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FILE - In this Nov. 7, 2014 file photo Massachusetts Governor-elect Charlie Baker, center, and Lt. Governor-elect Karyn Polito, second from right, listen as Kevin O'Sullivan, CEO of Massachusetts Biomedical Initiatives, speaks during a meeting with the Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce in Worcester Mass. Listening are Susan Mailman, left, chairman of the Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce, and David Forsberg, second from left, Dean of the School of Business at Anna Maria College. Among the many decisions Gov.-elect Baker and the next Legislature could face is a potentially awkward one: Whether to back a salary hike for the state's chief executive and other top elected officials. (AP Photo/Worcester Telegram & Gazette, Paul Kapteyn)

Recommendation due Dec. 1 on pay raises for governor, other top elected officials

Saturday, November 22, 2014

BOSTON — Among the many decisions Gov.-elect Charlie Baker and the next Legislature could face is a potentially awkward one: Whether to back a salary hike for the state’s chief executive and other top elected officials. The Special Advisory Commission on Public Compensation is scheduled to make recommendations on Dec. 1. The panel has been meeting for several weeks and …

Gov.-elect Charlie Baker names Marylou Sudders to serve as secretary of Health and Human Services

Friday, November 21, 2014

BOSTON — Marylou Sudders, a former state mental health commissioner and chief executive of the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children, was named Friday by Gov.-elect Charlie Baker to serve as secretary of Health and Human Services in his administration. Sudders, currently an associate professor at Boston College’s School of Social Work, will oversee one of the largest and most …

Vermont Yankee to begin layoffs in January

Friday, November 21, 2014

VERNON, Vt. — The Vermont Yankee nuclear plant has officially notified the state of Vermont that it will be laying off 165 employees starting in January. That there would be layoffs has been common knowledge since Entergy’s announcement in August 2013 that it would ceas operations at the end of this year, but plant officials made the formal notification to the state Wednesday …

Outside groups spent $17M in governor’s race

Thursday, November 6, 2014

BOSTON (AP) — Super PACs and other outside groups spent almost $17 million to influence voters in the just-completed race for governor in Massachusetts. The data was released Thursday by the state Office of Campaign and Political Finance, which noted that 2014 was the first gubernatorial election in …

State income tax rate cut could fuel budget shortfall

Thursday, November 6, 2014

BOSTON — Massachusetts taxpayers are looking at a likely cut in the state’s income tax rate — a cut that will also contribute to an anticipated $325 million gap in the state budget. Secretary of Administration and Finance Glen Shor said Thursday that Massachusetts appears on track to …

Harvard under fire for secret classroom photos

Thursday, November 6, 2014

CAMBRIDGE (AP) — Harvard University is coming under fire from faculty and students for secretly photographing about 2,000 undergraduates in 10 lecture halls last spring as part of a study on classroom attendance. The experiment was disclosed at a faculty meeting Tuesday and first reported in The Harvard …

Baker, Patrick expect ‘seamless’ transition

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

BOSTON — The state’s current and future political leaders moved quickly Wednesday to close — publicly at least — any lasting wounds from a bruising race for governor that ended with Republican Charlie Baker narrowly defeating Democrat Martha …

Malloy wins re-election in Conn.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy narrowly won re-election Wednesday after an Election Day marked by polling problems in the state capital and a last-minute court battle in the campaign’s closing hours. Malloy’s re-election marked a rare win for Democrats on a night when Republicans gained complete control of …

Rhode Island man pleads guilty to vehicular homicide in Williamstown fatality

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

PITTSFIELD (AP) — A Rhode Island man prosecutors say caused a fatal car crash in western Massachusetts last year has pleaded guilty and been sentenced to time already served. William Lowe of Pawtucket, Rhode Island, was sentenced in Berkshire Superior Court on Tuesday to two years in jail, …

Ralph Nader to lead weekend workshop at Rowe Conference Center

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

ROWE — Ralph Nader will be in Franklin County for the second time this year when he leads a weekend workshop at the Rowe Camp & Conference Center called “It’s Easier Than You Think: How You Can Change America.” The workshop, Friday night through Sunday, gives participants opportunities …

Republican Charlie Baker elected Massachusetts governor by slim margin, Martha Coakley yet to concede

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

BOSTON — Republican Charlie Baker has captured the Massachusetts governor’s office after a bruising election fight — but agreed to wait until later Wednesday before formally declaring victory to give Democrat Martha Coakley time to review the returns. …

Baker prevails in close contest

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

BOSTON — Republican Charlie Baker has won the governor’s race in a nail-biter of an election that seesawed throughout the night and extended into early Wednesday. Democrat Martha Coakley said she wouldn’t make any immediate statement and asked …

Voters decide to keep casinos, require sick time

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

BOSTON — Massachusetts voters cleared the way on Tuesday for several casino projects to proceed, rejecting a ballot question that sought to overturn the legalization of casino gambling in the state. Unofficial returns showed “no” votes winning out, meaning the 2011 law that allows for up to three …