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New England News
7:56 am
Mon February 11, 2013

Mass. governor to tour areas hard hit by blizzard

February 8, 2013 - Governor Deval Patrick holds a media availability to discuss state preparations for and response to the upcoming storm and its potential impact on Massachusetts at the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) Headquarters in Framingham.
Credit Eric Haynes / Governor’s Office

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick is scheduled to tour some of the areas hit hardest by the weekend blizzard and meet with local officials.

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New England News
6:38 am
Mon February 11, 2013

Mass. urges caution on 1st work day since blizzard

Traffic on Interstate 93 near Bunker Hill College in Boston at around 6:30 a.m., Monday, February 11, 2013.
Credit MassDOT 511 Traffic Camera

BOSTON (AP) — Commuters heading back to work in Massachusetts for the first time since the blizzard are being urged to use caution and leave extra time.

Many secondary roads still have a thick coating of snow, and high snow banks that block sight lines at intersections and near highway ramps make turning and merging hazardous.

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New England News
12:15 pm
Sat February 9, 2013

Power outages, transit closures remain in Massachusetts after major winter storm

Snowfall around Medford Square in Boston, Massachusetts, on the morning of Feb. 9, 2013.
Credit Courtesy Judah Leblang

BOSTON (AP) — A massive snowstorm packing hurricane-force winds has knocked out power to more than 400,000 customers in Massachusetts and has shuttered a nuclear power plant.

Late this morning NStar reported more than 248,000 customers out and National Grid about 160,000. Most are in southeastern Massachusetts and Cape Cod, where there was wet heavy snow and winds gusting over 75 mph.

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New England News
9:30 pm
Mon February 4, 2013

GOP ex-MA Lt. Gov. Healey opts out of US Senate race

Former Massachusetts Lieutenant Governor and state Republican Party chair Kerry Healey.
Credit Wikimedia Commons

BOSTON (AP) — Former Lt. Gov. Kerry Healey has joined a growing list of Republicans who've ruled out running in a special election to fill the U.S. Senate seat left vacant by the departure of former Sen. John Kerry.

Healey said Monday she was grateful for the advice of those who urged her to get into the race but said she's decided against it.

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New England News
1:13 pm
Fri February 1, 2013

Brown Won't Run in Special Election

Scott Brown

BOSTON (AP) — Former Republican Sen. Scott Brown won't be running in a Massachusetts special election to fill Democrat John Kerry's seat.

A person familiar with the decision who spoke on condition of anonymity because he wasn't authorized to discuss it says Brown will not run.

Brown was defeated in November by Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren. He had won the seat in a special election in 2010.

U.S. Reps. Edward Markey and Stephen Lynch are seeking the Democratic nomination for the seat being vacated by Kerry, who is leaving the Senate to become Secretary of State.

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New England News
8:00 pm
Thu January 31, 2013

Mass. Mayors Call on Congress to Reduce Gun Violence

Boston Mayor Thomas Menino
Credit Flickr/Dan4th

BOSTON (AP) — Mayors from across Massachusetts are calling on Congress to take action to reduce gun-related violence.

More than a dozen mayors from Massachusetts cities met with Boston Mayor Thomas Menino on Thursday to renew their push for tighter gun laws.

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New England News
3:30 pm
Thu January 31, 2013

Mass. Inspector General Reveals Up To $25M in Welfare Fraud

A recent report released by the Inspector General of Massachusetts claims that the state’s welfare system could be paying out up to $25 million in fraudulent benefits.

A document released this week by state Inspector General Glenn Cunha studied eligibility information from those benefitting from the state and federally funded Transitional Aid to Families with Dependent Children program. The cash assistance program is overseen by the state Department of Transitional Assistance.

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New England News
5:16 pm
Tue January 29, 2013

Mass. Court Rejects Challenge to Gun Storage Law

BOSTON (AP) — The highest court in Massachusetts has rejected challenges to a state law that requires gun owners to keep their weapons in a locked container or equipped with a safety device.

Ruling in two separate cases Tuesday, the Supreme Judicial Court found that the requirements of the state's gun storage law "are reasonably designed" to prevent people not licensed to carry a gun from gaining illegal access to a gun, including felons, the mentally ill and children. The court said the law does not violate the Second Amendment right to keep guns for self-defense in the home.

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New England News
6:00 pm
Mon January 28, 2013

Mass. Reactions to "Gang of Eight" Bipartisan Immigration Plan

The announcement of the U.S. Senate’s bipartisan plan to immigration reform was welcomed among advocacy groups in Massachusetts. A central pillar of the plan introduced by the so-called “Gang of Eight” is the Path to Citizenship, which would in part make undocumented immigrants to register with the Federal government, undergo background checks, and pay back taxes among other requirements.

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New England News
5:05 pm
Mon January 28, 2013

Mass. Gov. Introduces Bill To Allow Parole for Convicted Youths

Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick has unveiled a series of sentencing reforms, including efforts to curb sentencing on youth offenders convicted of first-degree murder. 

Governor Patrick released a bill titled “An Act to Reform the Juvenile Justice System in the Commonwealth.” Two primary focuses of the bill would extended juvenile court jurisdiction from 17 years old to 18 years old, and would also prohibit mandatory life-sentences without parole for those convicted of first degree murder between ages 14 and 18.

In a prepared statement the Governor said…

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