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LATEST SIX MORE LAWMAKERS SIGN "CLEAN MONEY FOR CLIMATE PLEDGE"

In the two and a half weeks since Primary Day, six more state lawmakers have agreed to reject campaign contributions from individuals associated with energy companies placed by activists on a list of "top ten climate-disrupting corporations." Read More

SENTENCING COMMISSION PLANS ALL-DAY HEARING OCT. 19

Sentencing laws and proposed changes to them will be up for debate in October when the Massachusetts Sentencing Commission meets at the State House. Read More


STATE AND SCHOOL DIFFER ON BOSTON LATIN DOWNGRADE

Boston Latin School's interim head master on Tuesday attributed the school's downgrade this year to a "technicality," but state Elementary and Secondary Education Commissioner Mitchell Chester said the 95 percent participation rate in student assessment exams, which the school failed in one subgroup, has been a requirement for 15 years. Read More


BAKER TO KEYNOTE TRADE SYMPOSIUM AT GILLETTE

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has made trade policies a centerpiece of his campaign. Next month, Gov. Charlie Baker is the featured speaker at a trade symposium at Gillette Stadium, where business officials plan to gather to hear about international trends and forecasts. Read More


WATER PIPE FAILURE SOAKS GUV'S CONSTITUENT SERVICES OFFICE

Gov. Charlie Baker's constituent services offices were temporarily out of commission Tuesday after a pipe joint failed. Read More

Maintenance and operation workers were seen inside

Maintenance and operation workers were seen inside Room 280, Gov. Charlie Baker's constituent services offices, after a pipe joint failed. [Photo: Antonio Caban/SHNS]


JEB BUSH LANDS FALL SEMESTER KENNEDY SCHOOL GIG

Seven months after the end of his presidential campaign, in the thick of the general election, Jeb Bush is moving on - to Harvard. Read More


MBTA EYES FORMAL POLICY TO ATTRACT INNOVATION PROPOSALS

The MBTA connects some of the country's busiest universities with the downtown business community and the heart of the state's thriving technology sector, and now it wants to establish a process for those groups to suggest ways to improve the transportation system. Read More


SCITUATE HIGH STUDENT FOLLOWS DAD'S FOOTSTEPS TO ED BOARD

The Board of Elementary and Secondary Education on Tuesday welcomed what Chairman Paul Sagan deemed the "first legacy member," student representative Nathan Moore. Read More


REPORT: HOME SALES SURGE PAST 40,000, UP 14.2 PERCENT YEAR TO DATE

Massachusetts home sales in August shot up 9.8 percent, marking the most active August in 17 years, according to data released Tuesday. Read More


BUS DRIVER FROM LOWELL WINS MBTA "ROADEO"

A 20-year MBTA employee from Lowell, Reynaldo Beato won the T's 2016 Bus Roadeo, where employees navigated buses through obstacles during a competition last weekend. Read More


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WHILE CITY IS "FLOURISHING," WALSH SEES CHALLENGES IN BOSTON

Addressing a business breakfast crowd Tuesday morning, Boston Mayor Martin Walsh celebrated the success of his city's economy, but concluded that benefits are not reaching enough Bostonians and vowed to tackle racial and economic inequity in the city. Read More


CALIFORNIA JOINS MASS. ATOP STATE ENERGY EFFICIENCY RANKINGS

Massachusetts has company this year atop a national scorecard ranking state energy efficiency efforts. Read More


THREE DEMS CHALLENGING GOP REPS GET MASSEQUALITY BACKING

Democrats running against three Republican state representatives netted endorsements Tuesday from the MassEquality Political Action Committee, which is pressing to elect a slate of "committed LGBTQ champions" in Massachusetts. Read More


HPC: CHILDREN'S EXPANSION COULD INCREASE HEALTH CARE SPENDING

[Story Developing] Proposed expansions at Boston's Children's Hospital carry a likelihood of increased health care spending in Massachusetts, according to the state's Health Policy Commission. Read More


BAKER, HEALEY TO SPEAK AT HEALTH CARE COST HEARINGS

Gov. Charlie Baker and Attorney General Maura Healey will deliver keynote remarks at the Health Policy Commission's annual cost trends hearing next month. Read More

