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BOSTON – Ahead of Wednesday’s formal session, the House Ways and Means Committee is pushing out an amended version of the Senate-approved bill adjusting a 2016 ballot law concerning animal welfare. The voter law sets standards for how much space is required to keep pigs, calves and egg-laying hens. For hens it requires enough room […]
BOSTON – University of Massachusetts officials on Tuesday morning are celebrating another whopper of a gift. This time it’s a $175 million donation from The Morningside Foundation that will more than double the endowment of the UMass Medical School. The massive donation honors the late patriarch and matriarch of the Chan family, T.H. Chan. and […]
BOSTON – Regional planners are recommending reduced energy usage on Thursday since the peak demand forecast has been bumped up 600 megawatts to 25 gigawatts, close to this summer’s current peak of 25.1 gigawatts set June 29. Using ISO-New England’s estimates for daily and hourly demand, the Metropolitan Area Planning Council assigns a risk category […]
BOSTON – Saying the state auditor “must stand up to special interests to protect the public interest,” public transportation advocate Chris Dempsey, who helped lead the grassroots movement to prevent the Olympics from coming to Boston in 2024, has made it official: he’s running for state auditor in 2022. The Brookline Democrat joins Sen. Diana […]
BOSTON – State regulators have closed down shellfish harvesting up and down much of the coastline “until further notice.” In a notice distributed to shellfish constables, Division of Marine Fisheries Director Daniel McKiernan cited paralytic shellfish poison (PSP) as the cause of the closures. PSP is also known as red tide. The affected towns are […]