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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

Cycling backers seek state help to make streets in Mass. safer

Sunday, March 15, 2015

BOSTON — Bicycling advocates are hoping to persuade Beacon Hill lawmakers to pass two bills they say would make Massachusetts a more welcoming state for cyclists. The first would make it illegal for motorists to block established bike lanes. Advocates said that every bicyclist has experienced frustration with … 0

16 ski resorts worth hundreds of millions could be sold

Sunday, March 15, 2015

NEWRY, Maine — A real estate investment trust that’s considering getting out of the snow business could sell more than a dozen ski resorts from Maine to California that are worth hundreds of millions of dollars. CNL Lifestyle … 0

Gay groups march at last in St. Patrick’s parade

Sunday, March 15, 2015

BOSTON — Boston’s St. Patrick’s Day parade made history Sunday as two gay and lesbian groups marched after decades of opposition that went all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court. The gay military veterans service group OutVets … 0

Making history: St. Patrick’s parade welcomes 2 gay groups

Friday, March 13, 2015

BOSTON — The St. Patrick’s Day parade in Boston will make history this Sunday as two gay and lesbian groups join the fun. The advocacy group Boston Pride and OutVets, a group of gay military veterans, have been … 0

Why worry? USOC not concerned about tepid support in Boston

Friday, March 13, 2015

The polling data is about as ugly as a mud-caked snowbank in Boston these days. The U.S. Olympic Committee’s reaction to it all: Way too early to panic. After leading an hour-long Q&A with the leaders of the Boston bid Friday, CEO Scott Blackmun said he naturally wasn’t … 0

Beacon Hill Roll Call

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

By BOB KATZEN Beacon Hill Roll Call records the votes of local representatives on roll calls from the week of March 9-13. There were no roll calls in the Senate last week. $347.7 SUPPLEMENTAL BUDGET (H 65 House 154-0, approved and sent to the Senate a $347.7 million … 0

Task force will focus on high unemployment pockets

Thursday, March 12, 2015

BOSTON — Gov. Charlie Baker says while the state’s overall economic picture is brightening, too many people are still being left behind. The governor on Thursday created a task force to look into pockets of chronic unemployment in Massachusetts and report back to him by mid-November with recommendations … 0

Court: Police chief within rights to deny gun license

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

BOSTON — The chief of police in Worcester was within his rights to deny a gun license to a man charged with domestic violence, the state’s highest court ruled Wednesday. In a unanimous ruling, the seven-member Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court also found that the state’s “suitable person” standard … 0

Boston-area transit board OKs snow compensation

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

BOSTON — The board overseeing the Boston area’s beleaguered public transit system voted Wednesday to offer free fares for one day and discounts for monthly pass holders as a good will gesture to commuters who endured massive breakdowns … 0

Conn. bets on battling Mass. gambling: Lawmakers, tribes voice support for new casinos

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

HARTFORD, Conn. — A coalition of Connecticut legislators, the state’s two federally recognized Indian tribes and union leaders joined forces Tuesday to announce they’re backing a bill that would allow up to three new, smaller casinos to help combat gambling competition from neighboring states. Sen. Catherine Osten, a … 0