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Gov. Charlie Baker continues to enjoy the kind of approval ratings that most politicians can only dream of.

That’s according to a new WBUR poll (topline results, crosstabs), which finds that 74 percent of Massachusetts voters approve of the job Baker is doing.

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Even three queasy pregnancies didn’t prepare Kate Murphy for the nonstop nausea that often comes with chemotherapy.

In the early months of 2016, the Lexington mother tried everything the doctors and nurses suggested. “But for the most part I felt nauseous 24/7,” she said.

Mass. Primary Elections Set For Sept. 4

Jan 9, 2018
Secretary of State William Galvin picked Sept. 4 as the 2018 state primary date, after accepting public comments and consulting with the House speaker and Senate president.
Sam Doran / State House News Service

Massachusetts will hold its state primary elections on Tuesday, Sept. 4, the day after the Labor Day holiday.

Food bank shelves in Washington, D.C.
Crista Friedli / Bread for the World

Congress is expected to debate a new farm bill this year, and with it, funding to the food assistance program known as SNAP. One western Massachusetts agency is worried that any cuts in benefits would have a negative impact on the hungry.

Dave Roback / The Republican

With the recent cold snap, the Massachusetts Congressional delegation called on Department of Health and Human Services to release additional money to help low-income people pay their heating bills. 

Irma Flores stirs milk while her daughter Gabriela Portillo-Perez speaks with her grandmother Isabel in El Salvador. The Trump administration announced Monday it would be ending temporary protected status for refugees from El Salvador.
Jesse Costa / WBUR

The Department of Homeland Security announced Monday that it will not renew Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Salvadorans.

Ed Ivanushkin / Creative Commons /

Tax collections in December left Massachusetts flush with an unbudgeted windfall of cash, and have exceeded estimates by $728 million. 

File Photo / The Republican

The U.S. Attorney in Massachusetts has announced his office plans to pursue federal marijuana crimes and trafficking in the state. 

Electricity lines.
pxhere / Creative Commons

Some Eversource customers who braced for higher charges could end up paying less for their electricity after the energy company proposed changes based on the new federal tax law.

Cash and income tax forms.
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For the second straight year, the Massachusetts income tax rate will not automatically drop in 2018.