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LATEST BAKER TO TALK OPIOIDS WITH MED SOCIETY, SCHOOL OFFICIALS

Gov. Charlie Baker on Wednesday will meet with the leadership of the Massachusetts Medical Society and the deans of the state's four medical schools to discuss "opportunities for coordinated training and best practices for medical students on pain management and safe opioid prescribing," the governor's office announced Tuesday. Read More

BAKER

OBAMA TO VISIT LABOR DAY BREAKFAST

President Barack Obama will attend the Greater Boston Labor Council breakfast on Monday, visiting a major meetup of union leaders and Democrats in one of the most liberal states on Labor Day. Read More


HUBWEEK BEGINNING TO TAKE SHAPE

With the first-ever HUBWeek event approaching in early October, organizers on Tuesday detailed a "cornerstone" event planned for Fenway Park that will bring together a Harvard political philosopher and well-known public figures such as cellist Yo-Yo Ma and Arianna Huffington for a discussion about citizenship. Read More


GLOBAL WOES PULL DOWN MASS. BIZ CONFIDENCE

Less-than-desirable news on the global economy, culminating in financial turmoil in China and worldwide, led to a decline in confidence levels among Massachusetts employers in August. Read More


MUNICIPAL ELECTIONS STARTING IN 31 MASSACHUSETTS COMMUNITIES

There are no statewide elections this year, but voters in Medford and Revere are casting ballots Tuesday in the first two of 31 preliminary municipal elections statewide this fall. Read More


NEW YORK FBI OFFICIAL NAMED TO RUN BOSTON DIVISION

The current head of counterintelligence in the FBI's New York Division was named Tuesday by FBI director James Comey as special agent in charge of the bureau's Boston Division, where he will succeed the retiring Vincent Lisi. Read More


LAWMAKERS FEAR SOME FISHERMEN WILL MISS OUT ON DISASTER $$$

Many Cape Cod fishermen, operating under shrunken quotas for cod, have shifted their focus to catching other fish species such as dogfish, skate and monkfish. But that business decision, some lawmakers worry, could be jeopardizing the fishermen's ability to qualify for the last pot of federal disaster relief funding being dispersed by the Baker administration to help offset the hit to their livelihoods from declining fish populations. Read More


REPORT SHEDS LIGHT ON TASER, STUN GUN USE IN MASSACHUSETTS

Police officers in Massachusetts used or threatened to use a Taser or stun gun more than a thousand times last year, a slight increase from 2013. In 2014, police departments reported 1,037 Taser or stun gun contacts -- defined as an individual officer issuing a warning, displaying the weapon or deploying the weapon toward a single subject. Read More


BRADY

BRADY HAS PRIMARY CHALLENGER IN LYNCH

Brockton Democrat Rep. Mike Brady has company on the Democratic primary ballot as he seeks to win the Senate seat long held by the late Thomas Kennedy. According to Secretary of State William Galvin's office, Joseph Lynch of Brockton is also on the Oct. 6 primary ballot. The winner will face Republican Rep. Geoff Diehl of Whitman, who is unopposed in the Republican primary. Read More


GOLDBERG

GOLDBERG WILL ENDORSE IN PRESIDENTIAL PRIMARY

Treasurer Deborah Goldberg plans to endorse someone in the Democratic primary for president but she said she is not sure who yet. "I am not officially supporting anyone right now," Goldberg told the News Service after a Lottery Commission meeting on Monday. She said, "I'm not unofficially supporting anyone." Read More


CLUES INTO 'BABY DOE' IDENTITY SOUGHT FROM WATER SHE DRANK

Preliminary results from specialized testing of hair and teeth from Baby Doe, the unidentified toddler found dead on Deer Island in June, indicates the girl may have spent time in the New England area prior to her death, the district attorney's office said. Read More


STATE CHILD ADVOCATE REPORTS ON 40 DEATHS IN 2014

Reports of abuse and neglect of children in Massachusetts rose in 2014, according to an annual report released Tuesday, which documents the deaths of 40 children receiving state services last year. The 40 deaths documented in "critical incident" reports last year is the highest amount since 2011 and up from 29 during 2013, according to the report by Child Advocate Gail Garinger. Near-fatalities and serious injuries were down last year, according to the new data from her office. Read More


SOLAR ENERGY PROPONENTS TO RELEASE REPORT ON THURSDAY

Citing a "standoff" that it says has prevented businesses, government entities and nonprofits from installing solar panels in Massachusetts, a local environmental group on Thursday plans to release a report comparing solar capacity in Massachusetts with other states. Read More


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Example of nasal Narcan used to combat the effects of an opioid overdose [Photo: Antonio Caban/SHNS]

VIDEO | HEALEY STRIKES DEAL TO OFFSET COST OF NARCAN FOR CITIES AND TOWNS

The pharmaceutical company that makes the opioid overdose reversal drug naloxone, sometimes known as Narcan, will pay more than $300,000 into a new state trust fund to help make the medication more affordable to Bay State cities and towns, Attorney General Maura Healey announced Monday. Read More

