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Ethics Complaint Against Gaming Chair Dismissed

June 18, 2015
State Gaming Commission Chair Stephen Crosby speaks during a ground breaking ceremony in March for the MGM casino resort scheduled to open in Springfield in 2017. (Stephan Savoia/AP)

Stephen Crosby was under scrutiny for a potential conflict of interest during the awarding of an eastern Massachusetts casino license last year.

Gov. Baker: South Carolina Church Shooting ‘A Monumental Tragedy’

June 18, 2015
Lisa Doctor joins a prayer circle early Thursday down the street from the Emanuel AME Church, following a shooting on Wednesday night in Charleston. (David Goldman/AP)

“Clearly it seems like a hate crime, racism, what happened here,” added Boston Mayor Marty Walsh.

Mass. Adopts Final ICU Nurse Staffing Rules

June 10, 2015

The 2014 nurse staffing law will apply to burn units and intensive care for newborns along with intensive care units for adults.

State Seeing Fewer Early Retire Applicants Than Expected

June 10, 2015

The smaller number of applicants is forcing the administration to weigh other options to reach its desired budget savings.

Massachusetts Revises Tobin Bridge Toll Fine System, Offering Amnesty

May 29, 2015
Heavy traffic on Route 1 at the Tobin Bridge. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

Under the 30-day program, customers with outstanding balances under the all-electronic, pay-by-plate system can pay in full and have all of their fines waived dating back to July 21, 2014.

Mass. Senate OKs Fiscal Control Board For MBTA

May 22, 2015
People wait to board a Red Line train at Porter Square MBTA station in February. (Robin Lubbock/WBUR)

Democrats and Republicans came together over a compromise to put the MBTA under the authority of financial control board for at least three years, but no more than five years.

House Speaker DeLeo Backs Creation Of MBTA Control Board

May 20, 2015

House Speaker Robert DeLeo delivered a major win for Gov. Charlie Baker on Wednesday afternoon, committing himself to the creation of a management control board to oversee the MBTA in the face of opposition from Senate leaders.

Senate Approves Income Tax Freeze To Fund Targeted Tax Relief

May 19, 2015
The Massachusetts State House is seen on April 30, 2015. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

The state Senate voted in favor of an amendment that would expand the earned income tax credit for low-income families and the personal tax exemption for all taxpayers.

After Meeting MBTA Riders, Baker Urges Lawmakers To Act On His Proposed Reforms

May 18, 2015

Keeping up pressure on senators resistant to his MBTA reforms, Gov. Charlie Baker met with three transit riders Monday morning and used their experiences to pepper his calls for action.

At First Meeting, Pollack Stresses Transportation Board Is Separate From MBTA Control Panel

May 13, 2015

“What I and the governor do not expect you to be is a fiscal and management control board for the MBTA,” Transportation Secretary Stephanie Pollack told the reconstituted state transportation board Wednesday.

Feds Reject Baker Appeal For More Snow Disaster Relief

May 13, 2015

The Obama administration has quickly denied Gov. Charlie Baker’s appeal for additional federal disaster money to help the state and municipalities pay for the estimated $350 million in expenses racked up over the harsh winter.

Gov. Baker Adds Voice To Hundreds At Opioid Hearing

April 02, 2015

It was the fourth and final public listening session before Gov. Charlie Baker’s opioid abuse task force prepares to issues recommendations to the governor in May.

Connector Gains New COO, Corner Office Adviser

March 12, 2015

Vicki Coates, a former vice president of dental management at DentaQuest, starts on Monday as chief operating officer. Patricia Wada, who has worked on state information technology projects, will take the job of special assistant to the governor for project delivery.

Gov. Baker Fills 2 Connector Board Seats

March 12, 2015

Gov. Charlie Baker named insurance executive Mark Gaunya and business consultant Rina Vertes to serve on the Massachusetts Connector Authority Board.

Baker Deputies Outline Plan To Tame MassHealth Costs

March 05, 2015

The bulk of the savings — about 65 percent — come from what officials are describing as “cash management,” a budgeting technique partly inherited from the Patrick administration that will push off $456 million in payments to the next fiscal year.

Groups Resist Baker Push On MassHealth

February 09, 2015

Groups representing people dependent on state health insurance programs are resisting Gov. Charlie Baker’s push for authority to make major changes in the MassHealth program.

Quincy Medical Center’s Closure Set For Friday

December 24, 2014

Local elected officials have criticized Steward for the speed with which the for-profit company has moved to close the hospital after it claimed in November that it suffered financial losses and a decreasing number of patients at the Quincy hospital.

With Late-Term Order, Gov. Patrick Carves Out Money For Public Art

December 10, 2014
One of the new public murals created in Boston. (Zoe Sobel/WBUR)

The order devotes .5 percent of the cost of construction and renovation projects on state-owned property in Boston and “gateway cities” to the preservation or creation of public art, up to $250,000.

State, Feds Reach Five-Year, $41.4B Health Care Accord

November 01, 2014

The Patrick administration early Friday evening announced a five-year health care deal with the federal government worth $41.4 billion, which will succeed a three-year $26.75 billion waiver agreement that expired June 30.

Mass. Lawmakers Hear Calls For Ebola Training

October 16, 2014
A licensed clinician participates in a CDC training course in Alabama earlier this month for treating Ebola patients. (Brynn Anderson/AP)

As nurses raised alarms that they are untrained and ill equipped to handle cases of Ebola virus, Massachusetts hospital officials said Thursday that the health crisis emerging from West Africa demands a unique response.

SJC Sets ‘Presumption’ Of Misconduct In Dookhan-Related Guilty Pleas

March 05, 2014

The Supreme Judicial Court ruled Wednesday that defendants seeking to withdraw guilty pleas because their cases were handled by disgraced former state chemist Annie Dookhan must indicate they would have insisted on a trial if they knew about her malfeasance.

Coakley: Dookhan ‘Appeared To Be Proud’ Of Her Work

September 28, 2012

According to Attorney General Martha Coakley, Annie Dookhan may have had professional pride in mind when she allegedly misidentified drug lab evidence.

Amid Crime Lab Crisis, DPH Commissioner Resigns

September 17, 2012

Department of Public Health Commissioner John Auerbach offered his resignation over the weekend and Gov. Deval Patrick accepted it on Monday.

Improper Drug Testing Leads To Closure Of State Crime Lab

August 30, 2012

State police discovered a chemist failed to follow protocols in drug testing, potentially exposing thousands of drug convictions to legal challenges.

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