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Overall Health Care Spending Is Down In Massachusetts, But Patients Are Spending More » WBUR The cost of health care in Massachusetts continues to rise, but at a pace significantly below expectations.…

In N.H. election stunner, a onetime refugee knocks off entrenched incumbent » Boston Globe He’s a veteran state representative who has railed against immigrants “getting everything” at the expense of people born and raised in the state. She’s a 27-year-old former A…

New Kids On The Block: Nika Elugardo And Jon Santiago On Their Wins And What Comes Next » WGBH Ayanna Pressley’s win over Mike Capuano was the big national story coming out of Massachusetts’ Sept. 4 primary, but there were some other dramatic developments, too …

Groups want to make Massachusetts Legislature more open and transparent » The Republican A coalition of open government advocacy groups is recommending major changes to the rules governing Massachusetts' legislative process, in order to make the Legislature more accessible and open to the…

Groups want interim Boston schools superintendent barred from seeking permanent job » Boston Herald Education and community groups are calling on the city to bar Boston Public Schools Interim Superintendent Laura Perille from applying for the permanent job, but some school committee members say that…

New emails show Kavanaugh's involvement in controversial nomination » Politico In 2006, Brett Kavanaugh told a Senate committee that he wasn’t “primarily” involved in shepherding the nomination of controversial circuit court nominee Charles Pickering when Kava…

Top green group to spend an unprecedented $60 million on 2018 races » Washington Post The League of Conservation Voters is planning to spend $60 million to help Democrats win back Congress and statehouses nationwide, breaking a record the environmental organization set in two years ago…

“I have a problem with supporting a Republican tax scam. I have a problem with supporting a government in Washington that works only for the wealthy and well connected. This truly is a moment of conscience for all of us,”

Senator Elizabeth Warren

Speaking about Governor Charlie Baker and his support of Trump supporter Geoff Diehl.

News By Category
Business

All but two works sold, Berkshire Museum reports » Berkshire Eagle All but two of the artworks to be sold by the Berkshire Museum have found new owners, including two pieces nabbed by bidders at a New York City auction Wednesday.…

So much for the Massachusetts miracle » Boston Globe The Massachusetts economy, by many measures, is humming: low unemployment, a sizzling real estate market, incomes that are among the highest in the country.…

310-foot tower atop Motor Mart garage would be a big change for neighborhood » Boston Globe Developers have filed detailed plans to build a 310-foot tower atop the Motor Mart garage on Stuart Street. Los Angeles-based CIM Group and Boston Global Investors hope to start construction next year…

New Bedford revives push to seize Northeast Fisheries Center » Gloucester Times Appealing to the new management team at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, elected officials from New Bedford are newly appealing to relocate the Northeast Fisheries Science Center f…

Tanglewood attendance sees a decrescendo this year » Berkshire Eagle Plagued by frequent and ill-timed thunderstorms, heavy rainfalls and hot spells, Tanglewood's attendance for the full 11-week season declined 5.5 percent from last summer's total, the Boston Symphony …

Massachusetts retailers warned on sale of JUUL e-cigarettes to minors » Mass Live

Civil Rights

Complaint says TSA search of Muslim woman at Logan ‘bordered on sexual assault’ » Boston Globe A Muslim civil rights group has filed a complaint with the federal Transportation Security Administration alleging that a search of a 54-year-old woman at Logan International Airport in May “bor…

A New Study Shows the “Bathroom Bill” Hysteria Is Unfounded » Boston Magazine It found no link between transgender protections and crime in Massachusetts. …

Education

Groups demand BPS interim superintendent be barred from permanent job » Boston Globe Nearly a dozen educator, parent, and civil rights organizations on Wednesday called on Mayor Martin J. Walsh and the School Committee to bar interim Superintendent Laura Perille from applying for her …

Massachusetts AG Maura Healey wins lawsuit challenging Betsy DeVos' decision on student borrower rule » The Republican A coalition of attorneys general led by Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey won a lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Education, which challenged Education Secretary Betsy DeVos' decision n…

UMass Amherst plans new housing for 1,000 undergrads; will rebuild graduate student apartments » Mass Live The University of Massachusetts Amherst will seek a developer to build housing for 1,000 undergraduates on what's now a series of parking lots on the south side of Massachusetts Avenue.…

Environment

Berkshire Lawmakers Call On Massachusetts To Join Housatonic River Cleanup Mediation » New England Public Radio The state of Massachusetts is choosing not to be part of a recently-launched mediation on the cleanup of the Housatonic River. But lawmakers from the Berkshires want the state involved.…