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BAKER/HEALEY


REVERE OFFICIALS RIP SLOT PARLOR PROPOSED VIA BALLOT

Voters in Revere in February 2014 approved plans for a proposed casino in that city but after losing that casino derby to Everett, officials in Revere are not getting behind a slot parlor envisioned by the backers of a Nov. 8 statewide ballot question. Read More


LIFE SCIENCES EXECS TO MARK SHARED LAB SPACE OPENING IN NATICK

A grand opening ceremony is planned for Wednesday in Natick, where public and private sector officials are celebrating shared lab space on Strathmore Road that they say will prove attractive to startup companies. Read More


BOARD TO DISCUSS PUSHING BACK HIGH STAKES MCAS 2.0

Elementary and Secondary Education Commissioner Mitchell Chester has recommended that this year's eighth graders become the first class to take the next generation of high-stakes standardized tests in the spring of 2019. Read More

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Board of Elementary and Secondary Education Chairman Paul Sagan (right), Commissioner Mitchell Chester(center) and Education Secretary Jim Peyser listened to a presentation at Tuesday's board meeting in Malden [Photo: Andy Metzger/SHNS]


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MBTA PADS RAILCAR OVERHAUL CONTRACT WITH $4 MILLION AMENDMENT

With a $4 million contract extension to handle inspections of refurbished trolley cars, the MBTA has agreed to pay a total of $21 million for consultants assisting with limited overhauls of Red and Green Line cars built in the 1980s. The "selective systems overhaul" is somewhat short of a complete overhaul and is the only such overhaul for the trolleys that entered service in 1986 and 1987, according to the T. Read More

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Green Line trolleys dating back to the 1980s are receiving overhauls in Hornell, N.Y. [Courtesy: MBTA]


MBTA WORKING TOWARD APRIL RELEASE OF STRATEGIC PLAN

A strategic plan that would lay out the short- and long-term goals of the MBTA is expected to be completed and published by April 2017, but not until riders and other groups have an opportunity to weigh in. Read More


SITES TAKING BETS ON DEBATE POLITICS AS POLS DEBATE ONLINE GAMING

The 19th century British Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli once said, "There is no gambling like politics." If Disraeli were to find himself in 2016, when bettors have an opportunity to place wagers on daily fantasy sports contests and while a presidential election has captivated the country, perhaps he'd suggest there is no gambling like gambling on politics. Read More


STEWARD: NEW CAPITAL PARTNER MAKING $1.25 BILLION INVESTMENT IN COMPANY

One of the state's largest employers, Steward Health Care, will be the beneficiary of a $1.25 billion investment from Medical Properties Trust, a move that Steward says will enable it to pay off debt, expand nationally and receive $100 million in additional funding for capital improvements. Read More


FED INVITES COMMENTS ON STRESS TEST RULES

The Federal Reserve Board wants to modify its capital plan and stress testing rules for its 2017 cycle, removing an assessment for certain firms and reducing reporting requirements. Read More


HEALTH CARE FOR ALL DIRECTOR RESIGNS AS SHE PURSUES PRIESTHOOD

The consumer advocacy group Health Care For All has accepted the resignation of its longtime executive director and appointed its former executive director to lead the organization on an temporary basis. Read More


BOSTON LATIN PROBE FINDS CIVIL RIGHTS ACT VIOLATION

The Boston Public Schools will adopt a comprehensive strategy to address and prevent racial harassment of its students that will include annual trainings, an annual school-wide survey of the racial climate, and the establishment of a diversity/non-discrimination officer, federal authorities announced on Monday, citing the conclusion of a months-long independent investigation of alleged civil rights violations at Boston Latin School. Read More


DeLEO WANTS TO HEAR FROM ECONOMISTS ON TAXES

With tax revenue growth falling short of levels needed to meet spending demands, House Speaker Robert DeLeo said over the weekend that he wants to hear from economists before rendering an updated opinion on higher taxes. Read More


MBTA BOARD STIRRED BY STORIES FROM JANITORS

[Story Developing] Members of the MBTA's Fiscal and Management Control Board on Monday expressed an interest in seeking new contracts for janitorial services on the T system after hearing about the impacts of a contract extension from T janitors. Read More

