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Today on Beacon Hill

10:00am Joint Committee on Revenue, Public Hearing

10:00am Senate Committee on Bonding Capital Expenditure and State Assets, Public Hearing

11:00am Senate Session, Full Formal Session

11:00am House Session, Informal Session

5:30pm Reception for Berkshire District Attorney Candidate Andrea Harrington

5:30pm Meet & Greet with Middlesex District Attorney Candidate Donna Patalano

Must-Reads

Deval Patrick swings through Texas to test a 2020 presidential bid » Boston Globe RICHARDSON, Texas — Sweat is beading on Deval Patrick’s brow. The midday Texas sun pushes the temperature to 98 degrees. But volunteers who gathered at the congressional campaign office …

Is Donald Trump committing treason? » Boston Globe According to the law, the federal crime of treason is committed by a person “owing allegiance to the United States who . . . adheres to their enemies, giving them aid or comfort.” Misprisi…

Beth Israel-Lahey merger raises a Medicaid issue » Boston Globe If the merger is approved, Massachusetts’ two largest health systems would be the new Beth Israel Lahey Health and Partners HealthCare. Both would treat a lower share of Medicaid patients than …

Trump and Putin vs. America » New York Times Such behavior by an American president is so perverse, so contrary to American interests and values, that it leads to only one conclusion: Donald Trump is either an asset of Russian intelligence or re…

In mailing, opponents tie Mass Fiscal to hate group » State House News Service A union-backed group organized to be a counterpoint to the Massachusetts Fiscal Alliance has dropped a massive mailing on the doorsteps of more than 100,000 households across the state accusing the co…

New rule complicates legislative logjam for tardy lawmakers » State House News Service A new rule agreed to by the House and Senate at the start of the 2017-2018 session is now threatening to derail major policy bills, unless the Legislature treats it like some of its many other rules.…

NRA Illegally Used Shell Company to Coordinate With GOP, FEC Complaint Says » Law & Crime The National Rifle Association (NRA) violated federal law by using a common vendor to illegally coordinate with four Republican Senate candidates, according to a complaint filed by a non-partisan publ…

With hope and a hijab, Tahirah Amatul-Wadud aims to catch anti-incumbent wave in Western Mass. » Boston Globe Tahirah Amatul-Wadud: A lawyer and mother of seven from Springfield, she lags far behind Representative Richard Neal in name recognition in the First Congressional District, a patchwork quilt of citie…

“No prior president has ever abased himself more abjectly before a tyrant.”

Senator John McCain

on Donald Trump and his press conference with Vladimir Putin.

News By Category
Business

Worcester Public Market receives $500,000 state grant » Worcester Telegram The Worcester Public Market proposed for the Harding Green development in Kelley Square received $500,000 from the state Department of Agricultural Resources to help develop its programs.…

Grant Program Aims to Increase Access to Fresh Food, Gain Jobs » Worcester Patch The Baker-Polito Administration announced on Monday that the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources (MDAR) has awarded $811,176 for three community-based food ventures to expand their oper…

A lot’s riding on an EF executive who’s shifting gears » Boston Globe Shane Steffens might not know the difference between a crank set and a chainstay — at least not yet. And he hasn’t yet “clipped in” to his new Cannondale.…

Moderna's $110M Norwood site built with expansion hopes » Boston Business Journal Biotech unicorn Moderna Therapeutics is already planning for the future, though company officials admit their efforts to steer human cells to create disease-fighting proteins is still in the early cli…

Paul English hires a veteran marketing executive to run Lola » Boston Globe The business travel booking company Lola now has two of Boston’s best-known technology executives at its helm, after cofounder Paul English said Monday that the Fort Point company has brought o…

Crimes

Alleged Weymouth killer shot officer 10 times » Boston Globe The 20-year-old man accused of shooting and killing a Weymouth police officer and a woman in her home this weekend has a history of drug use, instability, and run-ins with the law, according to friend…

Suspect in Weymouth murders had July 30 court date » Boston Herald The 20-year-old Brockton native accused of executing Weymouth police Officer Michael Chesna with Chesna's service weapon and then killing an innocent woman in the sanctity of her home yesterday had ba…

Bristol sheriff’s captain convicted in ‘Codfather’ case » Boston Globe A captain in the Bristol County sheriff’s office was convicted Sunday by a federal jury in connection with helping Carlos Rafael, the New Bedford fishing magnate, smuggle profits from his illeg…

