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State sees huge growth of urgent care centers and retail clinics

State sees huge growth of urgent care centers and retail clinics

Trend could help tamp down health care costs

RETAIL MEDICAL CLINICS and emergency care centers are growing at breakneck speed in Massachusetts, a trend that suggests strong demand for the lower-cost alternatives to standard outpatient and hospital emergency services. The number of urgent care centers increased eight-fold from 18 centers in 2010 to 145 at the end of 2017, according to a report(...)

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DCR, carousel negotiations go round and round

DCR, carousel negotiations go round and round

Getting a new lease is a lengthy, tortuous process

ONE DAY LAST SUMMER Leo Roy, the commissioner of the state’s Department of Conservation and Recreation, showed up at the Paragon Carousel across from Nantasket Beach in Hull with some ominous news. Roy told Marie Schleiff, who heads the nonprofit group that runs the carousel that her organization would not be getting the $1-a-year, 25-year(...)

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US Attorney carries Trump’s message on immigrants

US Attorney carries Trump’s message on immigrants

Press releases increasingly highlight defendants’ nationalities

WHEN PRESIDENT TRUMP took office 19 months ago, the US Attorney’s office in Massachusetts started issuing more and more press releases about cases where the defendants were identified by their nationality, a move designed to draw attention to the administration’s claim that illegal immigrants pose a danger to society. “One of the things we wanted(...)

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Sanchez in hot seat on immigration measure

Sanchez in hot seat on immigration measure

Challenger says he’s answering to Speaker, not Jamaica Plain constituents

WHEN STATE REP. Jeffrey Sanchez was tapped last July to be the new chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, it put a veteran liberal lawmaker from one of the most progressive-leaning districts in the state into one of the most powerful positions on Beacon Hill. While that was seen by many as good(...)

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Restarting the transportation funding debate

Restarting the transportation funding debate

With millionaire tax shot down, what else is under consideration?

WITH THE MILLIONAIRE TAX ballot question shot down by the Supreme Judicial Court, the debate over state transportation funding is slowly starting to shift gears on Beacon Hill. Rep. William Straus of Mattapoisett, the House chairman of the Legislature’s Committee on Transportation, said it’s time to start having a debate about alternative revenue measures. He(...)

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Another shot in the pipeline wars

Another shot in the pipeline wars

Has 2015 report’s author changed his tune?

THOSE WHO BELIEVE the region needs another natural gas pipeline are saying they have found a new convert – the same energy analyst who co-authored a 2015 report for Attorney General Maura Healey that was widely interpreted as suggesting New England didn’t need additional pipeline capacity.  A spokesperson for the Massachusetts Coalition for Sustainable Energy, which advocates for new pipeline capacity, pointed to a(...)

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Globe’s day to dump news

Globe’s day to dump news

Friday release limited coverage of discredited columnist’s suspension

IT IS KNOWN by reporters as the “Friday news dump,” that time, often in the warm weather months, that officials release bad news late in the afternoon on the verge of a weekend to minimize attention. It has been the target of derision by many in the media. “Releasing bad, unflattering, or embarrassing news on(...)

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Yawkey Way debate wasn’t really a debate

Yawkey Way debate wasn’t really a debate

Boston agency: Decision was a forgone conclusion

THE LONG and impassioned debate this spring over whether to change the name of Yawkey Way was largely an exercise in futility. Some of those participating in the four crowded hearings in March and April before Boston’s Public Improvement Commission were aware their arguments had no impact on the final decision, but a fair number(...)

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Some transportation decisions put off until after election

Some transportation decisions put off until after election

It may be a coincidence, but delays seem to be piling up

It may be just a coincidence, but decisions on divisive transportation issues big and small seem to be getting put off until later this year – after the election. The biggest decision revolves around the design and configuration of the Massachusetts Turnpike and associated transportation infrastructure in the Allston-Brighton area. A deteriorating elevated section of(...)

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Is Baker getting carried away with offshore wind?

Is Baker getting carried away with offshore wind?

Governor predicts ‘terrific pricing’ on Vineyard Wind contract

GOV. CHARLIE BAKER may have gotten a little carried away on Wednesday talking about the “terrific pricing” the state is going to get for offshore wind power. “People are going to be really surprised, I think, because the argument has always been, ‘Well, renewable and clean energy sources are great but, jeez, they’re more expensive.’(...)

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