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After indictment of Sen. Stan Rosenberg's husband, Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker, Rosenberg's challenger applaud victims » Mass Live Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker offered praise for the victims for stepping forward after Sen. Stan Rosenberg's husband, Bryon Hefner, was indicted on sexual assault charges and allegations of distri…

Mohegan, Wynn casinos rumble in the background » Commonwealth Magazine AS THE MASSACHUSETTS GAMING COMMISSION tries to decide whether Wynn Resorts remains suitable to retain its casino license, the two antagonists in the original battle for the license are sparring with …

Winthrop Sen. Boncore weighing run for Suffolk District Attorney » State House News Service Sen. Joseph Boncore of Winthrop is seriously considering giving up his Senate seat after just one full term to run for the open district attorney's office in Suffolk County, the Winthrop Democrat told…

Lowell-based Senate seat will go unfilled for 2018 » State House News Service No special election will be held to field a successor for Sen. Eileen Donoghue, according to the outgoing senator, who said her district will nonetheless be "well cared for" in the hectic final months…

Federal workers spill on life in Trump’s Washington » Politico One Health and Human Services employee swore off online dating after potential suitors repeatedly got upset that he worked for the Trump administration. An Education Department fellow eagerly returned…

Mass. House waived all past NDAs. But it won’t make them public » Boston Globe Amid the fractious floor debate this month over its sexual harassment policies, the House of Representatives passed a measure waiving any previous nondisclosure agreements — effectively releasi…

“Clearly, the actions described will not be tolerated, and the Senate will cooperate fully with the district attorney and attorney general’s office,” she said. “These charges illustrate why it is critical that the [Senate] investigation be completed in as thorough a manner as possible.”

Senate President Harriette Chandler

Speaking about the indictment of Stan Rosenberg's husband Bryon Hefner.

News By Category
Business

Magnolia Bakery opens in Faneuil Hall — and customers flock to it like it’s the year 2000 » Boston Globe For Bobbie Lloyd, the grand opening of Magnolia Bakery in Faneuil Hall Marketplace Thursday marked something of a return to her Boston roots.…

Two Mass. companies pull advertising from Laura Ingraham’s show after she mocks Parkland survivor » Boston Globe A Twitter dispute between Fox News host Laura Ingraham and a survivor of the Parkland, Fla., shooting spiraled into a public relations crisis for large Massachusetts companies Thursday, as teen activi…

Reducing risk in small-business loans » Sentinel & Enterprise A new federal designation will make lending money to small businesses less risky for the North Central Massachusetts Development Corporation, officials announced during a press conference Thursday mor…

Fund provides support for new small businesses » Eagle Tribune Trying to launch or expand a small business can be a challenge, especially when you can't get a loan from a bank for reasons such as lack of collateral or a proven track record.…

Robotics sector thrives in Massachusetts as automation firms add to their ranks » Boston Business Journal The “automation innovation” that defined last year’s list of the Largest Robotics Companies in Massachusetts continues to dominate, with nine new companies on our list and hundreds …

Civil Rights

In Mass., abortion activists sue over 2016 online attack » Boston Globe Abortion-access advocates, including two based in Massachusetts, filed suit this week against an array of unnamed defendants over the 2016 hack of an online fund-raising site , court documents show.…

Education

Center for women at Bentley will be named after its trailblazing president, Gloria Larson » Boston Globe The students call her GLars, and the rest of us know her as Gloria Larson. When Larson (above) steps down as president of Bentley University in June, she will be gone but not forgotten. …

Venturing out: Jack Derby teaches a new generation of entrepreneurs at Tufts » Boston Business Journal When Jack Derby is teaching students in his entrepreneurial marketing and sales courses at Tufts University, he likes to impart a bit of hard-earned wisdom from his days as a tech startup CEO.…

MEFA cuts ties with trade group after lawmakers complain » Worcester Telegram & Gazette The state’s quasi-public student loan agency agreed on Wednesday to cut ties with a national trade organization over the group’s federal lobbying efforts in support of the Trump administ…

Environment

Faith leaders confront Gov. Baker over climate change » the Berkshire edge On Monday, March 26, at the beginning of Holy Week and shortly before Passover, more than 100 faith leaders and supporters representing at least 15 different Christian and Jewish faith traditions conf…

On Cape Cod, a summer tradition is under fire » Boston Globe Families and friends have lolled away long summer days on a secluded off-road beach in East Dennis for generations, driving across the broad tidal flats to bask at the water’s edge.…

