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New England News
10:00 pm
Wed January 16, 2013

Mass. Republicans Call For New Forensic Services Board

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BOSTON (AP) — Republican lawmakers are calling for creation of a new state board to oversee forensic services facilities after a former chemist was accused of tampering with drug evidence at a state lab.

The proposal announced on Wednesday by the four GOP members of the state Senate would create a five-member oversight panel consisting of the secretary of public safety, the attorney general, the state inspector general, the head of the state police and one gubernatorial appointee.

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New England News
9:54 pm
Wed January 16, 2013

Mass. Gov. Patrick's tax plan meets mixed reviews

The Massachusetts State-house in Boston, Massachusetts

BOSTON (AP) — Lawmakers are giving mixed reviews to Gov. Deval Patrick's call to hike the state's income tax while also cutting the sales tax.

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New England News
7:56 pm
Wed January 16, 2013

Massachusetts Governor Patrick calls for income tax hike in State of the Commonwealth Address

Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick
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BOSTON (AP) — Gov. Deval Patrick has asked the Legislature for a $1.9 billion in new taxes to support major new spending on transportation and education.

In his annual state of the state address to a joint session of the Legislature, Patrick called for hiking the state income tax from 5.25 percent to 6.25 percent, while doubling the personal exemption for all taxpayers and eliminating dozens of itemized deductions.

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New England News
4:56 pm
Wed January 16, 2013

Gov.Patrick To Propose Tax Increase

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Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick is expected to call for higher taxes in his State of the Commonwealth address tonight.

Governor Deval Patrick started making the case for higher taxes Monday when he endorsed a plan from the state department of transportation to increase spending by more than $1 billion a year on the highway system, commuter rail and regional transit authorities.

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New England News
2:45 pm
Tue January 15, 2013

Massachusetts State Representative David Linsky - Gun Control

Massachusetts State Rep. David Linsky
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Massachusetts State Representative David Linsky speaks with WAMC's Brian Shields on his package of gun control measures set to be introduced Friday.

The gun control debate is about to begin on Beacon Hill in Boston. A state lawmaker will introduce legislation this week that will, among other things, require assault weapons in Massachusetts to remain locked and secured at gun clubs, when not in use by their owners. The legislation is from State House Democrat David Linsky of the 5th Middlesex District. He spoke today with WAMC’s Brian Shields.

New England News
11:07 am
Tue January 15, 2013

Williams College Holds Two-Day Celebration for Martin Luther King, Jr.

Photographs by Benedict J. Fernandez on display at Williams College in Williamstown, Mass.
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A two-day series of events commemorating the life and message of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was held at Williams College.

On the Williams College campus, programs were held throughout Sunday and Monday paying tribute to Dr. King. Ranging from a documentary film screening, lectures, a gallery exhibition, and a presentation with local school children, students, faculty and the public took the time to remember and reflect the actions of those in the civil rights era.

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New England News
8:00 pm
Fri January 11, 2013

Massachusetts Pulls Violent Games from Rest Stops

Massachusetts has removed violent video games from four highway rest stops after a family traveling for the holidays saw a young boy playing one days after the Connecticut school shooting.

Andrew and Tracey Hyams of Newton, and their son, Josh, 12, stopped at a service plaza on the Massachusetts Turnpike in Charlton on Christmas Eve and saw another boy firing a replica machine gun at a screen. The rest stop is about an hour from Newtown, Conn., where 20 children and six adults were killed Dec. 14 at Sandy Hook Elementary.

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New England News
7:32 pm
Thu January 10, 2013

Mass. to revamp retiree health care

Governor Deval Patrick
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BOSTON (AP) — Gov. Deval Patrick plans to recommend sweeping reforms in health care benefits for retired state and municipal employees, changes that are estimated to save up to $20 billion over the next 30 years.

The recommendations stem from a report due to be released Friday by a special commission that studied the soaring costs of retiree health care.

An administration official familiar with the report said it calls for raising the minimum years of service an employee must have before being vested in the retiree health care system from the current 10 years to 20 years.

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New England News
6:00 pm
Thu January 10, 2013

Mass. Medical Device Industry Sees Hit from Fiscal Cliff Deal

Industry representatives in Massachusetts are saying that the deal to avoid the fiscal cliff will have an impact on the state’s medical device and advanced manufacturing sector. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports…

The Massachusetts Medical Device Industry Council – or MassMEDIC says that the Bay State is home to over 400 medical device companies, and that about 10% of the state’s total exports are medical devices. Many of Western Massachusetts’ high-tech manufacturing jobs are within the medical device industry,

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New England News
5:51 pm
Thu January 10, 2013

Homelessness Declining Among Vets in Mass.

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Yesterday, Lieutenant Gov. Timothy Murray announced that from January 2010 to January 2012, Massachusetts saw a drop in its homeless rate among veterans by 26%. That national rate of decline for the same period was 17%.

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