Health Care

Concerns by DPH remain over pediatric care and contact at HealthAlliance » Sentinel & Enterprise Recent communications between state health officials and UMass Memorial Health Care have provided a clearer picture of how the proposed closure of four services spread across its Leominster and Fitchb…

Growth in state health care spending drops to lowest level in five years » Boston Globe The state made headway in controlling health care spending last year, according to a report released Wednesday.…

Western Mass. hospitals voice opposition to Question 1 » Mass Live Officials with Western Massachusetts hospitals on Tuesday predicted passage of a statewide referendum requiring a fixed ratio of nurses to patients would cost hospitals upwards of $40 million locally,…

Slow growth in MA health care spending » Commonwealth Magazine Partners says nurse ballot question would boost its costs $140m …

A Setback For Massachusetts In States' Drive To Contain Medicaid Drug Spending » WBUR States serve as "laboratories of democracy," as U.S. Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis famously said. And states are also labs for health policy, launching all kinds of experiments lately to temper…

Housing

Kim Janey seeks gentrification hearing for hard-hit Roxbury » Boston Herald District 7 City Councilor Kim Janey is advocating a city-funded voucher program for housing as a response to gentrification and displacement in Roxbury.…

Judiciary

Governor Baker Nominates Susan Sard Tierney to Barnstable Probate & Family Court » Cape Cod Today

SJC will decide how to reimburse Dookhan, Farak defendants » Mass Live

Labor

Boston Hotel Workers Just Voted to Authorize a Strike » Boston Magazine The move comes after failed contract negotiations with Marriott. …

Legislative

Rep sees impediments to posting committee testimony » State House News Service The lead House lawmaker in charge of reviewing ways to make state government and the Legislature more transparent said Wednesday that something as simple as posting committee testimony online could pr…

Lobbying

Conley will resign DA’s post early » Commonwealth Magazine Suffolk prosecutor will join high-powered Boston law and lobbying firm …

Local Government

Belchertown nets $75K for future splash pad » Gazette Net The dilapidated tennis courts near Chestnut Hill Community School are set to see new life thanks to $75,000 in state funding for the creation of a new splash pad for children. …

Weymouth mayor seeks higher pension for Chesna widow » Wicked Local Weymouth Mayor Robert Hedlund is requesting the town’s retirement system posthumously pay the wife of fallen police officer Michael Chesna a sergeant’s pension. The request will require state la…

Brockton mayor to fire parking officer in 'N-word' altercation, apologizes » The Enterprise The mayor has placed a parking control officer on unpaid leave and is apologizing to the man who he says was verbally accosted and wrongly accused by the city employee.…

Worcester council approves baseball stadium deal, 9-1 » Worcester Telegram An 84-year drought has been snapped. Organized professional baseball in the form of an affiliated minor league team - in this case the Boston Red Sox top minor league team - is making its way back to …

Mayor threatens to oust former councilor from public meeting » The Sun Chronicle A long-simmering feud between Mayor Paul Heroux and former supporter and ex-city councilor Roxanne Houghton neared the boiling point Tuesday when Heroux threatened to have police remove her from a pub…

Marijuana

Marijuana dispensary slams state for pesticide bust » Boston Globe Members of the Massachusetts medical marijuana industry are warning that a state crackdown on their use of pesticides — including natural compounds used widely on organic food — would cr…

Pot growers threaten to sue Mass. Cannabis Control Commission » Worcester Telegram An organization representing Massachusetts marijuana growers is considering a lawsuit to compel the Cannabis Control Commission to review the statutorily-required agreements between marijuana business…

Opinion

Auditor's at it again, raising RMV ruckus with 'outdated' report » The Lowell Sun Who audits the auditor? It's a question that Gov. Charlie Baker and his administration might be asking after another critical review of a state agency by State Auditor Suzanne Bump.…

The Battle of the Martys in the Third District » Boston Globe With a recount underway, the battle between Lori Trahan and Dan Koh to represent the Third Congressional District remains a big post-primary political story — with a classic Boston subplot.…

Education is not preparing students for a fast-changing world » Boston Globe Attention: Your acronym of the day is VUCA. VUCA stands for “volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous,” a handy shortcut used by the military to describe these uncertain times, and a fr…

After the murders of two police officers, a smart legal reform » Boston Globe Sure, it’s hard to ignore the blatantly political timing of Governor Charlie Baker’s just-filed pretrial detention bill. But that’s not to say there aren’t parts of it that…

