The Boston Carmen’s Union Local 589, the T’s largest labor group, is gearing up to fight the potential privatization of MBTA buses. PHOTO BY OLIVIA FALCIGNO/ DAILY FREE PRESS STAFF

MBTA considers bus privatization amid $100 million operating budget deficit

The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority is considering the privatization of bus services and maintenance work, according to a Sept. 1 report by the Fiscal and Management Control Board. The potential privatization comes with the MBTA’s attempt to close a $100 million operating budget deficit, which is prompting them to consider “flexible” contracts within its systems, MBTA spokesperson Joe Pesaturo wrote […]

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This week, the MBTA announced that “Transit App” has the T’s official endorsement as the most helpful, comprehensive resource for commuters. PHOTO ILLUSTRATION BY ELLEN CLOUSE/ DAILY FREE PRESS STAFF

Transit App receives MBTA official endorsement

  The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority has endorsed Transit App as “the best app for transit riders in the Greater Boston Area,” according to a Tuesday press release. Transit App unanimously won the endorsement from a MBTA selection committee after a contest for the best MBTA app began in July 2016, the release stated. Transit App’s features include real-time schedules, […]

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Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker and Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito started a new website to help students in Massachusetts compare the cost of schools around the Commonwealth. PHOTO COURTESY MASSACHUSETTS OFFICE OF TRAVEL AND TOURISM

New web portal helps Mass. college students receive affordable in-state degrees

The Baker-Polito administration announced the launch of a new web portal, MassTransfer, which provides Massachusetts students and families with interactive tools to explore savings and methods for transferring colleges, according to a Tuesday press release. The new portal’s interactive tools show students exactly how their course credits will transfer from a two-year community college to any of the state’s 28 […]

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After a failed six-month trial in which Boston police officers were supposed to volunteer to wear body cameras, the Boston Police Patrolmen’s Association is suing the city for forcing 100 officers to do so. PHOTO BY ALEXANDRA WIMLEY/ DFP FILE PHOTO

Police union increases opposition to mandatory body camera program

The Boston Police Patrolmen’s Association on Tuesday continued its fight to prevent the City of Boston from requiring police officers to wear body cameras, as several union representatives spoke at a court hearing. The BPPA, which represents Boston police officers in matters relating to employment, filed an injunction against the city in Suffolk Superior Court, according to the release. During […]

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Due to recent sexual assault allegations, Uber drivers may have to go through stricter background checks to ensure the safety of their passengers under a new Massachusetts law. PHOTO BY SARAH SILBIGER/ DFP FILE PHOTO

Uber driver accused of sexually assaulting passenger appears in court

An Uber driver was arraigned Friday for allegedly assaulting a female passenger in her 20s in the early morning of Aug. 31, according to a Friday release from the Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel Conley’s office. Michael Vedrine, 32, from Brockton, allegedly raped the victim inside his car on the way to her home, according to the release. The accused […]

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The owner of a building that caught fire in Allston last week has been cited by the city for illegally housing residents. PHOTO BY JUSTIN HAWK/DAILY FREE PRESS STAFF

Following fire, Allston landlord cited for illegal rooming

An Allston landlord was cited Thursday for illegal rooming after a large fire damaged the two-story home early last Wednesday morning, city officials said. The fire began when a ceiling fan short-circuited in a second floor bathroom, according to Boston Inspectional Services Commissioner William Christopher. “Understand that the cause of the fire had nothing to do with these issues,” Christopher […]

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CVS Pharmacy is working with the office of Attorney General Maura Healey to improve policies that help pharmacists identify patients who may misuse opioid drugs. PHOTO BY ANNALYN KUMAR/DAILY FREE PRESS STAFF

CVS to improve opioid prescription policies

CVS Pharmacy will improve its policies regarding opioid distribution because of a settlement with Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey, according to a Thursday press release from the Attorney General’s office. The settlement requires CVS pharmacists in Massachusetts to check the Massachusetts Prescription Monitoring Program, which provides a patient’s prescription history to “identify drug-seeking behavior” before filling opioid prescriptions, according to the […]

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The Pioneer Institute found that Massachusetts will spend $162 million in new costs over the next 10 years. PHOTO BY ADRIANA DIAZ/ DFP FILE PHOTO

Report analyzes effects of Affordable Care Act on Massachusetts

To increase access to health insurance across the Commonwealth, the Boston-based Pioneer Institute analyzed the impact of funds totaling at least $324 million that will be provided by the Massachusetts and federal governments over the next 10 years, in a report released Wednesday. The funds will be distributed across Massachusetts through MassHealth, a part of the federal healthcare program Medicaid, according […]

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September has been officially designated as Campus Fire Safety Month by Massachusetts Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito. PHOTO BY BOSTON FIRE DEPARTMENT

Polito declares September Campus Fire Safety Month

Massachusetts Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito has officially designated September as Campus Fire Safety Month across the Commonwealth in an effort to raise awareness of fire risks at colleges and universities, officials said. “Massachusetts is the home away from home to thousands of college students, and many upper classmen live off-campus, where potentially dangers are much more common,” the Massachusetts Department […]

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Boston protesters march against police brutality

Following last week’s incidences of alleged police brutality in several states, approximately 1,000 people marched from the Boston Police Department headquarters to the Dudley Commons in a rally organized by the Mass Action Against Police Brutality Wednesday evening. The group gathered around 7 p.m., decrying police officers’ acts of violence against civilians, with an emphasis on previous local incidents such […]

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