Happy Friday. Top local stories and what we’re watching today:
– Massachusetts health advocates and Democrats are cheering yesterday’s Supreme Court decision to uphold the federal health care overhaul, while Republicans are looking to mobilize against it. Practically, the ruling has little impact on our state’s health system.
– Massachusetts legislators have sent a final state budget to the governor’s desk.
– The MBTA’s average 23 percent fare hike goes into effect this Sunday. Several bus routes and commuter rails will also see service reductions. [MBTA]
– Claiming Tierney “knew everything,” a brother-in-law of Rep. John Tierney blasted the congressman after being sentenced to three years in prison for his role in an illegal offshore gambling business.
– State Auditor Suzanne Bump is raising the salaries of her front line and supervisory staff. She says it won’t require additional taxpayer dollars. [Associated Press, via NECN]
– Documents indicate 38 Studios’ board approved a bankruptcy plan the same day Rhode Island’s governor made public comments about the company’s financial troubles. Curt Schilling had blamed the governor’s comments for worsening 38 Studios’ financial position.
– The Tall Ships sail into Boston to commemorate the War of 1812 bicentennial. [BU Today]
– The Sox were tripped up by the Mariners in Seattle.
– The Celtics went big in the NBA Draft: They took Ohio State forward Jared Sullinger and Syracuse center Fab Melo. [Boston Globe]