Thursday Morning: Insurance Board Members Get Paid

Published March 31, 2011

Apparently, we’re in for some more Winter weather. This is no pre-April Fools joke. I don’t want to talk about it.


Amidst intense scrutiny on non-profit board pay, the state’s second- and third-largest health insurers said yesterday that their board members will continue to pay themselves large salaries. State Attorney General Martha Coakley, who oversees the governance of non-profits, said the companies have failed to adequately explain why they’ll continue the practice.

Boston City Councilor-at-Large Ayanna Pressley has long described herself as a survivor of sexual assault. But during a City Council meeting yesterday, she said she survived rape while studying at Boston University. Pressley spoke with WBUR’s Bob Oakes on Morning Edition this morning.

Tired of waiting for casino compromise on Beacon Hill, gamblers are using computer cafes to skirt rules against gambling in the state. Operators call them Internet cafes, but really, the sweepstakes houses are more like computerized casinos and exist in a gray-area between private business and the public Lottery.

Beaches on the Cape are under attack from an estimated 8 million plastic discs accidentally released from a sewage treatment plant on the Merrimack River in Hooksett, N.H. CapeCodToday has some heartbreaking pictures of the discs covering the shoreline.

As Red Sox fans prepare for the teams’ Opening Day tomorrow in Texas (some teams’ seasons begin today and the Sox are in Boston for the first time next Friday), Boston officials are telling the team to scale down its party. The team hopes to expand the sale of alcoholic mixed drinks at Fenway Park, but authorities aren’t so sure that’s a good idea.

For many students in Boston Public Schools, keeping up with their progress toward graduation is difficult or impossible. They say they’re often surprised by their grades and the classes they’re required to pass to graduate — sometimes after it’s too late. Now, however, some school officials are working to give students an easier way to stay on top of their education.

What we’re following: We’ll continue to report on the changes to the Parole Board and the Probation Department being made on Beacon Hill, the state Democratic lawmakers’ retreat in Western Mass. and state home foreclosure numbers. Radio Boston will speak with the president of the American Federation of Teachers about education reform in unionized schools.