[ Blog ] Union of Concerned Scientists » Union of Concerned Scientists

Celebrating student leadership in Leominster schools » Leominster Champion Since Feb. 14, students in our communities and across the country have been organizing themselves to have conversations with their elected representatives in their state Legislatures and Congress. The…

Westminster's Sunny Knoll Farm wins climate-change state grant » Sentinel & Enterprise

Crumbling South Shore sea walls no match for sea » Patriot Ledger

Gaming

Gaming commission says Wynn Resorts builds casino on ‘at-risk basis’ » Boston Globe The Massachusetts Gaming Commission’s agenda for Thursday’s meeting at first looked pretty typical: a construction update by one of the state’s casino licensees, a review of some …

Wynn Is Considering Changing The Name Of Its Everett Casino » WBUR Wynn Resorts is considering changing the name of its Everett casino.…

Executives ‘absolutely’ considering renaming it » Boston Herald The towering gambling resort rising over Everett will probably not carry Steve Wynn’s tarnished name, with casino executives saying they are “absolutely” considering renaming it aft…

Health Care

Planned Parenthood gala raises $350K for state fund » Mass Live Dawn Laguens, executive vice president of Planned Parenthood Federation of America and the Planned Parenthood Action Fund, left the March 27 Boston benefit for the state fund with an upbeat tweet.…

Mass. commission outlines health care savings of $4.7B » Worcester Telegram & Gazette Massachusetts posts the second-highest per capita health care costs in the nation, according to the Health Policy Commission, whose staff on Wednesday outlined a series of measures they said could sav…

North Adams Group Renews Demands For Full-Service Hospital » WAMC A Berkshire County group marked the fourth anniversary of the sudden closure of North Adams Regional Hospital Wednesday.…

Housing

Crighton, Senate Pass Bill To Improve and Expand Housing » Lynnfield Patch The Massachusetts Senate voted to pass S.2368, "An Act financing the production and preservation of housing for low and moderate income residents" (Housing Bond Bill). …

SPECIAL REPORT -- Massachusetts housing market: 'nowhere to buy' » Wicked Local Concord If you’re looking to buy a home in Eastern Massachusetts, the chances are good you’ll hit a roadblock. “The problem is there are no homes for sale,” Eric Berman, communicatio…

State Senate OKs $1.8B housing bond for Massachusetts » Worcester Telegram & Gazette After adopting an environmentally friendly provision, the Senate on Thursday passed a roughly $1.8 billion housing bill that would recapitalize affordable housing programs and extend tax credits.…

Senate approves $1.8 billion housing bond » The Recorder After adopting an environmentally friendly provision, the Senate on Thursday passed a roughly $1.8 billion housing bill that would recapitalize affordable housing programs and extend tax credits. Lead…

Bond bill could bring 17,000 new housing units to Mass. » Boston Business Journal The Senate’s approval of a housing bond bill Thursday gave the green light for funding at least 17,000 new housing units in the commonwealth, one affordable housing expert says. …

Immigration

Massachusetts should drop citizenship question from local census, Boston city councilor says » Mass Live Massachusetts officials shouldn't be asking for citizenship status on local census forms, particularly as they call for the Trump administration to drop plans to include the same question on the 2020 …

Trump Proposal Would Penalize Legal Immigrants for Getting Tax Refunds » Governing Under a new leaked version of the rule reportedly being considered, use of government benefits -- with few exceptions -- could hurt an immigrant's chances of becoming a permanent legal resident. …

Springfield city councilors seek to protect immigrant sanctuary from mayor's crackdown (video) » Mass Live City councilors have proposed an order that would prevent city employees from taking any action to stop South Congregational Church from providing sanctuary for a Peruvian woman facing of deportation.…

Boston Immigration Judge Orders Accused War Criminal Deported To Guatemala » WBUR An immigration judge in Boston has ordered the deportation of a Guatemalan immigrant accused of atrocities during the country's civil war.…

Judiciary

Criminal justice reforms before lawmakers » The Salem News Lawmakers are poised to overhaul the state's criminal laws, with a reform that backers say will improve public safety while giving people with criminal records a chance to turn their lives around.…

Labor

#MeToo rally looks to shout ‘time’s up’ to restaurant industry » Boston Herald Women who say they’ve faced constant sexual harassment and abuse while working in restaurants are set to rally at the State House today against a #MeToo environment they say makes them choose b…