Education

Baker aims to protect students from future college closures » Boston Globe Governor Charlie Baker is proposing new regulations that aim to protect students from the chaos caused earlier this year by the abrupt closure of Mount Ida College.…

Four decades after court-ordered busing, Boston’s education gap remains » Boston Globe A computerized system that Boston uses to assign students to schools is exacerbating segregation among the city’s schools while locking out many black and Latino students from high-performing o…

Swim Schools Sharpen Focus On Water Survival Over Swimming Technique » WBUR For 23-month-old Ferdinand Smith and his dad Nate, Friday mornings mean it’s time for swimming lessons. …

Environment

Study: New England's Red Spruce Trees Are Recovering, Thanks To Pollution Laws » WBUR Remember acid rain? In the 1970s and ‘80s, scientists found that rain 100 times more acidic than normal was harming the mountain forests of New England and New York. …

Gaming

Plainridge revenue was up in June » The Sun Chronicle Plainridge Park Casino continues to do a solid business on Route 1, scoring the best June it's had since it opened three years ago.…

Human Services

Union warns of Holyoke Soldiers' Home privatization, but state says 'no plans to privatize' » The Republican An official with the union that represents employees said the state is under-staffing and short-changing care at the Holyoke Soldiers' Home with an eye to privatizing the facility, but a spokeswoman s…

Immigration

Interfaith group talks immigrant rights with area representatives » Herald News United Interfaith Action community organizer Sandra Carreiro and the Rev. Richard Wilson and the Rev. Messias Albuqerque, along with some of Saint Mary’s Cathedral lay leaders, met with state R…

House Progressive Caucus likes Senate immigration proposal » The Enterprise A group of state representatives has asked overdue state budget negotiators to adopt Senate language restricting local authorities from cooperating with federal immigration enforcement, advocating for…

Judiciary

Judges Can Require Drug Users On Probation To Remain Drug-Free, Court Rules » WBUR The state's highest court on Monday ruled that judges may jail someone with an addiction who is on probation if that person does not remain drug-free.…

Judge who reduced Lopes’ bail criticized early release of Jared Remy » Boston Herald The judge who last November reduced bail on Emanuel Lopes — now accused of killing Weymouth police Sgt. Michael Chesna — had previously criticized prosecutors’ failure to keep dom…

New law lets juveniles off in Lynn » Commonwealth Magazine

Labor

New Ashford motel owner admits wage theft » Berkshire Eagle Five employees subjected to wage theft at a Berkshires motel will recover more than $47,000 in back pay, after a state investigation rooted out fraud.…

Herald case underscores need for bankruptcy changes, Warren says » Boston Business Journal During a New England Council event on Monday, U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren pointed to the Boston Herald to make her case for bankruptcy policy that prioritizes workers.…

Mass. firms ban once-common question: ‘How much do you make?’ » Boston Business Journal Asking the question of job applicants in Massachusetts is now illegal. But some large local companies have extended the ban to their offices in other states and countries.…

Area small businesses say state's grand bargain means fewer jobs » Worcester Telegram

Legislative

Opioid bill passes House unanimously » Sentinel & Enterprise What follows is the votes on roll calls for local senators and representatives' from the week of July 9-13. …

Local Government

City Hall Notebook: Vigilance urged on human trafficking » Worcester Telegram City Manager Edward M. Augustus Jr. has presented to the City Council a draft ordinance that would establish a city policy on the recognition and elimination of human trafficking and require all city …

Day Secures $2 Million for Projects in Winchester and Stoneham » Stoneham Patch Representative Michael S. Day and his colleagues in the Massachusetts House of Representatives recently passed legislation designed to spur economic development throughout the Commonwealth. …

Natick Gets Piece Of $6.4 Million In Complete Streets Funding » Natick Patch Natick is getting a good chunk of change from the state that will be used to update its streets.…

Methuen council debates next steps for budget borrowing » Eagle Tribune Despite spending hours Monday peppering a state Department of Revenue official for information on borrowing to cover a nearly $4 million school budget deficit, city councilors made little headway on t…

Worcester to sell ad space at parking garages, lots » Worcester Telegram The city plans to sell ads and naming rights at off-street parking sites to generate revenue. City Manager Edward M. Augustus Jr. said the multi-phase advertising program will provide local, regional …

