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State and regional briefs

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Sign-up deadline looms for health coverage BOSTON — A deadline is looming for Massachusetts residents looking to sign up for insurance through the state’s health connector. People who qualify and need coverage by Jan. 1 must not only choose an insurance plan but pay for it by Tuesday. That includes many people who are transitioning from temporary coverage in the current year. Officials say the revamped connector website has been … 0

Officials working to protect plovers from motor vehicles

Sunday, December 21, 2014

ORLEANS — Piping plovers and off-road vehicles don’t mix well, but federal officials are working with the town of Orleans to improve beach access to drivers while protecting vulnerable plover chicks. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says Cape Cod’s piping plover population has been rebounding thanks to conservation efforts. Tom Chapman, supervisor of the agency’s New England field office, says there were … 0

State & Regional Briefs

Friday, December 19, 2014

Home confinement set for ex-pharmacy officials BOSTON — A federal judge has ordered home confinement for two men facing the most serious charges in a deadly nationwide meningitis outbreak blamed on a defunct Massachusetts compounding pharmacy. Magistrate Judge Jennifer Boal set bail and release conditions Friday for Barry Cadden and Glenn Chin while … 0

State & Regional Briefs

Friday, December 5, 2014

State Sen. Brewer joining UMass faculty AMHERST — The University of Massachusetts-Amherst says a state senator from Barre will join the faculty of the Center for Public Policy and Administration next year. The university says state Sen. Stephen … 0

Protesters rally for 2nd night in Boston area

Friday, December 5, 2014

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — Demonstrators rallied for a second-straight night in the Boston area Friday to protest grand jury decisions to not indict white police officers in the deaths of unarmed black men. Police say a crowd that grew … 0

Thousands rally in Boston

Friday, December 5, 2014

BOSTON — Several thousand people rallied peacefully in Boston on Thursday night to protest a grand jury’s decision to not charge a white police officer in the videotaped chokehold death of an unarmed black man in New York City. Protesters blocked some streets while marching to Boston Common, … 0

Massachusetts to test first-in-nation gambling limit tool

Friday, December 5, 2014

BOSTON — The state Gaming Commission on Thursday signed off on a pilot program at the planned slots parlor in Plainville, giving gamblers the voluntary option of limiting how much money they spend before they sit down at a machine. Gaming Commission chair Stephen Crosby said the program … 0

Rallies on two fronts

Friday, December 5, 2014

WASHINGTON — While marchers took to the streets to protest the lack of charges against white police officers in the deaths of two unarmed black men, many more turned to social media to voice their objections to the … 0

Beacon Hill Roll Call

Thursday, December 4, 2014

By BOB KATZEN BOSTON — The State Department of Revenue today announced that sufficient economic growth under the terms of a 2002 law will result in a tax cut for millions of Bay State taxpayers beginning in 2015. The cut will come from a reduction in the income … 0

Rosenberg defends personal ‘firewall’

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

BOSTON — Facing questions about his domestic partner’s role in business on Beacon Hill, Senate Majority Leader Stanley Rosenberg on Wednesday moved to quiet any discontent among members by assuring them of a “firewall” between his personal life and work. Rosenberg, who is expecting to be elected by … 0

Beacon Hill Roll Call

Thursday, December 4, 2014

By BOB KATZEN Beacon Hill Roll Call The Special Advisory Commission on the Compensation of Public Officials, created by the Legislature in June as part of the fiscal 2015 state budget, has issued its report and is recommending substantial pay raises for the state’s six constitutional officers, the … 0

Mass. panel: Hike pay for governor, other top officials

Monday, December 1, 2014

BOSTON — An advisory board on Monday recommended increasing the Massachusetts governor’s total pay by nearly $100,000 a year while also giving sizable raises to other officials, including a 71 percent hike for legislative leaders. The Special Advisory Commission on Public Compensation said the governor’s salary should rise … 0

Taking them all on

Sunday, November 30, 2014

BOSTON — In her first two years in the U.S. Senate, Elizabeth Warren has drawn praise and ire among her Capitol Hill colleagues as well as the ardent support of liberal loyalists. The Massachusetts Democrat has locked horns … 0