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McGovern pushes for local say in propane sites

Rick Saia |

(UPDATED at 5:15 p.m., May 4) U.S. Rep. James McGovern has filed a bill that would give states and local communities the ability to regulate propane gas facilities that are operated by rail...

UMass selects Meehan as its next president

ANDY METZGER STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE |

After touting his fundraising capabilities and pledging to make diversity a priority, UMass Lowell Chancellor and former Congressman Martin Meehan was chosen by the University of Massachusetts Board...

Mayor forms panel on Worcester tax policy

Mayor Joseph M. Petty has created a 17-member tax policy committee to develop long-term recommendations for Worcester.

New Natick tobacco regulations another patch in the quilt?

Emily Micucci |

Natick is among the latest towns to have approved their own set of tobacco regulations in an effort to reduce tobacco use among youth, adding to the complex patchwork of regulations that blanket the...

Baker puts kibosh on convention center expansion

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE |

The planned $1 billion expansion of the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center has been frozen indefinitely by Gov. Charlie Baker, whose administration on Wednesday expressed deep...

House debates requiring Social Security number for public housing

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE |

House lawmakers on Tuesday bypassed a Republican effort to require all applicants for public housing to provide a Social Security number when they apply.

Healey: Draft regs make earned sick time law rules clear

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE |

Three months into her new job, Attorney General Maura Healey on Monday offered draft regulations aimed at laying out clear rules for Massachusetts employers to begin providing earned sick time...

House backs change to new headlight law

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE |

The House unanimously voted to add protections to state law for drivers who commit headlight infractions, including violations of a new requirement that they use their lights when...

Planning our energy future

Massachusetts and New England have brought themselves to a crossroads when it comes to the region's energy needs.

Advocate for jobs? Or roadblock for developers?

Sam Bonacci |

During the recent delay before the Worcester City Council signed off on the sale of the former county courthouse, one thing became clear: a new voice had made itself heard in Worcester's...

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