Tom Turco, Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker's new public safety chief, started in the Baker administration as undersecretary of criminal justice.
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Gov. Charlie Baker welcomed new Public Safety Secretary Tom Turco to his cabinet on Thursday and bid farewell to outgoing secretary Dan Bennett in the first post-election shakeup of the administration's senior leadership team.

Turco, who until Wednesday ran the Department of Correction as commissioner, said he looks forward to building on the work of Bennett to improve outcomes for prisoners reintegrating to society, and pledged to continue moving forward with the investigation into overtime abuse at the State Police.

Casino mogul Steve Wynn speaks with the press about his casino project, formerly called Wynn Boston Harbor, in Everett, in a file photo.
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The interim chair of the Massachusetts Gaming Commission is acknowledging regulators are frustrated there is uncertainty around the casino project in eastern Mass.

A lawsuit has delayed the release of an investigation into former casino mogul Steve Wynn and the company he founded. Wynn has been accused of sexual harassment and rape. Regulators will decide if the company can keep the license for its planned Everett casino. During its meeting Thursday, Commissioner Gayle Cameron read a statement about the matter.

A view from Mt. Greylock in western Massachusetts.
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Standing on top of Mt. Holyoke, I can see Mt. Greylock to the west, and Mt. Monadnock to the north.

Pioneer Valley Transit Authority buses at Union Station in Springfield, Massachusetts.
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This past summer, the Pioneer Valley Transit Authority increased its fares after facing a budget shortfall. Now, bus ridership is down but revenue is up.

A Berkshire Regional Transit Authority bus
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Paratransit drivers with Berkshire Regional Transit Authority are walking the picket line after failed contract negotiations over wages.