... State officials say gantries will save motoring public about 800 hours a day, 875,000 gallons of gas per year ...... MassPike toll plan will feature 16 gantries, compared to 26 toll plazas currently ...... More than half of all driver will see tolls decrease or remain the same in swith to gantry system ...... MassDOT: toll removal and reconstruction will cost about $133 million ...... Warren, Moulton applaud $102 mil GE Aviation contract with Army to design helicopter engines in Lynn ...... Drug trafficking, fentanyl on Baker's mind as he preps for meeting with region's governors ...... DPH launches new prescription monitoring system ...... Baker admin plans fee increases, for out-of-state campers ...... DCR ranger accused of settting up pen camera to videotape women in bathroom ...... Bill introduced to name Jamaica Plain bridge after Arredondo brothers ...... House, Senate agree to amendment to school improvement plan bill (H 391) ...... Governing Magazine rates Mass. economy as best among states ...... Concord tornado was 14th to strike Massachusetts since 2010 ...... Urban Edge awarded $10,000 from U.S. Soccer Foundation ...... Politicians, GE hold private celebration to mark company's move-in ...... Soldering work triggers alarms, forces State House evacuation ...... Light, motion sensor project in State House will take five years, official says ...
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LATEST OFFICIAL: WOMAN WHO CONTRACTED WEST NILE IS BACK AT HOME

The woman who contracted West Nile Virus in Middlesex County has been "safely discharged" home, Public Health Commissioner Monica Bharel told the News Service on Tuesday. After testing, public health officials announced last Tuesday the woman had been infected with the mosquito-borne virus. Read More

STATE OVERHAULING REVIEW PROCESS FOR HEALTH CARE PROJECTS

Nursing homes looking to expand their facilities will need to participate in Medicaid under a broad overhaul of Department of Public Health regulations presented Tuesday. "By including Medicaid as a requirement for the determination of needs, this ensures that the most vulnerable populations among us also get access to that high-quality care," Public Health Commissioner Dr. Monica Bharel told the News Service. Read More

Nora Mann, director of Determination of Need at th

Nora Mann, director of Determination of Need at the Department of Public Health, on Tuesday highlighted components of new regulations to the Public Health Council, which if approved could take effect early next year. [Photo: Antonio Caban/SHNS] | Hi-Res


CITING SJC RULING, EVERSOURCE WITHDRAWS NATURAL GAS APPLICATION

Eversource, a gas and electric utility, this week withdrew its application for approval of natural gas transportation and storage contracts, which would run along a proposed pipeline called Access Northeast. In its filing to the Department of Public Utilities the company cited a recent Supreme Judicial Court case limiting ratepayers' financing of such pipeline projects. Read More


JULY SALES DOWN AS HOME, CONDO PRICES REMAIN HIGH

Home sales in Massachusetts fell 12.5 percent in July, a month that featured the second highest median sale price on record, The Warren Group reported Tuesday morning. Read More


SPECTRA COMMITTED TO PIPELINE PROJECT, UTILITIES WITHDRAW DPU FILINGS

The company leading the push for a major natural gas pipeline project that would serve New England appeared undeterred Tuesday by news that both Eversource and National Grid this week withdrew related applications for approval of natural gas transportation and storage contracts. Read More


STATE FINALIZING RULES FOR MOBILE NON-EMERGENCY SERVICES

A set of proposed regulations presented Tuesday would pave the way for the development of new health care programs in Massachusetts that expand the role of emergency medical service providers with the goal of increasing access to services and reducing costs. "This will be a new innovation in Massachusetts, in which we hope to be a national leader," Department of Public Health Commissioner Monica Bharel told the News Service. Read More


MASS. HOME IMPROVEMENT CONTRACTORS CAN NOW REGISTER, PAY ONLINE

Home improvement contractors in Massachusetts can for the first time register online with the state business regulation office and pay for their licenses with a credit card, the Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation announced Tuesday. An online registration portal is open for first-time registrants and online registration renewal is expected to be offered through the portal sometime this fall, OCA said. Read More


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NEW LAWSUIT BY FORMER FOX HOST MAKES CLAIMS ABOUT BROWN

A new lawsuit filed by former Fox News host Andrea Tantaros against the network and several senior executives describes an encounter with former Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown as an example of a culture at the cable channel that tolerated sexual harassment. Read More


Monday, Aug. 22, 2016

SENATE MOVING OUT IN JANUARY, WILL MEET IN TWO STATE HOUSE LOCATIONS

After the new legislative term begins in January, the state Senate plans to abandon its historic chamber and begin meeting in two temporary workspaces elsewhere in the State House. Read More

Senate Chamber [Photo: Antonio Caban/SHNS]

Senate Chamber [Photo: Antonio Caban/SHNS]


BOSTON COUNCILOR JACKSON MUM ON FUTURE POLITICAL PLANS

If there were ever a day for Boston City Councilor Tito Jackson to dispel notions he might challenge Boston Mayor Marty Walsh, Monday may have been it. That opportunity came and went for Jackson, who declined to allow his political future to be nailed down. Read More


