On Beacon Hill: The Justice League

The idea of criminal justice reform has been held out for years by Beacon Hill legislators as a worthy and necessary goal. But putting the pieces together has been a difficult puzzle to assemble — until the Senate pressed a key piece into place Friday. Alas, House Speaker Robert DeLeo had a different justice matter on his plate. Plus McGovern, Warren, Healey, Baker and economic growth.

Watch: Baker on legislators getting back to work, etc.

The governor talks to reporters about the many high-priority items on the state Legislature’s agenda — MassHealth cost containment and criminal justice reform, for starters — as the fall session begins to wind down.

On Beacon Hill: The ‘Ready for Prime-time Players’

The Red Sox may be done for the season, but there were plenty of pitches being thrown around Boston as the Amazon wooing efforts officially got underway. But instead of sending an ace to the mound, the state has taken a closer-by-committee approach. Plus, McGovern, Warren, Chandler and more HQ2.

Video: 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].

On Beacon Hill: All eyes on Washington

When everything else seems to be in limbo, sometimes there’s no easier reprieve for lawmakers from the malaise on Beacon Hill than to open up the newspaper and find something worth a reaction. Go where the action is. Plus, Markey, Baker, Warren, Healey and the Tarentino family.

State of Politics: Cannabis commissioners eye swift director hire

Tuesday the Cannabis Control Commission approved a job description for the executive director and set out a timeline to hire that person. Plus: Video of Charlie Baker talking Trump tactics and the future of health care. And, survey says: the state’s transportation needs improvement.

On Beacon Hill: Vienna sausage making, the State House way

A budget document unveiled when President Trump’s approval rating exceeded his disapproval rating sauntered through its eighth month, still not truly final, as the House replaced $275 million of the $360 million in vetoes Gov. Baker made in July. The next step in the saga must be taken by the Senate — whenever it decides to reconvene formal sessions, that is. Plus McGovern, Warren, Polito and Worcester Airport.

Songs in the key of healing: Worcester Center for Expressive Therapies offers hope

Older patients who had suffered a stroke had lost the ability to speak, but would still be able to sing. Patients who have been unable to walk have found their stride with the assistance of the center’s music therapy. These stories aren’t as improbable as they seem. “Music activates both sides of the brain,” said Kayla Daly, owner/director. “Music can re-create new neural connections in the brain.”