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Former MBTA GM Scott Nominated To U.S. Transportation Board

July 30, 2015

President Obama nominated former MBTA General Manager Beverly Scott to the National Transportation Safety Board, the White House announced.

Mass. Lawmakers Plan To Put $97 Million In Vetoed Funds Back Into State Budget

July 29, 2015

The Massachusetts House began by restoring nearly $17.6 million in grants for expansion of kindergarten programs.

Mass. Home Sales In June Hit Highest Level In 10 Years

July 28, 2015

More single-family homes were sold in Massachusetts during June than in any month since August 2005, according to newly released data, which also showed sale prices are up only marginally from the first half of 2014.

New Bedford Mayor On Withdrawal Of Casino Bid: ‘We Will Not Wallow In Self-Pity’

July 24, 2015
New Bedford Mayor Jon Mitchell. (Jesse Costa/WBUR/File)

The developer behind a proposed New Bedford casino was unable to put together a financing package and informed the Gaming Commission of its withdrawal from the bidding process on Wednesday.

Dion Irish Named Boston Elections Commissioner

July 23, 2015

Irish, of Dorchester, has been executive director of the city Office of Fair Housing and Equity since 2012. He has been tapped as elections commissioner to fill the vacancy created when interim commissioner John Donovan retired.

Mayor Walsh Calls On Boston 2024 To Release Original Bid ‘In Its Entirety’

July 22, 2015

Earlier this week, Boston City Councilor Tito Jackson filed an order for subpoena for Boston 2024 to release its original, unredcated bid. Boston 2024 Chairman Steve Pagliuca now says they will be released.

Boston Councilors Rip Boston 2024; Subpoena Bid Is Tabled

July 22, 2015

“I’m disappointed, but we’ve been disrespected as a body,” said City Councilor Tito Jackson, who offered the subpoena order.

Gov. Baker Named To Republican Governors Association Executive Committee

July 22, 2015

Gov. Charlie Baker became one of three governors appointed to the committee Wednesday. He and the others will replace 2016 presidential hopefuls who resigned to focus on their campaigns.

Newton Rep. Seeks Coverage For Eating Disorders

July 21, 2015
Rep. Kay Khan asked members of the Financial Services Committee on Tuesday to include eating disorders as a biological illness, requiring insurance companies to provide full coverage. (Sam Doran/SHNS)

The mortality rate for anorexia nervosa, an eating disorder, is the highest of any psychiatric disorder, yet health plans usually don’t cover treatment for anorexia until patients experience severe weight loss, Rep. Kay Khan told lawmakers on Tuesday.

Public Records Bill Clears Committee

July 17, 2015

A key legislative committee has cleared a bill designed to improve public access to government documents in Massachusetts.

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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