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Report: Glitch cuts off food stamp benefits for some

Friday, March 27, 2015

BOSTON — Efforts to modernize the state’s food stamp program and weed out fraud have left thousands of eligible residents without benefits, according to advocates for the poor. The problems were created by a new data-mining program that matches food stamp records with those at other state agencies to uncover unreported income. As a result, people who might have earned small amounts of money have received letters from the state … 0

Shelter funding running out

Thursday, March 26, 2015

BOSTON — Emergency shelters across Massachusetts will run out of money on Saturday, according to the Baker administration and legislative officials, who say they are taking steps to ensure that the family shelters for the homeless do not close their doors or cut back on services. “I’m not panicking yet,” said Susan Stubbs, president of ServiceNet. “I know they’re working diligently in Boston … 0

‘Ask the gov.’: Baker answers questions

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

BOSTON — Gov. Charlie Baker on Wednesday afternoon appeared on WGBH radio for his monthly “Ask the Governor” segment responding to calls, emails and Twitter posts from listeners, as well as questions from the co-hosts of “Boston Public Radio” Jim Braude and Margery Eagan. The following are some of the highlights of the … 0

Bill allowing more tribal casinos clears Connecticut panel

Thursday, March 19, 2015

HARTFORD, Conn. — A bill that would authorize Connecticut’s two federally recognized tribes to open up to three jointly operated casinos is moving through the legislative process. The General Assembly’s Public Safety and Security Committee on Thursday voted 15-to-8 in favor of the legislation, which is being pushed … 0

Massachusetts lawmakers approve statewide grand jury

Thursday, March 19, 2015

BOSTON — State Attorney General Maura Healey is praising House and Senate lawmakers for voting to reauthorize a statewide grand jury. The Senate added the amendment to its version of a spending bill, following the lead of House lawmakers, who also included it in their version of the … 0

Ex-Gov. Patrick: I’ll forgo paid Boston 2024 consulting job

Thursday, March 19, 2015

BOSTON — Former Gov. Deval Patrick has decided to pass on a paid consultant job promoting the city’s Olympic bid overseas. Patrick said Thursday that he’s planning to take a full-time position soon and will forgo all outside consulting pay, including for Boston 2024. Patrick said he thinks … 0

State frees up $30M to fix potholes, other winter damage

Thursday, March 19, 2015

BOSTON — The state is making $30 million available to cities and towns to help fill potholes and make other repairs to roads and bridges after a brutal winter. Gov. Charlie Baker’s administration announced what it dubbed the Winter Recovery Assistance Program on Thursday. The $30 million will … 0

Many drug-exposed newborns seen in Massachusetts

Thursday, March 19, 2015

BOSTON — Massachusetts child welfare officials say they investigated more than 1,700 reports of drug-exposed newborns over the final 10 months of last year. Experts say it’s a sign of just how dire the state’s opioid epidemic has become. Jonathan Davis, chief of newborn medicine at the Floating … 0

State & Region briefs

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Healey: Time to review public records exemption BOSTON — As “Sunshine Week” draws attention to the state’s public records laws, Attorney General Maura Healey on Wednesday said she’s committed to reform and would consider proposals to force the … 0

Report: Games would boost Mass. economy

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

BOSTON — Massachusetts could reap billions of dollars in economic activity if Boston is chosen to host the 2024 Olympics, the authors of a new report suggest, while adding there are still many questions that cloud the forecast. The study, released Wednesday by the Donohue Institute at the … 0

Boston museum marks 25 years since infamous art museum heist

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

BOSTON — It’s been called the biggest art heist in U.S. history, perhaps the biggest in the world. But 25 years later, the theft of 13 works from Boston’s Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum remains unsolved. The theft has … 0

Mass. AG seeks ban on sale of e-cigarettes to minors

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

BOSTON — Attorney General Maura Healey on Tuesday filed proposed regulations that would ban the sale of electronic cigarettes to minors, prohibit free product giveaways or sampling, and require the devices be kept out of the reach of … 0

Report: State must support gay, lesbian, transgender youth

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

BOSTON — Massachusetts must do more to help meet the needs of the state’s gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender youth. That’s the conclusion of a report released Tuesday by a state commission charged with making recommendations to Massachusetts policymakers. The report recommends Massachusetts adopt new strategies to allow … 0