The U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee has approved the nomination of a prosecutor to be a federal judge in western Massachusetts.
The 18- member committee on a voice vote Thursday approved President Obama’s nomination of Hampden District Attorney Mark Mastroianni to be the presiding U.S. District Court Judge in Springfield. Mastroianni appeared before the committee on February 11th and so did Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren who urged swift action on the nomination.
In late January, President Obama announced the creation of a special task force to examine and, as necessary, coordinate federal enforcement efforts regarding rape and sexual assault on our nation’s campuses. This White House Task Force on Protecting Students from Sexual Assault will provide leadership for colleges and universities as they work on developing more transparent and more effective campus procedures to decrease and/or investigate incidents of sexual assault.
Revised numbers out today show Massachusetts added 55,200 jobs last year, almost all of them in the private sector. State officials say it is the largest number of new jobs in a December-to-December period since 2000. The Massachusetts unemployment rate dropped to 6.8 percent in January. The Secretary of Labor and Workforce Development, Rachel Kaprielian, said the job gains were varied.
The online market is dwarfing gun shows when it comes to firearms sales without background checks. Now, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and gun control groups have partnered with Facebook and Instagram. The social network has agreed to delete posts from users that circumvent gun laws.
The gun control measures passed by Burlington voters on Town Meeting Day must also be approved by legislators in Montpelier. But it appears unlikely lawmakers will take up the measures before the end of this session.