Andy Metzger

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Lawyer: Hefner looking forward to trial

Lawyer: Hefner looking forward to trial

Says accusers can no longer remain anonymous

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE THE MAN AT THE CENTER of a scandal that has rocked the Massachusetts Senate appeared in Suffolk Superior Court Tuesday and pleaded not guilty to indecent assault and battery, open and gross lewdness and dissemination of an illicit nude photograph. During a court appearance just around the corner from the State(...)

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Stun guns, tasers protected by 2d Amendment

Stun guns, tasers protected by 2d Amendment

SJC 'reluctantly' scraps law barring civilians from using weapons

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE THE POSSESSION OF stun guns and tasers is protected by the Second Amendment, the Supreme Judicial Court concluded on Tuesday, “reluctantly” scrapping the state law banning civilians from possessing those weapons. The decision written by Chief Justice Ralph Gants was a reversal from an earlier SJC ruling upholding the conviction of(...)

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Lottery leaving Braintree for Dorchester

Lottery leaving Braintree for Dorchester

Disappointed Braintree mayor says it was Goldberg's decision

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE THE MASSACHUSETTS LOTTERY plans to try a change of scenery, moving its administrative staff from its longtime headquarters in Braintree a few miles north to Dorchester. Putting the roughly 140 headquarters staff near UMass-Boston and within walking distance of the Red Line could appeal to a more diverse and younger workforce,(...)

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Another uncontested special election

Another uncontested special election

Crighton moves to Senate after getting 2,854 votes

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE LYNN DEMOCRAT BRENDAN CRIGHTON joined the Senate on Wednesday after cruising uncontested in a special election on Tuesday. Just 2,854 votes made Crighton the newest senator, according to the official tally. As of the most recent statistics from about a year ago, the district had 110,093 voters, meaning Crighton won the formal support(...)

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GIC health premiums will fall or stay flat

GIC health premiums will fall or stay flat

Even without plan consolidation, rates are holding steady or falling

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE ABOUT HALF THE MORE than 430,000 people covered by Group Insurance Commission plans will see a decrease in their premiums in fiscal 2019 and on average there will be no increase in premiums, GIC Executive Director Roberta Herman said Thursday. “This is kind of unheard of,” Herman told the GIC board(...)

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A campaign that may be all about nuance

A campaign that may be all about nuance

The Wynn controversy highlights differences between Capuano and Pressley

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE ON THE  BANKS of the Mystic River, workers have been building a structure envisioned by Steve Wynn, the casino magnate who recently relinquished control of his global resort empire after the Wall Street Journal reported he pressured employees into sex. The jobs stemming from the site are the foremost concern for(...)

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Lelling doesn’t budge on pot stance

Lelling doesn’t budge on pot stance

'It puts the banks in a bind, I understand that,' he says

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE OPIOID CRIMES ARE HIS TOP drug enforcement priority, but US Attorney Andrew Lelling told reporters Wednesday that his enforcement of federal marijuana laws could ensnare anyone from an hourly wage employee at a marijuana dispensary to a bank that opens an account for a pot shop. During a meeting with reporters(...)

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Baker said he backs the Dem in Alabama

Baker said he backs the Dem in Alabama

Downplays his fundraising for the Republican National Committee

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE GOV. CHARLIE BAKER said he supports the Democrat running for US Senate in Alabama against Roy Moore, the controversial Republican who has been dogged by multiple accounts that he made sexual advances towards teenage women well into his adult years. The Republican governor reiterated his belief Monday that Moore is unfit(...)

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Heroux plans to work 2 jobs as mayor, rep

Heroux plans to work 2 jobs as mayor, rep

Says holding on to State House job could help Dems hold seat

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE ATTLEBORO’S MAYOR-ELECT, Democrat Rep. Paul Heroux, plans to serve out the remaining 14 months of his term in the House even after taking over at City Hall, in part to give his party a better chance at holding the House seat. After hearing about his plans, House Speaker Robert DeLeo on(...)

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House pushes narrower criminal justice legislation

House pushes narrower criminal justice legislation

Ex-SJC chief Ireland hails 'reform bill for real world'

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE THE MASSACHUSETTS HOUSE plans to consider substantial changes to the way justice is delivered, with a powerful committee polling members Monday on legislation to repeal certain mandatory minimum sentences for drug crimes, grant people additional opportunities to clear their records, and crack down on chronic drunk drivers. The House plans to(...)

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