Legislative

Sen. Rosenberg's Husband Hefner Is Indicted For Sexual Assault » WBUR The husband of former state Senate President Stan Rosenberg has been indicted on felony charges including sexual assault.…

Hefner's indictment sends clear message 'behavior will not be tolerated,' AG says » WCVB A state senator's husband was indicted Thursday on charges of sexual assault, distributing nude photos without consent and criminal lewdness.…

Estranged husband of ex-Senate president facing 10 sex-offense counts » Boston Herald Former Senate President Stanley C. Rosenberg’s estranged husband is accused of exposing himself, sharing nude photos without consent and indecent assault in a grand jury indictment that could l…

Bryon Hefner Indicted On Sexual Assault, Lewdness Charges » New England Public Radio Bryon Hefner, the husband of former Senate President Stanley Rosenberg, has been indicted on felony charges in connection with sexual assault, criminal lewdness, and distributing nude photos without c…

State senator’s husband indicted on sexual assault charges » The Associated Press (AP) A state senator’s husband was indicted Thursday on charges of sexual assault, distributing nude photos without consent and criminal lewdness. The indictment of Bryon Hefner, the husband of Demo…

Rosenberg's ex indicted on sex assault charges » Boston Herald Bryon Hefner, the estranged husband of former Senate President Stanley Rosenberg, has been indicted on charges of sexual assault, criminal lewdness and distributing nude photos without consent, Attorn…

Local Government

Yawkey Way name change decision is postponed » Boston Globe A city commission postponed a vote Thursday on the controversial question of whether to rename Yawkey Way after a spirited, two-hour hearing that grappled with the city’s complicated racial pa…

Oak Bluffs to Vote on Home Rule Petition to Ban Mopeds » Vineyard Gazette On April 10, Oak Bluffs voters will consider the next step toward banning moped rentals at their annual town meeting.…

Boston Mayor’s Aides Return to Work, Paid Leave Costs Taxpayers $410K » CBS Boston Two high-ranking aides to Boston Mayor Marty Walsh have quietly returned to their jobs at City Hall.…

Westborough commission to review town government options » The Metro West Daily News The Board of Selectmen have abandoned their traditional model of a seven-member Charter Review Committee with four representatives from town boards and three private citizens. The committee, once chos…

Eminent domain plans move forward on Lowell High project » Lowell Sun The city is moving ahead with plans to take medical office space by eminent domain for the new high school project, but has only received one appraisal so far.…

Mansfield group mobilizes against I-495 off-ramp idea » The Sun Chronicle A northbound off-ramp from Interstate 495 onto South Main Street has been discussed multiple times over the years. But now residents of the town’s south end, who say such a ramp would affect tr…

Marijuana

Marijuana dispensaries may begin applying for licenses in April » WCVB Prospective purveyors of pot will be able to begin the process of applying for state licenses in Massachusetts as early as Monday, the Cannabis Control Commission announced.…

Opinion

Our Opinion: Tinkering with census is all about politics » Berkshire Eagle The latest Orwellian diktat out of the Trump administration comes via the Department of Commerce, overseer of the decennial census, which has decided to include a citizenship question in the 2020 nati…

At Logan, State Police can no longer expect us to ‘keep it moving’ » Boston Globe Maybe the most recent State Police scandal is so galling because we all feel like witnesses. The latest indignity involves large, unreported paychecks for troopers from Troop F — those respons…

LETTER: Baker has brought real results on the T » Newburyport News After decades of the MBTA’s core system going mismanaged and underfunded, we’re all eager to see the T’s reliability continue to improve.…

Benton: A tough week for Baker » The Salem News Gov. Charlie Baker is proposing the state borrow $1.4 billion to build more storm-resistant infrastructure and upgrade its roads and bridges.…

Editorial: Like it or not, the future of sports is e-sports » Boston Business Journal Boston’s worldwide reputation for being the most passionate sports town anywhere is a point of pride. Sports is in our DNA. Our undying love of the Pats, the Sox, the Celts and the Bruins is a …

Editorial: Must remove Estes from judgeship » Gazette Net State officials must move swiftly to remove Judge Thomas H. Estes from the bench and ensure that he never again preside in a Massachusetts courtroom. …

Taking guns in times of trouble » Boston Globe

Politics

Threatened by youth movement, NRA exploits racial divisions » Boston Globe The National Rifle Association billed the video as “The Gun Conversation You Need To See,” a low-key intro that belied the inflammatory, racially laden messages the lobbying powerhouse is …

