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2 hrs ago | The Washington Post

August means back-to-school sales tax holidays

Parents of school-age children will be heading out this month to purchase back-to-school supplies, with some aiming to shop on a sales-tax holiday.

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6 hrs ago | Free Republic

Mass. Lawmakers Give Police Chief Power to Decide Who Can Purchase Shotguns, Rifles

On July 25 Breitbart News reported that Massachusetts police chiefs wanted "sole discretion" over who can purchase a long gun, be it a rifle or a shotgun.

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Related Topix: US Politics, John Kerry, US News, US Senate, Democrat, Massachusetts Government, Guns

10 hrs ago | Sys-Con Media

Massachusetts Passes Measures Taking Aim at Alzheimer's

The bills, S.1882 An Act relative to the Massachusetts Alzheimer's and Related Dementias Acute Care Advisory Committee and S.2165 Uniform Adult Guardianship, were proposed and supported by the Alzheimer's Association, Massachusetts/New Hampshire Chapter.

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Related Topix: Alzheimer's, Health, Massachusetts Government, Dementia, Medicine

14 hrs ago | Worcester Telegram & Gazette

Purgatory Chasm as Japanese forest: 'Sea of Trees' filming begins in Massachusetts

A suicidal American befriends a Japanese man lost in the Aokigahara forest at the northwest base of Mount Fuji in Japan and the two men search for a way out.

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Related Topix: Asia Travel, Travel, Japan Travel, Contact, Drama Movies, Science Fiction Movies, Celebrities, Matthew McConaughey, Sutton, MA, Worcester, MA

15 hrs ago | Business Journal

Physician group critiques several changes to Prescription Monitoring Program

Physicians have given mixed reviews to the state's plans to augment the Massachusetts Prescription Monitoring Program, saying that while the program is one of the best ways to fight drug abuse, some pieces of new legislation are too restrictive.

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20 hrs ago | CBS Local

Mass. Lawmakers Pass Major Bills As Formal Sessions End

Massachusetts lawmakers approved several major pieces of legislation early Friday morning, blowing past a midnight deadline in a somewhat chaotic finish to the end of formal meetings in their two-year session that began in January 2013.

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Related Topix: Massachusetts Government, Deval Patrick, US Governors, Domestic Violence (Domestic Abuse), Law

21 hrs ago | Worcester Telegram & Gazette

Report: Ex-president of Westfield State billed college for his gain

Former Westfield State University President Evan Dobelle racked up tens of thousands of dollars in personal expenses and travel costs on university credit cards and misrepresented much of the spending as university-related business, Massachusetts Inspector General Glenn Cunha's office said in a report released Thursday.

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Thu Jul 31, 2014

Planetizen

Massachusetts Voters May Repeal Automatic Gas Tax Indexing

It's been exactly a year since the state approved a 3-cent increase in the gas tax with hard fought legislation that ties future increases to inflation.

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Related Topix: Massachusetts Government, Automatic, Alternative, Deval Patrick, US Governors

Boston.com

weekly poll Massachusetts: even more liberal than you thought

Taxachusetts. The bluest state. A vegetarian convention. Massachusetts over the years has acquired, by dint of its voting patterns and economic and social policies, a range of monikers underscoring its reputation as a liberal state.

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Related Topix: Massachusetts Government, US News, Tea Party, Healthcare Law, Law, US Politics, Mitt Romney

Boston.com

Mass., N.H. AGs to Market Basket: Follow the Law When You Fire People

Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley sent a joint letter with New Hampshire AG Joseph Foster to Market Basket's CEOs on Thursday.

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CBS 3 Springfield

July most active month for tornadoes in Massachusetts

Two tornadoes were confirmed in Massachusetts this week, an EF-0 tornado in Dalton on Sunday and an EF-2 tornado in Revere on Monday.

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Related Topix: Tornado, Natural Disasters, Dalton, MA, Revere, MA, Weather, Taunton, MA

MassLive.com

Who will represent Massachusetts on Mars? It could be any of these 12 people

In this image released by NASA on Monday, Aug. 27, 2012, a chapter of the layered geological history of Mars is laid bare in this color image from NASA's Curiosity rover showing the base of Mount Sharp, the rover's eventual science destination.

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Related Topix: Science / Technology, NASA, Canada's Greatest Know-It-All, Entertainment, Television, Lexington, MA, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Space

WBUR-AM Boston

Revere Residents Worry About Tornado Damage

Representatives from the Small Business Administration are touring Revere Thursday to see which businesses they can help with low-interest insurance loans after this week's tornado.

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Sunherald.com

GOP's Baker to unveil plan to fight drug addiction

Baker said he would require hospitals and first responders to report overdoses directly to the Department of Public Health and mandate doctors consult the state's Prescription Monitoring Program before writing or renewing a prescription on an annual basis.

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Wed Jul 30, 2014

The Recorder

Rally reaches Statehouse

Opponents of a proposed natural gas pipeline protest on Boston Common across from the Statehouse in Boston, Wednesday, July 30, 2014.

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Related Topix: Greenfield, MA, Franklin County, MA, Dracut, MA, Lowell, MA, Deval Patrick, US Governors

ABA Journal

Have you seen a pro se litigant prevail in court? How did they do it?

"The man who represents himself has a fool for a client." It's one of the justice system's oldest maxims.

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Boston.com

Gov. Patrick Signs Mass. Buffer Zone Bill

Governor Deval Patrick today signed a bill that tightens security regulations regarding protests and demonstrations at abortion clinics in Massachusetts.

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Worcester Telegram & Gazette

Trend sees advanced practice nurses sharing doctor caseloads

While there's debate over whether advanced practice nurses need to have docs peeking over their shoulders, there's little doubt that Massachusetts would see a health care traffic jam if patients had to depend solely on primary care doctors for their needs.

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Related Topix: Medicine, Nursing, Worcester, MA

Berkshire Eagle

Massachusetts lawmakers gear up for final push

The Massachusetts Legislature is gearing up for the final two days of its formal session with a handful of major bills still awaiting action.

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WWLP

I-Team: Central American children already in Mass.

After Governor Patrick proposed Westover Air Reserve Base in Chicopee as a potential site to shelter undocumented children, the Mayor and the community started to consider what it would mean for them.

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Related Topix: Chicopee, MA, Deval Patrick, US Governors, Family, Kids

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