... Immigrant activists to target Baker at protest on Tuesday ...... Tsongas will not seek reelection, creating a rarity: an open Congressional seat well ahead of the election ...... DCR, Fish and Game plan public meeting to hold public meeting Aug. 23 on outcomes of deer management plan ...... CPCS cites "profoundly flawed" eyewitness identification evidence in highlighting court decision to vacate Frederick Clay's 1979 murder conviction ...... AG: Wilmington company cited more than $100,000 for intentionally failing to properly pay employees ...... New grant will pay for writing, publishing of Mass. Wetlands Buffer Zones Guidebook ...... New hires, daily spending may be tracked with Shack's expansion of state comptroller's CTHRU site ...... House chairman "certain" that sales tax holiday bill won't pass this month ...... Cambridge moves to restrict short-term rentals as bill languishes in Legislature ...... Boston groundbreaking on Harmon Apartments, which features housing for adults with disabilities ...... Worcester, Pioneer Valley seeing more mosquitoes testing positive for West Nile Virus ...... Baker's MassHealth reforms on ice as lawmakers break for summer recess ...... Legal marijuana supporters highlight Cape case that may have involved fentanyl-laced pot ...... Nate Bryant named chief of staff to Salem State President John Keenan ...... MAPC hosting clean energy forum Oct. 11 at District Hall in Boston ...
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LATEST RGGI STATES REACH AGREEMENT TO ACCELERATE EMISSION REDUCTIONS IN NEXT DECADE

The nine-state Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative consortium has settled on a proposed update to the cap-and-trade program that would call for a 30 percent reduction in carbon pollution from the region's power plants by 2030. Read More

FRAMINGHAM FIRM WINS CONTRACT TO RENOVATE URUGUAY EMBASSY

A Framingham firm has been awarded the construction contract for a major renovation of an American diplomatic building in Uruguay, the State Department announced Wednesday. Read More


FALL RIVER AND WEYMOUTH ATTORNEYS NOMINATED FOR JUDGESHIPS

Gov. Charlie Baker on Wednesday tapped a lawyer and a prosecutor from Southeastern Massachusetts to don the robe and serve as judges in state courts. Read More


FOUR CONFIRMED BY COUNCIL TO COURT POSITIONS

The Governor's Council on Wednesday approved four of Gov. Charlie Baker's judicial nominees, adding judges to the district and appeals courts and naming a new clerk magistrate in Chicopee. Read More


FLANAGAN

BAKER TURNS TO DEMOCRATIC SENATOR FLANAGAN TO FILL SLOT ON CANNABIS BOARD

Sen. Jennifer Flanagan, a Leominster Democrat, will resign her seat at the end of the month to become one of five members of the new Cannabis Control Commission, tapped by Gov. Charlie Baker to help take on the responsibility of regulating the burgeoning recreational marijuana industry and licensing retail pot shops. Read More


MARKEY

MARKEY RENEWS CALL FOR FENTANYL BORDER SCREENING

New state data showing a continued increase in the presence of fentanyl in opioid deaths highlights the need for action to combat trafficking of the synthetic opioid, U.S. Sen. Ed Markey said. Earlier this year, Markey and Sen. Marco Rubio filed a bill that would give border patrol agents technology, including chemical screening devices, to help them identify and seize illicit fentanyl before it enters the country. Read More


LINK BETWEEN EDUCATION AND PAY GROWING STRONGER IN MASS., REPORT FINDS

Half of the workers who comprise the Massachusetts workforce hold at least a bachelor's degree, the first time any state has surpassed the 50 percent threshold, and the wage gap between workers with degrees and those without continues to widen, according to a new report from the Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center. Read More


SENATORS EXPLORE CHALLENGES TO LONG-TERM HEALTH CARE

Questions of how best to fund long-term care and how to encourage the use of community-based health services over costlier institutions are among the issues facing a group of senators developing legislation aimed at reining in health care costs. Read More


BAKER

BAKER TO TESTIFY ON OBAMACARE BEFORE SENATE COMMITTEE

Gov. Charlie Baker will testify on Capitol Hill next month before a Senate health committee alongside four other governors from both parties about steps Congress could take to stabilize insurance markets following the collapse of GOP-led efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act. Read More


BAKER PROBATE COURT NOMINEE A PRACTIONER OF "LAW OF COMMON SENSE"

A Springfield attorney tapped by the governor to serve as a Probate and Family Court judge detailed for the Governor's Council her personal experience with divorce and raising a "blended family," experience she said will be an asset on the bench. Read More

Judicial nominee Kathleen Sandman (left) appeared

Judicial nominee Kathleen Sandman (left) appeared Wednesday before the Governor's Council. Springfield attorney Mary Socha (right) recalled how in earlier years she was a colleague of Sandman's father Thomas Finnegan (back left) before working with Sandman. [Photo: Sam Doran/SHNS] | Hi-Res


Tuesday, Aug. 22, 2017

TIMILTY'S SENATE SUCCESSOR TO COME FROM POOL OF SEVEN

The primary field is set for the special election to succeed James Timilty in the state Senate, with two Democrats and four Republicans vying for their party's nominations. Read More


CONTROVERSY SWIRLING AROUND NEW MBTA GM HIRING

The state Democratic Party on Tuesday questioned Gov. Charlie Baker's judgment in hiring new MBTA General Manager Luis Ramírez after reports that the Dallas consulting company Ramírez led prior to his selection is under investigation for accounting errors and is in danger of filing for bankruptcy. Read More

