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3 transportation takeaways from Charlie Baker’s State of the State speech

Gov. Charlie Baker says “the state of our commonwealth is strong.”The state of our transportation system? Less so.

Brookline lawyer announces campaign to succeed Joe Kennedy III — and become state’s first Latino congressman

It’s still not too late to jump into the 4th District primary contest.Ben Sigel, a Brookline resident and lawyer, announced a bid Tuesday to succeed Rep. Joe Kennedy III and also to become the first Latino congressman in Massachusetts history. Sigel is the seventh Democrat to enter the race, all of whom reside in either Brookline or Newton. But he argues that his qualifications, if not policy proposals, are unique.

Baker outlines goals in State of Commonwealth address

BOSTON (AP) — Gov. Charlie Baker said he wants to dramatically reduce the state’s reliance on polluting fuels while expanding housing opportunities and upgrading the state’s public transportation system.

A judge has dismissed Somerville Mayor Joe Curtatone’s lawsuit against Kirk Minihane

Joe Curtatone’s lawsuit against Kirk Minihane has been dismissed.The Somerville mayor had sued Minihane and his employer Barstool Sports last June after the former WEEI talk show host-turned-podcaster interviewed him over the phone — and taped the call — while pretending to be Boston Globe columnist Kevin Cullen. In the civil suit, Curtatone argued Minhane obtained his consent to tape the interview, which was posted on Barstool’s website, “through fraud” and therefore violated a Massachusetts state law against secretly recording someone without their permission.

Clinton on Sanders: ‘Nobody likes him’

Hillary Clinton, who battled with Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont for months in a 2016 Democratic primary that sometimes turned contentious, ripped into her former campaign rival in a new docuseries and declined to say if she would endorse and campaign for Sanders if he were to win the presidential nomination this time around.

Impeachment trial puts Maine Sen. Susan Collins, stung by Kavanaugh backlash, under scrutiny

WASHINGTON — A few days after Sen. Susan Collins cast her votes to acquit President Bill Clinton, as she was greeted with icy stares at a Lincoln Day dinner in rural Maine, a fellow Republican approached her, irate.

Feds to let states tap opioid funds for meth, cocaine surge

WASHINGTON (AP) — Alarmed by a deadly new twist in the nation’s drug addiction crisis, the government will allow states to use federal money earmarked for the opioid epidemic to help growing numbers of people struggling with meth and cocaine.

New York Times endorses Elizabeth Warren, Amy Klobuchar

WASHINGTON (AP) — The New York Times has endorsed not one but two candidates for the Democratic nomination for president, Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar from the party’s moderate wing and Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren from the progressive wing.