Michael P. Norton

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Joyce ethics, campaign issues resolved

Joyce ethics, campaign issues resolved

Charity donations used to address ‘errors’

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE Sen. Brian Joyce of Milton has made a $3,367 personal donation to charity to resolve the use of campaign funds to help cover the $5,200 cost of his son’s graduation party at the senator’s home, as well as a $1,250 donation to resolve other issues, including unreported spending and accounting errors.(...)

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State receiver urged for Southbridge schools

State receiver urged for Southbridge schools

System has had 7 superintendents since 2011

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE THE SOUTHBRIDGE PUBLIC SCHOOLS, which have had seven superintendents and seven high school principals since 2011, should be designated chronically underperforming and placed into receivership, Education Commissioner Mitchell Chester recommended on Friday. The Level 5 designation, which would put the Southbridge schools under state control, will be discussed at a Board of(...)

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SJC: Corporal punishment excludes foster parents

SJC: Corporal punishment excludes foster parents

High Court upholds DCF ruling that child welfare trumps religious convictions

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE THE STATE’S HIGHEST COURT on Monday upheld the Department of Children and Families’ 2013 decision to deny the application of potential foster parents because of their use of corporal punishment as a form of discipline in their home. Gregory Magazu and his wife Melanie had appealed a Superior Court judgment that(...)

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Lawmakers vote to preserve discounts

Lawmakers vote to preserve discounts

Suspension of insurance law passed in a day

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE WITH INSURANCE DISCOUNTS AT RISK in the new year, the House and Senate whisked legislation through all of its readings Monday and onto Gov. Charlie Baker’s desk. “Obviously we want people to be able to take advantage of discounts and rebates that would be prohibited by law if we don’t suspend(...)

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Pilgrim nuclear plant to close in 2019

Pilgrim nuclear plant to close in 2019

Entergy cites "poor market conditions" as reason

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE PILGRIM NUCLEAR POWER STATION in Plymouth will shut down by June 1, 2019, its owners announced Tuesday morning, citing “poor market conditions.” Pilgrim owner Entergy Corporation said its decision to close the plant was driven by low energy prices, reduced revenues and increased operational costs. Entergy said Pilgrim would close by(...)

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DeLeo backs north-south rail link

DeLeo backs north-south rail link

Speaker joins 150 lawmakers in coalition

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE SAYING IT WOULD BE A “TERRIBLE MISTAKE” for the state to embark upon an expansion of South Station at the expense of a rail tunnel linking that hub with North Station, a coalition led by former governor Michael Dukakis is working to ramp up advocacy for the rail link in an(...)

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Baker files Canadian hydroelectricity bill

Baker files Canadian hydroelectricity bill

Would require utilities to seek power supply bids

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE GOV. CHARLIE BAKER on Thursday filed procurement legislation to boost the state’s supply of hydropower, presumably from Canada, a goal that the governor says will increase electricity reliability, help grow an alternative to coal and oil power generation, and enable the state to meet the emissions reduction goals of the Global(...)

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Senate approves tweaked T control board

Senate approves tweaked T control board

Vote follows pressure from DeLeo, Baker

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE THE MASSACHUSETTS SENATE late Thursday night agreed to put the MBTA under the management of a fiscal control board, tucking that measure into a $38.1 billion fiscal 2016 that was approved after midnight. Democrats and Republicans unanimously signed off on the control board compromise brokered between Sen. Thomas McGee and Senate(...)

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Baker proposes T funding hike

Baker proposes T funding hike

One lawmaker calls spending boost crazy

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE STATE TAXPAYERS WILL further subsidize the struggling MBTA under Gov. Charlie Baker’s budget proposal, which calls for a $64.5 million increase in funding for the agency, an investment that one top House lawmaker and MBTA critic called “kind of crazy.” The increase, part of a spending bill that will be fully(...)

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