CHARLIE BAKER

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker signs legislation this week in a file photo.
Sam Doran / State House News Service

Massachusetts schools will now have more options for how they educate students learning the English language, under a bill Gov. Charlie Baker signed into law Wednesday.

Gov. Charlie Baker, right, swears in Colonel Kerry Gilpin, left, with Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito.
Courtesy Office of Gov. Charlie Baker

We start our look back at the week's news with two criminal justice bills passed separately by both chambers of the Massachusetts legislature. 

Gov. Charlie Baker is riding high going into the 2018 election cycle. He remains the country’s most popular governor and leads his Democratic challengers by enormous margins.

But with a record of favoring tax cuts in the past, Baker faces complicated political questions from further down the ballot.

One day after announcing that fewer Massachusetts residents have died from opioid overdoses this year than last, Gov. Charlie Baker delivered a slate of proposals to combat the epidemic, including reforms for prescribing and treatment, at a press conference Tuesday.

Main lobby at the Holyoke Soldiers' Home in a file photo.
Mike Plaisance / The Republican

The Massachusetts Senate wants the state to examine what renovations may be needed at the Holyoke Soldiers' Home. The facility provides state-funded medical care to veterans. It was established in 1952.

Gov. Charlie Baker in November of 2016.
Sam Doran / State House News Service

Gov. Charlie Baker said his public safety secretary "incontrovertibly" had nothing to do with giving an order to scrub a State Police arrest report of embarrassing details and references to the suspect's father, a state Trial Court judge.

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker spokes to reporters in Springfield on Oct. 12, 2017.
Heather Brandon / NEPR

Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker stopped short Thursday of criticizing President Trump's executive order on health care. But Baker said he does not believe the process included input from states.

Mass. House Moves Quickly To Ban Bump Stocks

Oct 11, 2017
A bump stock mounted on an AK-47.
WASR / Creative Commons

The Massachusetts House has approved a bill that would outlaw devices that allow semi-automatic weapons to mimic fully automatic guns.

In Springfield, Massachusetts, A School Divided

Sep 22, 2017
Kaitlin Giorgio, a member of Teach for America, guards the doors at the entrance of the Springfield Honors Academy at the High School of Commerce in Springfield, Massachusetts, on Monday, September 11, 2017.
Brittany Greeson / Crossing The Divide

On an early Monday morning, a stream of sleepy teenagers wearing maroon polos and tan slacks passed under a decorative gothic arch to enter the High School of Commerce in Springfield, Massachusetts.

Democratic candidates for Massachusetts governor Setti Warren, left, Jay Gonzalez and Bob Massie participate in a debate in East Longmeadow on September 16, 2017.
Sean Teehan / NEPR

In the first debate among Democratic candidates for Massachusetts governor, the three 2018 hopefuls spoke in support of western Mass. infrastructure projects, while slamming the incumbent, Republican Charlie Baker.

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