A Slave Memorial Has Been Proposed for Faneuil Hall » Boston Magazine It would recognize its namesake's dark legacy of trading in slaves. …

Marijuana

It’s halfway through July. Why aren’t any recreational marijuana dispensaries open yet? » July 1 always symbolized the starting gun for recreational marijuana sales in Massachusetts, but that never meant the industry would be quick out of the gate.…

Another marijuana grower is knocking at Charlton's door » Worcester Telegram Four Score Holdings LLC is seeking town and state approvals to site a 20,000-square foot marijuana growing, manufacturing and retail business at 144 Sturbridge Road (Route 20).…

Marijuana Users In Mass. Can't Buy Guns » WBUR In late June, a gun store in Charlemont, Massachusetts, posted a letter on Facebook from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.…

Opinion

Let’s not kid ourselves. Harvard lawsuit is about affirmative action, not Asian Americans » Boston Globe

YOUR VIEW: Article about sheriff was really an excuse to criticize liberals » South Coast Today I read with surprise the opinion piece in the Standard-Times by Lee Nason on July 7, 2018 titled “There’s evidence to believe partisanship drives Maura Healey.” It seems to start ou…

Six Steps For Solving The Statewide Affordable Housing Crisis » WGBH It’s not just a Boston problem. Across the Commonwealth, young families and seniors are finding it difficult to find and afford the housing they need in the communities where they grew up or ra…

Putin pets his poodle at the Helsinki summit » Boston Globe President Donald J. Trump’s Monday’s press conference with Russian leader Vladimir Putin has to stand as one of the most jaw-dropping moments in a presidency chock-a-block with troubling…

Raise the Renewable Portfolio Standard II » Commonwealth Magazine Boost is needed to keep up with other states …

Trump the traitor » Boston Globe I don’t know if the pee tape is real. I have no idea if Russian president Vladimir Putin has compromising information about Donald Trump.…

Closed groups, open meetings » Cape Cod Times

Politics

Election challenger to Worcester County DA Joe Early steps up demands for debate » Worcester Mag A challenger to Worcester County District Attorney Joe Early Jr., whose bid for reelection has been marred by a controversy surrounding the arrest of a judge’s daughter, is calling out the incu…

Candidate Gonzalez Promises To Keep Close Ties To Berkshires » iBerkshires As secretary of administration and finance in under Gov. Deval Patrick's administration, Jay Gonzalez took a number of trips to the Berkshires.…

Democratic VP Nominee Kaine Endorses Gifford’s 3rd District Congressional Bid » WHAV Support for 3rd District congressional hopeful Rufus Gifford got a boost last week with a formal endorsement from 2016’s democratic Vice Presidential nominee Tim Kaine.…

Following Helsinki summit, Gov. Baker says probe of Russian election interference must continue » The Republican Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker, a Republican, said Monday that it is important that the work of special counsel Robert Mueller continue. Mueller is investigating Russian interference into the 2016 p…

As November Nears, More Governors’ Races Become Tossups » Governing Since March, when we last handicapped the nation’s 36 gubernatorial races, the number of tossups has risen. But overall, Democrats still seem poised to gain a few seats this fall.…

Democratic candidate for governor Jay Gonzalez scoops up endorsements in Pittsfield » Berkshire Eagle In his first public Berkshires appearance since securing his party's nomination, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jay Gonzalez stopped by Dottie's Coffee Lounge on Monday to collect fresh endorsemen…

No summer vacation for local candidates » The Sun Chronicle It may be the middle of summer for voters, but there will be no vacation for local candidates competing in Attleboro’s state representative race.…

Massachusetts campaign roundup: Lesser endorses Zakim, Gobi chooses Palfrey, nurses weigh ballot question » The Republican With the 2018 elections fast approaching, campaigns are rolling out endorsements and building up support.…

Open Table celebrates purchase of new delivery truck » Sen. Jamie Eldridge and Rep. Kate Hogan presented representatives from Open Table, a nonprofit which provides meals for those in need, with a $75,000 check for the purchase of a new refrigerated truck…

Elizabeth Warren raises another $3 million for campaign » Boston Globe As she readies for a reelection run — and potentially a bid for the White House — Senator Elizabeth Warren raised nearly $3 million in a three-month span, according to her campaign, padd…

