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1 hr ago | Lowell Sun

Which senators will claim per-diem money?

There were no roll calls in the House or Senate last week. Beacon Hill Roll Call has obtained the 2014 official list from the state Treasurer's Office of the "per diem" travel, meals and lodging reimbursements collected by the Legislature's 40 state senators from Jan. 1, through Sept.


Related Topix: Boston, MA, Beacon Hill (Boston, MA), Back Bay (Boston, MA), Nantucket, MA

5 hrs ago | WTEN-TV Albany

News Minute: Here's the latest Massachusetts news from The Associated Press

The highest court in Massachusetts has thrown out a lawsuit aimed at blocking Tesla Motors from selling its electric cars directly to consumers. The Massachusetts State Automobile Dealers Association had sought to prevent the direct sales, citing a state law designed to block car dealers from abuses by car manufacturers.


Related Topix: World News, United Kingdom, Kent County, England, Ipswich, MA, Fall River, MA

9 hrs ago |

Massachusetts Bishops Call for Repeal of Casino Law

Roman Catholic Bishops in Massachusetts released a statement Monday calling for the repeal of the state's 2011 expanded gaming law. Voters will get the opportunity to do so in November, as Ballot Question 3 will ask whether to do away with the law.


Related Topix: Roman Catholic Church, Religion

10 hrs ago | Boston Herald

New study on 'income inequality' looks at Mass.

Advocates for changing Massachusetts' personal income tax may have new fuel for their campaign, as a new national study suggests a more progressive income tax that requires wealthier individuals to pay higher tax rates could help states deal with revenue problems. Standard & Poor's, in a study released Monday, found that the improving fortunes of the nation's top earners corresponds with a decades-long slowdown in tax revenue growth among states.


Related Topix: Tax, Massachusetts Government, Opinion

15 hrs ago |

Four of Massachusetts' Latest 'Most Wanted' Criminals

Every day, police solve crimes in all our communities. But when suspects get away, Massachusetts law enforcement officers turn to the public for help.


Related Topix: Massachusetts Government

18 hrs ago |

Were 3 babies found dead in Mass. home born alive?; Adrian Peterson missed (10 Things to Know for Monday)

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry says nearly 40 countries have agreed to contribute to a worldwide fight to defeat the militants before they gain more territory in Iraq and Syria. The extremist group earns more than $3 million a day from oil smuggling, human trafficking, theft and extortion, according to U.S. intelligence officials and private experts.


Related Topix: John Kerry, US News, US Senate, Democrat, US Politics, Massachusetts Government

Sun Sep 14, 2014

Schools' wait lists called a drag on economy

Many vocational and technical schools across Massachusetts have long waiting lists for students seeking admission, creating a bottleneck in worker training even as thousands of well-paying jobs go unfilled for lack of skilled labor, according to a new survey. The survey, conducted by researchers at Northeastern University School of Law, found that at least 3,500 students were unable to get into public vocational schools in the past two years, with the longest waiting lists in communities with high unemployment and large minority populations.


Related Topix: Northeastern University, New Bedford, MA, Springfield, MA

The Chronicle Herald

Ramp dispute may cost volunteers

Cheryl Lamerson stands outside her consignment shop in Lunenburg. She said the business is caught in the middle of a dispute between the town and the building's owner, which could force the store to shut down.


Related Topix: Life, Charity

Daily Mail

Neighbor of woman accused of concealing death of three infants says ...

Neighbors of Erika Murray, the Massachusetts mother accused of hiding the death of three of her children, said they would see poorly dressed infants playing outside her home which they described as 'squalid'. They described the smell at 23 St. Paul Street in Blackstone as atrocious and said that the home, which was discovered by police to be infested with vermin and soiled diapers, was a mess for years.


Related Topix: Boston, MA, Blackstone, MA, Uxbridge, MA

CBS Local

Keller @ Large: Globe's Jim O'Sullivan Discusses Mass. Governor's Race

TV political analyst Jon Keller sat down with Boston Globe political reporter Jim O'Sullivan to discuss the Massachusetts governor's race. Keller and O'Sullivan talked about the results of the Democratic primary and looked at the impact of independent candidates on the matchup between Democratic candidate Martha Coakley and Republican Charlie Baker.


Related Topix: Massachusetts Government

For Godsmack's frontman, it's about the destination

For Sully Erna, frontman for Massachusetts-bred alternative metal band Godsmack, it's the destination - not the journey - that matters when it comes to traveling. And while the 46-year-old Lawrence native may not enjoy the part about actually getting to his destination, he admits to having lots of fun once he arrives.