Attorney General Maura Healey announces $352K agre

Attorney General Maura Healey announces $352K agreement with pharmaceutical company to offset Narcan costs for first responders [Photo: Antonio Caban/SHNS] | Hi-Res


N.E. GOVERNORS TALK HYDROPOWER WITH CANADIAN OFFICIALS

Describing New England as a region "looking for megawatts and a lot of them," Gov. Charlie Baker on Monday expressed confidence during a conference in Canada about being able to overcome environmental concerns to bring hydroelectricity into the region. Read More


KENNEDY

KENNEDY LATEST MASS. DEM TO BACK IRAN DEAL

One of the last remaining holdouts in the Massachusetts delegation to Congress, U.S. Rep. Joseph Kennedy III announced on Monday that he would back the White House's international nuclear deal with Iran as the "best means before us today to keep nuclear weapons out of Iranian hands." Read More


GROUPS EYE PROTECTIONS IN WATER CANYONS, SEAMOUNTS OFF CAPE COD

National groups this week plan to call for sprawling areas in the Gulf of Maine and off Cape Cod and Rhode Island to be declared the first "marine national monument" on the eastern seaboard. A January 2009 presidential proclamation established three Pacific Marine National Monuments - the Marianas Trench, Pacific Remote Islands and Rose Atoll, which is on the Samoan archipelago 2,500 miles south of Hawaii and is the southernmost point belonging to the United States. Read More

Map of Cashes Ledge Closed Area and New England Ca

Map of Cashes Ledge Closed Area and New England Canyons and Seamounts [Courtesy: noaa.com]


IMAGINE THIS DEM PRIMARY - KENNEDY, MOULTON, HEALEY, WALSH

As she did during a recent interview with Jon Keller, Sen. Elizabeth Warren declined during an interview that aired Sunday morning on WCVB's "On the Record" to say whether she'd seek re-election in 2018. Read More


DORCHESTER REP JOINS WALSH IN PUSHING FOR REPLICA GUN SAFETY

A Boston lawmaker hopes the attention brought by Mayor Marty Walsh on Monday to the dangers posed by replica guns will help build momentum behind legislation he has filed to require all replica guns sold in Massachusetts to be branded with an "orange strip" visible from all sides. Read More


COST OF BRINGING MBTA INTO "GOOD REPAIR" CLIMBS TO $7.3B

The cost of bringing the MBTA's trains, stations, tracks and other assets into good working condition has only grown larger with closer scrutiny, rising to $7.3 billion, according to a presentation on Monday. Read More


MBTA CFO Jonathan Davis says he's planning to step down this fall.

MBTA CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER STEPPING DOWN

Jonathan Davis, a longtime MBTA employee who served as its acting general manager for a time, plans to step down this fall from his position as chief financial officer. In an interview with the News Service after a meeting Monday, Davis said the decision for him to retire was his own and said there are a few projects he wants to advance before he leaves. Read More


BAKER, NE GUVS CALL FOR MORE RESTRICTIVE LABELING ON OPIOID PAINKILLERS

The Coalition of Northeastern Governors on Monday called upon the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to require pharmaceutical companies to use "the most restrictive labeling language" on all immediate release opioid painkillers. Read More


CAPUANO: NEW GLX COSTS ARE "THE STATE'S BURDEN"

New Green Line extension costs, which have ballooned to an estimated $3 billion after leaping from $1.3 billion to $2 billion, are "the state's burden," according to Congressman Michael Capuano, who said in a televised interview that originally basing costs on bottom-of-recession construction prices was "idiotic." Read More


LOTTERY SALES GROWTH SLOWER AROUND NEW SLOTS PARLOR

Several weeks after the state's first licensed slots parlor opened its doors, state Lottery sales are up, though there has been a noticeable lag in Keno activity around the area of Plainridge Park Casino, according to the head of the Lottery. Read More


PREZ CANDIDATE O'MALLEY PLANS BAY STATE FUNDRAISING SWING

Democratic presidential contender Martin O'Malley plans a swing through the Greater Boston area this week for a series of fundraisers and media appearances as the former Maryland governor looks to gain a foothold in neighboring New Hampshire. Somerville Mayor Joseph Curtatone and former Lt. Gov. Tom O'Neil, of O'Neil and Associates, will host a fundraising event at River Bar on Assembly Row in Somerville on Thursday night, according to an invitation obtained by the News Service. Read More


WARREN

WARREN: "I WANT TO HEAR FROM THE POPE"

Pope Francis will make an unprecedented address to a joint session of Congress next month and you can count Sen. Elizabeth Warren among those eager to hear from the head of the Catholic Church. Read More


ROSENBERG SKETCHES OUT FALL AGENDA ITEMS

Senate President Stanley Rosenberg is looking forward this fall to addressing the issues of heroin addiction, public records and charter schools, while also dispersing his office's agenda-setting power among the membership. "We're continuing with our approach here of shared leadership and trying to massage and perfect that because it's a totally different way of thinking about how we do things here compared to the past in terms of setting priorities and moving legislation," Rosenberg told the News Service during an interview last week in his office. Read More

Rosenberg on fall agenda: "We may have some other

Rosenberg on fall agenda: "We may have some other things that we want to put on the table."


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