State:

RMV denying dozens of NSFW, offensive tags each year

Q&A: Gov. Baker reflects on 1st year, road ahead

What will the biggest MBTA stories be in 2016? – The Boston Globe

Most Massachusetts cities and towns fail to follow state public records law – The Boston Globe

State offers guided New Year’s Day hikes

Plan to stopper health care costs sparks early debate

Microbead pollution triggers state backlash

Local:

DPW blows through OT budget

Worcester school projects don’t make state’s latest cut; will be resubmitted next year

Southbridge School Committee did not violate meeting law, AG rules

Officials mull naming Natick paths

West Bridgewater officials want to create school resource officer position

Wake Monday, funeral Tuesday for Quincy Councilor Brian McNamee

Court-ordered recount in Revere mayor’s race – The Boston Globe

Outgoing City Councilor Charles Yancey honored at ceremony – The Boston Globe

Ruiz: Listening tour ends, strategic planning begins

A year of new leadership faces, completed places and departing landmarks

National:

DEMOCRATIC DEBATE: Sanders apologizes to Clinton, supporters for data breach

State:

Low gas prices may fuel a bounce-back sales season

State drops $200k in elevator fines against Worcester schools

Survey: Access to health insurance in Mass. still complicated, inconsistent

Gov. Charlie Baker says administration focusing on Holyoke Soldiers’ Home

Green Line expansion may hinge on local governments, private developers – The Boston Globe

Local:

Public rallies to reinstate Yarmouth sailing director

Rising tides and costly damage

Rising sea level threatens homes, roads and buildings

Springfield City Council considers casino overlay district, final OK of new historic district

Boston mayor signals support for ordinance to rein in evictions of renters by investor landlords – The Boston Globe

Boston’s immigrant populations grows 20 percent from 2000 to 2014 – The Boston Globe

Essex Tech insurance switch could save $300K

Gloucester’s groundbreaking program a model for other communities

Danvers DPW’s second-in-command to retire

Lawrence receives $387K parklands grants

National:

GOP candidate Lindsey Graham in Worcester: ‘No bigger evil than radical Islam’

Faith leaders condemn San Bernardino attacks: ‘Terrorism has no religion, face or value’

After climate agreement, world faces a carbon diet – The Boston Globe

State:

Rail watchdog says MBTA ‘being crushed by a mountain of debt’

Rankings don’t lie: Red line riders seeing… red

Local:

New Bedford Police Chief Provencher dies

Holliston: Proposed cultivation facility could pump more than $200,000

Framingham First seeks signatures to form charter commission

Anti-gun violence group to hang new billboard on Boston garage – The Boston Globe

Top institutions not reporting clinical trial results as required

Opioid problem grips Charlestown – The Boston Globe

Council mulls over Back Shore zoning Tuesday

Selectmen lean toward harsher fines for PI littering

Bike Committee resigns en masse

National:

Obama: Terror threat has entered a ‘new phase’; tightening gun laws ‘a matter of national security’

Elizabeth Warren to focus on re-taking the Senate – The Boston Globe

Candidates return to Southern NH

Sen. Warren not ready to endorse in Democratic primary – The Boston Globe

State:

MBTA looks at fare hikes, reopening union contracts to balance budget – The Boston Globe

Britko: New station to improve response times to Route 110

Senators planning week in Colorado to explore legal marijuana state

Local:

Boston mulls end of aging BYOB ban

Worcester school officials fear tough budget season ahead

Normandin Middle School eyes conversation to innovation school

New Bedford police patrolling parking garages, taking action against homeless for trespassing

Framingham skate park committee seeks design input

Cutler: T isn’t helping promote weekend train service

MBTA looks at fare hikes, reopening union contracts to balance budget – The Boston Globe

DA’s program gives addicts a chance at a clean record

National:

Sen. Warren: Low-Wage Workers Deserve Predictable Hours

Clinton Receives Endorsement From Mayor Marty Walsh, Calls For Billions In New Infrastructure Spending

Bill Cosby defamation case in Worcester court Monday

Hillary Clinton leans on Wellesley, a hometown of sorts – The Boston Globe

In Boston, Clinton proposes $275 billion in new infrastructure spending

 

State:

Protest heads to the Hills

Proposals Would Set Age 21 As Minimum For Buying Smokes In Mass.

