Home
 
Choose Your City
Change City

Statehouse News Service

$1 billion Green Line Extension contract rewarded

The MBTA's Fiscal and Management Control Board on Monday awarded a $1.08 billion design and construction contract for the long-awaited Green Line Extension project, the most concrete step yet for a project once thought to be at risk of falling by the wayside. The FMCB on Monday approved the...

Monday, November 20, 2017, 2:16 PM

New State Police head pledges investigation into altered arrest report

The just-appointed superintendent of the State Police plans to conduct an investigation into a revised arrest report that was at the center of a recent shakeup in the agency's senior ranks. "Colonel Gilpin has determined that her office will conduct an investigation into the revisions...

Thursday, November 16, 2017, 4:07 PM

Baker offers new ways to tackle opioid epidemic

Less than two years after signing an opioid abuse prevention bill, Gov Charlie Baker returned Tuesday with a multi-pronged proposal to further ramp up the fight against opioid addiction, including legislation that revives the concept of holding addicts involuntarily for treatment for up to 72 hours...

Wednesday, November 15, 2017, 9:50 AM

Mass. House passes bill giving inmates early release options

The Massachusetts House unanimously approved legislation Monday that would allow inmates in state jails and prisons to shorten their time behind bars by participating in rehabilitation programming, a major policy shift intended to reduce recidivism. The bill (H 4012), filed in February by Gov....

Tuesday, November 14, 2017, 9:31 AM

Politician's plan to serve as mayor and state rep 'incredibly insulting,' Baker says

A state representative's plan to keep his job in the Legislature while also serving as the mayor of Attleboro is "insulting" to voters and his colleagues, according to Gov. Charlie Baker. "I think it's incredibly insulting, to the voters and to the mayors and to the...

Monday, November 13, 2017, 11:14 AM

Baker will seek funds to address influx of Puerto Rican students

Gov. Charlie Baker plans to request additional school funding from the Legislature to help cities pay for the education of hundreds of children who have arrived from Puerto Rico since Hurricane Maria battered the Caribbean island in September. The administration sent a memo on Tuesday to...

Thursday, November 9, 2017, 9:45 AM

Free contraception bill on fast track in Mass. House

A bill that would guarantee copay-free coverage for birth control in Massachusetts earned initial approval in the House Wednesday morning and appears likely to be advanced to the Senate later in the day. The bill (H 4009) would guarantee free access to oral contraception for women in Massachusetts...

Wednesday, November 8, 2017, 3:59 PM

Baker to launch hate crimes task force

Days after new data reported that anti-Semitic hate crimes have increased in New England by about one third over last year, a state task force created in the 1990s to combat hate crimes will be revived Monday. Gov. Charlie Baker is planning to sign an executive order re-establishing the Governor...

Monday, November 6, 2017, 10:08 AM

Mass. should not go at time zone change alone, panel says

Massachusetts residents will fall back this weekend after all and will likely continue to adjust their clocks twice a year for the foreseeable future. A legislative commission studying whether the Bay State should shift permanently to Atlantic Standard Time — essentially the time zone that...

Thursday, November 2, 2017, 10:36 AM

16-year-old shot, killed in Jamaica Plain

A 16-year-old boy is dead after a late-night shooting Tuesday in Jamaica Plain, Boston Police said. Police officers and EMTs responded to a radio call reporting shots fired in the area of 944 Parker St. in Jamaica Plain at 11:47 p.m., police said, and found the 16-year-old male victim suffering...

Wednesday, November 1, 2017, 11:19 AM

State poised to sink more money into Big Dig

It was forged a decade ago and filled with hundreds of millions of dollars. Now the state's transportation chief is looking to tap into a trust fund for Big Dig repairs. In 2008 contractors agreed to pay $415 million into the fund as part of a deal to resolve their legal liabilities associated...

Thursday, October 26, 2017, 2:13 PM

Insurers, advocates compromise on Mass. birth control coverage bill

The morning-after emergency contraception pill would be as accessible as a flu shot in Massachusetts and birth control pills could be purchased in 12-month supplies, under compromise legislation agreed to by the insurance industry and reproductive rights advocates. The compromise does not include...

Tuesday, October 3, 2017, 3:47 PM

Jeff Sessions to address law enforcement in Boston visit

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions will visit Boston on Thursday to speak to federal law enforcement officers about transnational criminal organizations. Sessions, a former U.S. senator from Alabama who was tapped by President Donald Trump to serve as the nation's top law enforcement officer...

Wednesday, September 20, 2017, 4:57 PM

Ahead of winter, MBTA advancing backup for its backup power

With summer squarely in the rearview mirror, the MBTA is turning its attention to winter and its ability to reliably operate services when the snow flies. The T has updated the winter resiliency plan it put in place in the wake of the disastrous winter of 2015 based on what did and did not work...

Tuesday, September 19, 2017, 9:36 AM

Coakley, Baker to face off in November

Republican candidate for governor Charlie Baker.Credit: Nicolaus Czarnecki, MetroBOSTON -- Tuesday turned out to be a successful day for women in Massachusetts politics, as Martha Coakley, Maura Healey and Deb Goldberg won competitive statewide Democratic primaries for governor, attorney general,...

Wednesday, September 10, 2014, 4:17 PM