VIDEO | CONCORD TORNADO IS 14TH TO STRIKE MASS. SINCE 2010

A tornado barreled through a half-mile stretch of Concord at about 3 a.m. Monday, toppling trees, damaging 39 homes, and knocking out power to more than a thousand residences. An EF-01 tornado -- the second lowest category of tornado -- with wind speeds up to 100 mph carved a 400-yard wide path through parts of Concord near the Cambridge Turnpike, according to the National Weather Service. There were no reported injuries, NWS said. Read More


STATE PREPS FOR OCTOBER SWITCH TO ELECTRONIC TOLLING ON TURNPIKE

With electronic eyes set to take the place of toll plazas, Massachusetts transportation officials have proposed a tiered payment system that strongly favors those who obtain transponders from the state. The all-electronic tolling system set to go live Oct. 28 will provide a 45-cent discount to drivers traveling the entire length of the Massachusetts Turnpike who have obtained a free EZPassMA transponder. Read More

New electronic tolling gantries have been construc

New electronic tolling gantries have been constructed along the Massachusetts Turnpike and other locations. [Photo: Antonio Caban/SHNS] | Hi-Res


DCR RANGER ALLEGEDLY SET UP PEN CAMERA TO VIDEOTAPE WOMEN

A Department of Conservation and Recreation park ranger is expected to be arraigned Monday in Quincy District Court after he allegedly set up a pen camera to videotape women in a unisex employee bathroom at the Houghton's Pond Bathhouse in Milton. Read More


STORM THAT HIT CONCORD WAS A TORNADO, NWS SAYS

A tornado touched down in Concord early Monday morning, toppling trees and knocking out power to homes, the National Weather Service has confirmed. Read More


REPORT CALLS FOR COORDINATION OF GROUPS SERVING BLACK, LATINO MALES

A report studying advocacy groups and service providers working with black and Latino young men and boys in Boston calls for greater strategic coordination among organizations, noting stagnation in outcomes including reading and math proficiency, high school diploma attainment and employment despite an investment of more than $14 billion by public and philanthropic sectors over the past decade. Read More


MORE THAN 50 APPLIED FOR CAMBRIDGE JOB SOUGHT BY ASH

The Cambridge city manager job sought by Gov. Charlie Baker's economic development chief is on an accelerated schedule with plans to appoint a candidate in September although a search committee has not yet met, according to the city's mayor. Read More


SEVENTY PERCENT OF EXPECTED RX MONITORING SYSTEM USERS HAVE REGISTERED

The state's new online prescription monitoring program has been used for thousands of searches since its launch Monday morning, and approximately 70 percent of all expected users have registered, according to the Department of Public Health. Read More


GAS PRICES UP AS REFINERIES SUSTAIN DAMAGE

An increase in the cost of crude oil and flooding in Louisiana have driven gas prices up in Massachusetts as the summer travel season is drawing to a close, AAA reported Monday. Read More


TOLL PLAN INCENTIVIZES TRANSPONDERS

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation outlined new toll rates for all-electronic tolling on Bay State roads, greatly increasing the cost for drivers without transponders. Read More


VIDEO | BAKER TO DISCUSS DRUG TRAFFICKING IN MEETING WITH GOVERNORS

Though he believes Massachusetts leads the nation in training health care providers to deal with the still raging opioid epidemic, Gov. Charlie Baker said Monday that more must be done to address the trafficking of heroin and a synthetic opioid - fentanyl - that has been linked to a rise in overdose-related deaths. Read More

Health and Human Services Secretary Marylou Sudder

Health and Human Services Secretary Marylou Sudders explained the state's new prescription drug monitoring program at a Monday media availability after meeting with nurses groups and academic leaders. [Photos: Antonio Caban/SHNS] | Photo Gallery


MAG RATES MASS. ECONOMY AS BEST AMONG THE STATES

After failing to crack the top 10 the last time rankings were compiled, the Massachusetts economy is the strongest in the country this time around, according to rankings compiled by Governing magazine. Read More


OFFICIALS MARK GE MOVE-IN WITH PRIVATE CELEBRATION

South Boston became the official home of global corporate giant General Electric on Monday morning, as the company opened its interim global headquarters in the city's thriving seaport district. Gov. Charlie Baker, Boston Mayor Martin Walsh, Housing and Economic Development Secretary Jay Ash and Boston Chief of Economic Development John Barros were on hand for a private celebration. Read More


SOLDERING WORK FORCED STATE HOUSE EVACUATION

Soldering work in a mechanical room of the State House's west wing triggered the alarms that caused the State House to be evacuated Monday morning, Bureau of the State House Superintendent Tammy Kraus told the News Service. Read More

Health care professionals, who were visiting the S

Health care professionals, who were visiting the State House Monday to meet with Gov. Charlie Baker, and state employees gathered at the corner of Mt. Vernon and Hancock streets until they received notice it was safe to reenter the building. | Photo Gallery


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