State says Massie campaign appears to lack workers’ comp insurance » Boston Globe Democratic gubernatorial candidate Bob Massie, who is campaigning to oversee a sprawling 43,000-employee bureaucracy, appears not to have gotten workers’ compensation insurance for his gubernat…

Today on Herald Radio: GOP AG debate » Boston Herald

Candidate for governor coming to Island » Martha's Vineyard Times

Public Health

North Andover joins nationwide effort of lawsuits against opioid manufacturers and distributors » Eagle Tribune The Board of Selectmen added North Andover to a list of dozens of Massachusetts municipalities taking on manufacturers and distributors of opioids in a nationwide wave of lawsuits.…

Springfield Council gives first-step approval to ban on electronic smoking devices in public places » The Republican The city has taken a first step in banning electronic smoking devices in public places, with the first of three votes taken by the City Council on Monday night.…

Massachusetts DPH warns on eating fish caught from Lower Mystic River Area » The Republican Concern about potential contaminants in fish caught from a popular water body in eastern Massachusetts has prompted the state to issue an advisory on their consumption.…

Safe injection site pilot included in Senate opioid bill » The Patriot Ledger

Public Safety

MassDOT says it will audit state police twice a year in wake of overtime scandal » The Republican The Massachusetts Department of Transportation will now audit payments to the State Police twice a year after an overtime abuse scandal hit the public law enforcement agency.…

'Hesitation gets officers harmed': At vigil for fallen officer, Weymouth Police Chief Richard Grimes backs police use of force » The Republican At a candlelight vigil for fallen cop Michael Chesna, Weymouth's chief of police slammed the country's "negative attitude" surrounding police use of force.…

State Finance

Mass. is the last state without a budget, and leaders won’t say it will be done anytime soon. » Boston Globe Legislative leaders on Monday did not commit to finishing the state’s long-overdue $41 billion budget plan by month’s end, when the formal legislative session is due to wrap and the temp…

Massachusetts lawmakers on late budget: 'We're working on it' » The Republican Top lawmakers involved in the state budget process are saying the same thing they were saying before the fiscal year started July 1: "We're working on it," said House Ways and Means Committee Chairman…

Massachusetts House, Senate leaders: Final budget deal near » Boston Herald Democratic leaders in the Massachusetts House and Senate said Monday that they're hopeful a budget deal is near.…

Transportation

Rate hike at Quincy Adams, Braintree garages delayed » The Patriot Ledger Rates at two major South Shore commuter parking garages won’t go up as much as planned and the rate hike will be delayed a month, MBTA management announced Monday.…

T notes: South Coast Rail optimism grows » Commonwealth Magazine Keolis charts progress after 4 years on job …

T pares back parking hikes at Braintree, Quincy-Adams » Commonwealth Magazine Mayor of Braintree says increases defy logic, aren’t fair …

T official: We’re good on revenues right now » Commonwealth Magazine THE MBTA’S CHIEF ADMINISTRATOR said on Monday that the transit agency doesn’t need new revenues in the near term, but he said the situation could change in the future.…

Regional Transit Authorities Anxiously Await Budget Deal » WGBH Among the budget items being negotiated on Beacon Hill are increases in funding for the state's Regional Transit Authorities (RTAs).…

Utilities

Are we doing enough on clean energy? » Commonwealth Magazine Beacon Hill debate is mostly about hydro vs. solar and wind …

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Yesterday's Late-Breaking News

Officer Michael Chesna's death a reminder to 'respect and honor' law enforcement, Gov. Charlie Baker says » MassLive

Senate Bond Bill Includes Funding to Help Barnstable’s Blish Point » Cape Cod Online

Still no state budget as legislative session winds down » Boston Herald

Despite Narcan, opioid overdoses still ‘horrific’ in Massachusetts » The Metro West Daily News

Budgetless Dem leaders head to meeting with Baker » State House News Service

As I See It: Helping people with mental health conditions to live out their FULL lives » Worcester Telegram

Harvard study: Obamacare caused many in Mass. to lose employer insurance » Boston Business Journal

Governor Baker and Lt. Governor Polito Visit Islands » Cape Cod Online

Defendants Can Be Jailed for Relapsing During Drug Treatment, Court Rules » New York Times

Are we doing enough on clean energy? » Commonwealth Magazine

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