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New England Governors Renew Commitment To Regional Energy Solution

April 23, 2015
Gov. Charlie Baker, left, sits with Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin and several other New England governors Thursday during a meeting on energy in Connecticut. (Jessica Hill/AP)

Key elements of a joint solution to the energy supply “crisis” in the region, including who might pay for the infrastructure, remain in flux.

Anti-Tobacco Advocates Back Healey’s E-Cigs Regulations While Retailers Seek Changes

April 23, 2015
An electronic cigarette, or e-cig, as they are more commonly called. (AP)

Proposed restrictions on free samples of e-cigarettes for adults would harm retailers ability help smokers quit, “vaping” advocates argued today to the attorney general’s office.

Gov. Baker Asks Transportation Board To Resign

April 15, 2015

A task force convened by Baker to review the MBTA’s operations called for the transportation board to be replaced by a five-member fiscal control board.

Mass. Senate Orders Plan For Separate Committees

April 15, 2015
The State House is seen in February. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

Escalating its dispute with the House, the state Senate has agreed to develop a plan to break from the decades-old joint committee system.

MBTA Scaling Back Late-Night Service

April 15, 2015
(learydotmark/Flickr)

Late night weekend service will now run until 2 a.m. instead of 2:30 a.m., and five late-night bus routes will be eliminated.

Winterization Of MBTA Tracks Means Shuttle Buses This Summer

April 08, 2015

As T officials prepare to winterize Red and Orange line trackss, riders should expect shuttle buses along the above-ground routes this summer and fall.

Gov. Baker Backs Death Penalty For Tsarnaev

April 08, 2015

“I said last year that for a crime like this, I would support the death penalty,” the governor said.

Rosenberg Looks Outside Mass. For Solutions

April 08, 2015
Sen. Stan Rosenberg, now Senate president, poses outside the State House in 2012. (Elise Amendola/AP)

Senate President Stanley Rosenberg said he’s looking to other states to find solutions to issues like prison overcrowding, funding for rising prescription drug costs.

Task Force Sees ‘Excessive Absenteeism’ At MBTA

April 06, 2015

An excerpted draft of the governor’s MBTA task force report cited “excessive absenteeism” as an example of “weak” management at the transit agency.

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.

‘Epidemic’ Of Texting Drivers Fueling Call For Handheld Device Ban

April 02, 2015

Police and lawmakers say the state’s texting while driving ban is extremely difficult to enforce since it permits drivers to handle their phones.

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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