Editorial: Baker's support for Trumpists will be a deal-breaker » Dorchester Reporter Our governor, Charlie Baker, tells us that he sat out the presidential election in 2016. He blanked the top of the ballot rather than vote for either Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton. He also skipped T…

Can’t see the issues for the trees with Dollar General » The Recorder Could the fracas over a proposed Dollar General store on Routes 5 and 10 in South Deerfield be any more muddled?…

MBTA buses should go all-electric » Boston Globe Climate change poses a significant financial risk to businesses. Small businesses are the hardest hit by weather-related disruptions that reduce cash flows, damage property, cause supply-chain interru…

Bad Old Republicans Should Make Us Grateful for Donald Trump » New Boston Post Andy Card has always come across as a decent person. But the former Bush aide’s prescription for American politics makes us grateful that his preferred types of candidates aren’t in powe…

Our View: Partisans in the state auditor's office » Eagle Tribune The findings from state Auditor Suzanne Bump’s office should evoke indignation and outrage — especially as drivers around this state are made to gather up all kinds of paperwork to prove…

Editorial: Boston's luxury housing boom is hurting businesses » Boston Business Journal This past week, a report from a Washington, D.C., think tank focused attention on the side effects of the luxury housing boom in downtown Boston. The Institute for Policy Studies looked at 12 of the h…

Delay in releasing Lowell vote tallies is unacceptable » Lowell Sun

Politics

DA candidate is hailed nationally, but locally her plan not to prosecute petty crimes alarms some » Boston Globe She has gotten a shout-out from Barack Obama and has compared notes with Larry Krasner, the civil rights lawyer who last year rode a liberal wave to become Philadelphia’s district attorney.…

Massachusetts GOP, Jay Gonzalez clash over how much he would spend as governor » The Republican Jay Gonzalez, the Democratic candidate for Massachusetts governor, and the state's Republican Party headed up by Gov. Charlie Baker are in agreement on one thing: Gonzalez, who is challenging the incu…

Dems try to link Baker to Trump agenda » Commonwealth Magazine MOST OF THE STATE’S state’s congressional representatives, who in the past have had generally nice things to say about Gov. Charlie Baker, attacked him on Wednesday, linking him to Presi…

'I don't put too much stock in polls,' Ayanna Pressley says while stumping for other Democrats on 2018 Massachusetts ballot » The Republican As Massachusetts Democrats look to take the Corner Office from Republican Gov. Charlie Baker, they've enlisted US Sen. Elizabeth Warren and Ayanna Pressley, who is fresh off trouncing a 20-year incumb…

With sweep of 5th Suffolk race, Miranda credits win to "what if" instincts » Dorchester Reporter Liz Miranda was up at 7 a.m. last Tuesday, and promptly told she was banished from the campaign office. She cast her vote for the first time at her new home precinct, the Lilla J. Frederick School, we…

Mass. congressional candidate swims in Merrimack River as recount looms » Boston Globe Rick Green, a Republican running in the Democratic-leaning Third Congressional District, plunges into the Merrimack River and appears to swim across it in his first campaign spot of the general electi…

After primary victory, Rollins hopes to give DA office ‘another voice, another perspective’ » Dorchester Reporter Suffolk County voters made a series of paradigm-shifting choices at the polls last week, among them electing the first woman of color as the Democratic nominee for the Suffolk County District Attorney…

Ayyadurai files suit against UMass » The Lowell Sun Independent U.S. Senate Candidate Dr. Shiva Ayyadurai filed a federal lawsuit against the University of Massachusetts for what his campaign called attempting to rig the debates for the Senate election…

Recounts begin in 3rd District race » Eagle Tribune Voters in the 3rd Congressional District could know as early as Monday whether Dan Koh of Andover or Lori Trahan of Westford will be the official Democratic candidate in the November general election.…

Navy veteran running as independent for Plymouth and Norfolk state senate seat » Patriot Ledger A Navy veteran and attorney from Marshfield is running as an independent in the Nov. 6 state election for the Plymouth and Norfolk District state Senate seat after running twice before as a Republican…

Citizens For Milford Hosts Candidates Forum For Reps, Senators » Milford Patch The community is invited to this event, which features candidates for the Tenth Worcester District. …

The Brown Grad Student Who Chased The NRA Out Of Rhode Island » Talking Points Memo Sam Bell is in the third year of a PhD program in geology at Brown University. …