Five plan to run for Cantwell’s House seat » Patriot Ledger Five residents of Scituate and Marshfield plan to run for the soon-to-be vacant state House seat held by James Cantwell, D-Marshfield for the past decade. Two are Republicans and two are Democrats. On…

State Senate primary set for Tuesday; DA field widens » Dorchester Reporter A milestone is looming during a busy election season in Suffolk County. State Rep. Nick Collins will be unopposed in the April 3 Democratic primary as he seeks to fill a vacancy in the First Suffolk S…

3RD DISTRICT RACE: Keith St.John hopes fresh ideas connect with young voters » Lowell Sun Compared to the rest of the 3rd Congressional District race, Keith St.John's qualifications and policies are unconventional.…

Warren town hall set for Dorchester next week; The Reporter will host April 5 event at BTU hall » Dorchester Reporter The Dorchester Reporter will host a town hall event with Sen. Elizabeth Warren, a candidate for reelection this year, next Thursday evening, April 5, at the Boston Teachers Union (BTU) hall on Columbi…

Could Boncore become sleeper in crowded DA race? » Commonwealth Magazine The open race for Suffolk County district attorney is attracting a crowd, with five Democrats already in the hunt and several others still mulling a run for the post, which veteran prosecutor Dan Conl…

Public Safety

Some jails are aiding the addicted » Boston Globe US Attorney Andrew E. Lelling’s investigation into the treatment of addicted prisoners focuses on the Department of Correction, which runs the state prisons where people stay for long sentences…

Mass. State Police Overtime Scandal: Here are the troopers we know were suspended or retired and how much they made » Mass Live The group of Massachusetts State Police troopers accused of getting paid overtime for skipping shifts working a specialized patrol on the Massachusetts Turnpike range in rank from trooper to lieutenan…

What’s next after the March for our lives? We asked North Shore teens. » Lynn Daily News Item

State Government

State officials pledge to oppose Trump's census move » The Sun Chronicle Massachusetts political leaders are promising to take a hard line against a move by the Trump administration to ask people if they are a citizen of the United States in the next national census.…

Video: Gov. Baker at Vietnam event in Worcester » Patriot Ledger Hundreds attended the National Vietnam War Veterans Day ceremony Thursday at the Massachusetts Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial at Green Hill Park, with Gov. Charlie Baker saying that such events wer…

No special election for Senate seat Donoghue has occupied » Lowell Sun No special election will be held to field a successor for Sen. Eileen Donoghue, according to the outgoing senator, who said her district will nonetheless be "well cared for" in the hectic final months…

Battenfeld: Case displays State House dysfunction » Boston Herald The bombshell sexual assault indictment targeting former Senate President Stanley C. Rosenberg’s estranged husband is also an indictment of the political culture on Beacon Hill, where power rul…

Massachusetts Sen. Stan Rosenberg reacts to husband Bryon Hefner's indictment tied to alleged sexual assaults and nude photos » The Republican Minutes after news broke about a grand jury's indictment of his husband, Massachusetts Sen. Stan Rosenberg issued a three-sentence statement. "These are serious charges," Rosenberg, D-Amherst, said in…

Transportation

Distracted driving bill stuck in House again » WCVB The push to get cell phones out of drivers' hands has hit a roadblock on Beacon Hill. But advocates, including the governor, remain hopeful that what they believe is a life-saving bill will become law…

RMV Computer Upgrades Cause Major Delays For Young Drivers » CBS Boston For some driving schools, the new computer system that the Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles rolled out this week caused delays for eager students trying to get their license.…

MBTA To Pilot Early Morning Bus Route » Boston Patch Beginning Sunday, April 1, the MBTA will begin piloting an early morning bus service on its busiest key bus routes serving neighborhoods within the immediate Boston core traveling to downtown Boston, …

Additional early morning MBTA bus routes begin April 1 » Sampan Beginning Sunday, April 1, the MBTA will begin a one-year early morning bus service pilot on its busiest key bus routes serving neighborhoods within the immediate Boston core traveling to downtown Bos…

NYC to Berkshire rail could be running by summer 2020 » Berkshire Record A proposed rail connecting New York City to Pittsfield via the Albany-Rensselaer station is expected to cost approximately $421,561 to operate seasonally, according to estimates provided by Amtrak. …

Utilities

Mass Save beginning in Brockton through Revise Energy, Cape Verdean Association » The Enterprise Revise Energy is the Mass Save program partner that is now working to complete 1,000 home energy assessments and striving to install 35,000 energy-efficient light bulbs by March 1, 2019. The program i…

