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The Baker-Polito administration, the Commonwealth’s four medical schools and the Massachusetts Medical Society announced Monday a set of medical education core standards focused on preventing and managing opioid misuse. PHOTO ILLUSTRATION BY ABIGAIL FREEMAN/DAILY FREE PRESS CONTRIBUTOR

Medical school program to train students to treat drug abuse

  In a continued effort to combat the nation’s opioid crisis, Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker and Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito announced a medical school program that will train students on how to identify and treat patients at risk of substance misuse disorders.   The Massachusetts Medical Society and medical schools at Boston University, Harvard University, Tufts University and the University of […]

by Joseph Martorana· · 0 comments · City, News
The Joint Committee on Labor and Workforce Development from the Legislature moved a $15 an hour minimum wage bill for fast good and large retail store employees to the Senate on Tuesday. PHOTO BY BRIAN SONG/DFP FILE PHOTO

$15 minimum wage for food, retail workers moves forward

Efforts to increase the minimum wage to $15 per hour for fast food workers and big box retail employers has taken a step forward after action by a committee in the Massachusetts State Legislature Tuesday. WageAction and the Raise Up Massachusetts have endorsed a bill that would establish a $15 per hour minimum wage over a three-year period. Specifically aimed […]

by Brianne Garrett· · 2 comments · City, News
A Washington-based investigative news organization ranked Massachusetts among the worst states for easily accessible public records. PHOTO BY ABIGAIL FREEMAN/DAILY FREE PRESS CONTRIBUTOR

Activists await action from State Legislature for public records bill

Those in support of reforming the state’s public records laws await a hearing from the Massachusetts House of Representatives before the legislative session ends, as promised by Speaker of the House Robert DeLeo. The bill is a combination of two identical bills filed by Sen. Jason Lewis and Rep. Peter Kocot, resulting in legislation with four main requirements regarding access to public records. […]

by Kennedy Davis· · 0 comments · City, News
The Massachusetts Election Modernization Coalition announced Nov. 5 the launch of the Early Voting Challenge, which aims to register voters earlier and increase the amount of votes in the 2016 election. PHOTO BY JAKE FRIEDLAND/DFP FILE PHOTO

Early voting coalition seeks to increase voter turnout

Hoping to increase voter turnout for the 2016 election cycle, a coalition of political advocacy groups looks to implement newly-ratified early voting laws throughout the state of Massachusetts. The Election Modernization Coalition, which includes the Common Cause Massachusetts, the League of Women Voters of Massachusetts and American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts, gathered at the Massachusetts State House on Nov. 5 to announce the standards […]

by Luis Castro· · 0 comments · City, News
In January, there will be four women serving on the Boston City Council following last week’s City Council Election. PHOTO BY JOHNNY LIU/DFP FILE PHOTO

More women on City Council to increase representation

Following a close race for At-Large and District 4 positions, the Boston City Council will have four women in office, a tie for the most who have served in Council history. At-large councilor-elect Annissa Essaibi George and lawyer Andrea Campbell, councilor-elect of District 4, will join At-Large Councilors Ayanna Pressley and Michelle Wu in the council in January. Shifting demographics will have […]

by Maisie Guzi· · 3 comments · City, News
According to the Dukakis Center for Urban and Regional Policy, 1.2 million jobs will become available between 2012 and 2022. GRAPHIC BY KATELYN PILLEY/DAILY FREE PRESS STAFF

Projected jobs not to require college degree, study finds

Within the next decade, many jobs that are expected to become available in Massachusetts will require less than a bachelor’s degree, a Monday report by Northeastern University’s Dukakis Center for Urban and Regional Policy found. Between 2012 and 2022, those with associate’s degrees or a vocational education will fill many of the 1.2 million jobs expected to become open in […]

by Carolyn Hoffman· · 0 comments · City, News
Boston Mayor Martin Walsh signed an ordinance Monday banning the use of replica handguns in public spaces in the City of Boston. PHOTO COURTESY WIKIMEDIA COMMONS

Replica handguns banned in public spaces

Following an approval by the Boston City Council in September, Boston Mayor Martin Walsh signed an ordinance banning replica handguns Monday. This ordinance seeks to raise awareness about the dangers of using replica handguns throughout the city. Walsh said it is important to keep these items off the streets. “The safety of Boston’s residents and visitors is a top priority, […]

by Julia Metjian· · 0 comments · City, News
According to a report released Thursday by PayScale, women make 2.7 percent less than men with similar qualifications working the same job in the United States. GRAPHIC BY KATELYN PILLEY/DAILY FREE PRESS STAFF

Women make nearly 3 percent less than men in same jobs, report finds

Women earn 2.7 percent less in wages compared to men working in similar jobs, a Thursday report by PayScale found. The report differentiates between comparing all men and women and instead looks at how they work in similar jobs. Overall, women make 78 cents on the dollar for every dollar men make, according to a national statistic from the U.S. […]

by Lauren Fogelstrom· · 0 comments · City, News
MassDot Secretary and CEO Stephanie Pollack announced Wednesday that the Complete Streets Funding Program will provide $12.5 million to support alternatives to driving like walking and biking. PHOTO BY JOHNNY LIU/DAILY FREE PRESS STAFF

MassDOT initiatives to improve safer biking, walking options

In order to provide safer biking and walking options for residents, Massachusetts Department of Transportation Secretary and CEO Stephanie Pollack announced two initiatives Wednesday as part of the Complete Streets Funding Program. The Complete Streets Funding Program will dedicate $12.5 million in grants to rebuild infrastructure and ensure safer transportation for pedestrians and cyclists, according to a Wednesday press release. […]

by Katie DiClemente· · 0 comments · City, News
Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey announced that she joined a coalition of 18 states and other local governments to support the United States Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan. PHOTO COURTESY WIKIMEDIA COMMONS

Healey joins coalition of states to support clean power

Joining a group of 18 states and local governments, Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey announced Tuesday her support for the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan. The Attorney General’s office joined in filing a motion to intervene in a case being heard by the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, according to a Tuesday press […]

by Sophia Eppolito· · 0 comments · City, News