Cyr Gets Two More Endorsements » Cape Cod Online State Senator Julian Cyr has picked up two more endorsements as he makes his run for re-election. The Coalition for Social Justice is backing Cyr in the race. “Social Justice has long inspired m…

Doing It 'Her Way': Althea Garrison Finds Herself On The Verge Of Public Office Again » WBUR On any given day of the week, Althea Garrison goes to the Boston Public Library to socialize or do research. …

Palmieri, Eubanks-Archbold make GOP runs for House » Sentinel & Enterprise

Public Health

The FDA issues a warning: Teen vaping is ‘an epidemic’ » Boston Globe The head of the Food and Drug Administration said Wednesday that teenage use of flavored electronic cigarettes has become “an epidemic” and ordered the five biggest manufacturers to say wi…

With mold problem at Quaboag worse than first thought, closed Converse school in Palmer considered » Mass Live

City of Boston sues drugmakers over opioid epidemic » Boston Business Journal

Public Safety

A history of violence: Accused Mass. cop and child killers had long records, so why were they out? » The Republican Emanuel Lopes, Thomas Latanowich, Jorge Zambrano. All three were well-known by police. And that was before they were accused of shooting police officers dead.…

Cape officials prepare to help in Hurricane Florence response » Cape Cod Times With Hurricane Florence barreling toward the Carolinas and Mid-Atlantic, Cape Cod emergency responders are preparing to help, including some who are already heading south ahead of the storm.…

State Government

Massachusetts Lottery raises nearly $1 billion for cities and towns » Boston Globe The Massachusetts treasurer announced Wednesday that the state’s lottery earned $997 million in the 2018 fiscal year, money that will go to boost the budgets of Massachusetts cities and towns.…

State refuses Koh's call for delay in Lowell recount; Methuen begins recount of 3rd District votes » Eagle Tribune

Drug lab scandals’ cost to state estimated at ‘north of $10M’ » Boston Herald

Transportation

A Boston bridge has had a zero rating for 17 years. No long-term fix is in sight » Boston Globe It runs 1,280 feet along Boston’s Storrow Drive, from about Clarendon Street to the Hatch Shell. It’s more obviously a tunnel, with eastbound drivers traveling underneath the westbound l…

MBTA privatization saves $450 million » Boston Herald The MBTA’s recent privatization initiatives have allowed the cash-strapped transit agency to save nearly half a billion dollars — but a government watchdog says the T needs to keep its m…

If self-driving cars want to transform cities, they’ll have to figure out Boston first » Boston.com Most human drivers would agree that Boston can be a difficult city to drive in. So you might excuse autonomous vehicles for running into a few challenges — though not literally.…

Western Mass. lawmakers say their constituents still face 'unfair burden' in obtaining handicap placards from RMV » The Republican Fourteen state lawmakers from Western Massachusetts say their constituents are still struggling with an "unfair burden" to obtain handicap placards from the RMV.…

Rail-car maker drops plan to require noncompetes, one month before new law takes effect » Boston Globe The Chinese company making hundreds of new subway cars for the MBTA in Springfield tried to require its nonunion employees to sign a noncompete agreement roughly one month before a new law takes effec…

Worker accused of stealing $450K from MBTA fare boxes » WCVB

Utilities

NRC seeks details on Pilgrim sale » Cape Cod Times During a meeting with federal regulators Sept. 25, Entergy Corp. will outline its plan for decommissioning Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station, should it continue to own the Plymouth plant after its permane…

Yesterday's Late-Breaking News

State spent over $60B on health care in 2017 — and that's the good news » Boston Business Journal

3rd District recount between Koh, Trahan starts Thursday, ends on Monday's deadline » Eagle Tribune

Dems’ coordinated campaign takes aim at Baker, Diehl — and Trump » Dorchester Reporter

Howie Carr: Charlie Baker's the favorite, but re-election is not in the bag » Boston Herald

Questions about ballot questions » Commonwealth Magazine

Rand-Whitney marks completion of $20M expansion in Worcester » Worcester Telegram

Suffolk District Attorney Dan Conley leaving for Mintz Levin, high-powered lobbying firm » The Republican

Suffolk DA Conley to step down later this month » Boston Globe

Council approves 120 psychiatry beds at North Shore Medical Center » State House News Service

Two New Hampshire residents indicted for allegedly dealing meth at Plainridge Park Casino » Boston Globe

Partners, Mass Eye and Ear settle billing dispute with AG » Boston Business Journal

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