Incoming MBTA General Manager Luis Ramírez stood n

Incoming MBTA General Manager Luis Ramírez stood next to his wife and MBTA officials at a press conference last week. [Photo: Sam Doran/SHNS]


DEATHS FROM OPIOID OVERDOSES TRENDING DOWNWARD IN FIRST HALF OF 2017

The number of opioid-related deaths in Massachusetts has increased each year since 2010, but new figures from the first half of this year offer some signs of motion in the opposite direction. Read More


LAKE QUINSIGAMOND OFF LIMITS AFTER SEWAGE OVERFLOW

As temperatures climb into the high 80s in Worcester today, residents of Central Massachusetts will have to find a place other than Lake Quinsigamond to cool off. Read More

Lake Quinsigamond, a common host site of rowing re

Lake Quinsigamond, a common host site of rowing regattas, is home to the Department of Conservation and Recreation's Quinsigamond State Park. [Photo: Courtesy/Wikimedia]


BILL SEEKS TO STREAMLINE HOMELESSNESS PREVENTION EFFORTS

Meshell Whyte told lawmakers Tuesday that she fled her Brockton apartment because of domestic violence, and lost most of her personal records when her storage unit was auctioned off for non-payment. "I'm a homeless biotechnician who is fully reliant on the system because I don't have a few key things," she told the Joint Committee on Housing Tuesday, urging the panel to support legislation aimed at increasing coordination among state agencies in hopes of better combatting homelessness. Read More


GROWING POWERBALL JACKPOT FUELING LOCAL SALES

The second largest jackpot in American lottery history could be claimed Wednesday when a Powerball jackpot of at least $700 million will be up for grabs. The $700 million jackpot is the largest for Powerball or any other lottery game since the world record $1.586 billion Powerball jackpot claimed by winners in California, Florida and Tennessee in January of 2016. Read More

Wednesday night's Powerball drawing will feature a

Wednesday night's Powerball drawing will feature a jackpot of at least $700 million. [Photo: Sam Doran/SHNS]


VIDEO | DeLEO, KEY DEMS TAKING MEETINGS THIS SUMMER IN PREP FOR "VERY BUSY FALL"

Though formal business has paused and lawmakers seldom make the trip into the State House during the August break, House Speaker Robert DeLeo said House members are hard at work preparing for what he anticipates to be a busy fall. Read More


NORTH SHORE DEM WANTS "SPECIAL" HOME LOANS FOR SAFETY OFFICERS

Touting potential benefits to first responders and neighborhoods they serve, a state senator is proposing to create a special home loan program for police, firefighters and EMTs. Read More


WHIPPS [Courtesy/MassPA]

GOP'S WHIPPS UNENROLLS FROM PARTY TO BECOME INDEPENDENT

Rep. Susannah Whipps, an Athol Republican who has voted with Democrats on a number of key issues in recent months, has withdrawn from the GOP and will return to Beacon Hill after the summer recess as the Legislature's only independent elected official. Read More


BOSTON SEEKS CREATIVE WORKFORCE PIPELINE

Boston officials are partnering with Emerson College and the Massachusetts College of Art and Design in hopes of establishing a pipeline for city residents to gain jobs in creative industries. Read More


HOME PRICES RISE YEAR OVER YEAR FOR 16TH STRAIGHT MONTH

Real estate analysts said the housing market continued its upward climb last month as sales and the median sales price again rose in July, according to a report from The Warren Group. Read More


Monday, Aug. 21, 2017

KAFKER TAKES HIS SEAT ON THE SJC AFTER PRIVATE SWEARING IN

Scott Kafker was sworn in Monday afternoon as the newest justice of the Supreme Judicial Court, replacing Geraldine Hines who retired Friday. Kafker, who previously served as chief justice of the Appeals Court, took the oath of office in a private State House ceremony, a spokesman for Gov. Charlie Baker said. Read More

Justice Scott Kafker shook hands with Gov. Charlie

Justice Scott Kafker shook hands with Gov. Charlie Baker on July 12 at the start of Kafker's confirmation hearing. [Photo: File/Sam Doran/SHNS] | Hi-Res


POLICE CHIEFS BACK BAKER APPROACH TO ICE DETAINERS

Two of the state's largest police organizations have endorsed Gov. Charlie Baker's proposal to allow law enforcement, under certain circumstances, to detain arrestees at the request of federal immigration officers. Read More


SPRINGFIELD DENTIST RETURNS $$$ TO MASSHEALTH IN SETTLEMENT

A Springfield dentist will pay MassHealth $500,000 to resolve allegations of improper billing for pain treatment services between March 2010 and June 2013, Attorney General Maura Healey's office announced Monday. Read More


BEACON HILL TAKES BREAK TO CATCH ECLIPSE

Boston wasn't cast completely into shadow Monday afternoon, but the solar eclipse put on a good enough show to provide ample excuse for downtown workers to take a late afternoon break and revel in the moment. Read More

House Assistant Majority Leader Byron Rushing took

House Assistant Majority Leader Byron Rushing took a glimpse at the eclipse in front of the State House. [Photo: Sam Doran/SHNS] | Photo Gallery


LINDSTROM

LINDSTROM LAUNCHES GOP SENATE CAMPAIGN BY DENOUNCING D.C. "FINGER POINTING"

Groton Republican Beth Lindstrom, a former executive director of the Massachusetts Lottery and the first woman to serve as executive director of the state GOP, announced on Monday she will run for the U.S. Senate seat now held by Elizabeth Warren. Read More


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