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Ballooning Cost Throws Future Of Green Line Extension Into Question

August 24, 2015
An MBTA Green Line train enters Lechmere Station in Cambridge. (Jesse costa/WBUR)

The cost set by the contractor for the first three stations is more than double the amount state and federal transit officials recently estimated, calling into question the full price tag of the new trolley line and whether the state can afford to build it.

Direct Flights To Logan Credited With Boosting International Travel To Boston

August 22, 2015
The view ofaA view of Boston before landing at Logan Airport. (Amy Gorel/WBUR) Boston before landing at Logan Airport. (Amy Gorel/WBUR)

More than 1.4 million overseas visitors came to explore Boston in 2014, a 10.1 percent boost over the previous year, according to the GBCVB.

MBTA Looking To Privatize Bus Routes

August 21, 2015
The MBTA says the buses and drivers currently on the routes targeted for privatization would be re-deployed to other areas of the system that need more service.(bradlee9119/Flickr)

The T says the buses and drivers currently on the routes targeted for privatization would be re-deployed to other areas of the system that need more service.

Brookline Woman Becomes First Openly Transgender White House Official

August 18, 2015
Raffi Freedman-Gurspan in Washington. The White House announced Freedman-Gurspan's appointment Tuesday as an outreach and recruitment director for presidential personnel in the Office of Personnel. (National Center for Transgender Equality via AP)

Freedman-Gurspan, who was adopted from Honduras and grew up in Brookline, has been hired as the Obama administration’s new outreach and recruitment director for presidential personnel.

Mid-August Mass. Gas Prices Lowest In A Decade

August 18, 2015

Bay Staters looking to hit the road for a late summer vacation will have the benefit of gas prices 19 cents lower than the national average and at the lowest mid-August level in a decade.

MBTA, Keolis Create ‘Road Map’ To Implement Service Improvements

August 18, 2015
A northbound MBTA commuter rail train leaves Lynn station in late February. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

The MBTA’s commuter rail provider has agreed to a number of items aimed at improving rail service for customers following last winter’s failures.

Plainridge Posts $18.1 Million In Revenues In July

August 17, 2015
A view of Plainridge Park Casino, the state's lone slots parlor, which opened in June. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

With a tax rate of 49 percent on gaming revenue, the July profits generated about $8.9 million for local aid and a horse racing development fund.

Transportation Changes In The Works For South Boston

August 13, 2015
Vertex Pharmaceuticals is located on the edge of the blossoming South Boston waterfront. (Hadley Green for WBUR)

On Monday, transportation officials will begin an experiment with methods to free up car traffic around South Boston, part of an effort to improve access to transit and walkability in the neighborhood.

Baker Bill Seeks To Speed Up Solar Power Growth

August 07, 2015
Solar panels are seen beside the Mass Pike in Framingham on Wednesday. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

The administration says its bill will help the state meet “well ahead of schedule” its goal of 1,600 megawatts of solar power by 2020.

Longfellow Bridge Restoration Delayed; Won’t Open Until At Least 2018

August 04, 2015
Aerial view of the Longfellow Bridge (Mass DOT)

The setback means people who rely on the historic bridge to commute between Boston and Cambridge may be in for about three more years of delays, detours and headaches.

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.

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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