Lapsed funding for children’s insurance snared in federal healthcare flap | Congress is beginning to explore the issue but has not taken action, and federal authorization for the 20-year-old CHIP program expired Sept. 30. Massachusetts would see a $295 million reduction in funding, according to Gov. Charlie Baker, causing “significant uncertainty” for 160,000 children who rely on the program for health services.
Watch: Baker on Amazon HQ2, etc. | The governor talks to reporters about the best location for Amazon’s planned $5 billion-plus headquarters. He also shares opinions on criminal justice reform, an award for disgraced former House speaker Sal DiMasi, and the Red Sox [4 minutes, 28 seconds].
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State Rep. Kate Campanale talks Trump, Dixon, guns and making things happen | “I’m Kate Campanale, and I’m a Republican, and this is what I’ve done, and this is how I’ve represented my district. It’s made it difficult for people to see beyond the ‘R’ when all they’re getting is the national news. And that can be a little troubling for some Republicans, especially in Mass.”
Sun Spots with Hitch [Vol. 205]: Last stop, Union Station | Whether it’s failed nightclubs or high-speed trains, improved commuter rail service to Boston or deficit spending, Union Station has a way of staying in the news — and in the hearts of so many residents and decision makers in our city. It’s a monument not only to history but to the possibilities of tomorrow. But much like the covert entrance to its parking garage, there is another side rarely seen. For far too many of our friends, coworkers, uncles and sisters it’s become the final destination of a life overtaken by opioid addiction. Hitch has thoughts.
Worcester Railers tracking rare sellout to open inaugural season | While San Jose didn’t move its AHL affiliate out of Worcester because of attendance issues, there weren’t many fans showing up to prove they wanted the team to stay either. As professional hockey returns to Central Mass., the Railers hope that in one game — on the strength of their hard-earned early connections to the city — they can achieve what the Sharks never did: fill the 12,316-seat DCU Center.
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- Editorial: In Worcester, help instead of handcuffs for drug buyers
State opens pipeline to more development money for cities like Worcester | MassDevelopment announced the second round of its Transformative Development Initiative (TDI), with the goal of selecting four to six additional TDI districts. Worcester’s Theatre District was among 10 TDI districts chosen in 2014.
Editorial: Cost of tough-on-crime policies do not add up | A new report using data from the Worcester County Sheriff’s Office makes a compelling case that tough-on-crime policies that hold incarceration as the ultimate solution are costly, may increase rather than decrease crime in areas most affected, lead to a disconnect from civic life, and reduce the chances of children’s success in school. It’s time to get smart on criminal justice to break a vicious cycle.
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