State reacts to debt deal cuts – ‘No’ votes lash out at deal – Ernst fired – Keating no fan-a of Havana

BOBBY SAY RELAX: We all survived and the country is still sort of functioning! Now we get to start worrying about what the debt ceiling deal, and its massive set of cuts, means for Massachusetts (AP, Republican). Speaker DeLeo says not to panic (Berk. Eagle), but that’s not stopping some industries from wondering what the feds will cut (WBUR).

CONGRESS: Meanwhile, the grumbling (WL) of the delegation continues (Salem News).

YOU’RE FIRED: In the latest round of ‘The Apprentice: MassDOT’, Jeff Mullan finally fired Helmut Ernst, who lost this week’s challenge (don’t talk to the press). Does the last contestant get to be the new Secretary? (Globe)

AND NOW FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT: Bill Keating’s vote to restrict travel to Cuba. Hey, why not? (TP)

DEBT DEAL:
DeLeo: Don’t panic over debt – Berkshire Eagle Online: www.berkshireeagle.com
Leaders examining possible debt deal fallout – AP: feedproxy.google.com
Capuano pans U.S. debt compromise – Somerville, Massachusetts 02144 – Somerville Journal: www.wickedlocal.com
Tierney: Debt deal does nothing for jobs, economy » Local News » SalemNews.com, Salem, MA : www.salemnews.com
Massachusetts finance secretary Jay Gonzalez braces for impact of debt limit law | masslive.com: www.masslive.com
Local Businesses Grapple With Debt Deal | WBUR: feeds.wbur.org
Mass. Health Industry Worries About Federal Cuts | WBUR: feeds.wbur.org

TRANSPORTATION:
Big Dig chief engineer fired over fallen light fixture – The Boston Globe: feeds.boston.com
Logan Launches New Security Program | WBUR: feeds.wbur.org

HEALTH CARE:
Abortion foes target Mitt Romney’s health care law in Massachusetts – The Boston Globe: feeds.boston.com
Group seeks repeal of health insurance mandate – CommonWealth Magazine: www.commonwealthmagazine.org
Worcester Telegram & Gazette – telegram.com – Birth control full coverage rules welcome: www.telegram.com
Mass. group seeks to allow pot for medical use – AP: feeds.boston.com

STATE HEADLINES:
Tax collections up 6.6% from a year ago – AP: feeds.boston.com
Quincy lawmaker pushes to monitor sex offenders online – Brockton, MA – The Enterprise: www.enterprisenews.com
Massachusetts Treasurer Steven Grossman puts limit on purchase of lottery tickets in wake of reported scheme | AP: www.masslive.com
State OKs reduced Unitil rate hikes – Lowell Sun Online: www.lowellsun.com
Tax-free weekend big for big box stores | WWLP.com: www.wwlp.com

LOCAL NEWS:
Plymouth-County-sheriff-s-office-testing-new-emergency-alert-system: www.patriotledger.com
Worcester Telegram & Gazette – telegram.com – Nation’s anti-drug boss lauds local program: www.telegram.com

MISC.
Top court to decide Quincy court video dispute – – WickedLocal.com: www.wickedlocal.com
U.S. Sens. Scott Brown, John Kerry, Rep. Richard Neal propose tax relief for tornado vicitms | masslive.com: www.masslive.com
Congress starts vacation, government to lose more than $1 billion with unresolved FAA shutdown | masslive.com: www.masslive.com
Weeks after speaking on Beacon Hill to support workplace anti-bullying legislation, South Hadley teacher Deb Caldieri is fired | masslive.com: www.masslive.com

BEST OF THE BLOGS:
Keating Veers Right On Cuba – TP: feedproxy.google.com
Green Line delay – The Download: www.commonwealthmagazine.org
Red Mass Group:: Big Dig Engineer fired… for talking to the press? : www.redmassgroup.com
Blue Mass Group | Nassour calls Romney’s position “the height of irresponsibility”: feedproxy.google.com

AROUND NEW ENGLAND:
CT Vote Splits Connecticut Legislative Delegation: Debt Ceiling Vote Splits Connecticut Legislative Delegation – Courant.com: www.courant.com
CT Governor Backs O’Brien In New Britain Democratic Primary – Courant.com: www.courant.com
CT Funeral Homes: State Plans To End Regulation Of Funeral Homes – Courant.com: www.courant.com
ME Snowe, Collins: Averting disaster was priority | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram : www.pressherald.com

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