Jan. 31, 2011

TOP FIVE:
MetroWest: Repeal of alcohol sales tax spurs sales
AP: Special counsel named to help in Tim Cahill probe
Fitchburg S&E: Quinn Bill may face phase out
Keller @ Large: Speaker DeLeo Talks Budget, Casino Gaming « CBS Boston
Globe:Gains from governors travel unclear

STATE NEWS:
Massachusetts: State details fed stimulus impact – 95.9 WATD-FM
Herald: Monday morning briefing
Globe:Welcome to the average Massachusetts town
AP: Mass. Dropout Reform Plan Eyes Paid Parent Leave
MetroWest: Local farmers get behind new Commonwealth Quality seal

LEGISLATURE:
Globe:State parole bill could have wide consequences
MetroWest: Marlborough woman sparks lighter sales bill
Cape Cod Times: Peake set to lead tourism committee

HEALTH CARE:
WBJ:Behind the Sound Bite: Municipal health insurance reforms
Cape Cod Times: Tier system could increase insurance co-pays on Cape

THE FEDS:
Gloucester Times:Sen. Brown revives call for indy NOAA probe
Lowell Sun: After Tucson, Tsongas schedule goes on
Herald: Scott Brown seeing green with $7M

FISHERIES:
AP:Wind firm sets meeting with fishermen
Cape Cod Times: Cape fishermen fear losing prime grounds to turbines

LOCAL HEADLINES:
Cape Cod Times: Nantucket wrestles with sewer funding options
Worcester T&G:Snow budget is plowed under
Herald News: Area towns would feel state’s proposed cuts to local aid in fiscal 2012 budget

BEST OF THE BLOGS:
RMG:Governor Patrick’s Budget on Health Care: Playing Around the Edges
WL:MASS. MARKET: States manufacturing gain is worth celebrating
BMG:DA Sutter says "Who needs the Defendant – hold their trials without them!"
WL:Republican legislators rely on civility in the Bay State
RMG:Renewing Catholic Culture in Massachusetts (Part I)

AROUND NEW ENGLAND:
RI Projo: R.I. Senate bill looks for taxes from Route 195 relocation land in Providence
RI Projo: Fox’s fundraiser nets Democrats, lobbyists, even GOP
RI Projo : State facing $10-million payment on jobless fund loan
ME Portland Press Herald: LePage defends environmental package
ME Portland Press Herald: State House Notebook: The joke’s on the media, LePage tells contractors
ME Portland Press Herald: Experts: Snow doesn’t disprove warming
NH AP:Testimony set on same-sex marriage bill

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