Michael Norton

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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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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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Gun group critical of report for DeLeo

Gun group critical of report for DeLeo

Says existing laws have not stemmed violence

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE The state’s largest gun owners group released a critique on Tuesday of a task force’s recommendations to reduce gun violence, concluding that experts appointed by House Speaker Robert DeLeo, who characterized the state’s gun laws as among the strongest in the nation, failed to recognize the inability of those laws to(...)

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Target: Data breach could affect 40 million

Target: Data breach could affect 40 million

Retailer confirms "unauthorized access to payment card data"

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE Target, the major retailer with locations throughout Massachusetts, confirmed Thursday “unauthorized access to payment card data” that may have impacted 40 million credit and debit card accounts. The impacts would have been between Nov. 27 and Dec. 15. “Target’s first priority is preserving the trust of our guests and we have(...)

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Fact-checking Patrick’s health care article

Fact-checking Patrick’s health care article

Governor leaves out some story lines

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE Gov. Deval Patrick is bullish about the 2006 health care access law, the 2010 federal Affordable Care Act, and a 2012 state law to control cost increases. In a Huffington Post op-ed Monday, Patrick, a Democrat finishing his second term and considered a potential national office seeker, unsurprisingly focused on the(...)

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Record MCAS scores but news not all good

Record MCAS scores but news not all good

Record MCAS scores but news not all good

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE Fourteen Massachusetts schools designated “underperforming” in 2010 have met three-year turnaround goals and will shed their Level 4 status, but four turnaround schools could fall into state receivership, state education officials announced Wednesday. Fourteen of the 34 Level 4 schools have increased student achievement and demonstrated significant progress in improving school(...)

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Vermont Yankee plant to close next year

Vermont Yankee plant to close next year

Vermont Yankee plant to close next year

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE Citing financial factors including lower natural gas prices, Entergy announced plans Tuesday to close and begin a decades-long process to decommission the Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Station, which is located a few miles north of the western Massachusetts border between the two states. The Vernon, VT, plant began commercial operation in(...)

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Cabral: Administration using ‘scare tactics’

Cabral: Administration using ‘scare tactics’

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE SENIOR TRANSPORTATION OFFICIALS on Tuesday cautioned that major expansion projects prioritized by the Patrick administration could be in jeopardy if tolls on the western portion of the Massachusetts Turnpike come down in four years, but one House lawmaker called the warning “scare tactics.” Rep. Antonio Cabral, a New Bedford Democrat and(...)

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Lobbyists win challenge to Galvin requirement

Lobbyists win challenge to Galvin requirement

Judge: Secretary's view makes 'absolutely no sense'

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE ASSERTING THAT PART of Secretary of State William Galvin’s arguments made “absolutely no sense,” a Superior Court judge has ruled in favor of lobbyists who went to court to challenge Galvin’s interpretation of a requirement that they disclose “direct business associations” with public officials. Beginning last July, Galvin’s office started interpreting(...)

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