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LATEST LOTTERY A BRIGHT SPOT FOR STATE REVENUE COLLECTORS

As state officials try to balance this year's $38.4 billion budget in the face of under-performing tax revenues, one source is bringing in more money than it did last year: the Massachusetts Lottery. Read More

BAKER SIGNS HEALTH CARE PRICING BILL TO AVOID BALLOT FIGHT

Gov. Charlie Baker signed a bill Tuesday afternoon that was whisked through the Legislature last week as part of a deal to avoid a high-priced ballot campaign fight between Partners HealthCare and a health care workers union over pricing disparities between major hospitals and community providers, according to the governor's office. Read More


FEDS REPORT IMPROVEMENTS IN MAJORITY OF MYSTIC RIVER'S 14 SEGMENTS

Celebrating cleaner water on a Somerville riverbank Tuesday, local and federal officials said they anticipate more spending by municipalities and ratepayers to make further environmental improvements. Read More

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Federal, local and state officials announced new water quality grades on the Mystic River Watershed Tuesday. [Photo: Andy Metzger/SHNS]


AFTER SENATE SETBACK, LOTTERY CHIEF AGAIN EMPHASIZES ONLINE PREFERENCE

The Massachusetts Lottery did not secure Senate approval last week to begin the process of making its products available online and time is running short for the Legislature to grant that authorization, the still-hopeful head of the Lottery said Tuesday. Read More

Michael Sweeney, executive director of the state L

Michael Sweeney, executive director of the state Lottery Commission, shows off an advertisement for a new Lottery product at Tuesday's monthly meeting of the Lottery Commission. [Photo: Antonio Caban/SHNS]


ORANGE LINE TRAIN MOTOR OVERHEATS AHEAD OF RUSH HOUR

MBTA riders exited an Orange Line train around 6 a.m. Tuesday as smoke poured out of overheated motors, according to the T. Read More


FISHING FLEETS TURNING TO TECHNOLOGY TO MEET MONITORING MANDATE

New England fishermen are starting to use digital cameras to document groundfish discards and prove they are fishing within established quotas, turning to technology for a method that may prove more cost effective than hiring human monitors. With support from the Gulf of Maine Research Institute, The Nature Conservancy is overseeing a new project, which launches on Wednesday, June 1 and is being hailed as a "new era in fisheries monitoring." Read More

[File Photo: Andy Metzger/SHNS |6/1/13 ]

[File Photo: Andy Metzger/SHNS |6/1/13 ] | Hi-Res


DEP CHIEF: "EXPEDITIOUS SCHEDULE" NEEDED TO MEET EMISSIONS RULING

Work to develop greenhouse gas emissions reductions regulations to comply with a recent Supreme Judicial Court decision "must begin immediately" and will kick off with an advisory board meeting next month, Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Martin Suuberg said Monday. Read More


VIDEO | REPS HUDDLE TO DISCUSS TRANSGENDER BILL, AMENDMENTS

On the eve of a House debate over transgender public accommodations rights, Gov. Charlie Baker said Tuesday he would sign the version of the bill crafted by House leaders, giving potential political cover to waffling Democrats who might be nervous about supporting the measure in an election year. Read More


BAKER WOULD SIGN HOUSE VERSION OF TRANSGENDER BILL

On the eve of House debate on the issue, Gov. Charlie Baker said Tuesday he would sign transgender anti-discrimination legislation crafted by House leaders. Read More

BAKER [File Photo: Antonio Caban/SHNS]

BAKER [File Photo: Antonio Caban/SHNS]


Former Gov. Bill Weld attended the State of the Commonwealth address in January, delivered by Gov. Charlie Baker who was a member of Weld's cabinet.[File Photo: Sam Doran/SHNS]

LIBERTARIAN WELD TAKES LEAVE FROM LOBBYING TO RUN FOR VICE PRESIDENT

William Weld, the former Republican governor of Massachusetts and newly minted Libertarian Party vice presidential nominee, went on unpaid leave from his lobbying job in Boston on Monday, according to the firm's president. Stephen Tocco, the president and CEO of ML Strategies where Weld is a principal, told the News Service Weld's nomination on Sunday was "the triggering event" and began his period of unpaid leave. Read More


TIMILTY DRAWS PRIMARY CHALLENGE IN BID TO LEAP TO THE SENATE

Rep. Walter Timilty earlier this year jumped into the race for a state Senate seat before knowing that embattled Sen. Brian Joyce would give it up at the end of the year, giving him a head start for his party's nomination. But now the conservative Democrat will have a primary challenge from his left from a fellow Miltonian. Read More


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MEEHAN SEES "REASONABLE" INCREASE IN UMASS STUDENT COSTS IN 2016-2017

The University of Massachusetts Board of Trustees is expected to take up tuition and fee rates at a pair of June meetings, setting the stage for what UMass President Marty Meehan has predicted could be a "reasonable" rate increase. Tuition and fees will be on the agenda at a June 8 Committee on Administration and Finance meeting in Boston and a June 15 meeting of the full Board of Trustees in Worcester, a UMass spokesman confirmed. Read More


LABOR CHIEF BRINGS RETAIL ACUMEN TO WORKFORCE SKILLS CHALLENGE

While the Massachusetts economy is doing well, tens of thousands of people still can't find a job, because they don't have the skills to fill a good one. And while the Massachusetts economy is doing well, hundreds of companies find their growth stunted and their opportunities being lost because they can't find the trained workers they need to fill the good jobs they've created. Read More

Labor and Workforce Development Secretary Ron Walk

Labor and Workforce Development Secretary Ron Walker [File Photo: Antonio Caban/SHNS] | Photo Gallery


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