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Dental Schools To Introduce Training On Opioid Abuse

February 11, 2016
Gov. Baker and health administration officials joined heads of local dental medicine schools Thursday to announce an agreement on new educational standards that introduce training for opioid abuse prevention and management into their core curriculums. (Antonio Caban/SHNS)

The governor, who has reached similar agreements with the heads of the state’s medical schools, continues to take steps on his own to chip away at the substance abuse crisis and the proliferation of addictive opioids.

Gov. Baker Doesn’t Think He Will Endorse Again In Presidential Race

February 11, 2016
At a recent campaign event for Gov. Christie, who has since exited the presidential race, Baker laughs as the governor speaks before a crowd in Bedford, N.H. (Elise Amendola/AP)

After staying out of the fray of presidential politics for months, Baker last Friday publicly endorsed Christie and expressed deep concerns about the capabilities of the two Republican frontrunners coming out of Iowa.

Duffly, Mass. SJC’s First Asian-American Member, Announces Retirement

February 10, 2016
Justice Fernande "Nan" Duffly is sworn in by Mass. Gov. Deval Patrick in Boston on Feb. 17, 2011. (Elise Amendola/AP)

For the third time in a week, a justice on the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court has announced plans to retire before the next full session of the court begins.

Bill Would Let Addicts Turn In Drugs Without Fear Of Prosecution

February 08, 2016
The bill is inspired by an initiative in Gloucester, where police have started helping addicts get into treatment. Gloucester Police Chief Leonard Campanello, pictured here, says since launching the initiative about eight months ago, his department has gotten 400 people into treatment. (Elise Amendola/AP)

The bill is inspired by an initiative in Gloucester, where police have started helping addicts get into treatment.

Taunton Group Sues Over Tribal Casino

February 05, 2016

The federal government last September approved transfer of about 170 acres of land in Mashpee and about 151 acres of land in Taunton into federal trust.

Cassidy Wins Brockton Primary, Fields Narrowed In Fitchburg And Peabody

February 03, 2016

Gerry Cassidy, a former city councilor and longtime aide to the late Sen. Thomas Kennedy, is on track to become Brockton’s next state representative after winning one of three special primary elections held in Massachusetts Tuesday.

Baker Plans 3.5 Percent Spending Increase In $39.5 Billion Budget

January 27, 2016
Gov. Baker's budget proposal reflects the ongoing reality that fixed costs required for MassHealth, pensions, debt service and other expenses continue to consume large chunks of new revenue. Here, Gov. Baker leaves the House chamber after delivering his State of the Commonwealth address on Jan. 21. (Michael Dwyer/AP)

Baker’s budget reflects the ongoing reality that fixed costs required for MassHealth, pensions, debt service and other expenses continue to consume large chunks of new revenue

Riders Knock MBTA Fare Hikes, Service Levels At Hearing In Lynn

January 26, 2016
A northbound MBTA commuter rail train leaves Lynn station in 2015. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

Monday was the first hearing on proposals aimed at securing another $33.2 million to $49.4 million from riders throughout the system.

Options Weighed To Address State’s Health Care Price Variations

January 20, 2016

The commission wants the state to implement consumer protections and ease practice restrictions for certain nurses in an effort to combat rising health care spending.

Officials Suggest Major Changes In Store For Green Line Extension Project

January 20, 2016
An MBTA Green Line train heads into a tunnel on Huntington Avenue. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

Cost-cutting on the over-budget Green Line Extension project should be “on the side of brutal” and stakeholders “need to wrap their arms around that reality,” the chairman of the MBTA’s control board said Wedn

University Economists Tout Benefits Of Surtax On Mass. Millionaires

January 19, 2016
University economists and community leaders, including several transportation and education advocates, are in favor of amending the state Constitution to impose a new tax on millionaires in Massachusetts that they say would help substantially boost revenue to the state that can be invested in better education and public transportation. The city's wealth gap has come under scrutiny following a recently-released report that says Boston has the greatest income inequality of any major city in the U.S. (Hadley Green for WBUR)

Economists from universities around Massachusetts are endorsing a proposed change to the state constitution to establish a 4 percent surtax on residents with incomes over $1 million, a move estimated to generate close to $2 billion from nearly 20,000 filers.

Warmer December Boosted Housing Market, Realtors Group Says

January 13, 2016

Homes placed under sales agreements across Massachusetts in December were up 34 percent from the same month in 2014, according to real estate industry analysts.

Health Connector Sees Rate Hikes For Some, Reductions For Others

September 10, 2015

Those enrolled in unsubsidized health insurance through the Health Connector will see hikes of up to 9.3 percent, while those subsidized plans will see modest decreases.

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.

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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