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The present supermajority requirement to pass local zoning changes has been a "legal barrier" to municipalities that want to create housing in "sustainable locations," Massachusetts Secretary Jay Ash said Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2018.
Sam Doran / State House News Service

Flanked by two top economic development officials, Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker told lawmakers Tuesday that the gap between housing demand and supply "poses the most serious long-term hurdle to continued economic growth" in the state. And then he pitched a plan that municipalities said they can get on board with.

Massachusetts Congressman Joe Kennedy in 2017.
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Massachusetts Rep. Joe Kennedy III, seen as a rising political star with a famous last name, delivered the Democratic response to President Trump's State of the Union. 

From left, Joseph Kennedy III, Elizabeth Warren and Barney Frank at the 2012 Boston Pride Parade.
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Massachusetts Congressman Joe Kennedy III will give the Democratic response to Trump's State of the Union -- a high-profile gig that comes with risks.

A macro view of a dollar bill.
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Todd Wallack of The Boston Globe looked at documents filed with the IRS over the past seven years, and found more than 70 examples of fraud, diversion of assets and other losses at charities in New England. 

Developers are still pursuing a utility-scale solar array on this parcel in Claremont, New Hampshire, despite being shut out of Massachusetts's renewable energy procurement efforts.
Annie Ropeik / NHPR

Kevin Foley steps carefully across an icy dirt road in Claremont, New Hampshire. He’s at the edge of a snowy field surrounded by forest. On all this, he’s picturing solar panels.

Jeff Riley.
Jesse Costa / WBUR

Jeff Riley, the superintendent and receiver of Lawrence Public Schools, is on track become the next Massachusetts education commissioner after an 8-3 vote by the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education Monday. 

A scaled model of Wynn's planned casino in Everett, Massachusetts.
Jesse Costa / WBUR

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker has called the allegations of sexual misconduct against casino magnate Steve Wynn "appalling and disgraceful." 

Former Massachusetts Senate President Stanley Rosenberg confirmed to reporters Thursday that he had separated from his husband Bryon Hefner, who is undergoing treatment after allegations of sexual assault.
Sam Doran / State House News Service

The Massachusetts Senate has accepted the resignation letter of Senator Linda Forry, who accepted a job in the private sector. Just weeks before, Forry had been angling to lead the chamber, as Amherst Democrat Stan Rosenberg stepped aside amid a sexual harassment investigation into his spouse. 

A rifle with a bump stock, which will soon be illegal to own in Massachusetts.
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Under a new law, Massachusetts gun owners have until Wednesday, Jan. 31 to relinquish bump stocks, which allow rifles to be fired more rapidly.

Massachusetts Rep. Joe Kennedy III, seen as a rising political star with a famous last name, will deliver the Democratic response to President Trump's State of the Union on Tuesday.

Top Democratic leaders in Congress made the announcement Thursday evening, calling Kennedy a "relentless fighter for working Americans." Kennedy is the grandson of the late Robert Kennedy, the former U.S. attorney general and New York senator who was assassinated in 1968. He is also the great nephew of both the late Massachusetts Sen. Edward Kennedy and the late president John F. Kennedy.