Lawmakers seek Mass. version of net neutrality » Newburyport News Lawmakers are weighing a Massachusetts version of net neutrality to fill a void created as federal regulators roll back Obama-era rules designed to level the internet playing field. A proposal by a sp…

AG wants to pull plug on pushy power alternatives » Boston Herald Attorney General Maura Healey wants lawmakers to bar third-party power companies from providing electricity supply alternatives due to predatory marketing tactics and a new report that says customers …

State Senators Clash With Telecom Providers Over Net Neutrality Rules » WBUR Internet service providers (ISPs) and their representatives have said they do not currently and do not intend to slow connection speeds for some users, block access to certain content or give preferen…

AG Healey wants to pull the plug on competitive electric supply » The Herald News Saying that the industry has preyed upon elderly and low-income residents for too long with aggressive and deceptive practices, Attorney General Maura Healey on Thursday called for the end of the comp…

AG: Quincy hit hard by energy salesmen » Patriot Ledger More than a fifth of the households in Quincy bought electricity from door-to-door salespeople, and those residents paid a total of $134,899 extra in just one month last summer.…

Attorney general calls for end to competition for residential electricity customers » Boston Globe Attorney General Maura Healey on Thursday called for the Legislature to shut down the market that allows consumers to buy electricity from independent suppliers instead of their local utility, saying …

Net neutrality legislation would rank Massachusetts ISPs, encourage competition » Boston Business Journal Proposed net neutrality legislation would rank Massachusetts internet service providers based on compliance, while giving consumers more information about their ISPs and how well they adhere to guidel…

Panel hears mixed reviews on net neutrality bill » Lowell Sun Senators faced some criticism from internet industry leaders at a hearing Wednesday, where a new Massachusetts Senate proposal on net neutrality was up for discussion.…

Yesterday's Late-Breaking News

Concord Women Cast First Votes » Mass Moments

Debate over emissions, renewables marches on » Newburyport News

Hampden bans recreational marijuana facilities » The Republican

City officials announce 'The new Springfield is arriving' » The Reminder

Judge in mystery portrait was chief justice for 30 years » State House News Service

'Wynn' may be dropped from name of Everett casino resort » Boston Herald

Massachusetts State Police scandals: 'It needs to be fixed and it needs to be addressed now,' Attorney General Maura Healey says » The Republican

Ware selectmen held 'emergency' meeting to discuss DPW director's resignation » The Republican

Making cases for their candidacy » The Recorder

Criminal justice reform bill a turning point for Massachusetts » Bay State Banner

Baker needs to 'lead on this,' Healey says of State Police problems » Wicked Local Bridgewater

Is Massachusetts the next transgender rights battleground? » Politico

Healey calls on Baker to address transparency concerns over State Police records » Boston Globe

Senator’s husband indicted on sexual assault, criminal lewdness charges » Boston Globe

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The Week In Review

New laws enacted this week:

SB 2296 - An Act to protect access to confidential healthcare

HB 4325 - An Act relative to the financial condition of the city of Lynn

HB 4298 - An Act designating a certain park in the city of Quincy as the Richard "Dick" Herbert Memorial Park

HB 4150 - An Act establishing a sick leave bank for Elise Sanchez-Oshea, an employee of the Trial Court

HB 4005 - An Act designating a band stand at the Marine Park in South Boston as the Harry G. Uhlman, Jr. Memorial Band Stand

HB 4245 - An Act establishing a sick leave bank for Essie Page, employee of the Massachusetts Parole Board

HB 4313 - An Act providing affordable health insurance options to municipal retirees

Most read bills of the week:

SB2371 - An Act relative to criminal justice reform

HB4318 - An Act promoting climate change adaptation, environmental and natural resource protection, and investment in recreational assets and opportunity

HB4332 - An Act Advancing and Expanding Access to Telemedicine Services

HB4134 - An Act financing the production and preservation of housing for low and moderate income residents

SB2368 - An Act financing the production and preservation of housing for low and moderate income residents

HB578 - An Act advancing and expanding access to telemedicine services

HB4327 - An Act regulating and insuring short-term rentals

SB2372 - An Act relative to the Garden of Peace

SB2200 - An Act relative to criminal justice reform

HB4314 - An Act regulating and insuring short-term rentals

House Actions This Week: 165

Senate Actions This Week: 208


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