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Sen. Stanley Rosenberg in his office at the Statehouse.
Sam Doran / State House News Service

It's been quite a few weeks for the Massachusetts Senate. Last Friday, former state Senator Brian Joyce pleaded not guilty to charges that he used his Senate office to collect up to $1 million in bribes and kickbacks. That went down while the Senate was dealing with some internal confusion.

Five years ago, 20 first graders and six adults were gunned down at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. Following the massacre, the state enacted some of the toughest gun laws in the nation.

This Thursday will mark five years since the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut that killed 20 children and six educators. Members of Connecticut’s U.S. congressional delegation will commemorate the date this week with a call for acts of kindness.

Mohegan Sun has signed a three-year deal to partner with Webster Bank Arena in Bridgeport, Connecticut, to work together on concerts, sporting events and sponsorships.

The publisher of the Boston Herald announced Friday that the tabloid’s media company has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy and will be sold to New York-based GateHouse Media.

But although the newspaper will continue to publish, the future of its workers and their pensions is uncertain.

After Friday’s announcement, Patrick Purcell, the Herald’s publisher of nearly 34 years, stood in the lobby of the newspaper’s building in Boston’s Seaport District and fought back tears.

Tirades directed at young women in the studio. Name calling and belittling critiques of show ideas during meetings. “Creepy” sex talk, hugs and back or neck rubs after a dressing down. That’s the pattern of alleged abuse described by 11 mostly young women and men who filed a multi-page document outlining their complaints against On Point host Tom Ashbrook.

Mass. Auditor Suzanne Bump released a review of the Department of Children and Families on Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017.
Sam Doran / State House News Service

A review by the Massachusetts state auditor concludes that between 2014 and 2015, the Department of Children and Families did not report 19 cases of sexual abuse, physical abuse and neglect to district attorneys.

Rep. Richard Neal, left, and Rep. Jim McGovern in file photos.

Springfield Congressman Richard Neal, like many Democrats and some Republicans, has repeatedly called on President Trump to release his tax returns. 

Former Massachusetts Senate Assistant Majority Leader Brian Joyce was arrested Friday by federal authorities.
Sam Doran / State House News Service

Former state Sen. Brian Joyce was arrested Friday morning and charged in a federal indictment for allegedly using his legislative seat for private gain.

This weekend, a one-time Vermonter returns to the state to perform in honor of the woman who helped launch his career as a pianist and conductor.