Jan. 3, 2011

TOP FIVE:
Gloucester Times:Governor eyes hike in employers’ jobless costs » Local News » GloucesterTimes.com, Gloucester, MA
Cape Cod Times: Keating embraces ‘terrific opportunity’
MetroWest: State looks for ways to cut health care costs
Fitchburg S&E: Bay State survives jobs crisis better than most
Cape Cod Times: Embattled county rescue dispatcher resigns

NEW TERM:
Gov. Deval Patrick to officially launch new term
Republican:Western Massachusetts students play role in govenor’s inauguration

LEGISLATURE:
Cape Cod Times: Bottle bill supporters optimistic of change
Fitchburg S&E: Many dissatisfied with Mass. anti-bullying law
Fitchburg S&E: More merchants seeking liquor licenses through Legislature

HEALTH CARE:
Fitchburg S&E: Curing high health costs

INCOMING:
Republican:Inauguration ceremonies set for incoming district attorneys Mark G. Mastroianni and David E. Sullivan
Worcester T&G:New sheriff on the move
Globe:DA takes charge ahead of schedule
Lynn Item: As swearing-in looms, Wong up for challenge

TAXES:
2011 will usher in some lower Mass. tax rates
Worcester T&G:Many toast liquor tax repeal
Lowell Sun: Cities, towns eye boost from tax-exempt nonprofits

ENERGY AND ENVIRONMENT:
Globe:2010 confirmed as warmest year on record in Mass.
Globe:Power plant owner gives schools $1m

POLITICS:
Phoenix: The Road to 2012: The New New Hampshire – Talking Politics – Boston Phoenix
Herald: Experts: Parole could be Mitts Willie Horton – BostonHerald.com
AP : Midterm elections provide stark reality check for state GOP, Sen. Scott Brown
Gloucester Times:Kirk jumps in early; she’ll seek third term
Globe:In politics, not just the thought that counts

EDUCATION:
Wellesley Student to Participate in Statewide Patrick Administration Humanitarianism Project

MISC:
E-Trib: Checking immigrant status nothing new for local police
WL:Fall River and Massachusetts slated to slice manufacturing, production jobs in years to come – Somerset, MA – Wicked Local Somerset

LOCAL HEADLINES:
Patriot Ledger: Technology expected to improve Abington town-budget process
Cape Cod Times: Census imperils Barnstable’s voting precincts
MetroWest: MetroWest towns brace for budget storm

REGIONAL:
Brattleboro Reformer:Shumlin plans 3-day shindig
Portland Press Herald: Inaugural may echo earlier time
Portland Press Herald: Austerity major theme for GOP speaker-elect
Portland Press Herald: State House NotebookEthics panel urges fine hike, other changes

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