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FILE - In this Jan. 22, 2015, file photo, Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey speaks with members of the media after testifying before the Massachusetts Gaming Commission in Boston. Healey is scheduled to issue rulings Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2015, on the constitutionality of more than 30 initiative petitions. (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)

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 before Massachusetts voters next year. Attorney General Maura Healey ruled on the constitutionality of initiative petitions filed earlier this summer by residents … 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 $635-million decommissioning trust fund. In a 45-page ruling released Tuesday, the ASLB said it had … 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 effort on Wednesday with the deans of Harvard Medical School, Boston University School of Medicine, … 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

State and Region Briefs, Sept. 1

Monday, August 31, 2015

Baker joins governors, premiers; renews hydro push ST. JOHN’S, Newfoundland — Gov. Charlie Baker says he hopes to make progress over the next few years bringing Canadian hydropower to Massachusetts. Baker said hydropower will help meet electricity demands … 0

Appalachian Trail littered with misbehaving hikers

Sunday, August 30, 2015

BAXTER STATE PARK, Maine — When Jackson Spencer set out to tackle the Appalachian Trail, he anticipated the solitude that only wilderness can bring — not a rolling, monthslong frat party. Shelters where he thought he could catch … 0

State and Regional Briefs

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Name released of fatal stabbing victim SPRINGFIELD — Springfield police have released the name of a 21-year-old man who died after being stabbed on a city street Saturday night. Police said Sunday the victim was David Steven Guasp of Springfield. His death is the city’s 14th homicide this … 0

Amherst group seeks town government change

Sunday, August 30, 2015

AMHERST — A new organization is aiming to create a charter commission that could propose changes in how Amherst town government works, including potentially ending representative Town Meeting as the town’s legislative body. Amherst for All is the name of the recently formed group, which is using the … 0