Jose Fajardo, an MBTA janitor, addressed the T's F

Jose Fajardo, an MBTA janitor, addressed the T's Fiscal and Management Control Board on Monday. [Photo: Andy Metzger/SHNS] | Hi-Res


STATE HOUSE, MBTA JANITORS COULD WALK OFF THE JOB FRIDAY

The union that represents the janitors who keep clean the State House, the MBTA and some of Boston's busiest office buildings voted over the weekend to authorize a strike if an agreement is not reached by the end of the week. Read More


OPPOSING QUESTION 1, BAKER SAYS HE WANTS TO SEE CASINO IMPACTS FIRST

Gov. Charlie Baker -- a vocal advocate for one of the four questions on November's ballot who is looking to defeat another -- outlined on Monday his thoughts on the other two initiatives, leaving a question mark over his stance on restricting farm animal confinement. Read More


TESTIMONY SPURS MBTA BOARD TO RETHINK JANITORIAL CONTRACT

Jorge Rivera has worked as a janitor on the MBTA for more than a decade and said he enjoys his work, but on Monday he told the board that oversees the T that he has been losing sleep over his current work conditions. Read More


FIRST OF TWO FOREIGN DELEGATIONS WELCOMED AT THE STATE HOUSE

The prime minister and the former president of Timor-Leste visited the State House on Monday, the first of two separate visits taking place on Beacon Hill this week involving foreign dignitaries. Read More

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Timor-Leste Prime Minister Rui Maria de Araujo (left) visited the governor's office Monday and met with Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito (right), Rep. Antonio Cabral (center), and Sens. Marc Pacheco (far left). Sen. Michael Rodrigues also attended. [Photo: Sam Doran/SHNS] | Photo Gallery


T LEADERSHIP EYES COLLABORATION WITH BOSTON ON NIGHT BUS

With a board member frustrated about the lack of significant progress examining the potential for night bus service from 1 a.m. to 5 a.m. in Metro Boston, MBTA leadership suggested more data and perhaps collaboration with City Hall on the proposal. Read More


BAKER CHECKS IN ON NURSING HOMES, BALLOT QUESTIONS, REELECT PLANS

[Coverage Developing] Gov. Charlie Baker, Senate President Stan Rosenberg and House Speaker Robert DeLeo heard an update Monday on the state's all-electronic tolling program and Baker and Rosenberg expressed different interpretations of state budget language that would authorize raises for some staff in nursing homes. Read More

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BAKER [Photo: Sam Doran/SHNS] | Hi-Res


VIDEO | ALS LICENSE PLATE UNVEILED AT STATE HOUSE

By early next year, cars bearing new license plates supporting ALS research could be hitting the roads in Massachusetts. Gov. Charlie Baker and Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito unveiled the new license plate on Monday. Proceeds from the plate registration will benefit the non-profit partnership ALS One, a collaboration among ALS Therapy Institute, Compassionate Care ALS, Massachusetts General Hospital and UMass Medical School. Read More

Gov. Charlie Baker high-fived Jan Cellucci, the wi

Gov. Charlie Baker high-fived Jan Cellucci, the widow of former Gov. Paul Cellucci, after joking about how he should refer to his old boss at an event unveiling a special license plate to raise funds for ALS research. [Photo: Antonio Caban/SHNS] | Video


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VIDEO | BAKER OUTLINES HOPES FOR CLINTON-TRUMP DEBATE

Though he is still "not a fan" of either Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton, Gov. Charlie Baker said Monday he is among the millions of viewers expected to tune in to watch the presidential contenders square off in their first debate Monday night. Read More


ACTIVISTS FLOAT NIGHT BUS PLAN FOR BOSTON AREA

Transit advocates and politicians pressed the MBTA's leadership Monday to look favorably on a proposal aimed at providing "night bus" service during the T's off hours daily for about $3.5 million per year. Read More


ENERGY GRID OPERATOR TO ADDRESS BUSINESS FORUM IN NEW HAMPSHIRE

The president of New England's energy grid operator will be the featured guest Wednesday during a noontime regional energy forum in Manchester, N.H. Read More


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