State Auditor Suzanne Bump was in Springfield Thursday, days after releasing her blockbuster report on the state’s welfare department. Speaking to the Republican newspaper, Bump disputed allegations by Governor Patrick that her work wasn’t accurate. Bump’s audit compared welfare rolls with Social Security data and represented a snapshot in time. It revealed widespread problems, involving several million in welfare benefits, including those being paid to more than a thousand dead people.
They were arrested as part of a yearlong FBI investigation into people trying to travel to Syria to join Islamic State.
The race goes on during a pause in the trial of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, who was convicted earlier this month of the 2013 bombing.
Mountain Road (Route 141) will be closed during the day for most of next week so city and state crews can clean up the remaining debris from last October's microburst.
Bay State Repeal has filed a draft ballot initiative petition with the Attorney General’s office.