Andy Metzger

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GIC needs $120m more to cover shortfall

Could accentuate state budget problem

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE The state commission that oversees public employee health insurance coverage will likely need at least $120 million in additional funding this fiscal year, a request that would contribute to ongoing state budget problems. “It’s probably going to be north of $120 million,” Group Insurance Commission (GIC) Executive Director Dolores Mitchell told(...)

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Warren on prez run: ‘No means no’

Capuano offers support for White House bid

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE If Sen. Elizabeth Warren breaks from her firm public stance and runs for president, she will have the backing of Congressman Michael Capuano, who said Monday that he offered his assistance without “trying to pry” into her intentions. “I have spoken to her. I have not asked her for any response.(...)

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Feds set to provide $1b for Green Line extension

Remainder of $2.3b project would come from state

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE The Federal Transit Administration plans to provide nearly $1 billion in funding for the $2.3 billion Green Line Extension project, which will bring trolley service through Somerville to Medford. Acting FTA Administrator Therese McMillan wrote to a US Senate committee on Monday, informing members that the federal government planned to provide(...)

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Jacques blames job loss on Patrick retaliation

Ex-senator says lawsuit prompted replacement

  STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE Cheryl Jacques, an administrative judge and former lawmaker, is preparing to sue Gov. Deval Patrick, claiming he nominated someone else to replace her at the Department of Industrial Accidents as retaliation for a gender discrimination lawsuit she and two other judges filed against the agency. The lawsuit against the Department(...)

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Mulligan testimony likely untruthful – defense lawyers

Probation defendants seeking new trial

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE Defense attorneys, who represent three former probation officials convicted of secretly rigging the hiring system, are accusing former Chief Justice of Administration and Management Robert Mulligan of “likely” testifying untruthfully in the trial. Mulligan was a key witness in the trial of former Probation Commissioner John O’Brien and two former deputies,(...)

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Falchuk loses court bid to gain debate access

Judge rules media decide who participates

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE After his attempt to secure a court order requiring debate organizers to include him in a Monday night event was denied, independent gubernatorial candidate Evan Falchuk said he was disappointed but moving forward with his campaign. “I still believe our argument was a strong one. If I had been the judge(...)

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Attorney: Globe column targeted Probation jury

Attorney: Globe column targeted Probation jury

Judge rejects bid to sequester panel

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE On the second day of jury deliberations in the probation trial, one of the defense attorneys accused the Boston Globe of an “attempt to manipulate the criminal justice system” by printing a front-page column with a strong take on the allegations. Jurors began discussions Wednesday aiming to determine whether former Probation(...)

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DeLeo says he didn’t trade jobs for votes

DeLeo says he didn’t trade jobs for votes

Speaker says he has not transgressed anything

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE House Speaker Robert DeLeo said he never traded jobs for votes in 2007 and 2008 when court testimony indicates he offered lawmakers the opportunity to make job recommendations for positions in the state Probation Department. Four current and former representatives have testified in the ongoing criminal trial of former Probation commissioner(...)

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SJC chief Ireland stepping down in July

SJC chief Ireland stepping down in July

Patrick will appoint his successor

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE Supreme Judicial Court Chief Justice Roderick Ireland plans to step down in July, giving Gov. Deval Patrick several months to secure a successor atop the high court before the governor leaves office at the end of the year. Ireland is set to turn 70 – the mandatory retirement age for judges(...)

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Bills pass, then idle in legislative limbo

Bills pass, then idle in legislative limbo

Measures stall in House-Senate conference committees

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE In the amount of time it’s taken for Beacon Hill Democrats not to reach agreement on veterans’ services and drug compounding pharmacy regulation bills, Roz Savage, the first woman to row solo across the Pacific Ocean, rowed 3,158 miles from Hawaii to the island of Kiribati. Passed with fanfare, the veterans(...)

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