MASSACHUSETTS

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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.

“Privilege” remains a buzzword on today’s campuses.

But for Julia Vann, studying one recent evening in the Amherst College library, it isn’t something theoretical.

The guilt, she says, started as soon as she arrived at school.

“Knowing that I had as much food as I wanted, and I could turn up the heat as high as I wanted — just like, little things that really shocked me about my day-to-day life.“

Holyoke Mayor Alex Morse greets his supporters at the Gateway City Arts after winning the mayor's contest over Jay Ferreira, Tuesday night in Holyoke.
Dave Roback / The Republican

Voters in western Massachusetts turned out on Tuesday to elect new mayors in three cities -- and in two others, residents voted in the incumbents.

Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker.
State House News Service

Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker returns to Beacon Hill from a vacation Monday, and lawmakers begin a countdown to the last day of their formal sessions in 2017. 

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The House on Wednesday voted 145-10 to pass a bill its sponsor said would send a message that "a handful of climate deniers in Washington, D.C." do not speak for Massachusetts.

The Health Connector website goes live Wednesday for hundreds of thousands of Massachusetts residents expected to shop for health insurance for the coming year.

But after a year packed with pledges to repeal the Affordable Care Act and recent funding cuts, what’s left for many people is a lot of confusion.

So, let’s clear some things up.

Former State Rep. Ellen Story in 2009 at an Amherst, Massachusetts, community breakfast.
Dave Roback / The Republican

Leaders in the Massachusetts legislature are reviewing their policies toward sexual harassment after a Boston Globe column last week. It detailed claims by a dozen anonymous activists, staffers, lobbyists and legislators.

A blackout in Somerville, Massachusetts, earlier this month.
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More than 200,000 Bay State residents are expected to be without power into Tuesday and full restoration of electricity could take days, according to Gov. Charlie Baker, who said lingering winds made it difficult Monday to recover from the powerful storm that ripped through the state overnight.

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Beacon Hill was jolted late last week by a column in The Boston Globe. It cited a dozen anonymous lobbyists, aides, activists and lawmakers who described sexual harassment in the State House. 

A court officer listened at the House Chamber doorway on Friday while Speaker DeLeo read a statement about reports of sexual harassment in the building.
Sam Doran / State House News Service

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