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New England News
12:16 pm
Mon September 16, 2013

Attorney General Martha Coakley Announces Run For Governor

Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley has announced a run for governor.  She joins an already crowded Democratic field for the 2014 election.

Stressing  job creation, economic development, and education the state’s  top prosecutor, Martha Coakley entered the 2014 fray for governor Monday morning.  She greeted people at a diner in her home town of Medford, the first stop in what her campaign said will be a three-day barnstorming swing that will take her to 18 cities across the state.  Her campaign tour was scheduled to hit western Massachusetts Tuesday.

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New England News
6:18 am
Thu September 12, 2013

Mass. Casino Foes Fight Ballot Question Ruling

Casino gambling foes have gone to court in an effort to keep alive a proposed statewide ballot question that would repeal the 2011 state law that allows up to three casinos and one slots parlor in Massachusetts.

Attorney General Martha Coakley disqualified the ballot initiative last week, ruling that it could violate the state constitution by resulting in the uncompensated taking of property from casino developers.

The group "Repeal the Casino Deal" said it was seeking an injunction in Suffolk Superior Court to overturn Coakley's decision.

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New England News
3:36 pm
Fri September 6, 2013

Forclosures Way Down In Massachusetts, But AG Coakley Says Crisis Not Over

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For just over a year now, the Massachusetts Attorney General’s office has used money from the nationwide settlement with banks over unlawful foreclosures to help people hang on to their homes. Attorney General Martha Coakley highlighted the successful efforts during a forum today in Springfield.

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New England News
6:40 pm
Thu September 5, 2013

Mass. Attn. Gen. Gives Go-Ahead to Majority of Ballot Initiatives

A majority of proposed ballot initiatives have cleared their first major hurdle in Massachusetts.

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New England News
7:15 am
Thu September 5, 2013

Members Of Beverage Industry Head To Beacon Hill

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Opponents of past efforts to expand the types of bottles covered by Massachusetts' existing bottle bill are heading to Beacon Hill.

The Massachusetts Beverage Association says it's planning to hold an informational day today at the Statehouse to share details about their positions on legislative issues and sustainability programs like curbside recycling and bottle bills.

Representatives from Polar Beverages, Coca-Cola Northern New England, Pepsi, Dr Pepper Snapple Group and Nestlé Waters are among those taking part.

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New England News
8:04 am
Wed September 4, 2013

Mass. AG To Decide Fate Of 2014 Ballot Questions

A slew of ballot questions, from a minimum wage hike and to a sales tax cut, are facing their first major hurdle in Massachusetts.

Attorney General Martha Coakley is expected to announce today which of the 33 proposed questions submitted to her office last month pass constitutional muster.

Other questions would repeal the state's casino law, require labels on genetically modified foods, create nurse-patient staffing ratios and repeal a new tax on computer software services.

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New England News
7:50 am
Tue August 20, 2013

Mass. AG Wants Domestic Violence Laws Reviewed

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The murder case involving the son of Red Sox broadcaster Jerry Remy has led Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley to call for a re-examination of the state's domestic violence laws.

Coakley on Monday also sought a full review of the circumstances surrounding the case, which she called a "horrible tragedy." But she stopped short of criticizing the handling of the case by the Middlesex District Attorney's office.

Jared Remy pleaded not guilty on Friday to charges of murder and domestic assault and battery in the killing of his girlfriend, 27-year-old Jennifer Martel.

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New England News
3:47 pm
Mon August 19, 2013

Panel Urges Help For Human Trafficking Victims

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A task force chaired by Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley issued a series of recommendations today for combating and preventing human trafficking.

The report from the Massachusetts Interagency Human Trafficking Policy Task Force urges expanding victims services programs and setting up “safe houses” for people trying to escape from the underground sex trade, which Coakley said remains a lucrative business for its purveyors.

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New England News
7:05 am
Wed July 24, 2013

Mass. Mayor Wants Delay On Med Marijuana Centers

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The mayor of Springfield, Massachusetts is recommending a moratorium on medical marijuana dispensaries until the city has time to plan how they'll operate.

Mayor Domenic Sarno said Tuesday he's instructed officials to study the zoning, public health and public safety issues. He's also asked a city planning official to begin seeking a moratorium with Springfield's planning board.

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New England News
6:18 pm
Mon May 13, 2013

Mass. AG Announces Program to Help Municipalities Act on Distressed Properties

The office of Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley has announced the open application period for a grant program that seeks to revitalize vacant properties across the the state.

The Distressed Properties Identifications and Revitalization grant program, or DPIR, was created to help cities and towns in Massachusetts identify distressed and vacant properties in order to then advocate for their rehabilitation.

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