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Consumers urged to ‘stop, shop, enroll’ in health plans

As customers brace for changes to their health insurance coverage and bills due to changes in eligibility for some members, rising premiums, and a...

Governor signs renewable energy law that sets path away from coal, nuclear power

By Colin A. Young and Katie Lannan State House News Service Gov. Charlie Baker sat in the sun on the State House lawn Monday afternoon, relishing...

Gov. Baker signs public records law overhaul

Shortly after noon last Friday, Governor Charlie Baker signed into law the first major overhaul of the state’s public records law in more than...

Gov. Baker rolls back immigration restrictions on State Police

Massachusetts State Police will now be able to hold certain people on immigration detainers under a Baker administration policy that rolls back prior restrictions...

Senate tees up zoning bill to boost housing supply

The Massachusetts Senate plans to take up the first comprehensive overhaul of the state’s zoning laws in more than four decades this Thursday in...

Governor Baker proposal leaves liquor licensing to local officials

By Matt Murphy, State House News Service Reviving an effort that stalled under his predecessor, Gov. Charlie Baker on Monday proposed legislation that would give...

Governor Baker will lift travel ban at midnight

Governor Charlie Baker said the state is preparing for a “historic top five storm.”

Voters pick Coakley, Healey, Goldberg in big Dem primaries

Tuesday turned out to be a successful day for women in Massachusetts politics, as Martha Coakley, Maura Healey and Deb Goldberg won competitive statewide...

Nitrogen, warmer water are killer threats to fish environment, study says

Warmer water temperatures and nitrogen pollution stemming from septic systems and fertilizers are “killer threats” to seagrass in the coastal waters of southern New...

State task force outlines 44 recommendations to reduce gun violence

Committee concluded state’s gun laws are already among the toughest in the nation.

Mass jobless rate up to 7.2 percent

AIM's Andre Mayer reported that "while this local news is not good," statistics released this week show growth in the Eurozone after six quarters of contraction, which could be good news for Massachusetts since it ranks second among states for its dependence on exports to Europe.

Mass 2013 home sales down 2.7 percent through April

Home sale prices in Massachusetts rose for the seventh straight month in April, blowing past the $300,000 mark last seen in April 2008, and home sales fell for the third consecutive month, according to data released Wednesday morning.

Gas prices inch up as pols work on tax bill

While House and Senate leaders continue work on a bill that would raise the gas tax, AAA reported Monday that gas prices in Massachusetts rose an average of two cents per gallon over the past week, to an average of $3.

Boston Medflight uses $8 million lease to buy helicopter

The state's finance and development agency has issued an $8 million lease to help Boston MedFlight buy a new helicopter to replace an older one, the State House News service reported.

State, Mashpee say they have framework for revised gaming deal

With regulators on the cusp of opening the southeast region of the state to commercial casino developers, Gov.

Gas prices go up, up, up

As House Transportation Committee Chairman Rep.

Mass real estate activity nears 2006 level

December marked 12 straight months of rising year-over-year home sales and MA last year recorded more home sales than in any year since 2006...

Governor Patrick orders statewide travel ban beginning at 4 pm

The order is an "outright ban on all roads." Island police advised people to use common sense.

Auditor says education access law created unfunded mandate

State government must pay for alternative education services that school districts will have to provide for expelled or suspended students, Auditor Suzanne Bump concluded in an opinion letter released Thursday, January 31.