Massachusetts high court weighs officer privacy against public records rights

BY: - December 7, 2023

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court is wading into a drawn-out public records fight stemming from the Bristol County district attorney’s refusal to release documents, recorded interviews, and the names of officers involved in the fatal shooting of 30-year-old Anthony Harden – a Black man who was shot and killed in his bedroom by a Fall […]

Haley draws fire from rivals in GOP presidential debate, as Christie calls Trump ‘unfit’  

BY: and - December 7, 2023

Half of the four Republican presidential candidates on a debate stage in Alabama on Wednesday night focused their attacks on former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, who’s vying for the prized second place in the nominating contest. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and biotech entrepreneur Vivek Ramaswamy teamed up early in the debate to repeatedly hit […]

Some states’ economies cool even as the nation’s sizzles

BY: - December 7, 2023

A still-roaring national economy grew at an unexpectedly robust 5.2% annual rate in the third quarter of this year, but early indicators show a more mixed picture for many states heading into the holidays. The preliminary unemployment rate rose in 38 states and economic output slowed in 32 states in October, according to a Stateline […]

Colorado Supreme Court hears arguments in Trump 14th Amendment case

BY: - December 6, 2023

Trial coverage Read more from our reporting on the Trump 14th Amendment case here. Colorado’s highest court on Wednesday heard oral arguments in a landmark case seeking to bar former President Donald Trump from Colorado’s 2024 ballot under a Civil War-era insurrection clause. In a two-hour hearing, the seven justices of the Colorado Supreme Court challenged […]

Divided over immigration, U.S. Senate blocks advancing aid for Ukraine, Israel 

BY: - December 6, 2023

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Senate failed to move forward Wednesday with a $111 billion spending package that would have bolstered aid to Ukraine, Israel, Taiwan and the Southern border amid deep disagreement about immigration policy. The 49-51 procedural vote, which needed at least 60 senators to advance the bill toward final passage, represents a significant […]

Treasurer reunites thousands of Rhode Islanders with unclaimed property funds in time for holidays

BY: - December 6, 2023

Nearly 9,000 Rhode Island residents will soon receive checks from the state as it returns over $2.4 million in unclaimed property funds to their rightful owners. The office of General Treasurer James Diossa announced Wednesday that checks of up to $2,500 will be mailed to individuals starting this week under the Rhode Island Treasury’s Your […]

Former Speaker Kevin McCarthy to exit Congress, along with a flock of other lawmakers

BY: - December 6, 2023

WASHINGTON — Former U.S. House Speaker Kevin McCarthy Wednesday joined the growing list of Congress members heading for the U.S. Capitol exits. McCarthy’s planned departure by year’s end, following the expulsion of disgraced New York Republican Congressman George Santos, will leave the House GOP with a razor-thin majority in 2024. The California Republican’s announcement also […]

Can weight of Koch-backed network help Haley overcome Trump?

BY: - December 6, 2023

COLUMBIA, S.C. — After a day of knocking on doors in South Carolina’s capital city, the state organizer for a major conservative group newly throwing its weight behind former Gov. Nikki Haley was optimistic. “Primary voters aren’t all behind Trump, and I think that’s been evident,” said Candace Carroll, senior adviser to Americans for Prosperity […]

Massachusetts tax revenues take dive in November

BY: - December 6, 2023

BOSTON — Massachusetts tax revenues took a dive during November and are running 4.3% below forecasted levels through the first five months of the fiscal year, reinforcing concerns that state government needs to slow its pace of spending. The Massachusetts Department of Revenue reported on Tuesday that tax collections in November totaled $2.25 billion, nearly […]

NOAA research base completion now slated for 2027

BY: - December 6, 2023

Plans to relocate a federal marine operations and research base to Newport are taking shape, although the project will take longer than first anticipated. The U.S. Navy, on behalf of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), announced on Tuesday it awarded a $146.8 million contract to a New York company to design and build […]

After Clean Water Act ruling, states that want to protect affected wetlands need millions

BY: - December 6, 2023

Earlier this year, the U.S. Supreme Court stripped federal oversight from millions of acres of wetlands long protected under the Clean Water Act. Now, erecting safeguards to ensure those waters are not polluted, drained or filled in by developers falls to the states. They’re finding that it’s not easy. “States and tribes already didn’t have enough funding to support […]

They were doctors. Then they moved to America. This Idaho clinic helps them practice in the U.S.

BY: - December 5, 2023

NAMPA, Idaho – On the cusp of opening up his own medical clinic in Nigeria, Sampson Nde headed for the United States. He’d bought into the American dream. In America, he promised his parents he would also become a doctor. But he’d do it the hard way — opting to study his own way to […]