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Baker sub-cabinet will examine Mass. workforce training

Thursday, February 26, 2015

BOSTON — Three top deputies to Gov. Charlie Baker were charged Thursday with overseeing an effort to better align the state’s education and workforce training systems with the needs of employers. Highlighting the stubborn skills gap as a continued impediment to economic growth, Baker signed an executive order formally establishing a “Workforce Skills Cabinet” chaired by Labor and Workforce Development Secretary Ron Walker. Walker will work with Education Secretary Jim … 0

Vt. AG pushes NRC to look into Entergy finances

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Vermont’s attorney general has endorsed a petition filed with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission raising concerns about Entergy Nuclear’s ability to pay for decommissioning the shutdown Vermont Yankee nuclear plant, and seeking an investigation into its fiscal health in relation to the Vernon plant as well as Pilgrim Station in Plymouth and the FitzPatrick … 0

Bill Cosby’s lawyers to ask for dismissal of defamation suit

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

BOSTON — Bill Cosby’s lawyers said Tuesday they will ask a federal judge to throw out a defamation lawsuit filed by three women accusing him of decades-old sexual offenses. The lawyers said in a legal brief they plan to file their motion to dismiss by Friday. One of the women, Tamara Green, a California lawyer who says Cosby drugged and sexually assaulted her … 0

Attorney General files support for sex trafficking lawsuit

Friday, February 20, 2015

BOSTON — Attorney General Maura Healey threw her support behind a civil lawsuit aimed at a website that carries personal ads for people looking for sex, alleging the company assists in human trafficking. Healey filed a brief Friday in U.S. District Court in Boston urging the court not … 0

Baker tackles opioid addiction

Thursday, February 19, 2015

BOSTON — Pointing to new statistics showing that opioid overdoses claimed more than twice as many lives in 2013 as motor vehicle accidents, Gov. Charlie Baker on Thursday released a trove of new prescription data as he put … 0

Baker: Mass. behind on med. pot law

Thursday, February 19, 2015

BOSTON — Massachusetts is “over a year behind” in implementing its medical marijuana law, according to Gov. Charlie Baker, who said Thursday he couldn’t remember how he voted on the 2012 medical marijuana ballot law and couldn’t say when the first medical marijuana dispensary will open. During an … 0

Teens rally for money to protect youth jobs

Thursday, February 19, 2015

BOSTON — Advocates and teens called on Gov. Charlie Baker Thursday to reverse his reduction in funding for youth jobs and increase appropriations for such programs next month in his first budget proposal. Teens and youth jobs advocates rallied inside Old South Church in Boston, saying Baker had … 0

Massachusetts AG seeks testimonials from same-sex couples

Thursday, February 19, 2015

BOSTON — The attorney general of Massachusetts is collecting testimonials from same-sex married couples that she may include in a friend of the court brief to be sent to the U.S. Supreme Court as it weighs the constitutionality of same-sex marriage. Maura Healey is asking for either written … 0

Snow brings out scammers in Massachusetts

Thursday, February 19, 2015

BEDFORD — Massachusetts police are warning residents to beware of people charging exorbitant prices for snow removal services. Senior citizens in several communities have been targeted. The Anguses of Bedford paid almost $3,000 to have snow cleared from their roof by two men who knocked on their door. … 0

Baker to publish opioid tracking data

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

BOSTON — Gov. Charlie Baker on Thursday plans to announce initial steps he will take to fight the opiate abuse crisis in Massachusetts, prying his attention for least a moment from the budget, snow and transportation issues that have consumed his first weeks in office. Baker plans to … 0

Snowed-in Bostonians find fun

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

BOSTON — Thrill-seekers jumping out windows into snowbanks and posting videos of their feats online. Snowmobilers racing through normally busy Boston streets with snowboarders in tow. And college students skiing and sledding down a colossal snow pile dubbed … 0

Baker releasing $50M for broadband expansion plan

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

BOSTON — Gov. Charlie Baker will release $50 million in capital funds for the expansion of broadband Internet access in western Massachusetts, his administration said Wednesday. The existing capital funds will be used by the Massachusetts Broadband Institute to narrow a digital divide by pushing municipal and private … 0

Downing pitches local-level tax idea for transit funds

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

BOSTON — A senator from western Massachusetts whose constituents are fed up with funding Boston’s transit system believes giving voters the opportunity to vote on local sales or payroll taxes would be a politically feasible way to raise … 0