More school nurses in Mass. carrying Narcan

Protesters decry looming Blue Hills deer hunt – The Boston Globe

Online gambling divides casino bosses

Bid for legal marijuana still faces hurdles

Local:

Far from war zone, refugee families rebuild lives in Lowell

Medway selectmen to discuss Exelon questions

Special Town Meeting set for Tuesday

Civil rights groups fail to issue promised report card on Mayor Martin J. Walsh – The Boston Globe

Town ends year with $400K surplus

More on Cape Ann find work

City will revisit plaza plan

Firings, hirings key in bid to recall Rivera

National:

Donald Trump holds rally in Mass: What people were Tweeting

Trump’s remarks on rally protester causes waves – The Boston Globe

State:

Charlie Baker seeks answers from feds on refugee vetting

Mattapoisett Rep. Straus proposes ban on handheld devices while driving

Report says Mass. tax burden is 24th highest in U.S.

Governor launches task force to revive Lynn’s fortunes – The Boston Globe

T official: Uncollected fares costing MBTA ‘a lot of money’

Advocates seek to limit contributions to ballot question committees

Local:

Worcester school board to advertise again for superintendent search consultant

Holyoke Mayor Alex Morse eyes 3rd term with dozens of plans

Complaints against Boston police can languish for years – The Boston Globe

City to melt snow debt with free cash

Council rejects parking commission plan

Advocates seek to limit contributions to ballot question committees

National:

Mitt Romney criticizes Barack Obama’s ISIS view

France says more attacks could come in days – The Boston Globe

Amid student protests, some see erosion of free speech

State:

Police presence to increase at Boston hot spots, more eyes on T

Transgender Framingham teen lobbied for ‘bathroom bill’

Gov. Charlie Baker set to testify with Boston Mayor Marty Walsh at State House on Baker’s opioid bill

Bill to raise wages for fast food and big box employees passes 1st step: What people are Tweeting about its pros and cons

Baker plan would have let tax chief sit on corporate boards – The Boston Globe

Federal judge denies casino on Martha’s Vineyard – The Boston Globe

Healey defends cap on charter schools in legal brief – The Boston Globe

Solar projects holding as lawmakers debate incentives

State officials wrangle over fantasy sports

Local:

Residents, town board voice support for new Stoughton High

 

National:

AP: Hundreds of cops lose licenses over sex misconduct

Fred Thompson dead at 73; actor and former U.S. senator battled long illness

Obama to call for breaking cycle of incarceration – The Boston Globe

State:

Government grapples with pace of Route 20 improvements

Showdown in Southeastern Mass. for open Senate seat – The Boston Globe

Salem State joins trend away from SATs for college admission

Local:

Knock, knock is no joke in council race

Mayor gives ultimatum to IndyCar

Natick: Special Town Meeting called for Dec. 1

BROCKTON ELECTION: Former councilor MacMillan takes on Carpenter for mayor

Rockland’s next school superintendent has familiar face

WEYMOUTH ELECTION: Kay, Hedlund meet again for mayor

Incumbents fend off challengers in three low-key Boston City Council races – The Boston Globe

In Amesbury, voters will choose mayor, council

Lawrence council candidates outline city’s needs

National:

Donald Trump leads poll on issue of electability

Right-to-die backers: Patients ‘should have a choice’

Joe Biden felt he ‘couldn’t win’ if he entered 2016 race – The Boston Globe

State:

State Senate race draws interest from party leaders

Local:

Saugus talks Wheelabrator landfill

Northbridge town meeting faces DPW building, health benefits questions

Worcester School Committee candidate: Hilda Ramirez says board needs better focus

Mayor’s Race: Maria Giesta promises challenge, change

Natick Town Meeting OKs capital projects

MGM Springfield casino shrinks: What People were Tweeting about the project

Quincy’s 5 at-large city council candidates raise $117K

More Boston addresses listed in wrong council districts, city review finds – The Boston Globe

MGM’s changes in Springfield raises questions about meeting state threshold – The Boston Globe

Councilors weigh in on tax issue

New tax breaks considered for vets seeking housing

Mayor & challenger — David Manzi: Alternate school plan would save city millions

Mayor & challenger — Michael Cahill: It’s all about opportunity

National:

Aerosmith frontman asks Trump campaign to stop using song

From school elections to federal races, Clinton has relied on fierce preparation – The Boston Globe

Patrick Kennedy hopes book draws more attention to mental health issues – The Boston Globe

In N.H., a new push to engage religious voters – The Boston Globe

State:

Mayor defends lawsuit in casino fight

State senate president says DCF has myriad issues

Baker would give hospitals new power to force treatment on addicts – The Boston Globe

Walsh declines to say whether councilors should vote on their pay – The Boston Globe

Presidential contest divides Massachusetts lawmakers

Senators hope to curb PARCC test

Local:

Saugus applies to go green

Paxton vote could be tipping point for Wachusett school budget

Outgoing Worcester Superintendent Melinda Boone refuses to ‘feed’ her critics

New Bedford’s Gender Wage Gap: For women in abusive relationships, money is a major complication

Port looks to tighten dog laws

Council supports green space parking lot

Preservation money could be casualty of budget battles