Related Topix: Godsmack, Pop/Rock, Travel

JEFF JACOBYSeth Moulton's win will still be the exception

The political newcomer, an Iraq War veteran with three Harvard degrees , was the first Massachusetts candidate in 22 years to vanquish a sitting congressman from his own party. It last happened in 1992, when upstart Marty Meehan booted incumbent Chet Atkins in the Fifth Congressional District, then went on to win the seat in November.


Related Topix: US Politics, US News, US House of Representatives, Barney Frank, Democrat, Life, Veteran Affairs, Chet Atkins, Country, Opinion

Sat Sep 13, 2014

Madison Park headmaster resigns amid schedule snafu

The headmaster of Boston's only vocational high school, who came under fire last week over a scheduling problem that left many students and teachers without classes, resigned Saturday after the School Department discovered she never gained certification to lead a school in Massachusetts. Diane Ross Gary, who worked in education for more than three decades mostly in Connecticut, applied for certification in Massachusetts last August when she took over as headmaster of Madison Park Technical Vocational High School in Roxbury, but never completed the paperwork, according to a Boston School Department spokesman.


Related Topix: Standardized Testing, Education

What Scott Brown must do to win in New Hampshire

After winning the 2010 special election for U.S. Senator in Massachusetts over Martha Coakley, Scott Brown was a political rock star almost instantly. For about 15 minutes.


Related Topix: Scott Brown, US News, US Senate, Republican, Massachusetts Government, Tea Party, US Politics, Barack Obama, Abortion

Mass. Animals: Quincy Man Faces Cruelty Charges; New Spay/Neuter Program; Students Study Whales

Photo Credit: DAR Commissioner Greg Watson, Dr. David Dunn of North Shore Animal Hospital, Animal Rescue League of Boston Vice President Dr. Martha Smith-Blackmore, Massachusetts Animal Fund Coordinator Lauren Gilfeather and two of the Hospital's patients. Photo by Amy Mahler Department of Agricultural Resources Commissioner Greg Watson this week kicked off the Massachusetts Animal Fund's Spay/Neuter Program at the North Shore Animal Hospital.


Related Topix: Massachusetts Government, Mansfield, MA, Quincy, MA, Westford, MA

Cape Cod Times

Massachusetts primary signals women gaining clout

In this Sept. 10, 2014 file photo, Democrat gubernatorial nominee, state Attorney General Martha Coakley, left, celebrates Tuesday's primary victory alongside Gov. Deval Patrick at the party's unity breakfast in Boston, after winning .


Related Topix: Edward Markey, US Politics, US News, US House of Representatives, Democrat, Senator Elizabeth Warren, US Senate, Scott Brown, John Kerry, Republican

Harvard Hillside

Fort Devens Museum takes stock of Civil War monuments

What monuments did Massachusetts communities create to remind people of those who fought in America's Civil War and of the war itself, that tremendously bitter conflict that all but tore the heart out of the United States? To find the answer to that question and others related to Civil War monuments in Massachusetts, come to Fort Devens Museum for the Saturday, Sept. 20, program, to start at 1 p.m. The museum is open that day and every third Saturday of every month from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and located at 94 Jackson Road, off Route 2, exit 37, or accessible by entering Devens from West Main Street in Ayer or along Barnum Road off Carlton traffic circle in Ayer.


Related Topix: Massachusetts Government, Devens, MA, Fort Devens, MA, Ayer, MA

The Tribune

3 babies' bodies found house full of vermin, bugs

A Massachusetts prosecutor says the bodies of three infants have been found in a house full of vermin and dirty diapers where four other children were removed by authorities last month. Worcester County District Attorney Joseph Early Jr. announced the discovery Thursday night.


New Bedford to be Cape Wind staging area

The developers of a proposed wind farm off the coast of Cape Cod have signed a lease agreement with the state to use New Bedford for staging and construction of the 130 turbine project. Gov. Deval Patrick joined Cape Wind officials in making the official announcement on Friday at the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center's Wind Technology Testing Center in Boston.


Related Topix: Deval Patrick, US Governors, Alternative Energy, Renewable Energy (Green Energy), Energy

Fri Sep 12, 2014

Legal Threats Continue to Fly in New Hampshire Senate Race

Legal complaints have become the new press release in New Hampshire this week, as Republican Senate candidate Scott Brown and his opponents turned to official threats to score political points. It started Sunday, when New Hampshire Senate candidate Scott Brown threatened to sue Harvard Professor Lawrence Lessig after a outside group he runs called him a "lobbyist" in a campaign mailer, despite the fact that Brown has never registered as a lobbyist.


Related Topix: US Politics, US News, US Senate, Democrat, Senator Jeanne Shaheen, Scott Brown, Republican, Senator Elizabeth Warren


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