses Association endorses L'Italien » Andover Townsman

Public Health

Need for radiation sickness drug a sign of scary times » Boston Globe As President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un trade insults — fueling fears of nuclear war — a local biotechnology startup is preparing to roll out a treatment for a public heal…

Springfield needle exchange public hearing finds no opposition » The Republican A public hearing Wednesday night seeking comment on starting a needle exchange program in the Springfield drew no opposition at all. …

Public Safety

State to take over costs of guarding county's costliest inmate » The Salem News State corrections officials are planning to pick up the tab for guarding an Essex County prisoner awaiting trial at a secure state-run hospital whose round-the-clock security detail was costing taxpay…

Possession of bump stocks becomes illegal in Mass. » Worcester Telegram Effective Thursday, it will be illegal in Massachusetts to possess trigger cranks or bump stocks, the device used by Las Vegas shooter Stephen Paddock, who killed 58 people and wounded more than 500 o…

Police Commissioner Evans Laments 'Turf Battle' Between City And State Police In Seaport » WGBH News Boston's Seaport District is up-and-coming, filled with brand new apartment buildings and hip restaurants. Despite all the new development, an old sore spot still exists — jurisdictional issues…

Shirley police lost phone service over unpaid bill » The Lowell Sun For 30 minutes on Jan. 25, the Police Department was without phone service.…

National Guard pay boost clears committee hurdle » WWLP 22 News

State Government

Voter registration bill backers tout legislative majorities » The Daily News of Newburyport Automatically registering eligible Massachusetts residents to vote would help some of the state's most vulnerable citizens get involved in government, Attorney General Maura Healey said Wednesday.…

Advocates lobby lawmakers to pass automatic voter registration bill » WWLP 22 News Nearly 700,000 Massachusetts citizens are not registered to vote. Massachusetts lawmakers are considering a bill that would create an automatic voter registration, which lobbyists said could make elec…

Tech secretary aims to keep Bay State IT secure » The Salem News Part of Secretary Mark Nunnelly's job is to protect 150 state agencies' computer systems from getting hacked.…

Journalists barred from governor's advisory group session » Boston Herald Gov. Charlie Baker's office is defending a policy of barring reporters from meetings of an advisory commission on Latino affairs.…

Taxation

SJC decision may dictate fate of sales tax cut, Hurst says » Boston Business Journal Nearly nine years after lawmakers hiked the sales tax in the teeth of the Great Recession, the state "simply cannot afford" to bring the tax on purchases back down to 5 percent, a lobbyist for the umb…

3 States Plan to Sue Over New Tax Law. Here's Why They Might Lose. » Governing Connecticut, New York and New Jersey say that GOP tax policies unduly punish their populations. Some doubt whether their claims would stand up in court. …

Transportation

State DoT to discuss western Mass rail plan » The Greenfield Recorder With encouragement from Sen. Stanley Rosenberg, D-Amherst, the state Department of Transportation has scheduled a second western Massachusetts public hearing on its new draft rail plan. …

Leaders Debate Commuter Rail Extension Into NH » NECN The New Hampshire legislature is considering expanding the MBTA commuter rail line into the Granite State. …

Utilities

Will the country's first mandatory residential demand charge slow the Massachusetts solar boom? » Utility Dive

The Controversy Behind Massachusetts' $1.6B Hydro Power Transmission Line » GreenTech Media Massachusetts, a progressive state with a firm commitment to clean energy, has just found a way to access a bunch of that clean energy at once. But instead of general satisfaction, the administration …

Politics, process playing in carbon pricing debate » The Valley Dispatch Massachusetts senators may soon be asked to take a vote on imposing a price on carbon emissions to ease global warming, but the chief proponent for that plan in the House said there are "very slim" od…

SJC to hold appeal of canal plant expansion » Cape Cod Times The state's highest court has put a hold on an appeal of the expansion of the Cape Cod Canal power plant while two other court cases are decided.…

New solar power fee draws heat on Beacon Hill » Boston Globe The state Legislature gives, but it can also take away. …

New tariff, charge seen as drain on Mass. solar industry » Berkshire Eagle

Solar industry riled by  DPU approval of new infrastructure fee » The Greenfield Recorder

Massachusetts becomes first state commission to approve mandatory demand charges for residential customers » Solar Power World

Cost Saving Cable Alternatives to be Presented to Cape Cod Residents » Cape Cod Online

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Yesterday's Late-Breaking News

State attorney general backs same-day and automatic voter registration push in Massachusetts » MassLive

Golden, Barrett upset over Eversource solar charge » The Lowell Sun

What does Ayanna Pressley know that we don't? » Commonwealth Magazine

Agawam taps state 'Green Communities' grant for efficency upgrades » MassLive

Report: Massachusetts Ranks Fourth in Benefiting from Immigrants » Boston Magazine

Charlie Baker escapes a health care mess » Boston Globe

Massachusetts AG Maura Healey: Allegations against Steve Wynn 'sickening and disturbing' » MassLive

Wellesley replacing streetlights with energy efficient LEDs » Boston Globe

Springfield to Boston Passenger Rail Drives Forward with New Study » Valley Advocate

Support bill to empower towns on herbicide use » Cape Cod Times

Democrats Seeking to Succeed Tsongas Send Appeals to Left-Leaning Voters » WHAV

GIC chief takes responsibility for "confusion and havoc" » Worcester Business Journal

Campaign renewed to make Boston Cream Pie cupcakes official cupcake of Massachusetts » MassLive

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