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Riders wait ton the platform o board an arriving trolly Friday, April 24, 2015, in Boston, on the day when the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority let people ride for free as a goodwill gesture following a winter of disastrous breakdowns.  (AP Photo/Bill Sikes)

Senate backs Baker’s ‘T’ plans

Friday, May 22, 2015

BOSTON — Gov. Charlie Baker is praising the Massachusetts Senate for supporting his proposal to create a financial control board to oversee management of the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority. A measure was adopted by the Senate on Thursday night to create a five-member board with broad powers to manage all aspects of the MBTA for the next three to five … 0

House speaker: Court should decide tax dispute with Senate

Friday, May 22, 2015

BOSTON — Amid legislative work on a budget, Massachusetts House Speaker Robert DeLeo is asking the state’s highest court to weigh in on a Senate-approved measure to freeze the state income tax rate at 5.15 percent while gradually increasing the earned income tax credit for low-income working families. DeLeo made the request Friday … 0

State and region briefs, May 23

Friday, May 22, 2015

Hundreds rally after Holocaust memorial is desecrated LYNN — Hundreds of people gathered in Lynn for a peace rally in response to the desecration of a Holocaust memorial with chunks of pork earlier this week. The Boston Globe reports that the interfaith service drew a large crowd Friday at Pride of Lynn Cemetery, … 0

State will play larger role overseeing hotel shelter program

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

BOSTON —The nonprofit firm that has for the last 16 years served as the broker for hundreds of homeless families sheltered by the state in a network of hotels and motels has declined to renew its contract, prompting the Baker administration to assume those responsibilities in-house. Starting July … 0

Oxfam America presses SEC on drafting disclosure regulations

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

BOSTON — The aid group Oxfam America is pressing federal officials to draft regulations aimed at requiring U.S.-listed oil, gas, and mining companies to publish what they pay to governments for access to natural resources. Lawyers for the charity argued in U.S. District Court on Wednesday that the … 0

Hunger striking students frustrated with university response

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

MEDFORD — Tufts University students on a hunger strike over janitor layoffs completed their third full day without food Wednesday, expressing growing frustration at the university’s lack of response to their demands. The Tufts Labor Coalition, a student … 0

Gloucester won’t arrest drug addicts who come to station

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

GLOUCESTER — Police in Gloucester are promising heroin addicts that they won’t be arrested if they bring their drugs to the police station. Chief Leonard Campanello says instead, addicts will be given help. Addicts who come to the station with their heroin, needles and other paraphernalia will be … 0

Tsarnaev apologized for flipping off camera

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

BOSTON — A federal marshal testified Wednesday that Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev apologized shortly after making an obscene gesture in a jail holding cell, deflating the government’s insistence that he remains defiant and unrepentant for helping to … 0

State & region briefs, May 6

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Obama chooses Mass. Marine general as Joint Chiefs chairman WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama has nominated a respected, combat-hardened commander as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff to lead the military during a time of transition. Obama … 0

Beacon Hill Roll Call, April 27 to May 1, 2015

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

THE HOUSE AND SENATE Beacon Hill Roll Call records local senators and representatives’ votes on six roll calls from the week of April 27-May 1. There were no roll calls in the Senate. There were only 17 roll call votes during the three days of budget debate in … 0

County sent to help battle Vt. brush fires

Monday, May 4, 2015

MONTPELIER, Vt. — In Vermont, fires were reported Monday from Brattleboro to Charlotte, including fires in Woodford, Brookline, Brandon and Rutland. Brattleboro called for aid from Franklin County in fighting a brush fire that reached a fourth alarm around 4 p.m. Firefighters from the Greenfield, Turners Falls, Orange, … 0

Social workers tout worsening caseload ahead of budget debate

Monday, May 4, 2015

Massachusetts social workers plan informational pickets in the days leading up to next week’s release of the Senate budget, claiming an exodus of workers, lack of continued investments, and new directives are leaving child protection caseloads at crisis levels. The current state budget invested an additional $15 million … 0

Boston bomber emotes

Monday, May 4, 2015

BOSTON — For the first time in court, Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev dropped his blank, impassive demeanor and cried as his sobbing aunt briefly took the stand Monday in his federal death penalty trial. Tsarnaev, 21, wiped … 0