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UMass to give faculty, staff retroactive raises

Thursday, September 3, 2015

BOSTON — University of Massachusetts President Marty Meehan has committed the university to funding $10.9 million in retroactive pay denied to faculty and staff by the previous president, expressing confidence that the state will help foot the bill. Meehan, indicating he hoped the deal with the Massachusetts Teachers Association and other unions would help start the school year “with a clean slate and with harmony,” said he is confident legislative … 0

Warren open to legal pot, coy on possible VP run

Thursday, September 3, 2015

BOSTON — U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren on Wednesday did little to dampen speculation about what a recent meeting with Vice President Joe Biden might mean for her role in the 2016 presidential election. The state’s most high-profile Democrat also left the door open to potentially supporting a proposed ballot question that would legalize … 0

US Muslims hope billboards reclaim Islam’s message

Thursday, September 3, 2015

BOSTON — Dozens of billboards with Muslim themes are sprouting nationwide, proclaiming what organizers say is the true message of Islam and its prophet, Muhammad: peace and justice, not extremism and violent jihad. The New York-based Islamic Circle of North America has erected 100 billboards over the summer that feature statements such as: … 0

State and Region Briefs, Sept. 4

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Police: Cop fabricated claim that gunman shot at his cruiser MILLIS — An officer fabricated a claim that a gunman fired at his cruiser before it crashed into a tree and caught on fire, police officials said Thursday. … 0

Healey clears most proposed ballot questions

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

BOSTON — The state’s attorney general cleared the way on Wednesday for supporters of more than 20 proposed ballot questions, including ones calling for the legalization of recreational marijuana use, to proceed with efforts to place the measures … 0

Vt. to make case for oversight of nuke plant’s use of $635 million decommissioning fund

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

BRATTLEBORO, Vt. — The federal Atomic Safety and Licensing Board has agreed to give the state of Vermont a chance to make its case about why there should be continuing oversight of Entergy Nuclear’s use of Vermont Yankee’s … 0

State and Region Briefs, Sept. 3

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Med schools to improve training on pain prescriptions BOSTON — Four medical schools in Massachusetts are teaming up to improve training for doctors in pain management and curb the over-prescription of opioid medications. Gov. Charlie Baker discussed the … 0

Harvard launches ‘virtual classroom’

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

BOSTON — The newest classroom at Harvard’s business school has no desks or chairs. Instead, the professor teaches facing a towering digital screen that stretches from wall to wall, filled with the live video feeds of up to … 0

Abuse, neglect of kids in state care on rise

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

BOSTON — Documented reports of abuse or neglect of children in foster care and other out-of-home settings increased in Massachusetts last year, as did deaths among children receiving services from state agencies, according to a report filed Tuesday by the state’s Child Advocate. The release of the 2014 … 0

Beacon Hill Roll Call

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

This week’s report is on the 2015 roll call attendance record of your local representatives through August 28. Some representatives may have poor attendance records for a variety of reasons, including health problems or military service. We asked the five legislators with the worst attendance records to explain … 0

Lower cost for Narcan? Can do: AG Healey strikes deal to offset price of OD antidote for Mass. towns

Monday, August 31, 2015

BOSTON — 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 … 0

MBTA’s repair backlog climbs above $7 billion

Monday, August 31, 2015

BOSTON — The cost of bringing Boston’s transit system into overall sound working order has climbed again and is now estimated at more than $7.3 billion, transportation officials said Monday. The new number represents an increase of more … 0

NE governors call for strict opioid labeling

Monday, August 31, 2015

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. The FDA already requires drug manufacturers use so-called “black box” warning labels on all extended release … 0