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1 hr ago | Boston Herald

Connector staffers cashing in

Even as beleaguered Bay Staters struggle to get health insurance through the state's failed Obamacare website, Massachusetts Health Connector brass have been promoting their top managers and handing them hefty taxpayer-funded raises ranging from $10,000 to $22,000, the Herald has learned.

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Fri Jul 25, 2014

Boston Herald

Next targets for state corruption PROBES

With the Probation Department trial in the books with guilty verdicts, where do prosecutors go next to find corruption in Massachusetts state government? There are a lot of candidates - starting with the Legislature, obviously - but here are a few other places history shows might warrant a few subpoenas: With more than 6,000 employees, including ... (more)

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WBUR-AM Boston

Mass. GOP Sees Political Fallout From Probation Verdict

Republicans hoping to loosen the Democratic party's tight grip on state government say the verdict in the probation department trial points to the dangers of one-party dominance in Massachusetts.

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Politico

An Obamacare gotcha moment

Health law opponents and conservative academics are highlighting a two-year-old video of Gruber - who has advised both the Obama administration and then-Gov. Mitt Romney's Massachusetts health reform effort - in which he seems to agree that the law's health insurance subsidies can't be awarded through federal-run exchanges, only through the ... (more)

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Banker & Tradesman

Quincy Office Building Refinanced

The 204,750-square-foot class A office building is 95 percent leased to tenants including the state Executive Office of Health and Human Services, the Department of Transitional Assistance and the Massachusetts Developmental Disabilities Council.

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Boston.com

Doctors Still Hesitant to Urge HPV Vaccine for Teenagers

The percentage of teens receiving the human papillomavirus vaccine remains ''unacceptably low'' and doctors' failure to recommend it as strongly as other vaccines may be partly to blame, officials with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Thursday.

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National Public Radio

Cape Cod Residents Object As Mass. Governor Offers To House Migrant Kids

Massachusetts is offering to house hundreds of unaccompanied minors who've been detained crossing the U.S.-Mexico border.

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Medical News Today

Finding ways to build nutrition into the packed-lunch routine for school children

Open a child's lunch box and you're likely to find that the lunches and snacks inside fall short of federal guidelines.

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Related Topix: Life, Food, Medicine, Nutrition, Tufts University, Massachusetts, Education Etc.

Boston Herald

The Ticker

Three-quarters the annual spending of a public health fund aimed at gambling addiction will go to initiatives backed by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health under an agreement signed yesterday by state gambling regulators.

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Thu Jul 24, 2014

Patch.com

Market Basket Throws Away Food After Danvers Board of Health Takes Action

The Danvers Board of Health embargoed a truck full of food that sat outside the Danvers Market Basket for a day.

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Patch.com

9-Year-Old Mass. Boy Who Loves Sharks Inspires Lawmakers to Ban Fin Trade

A 9-year-old Lowell boy who loves sharks said he was overjoyed Thursday when Gov. Deval Patrick signed a bill banning shark fins.

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Insurance Journal West

Mass. Gov. OKs Bill Tying Required Flood Coverage Amount to Mortgage Balance

Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick on Wednesday sign into law legislation that prohibits creditors from requiring residential property owners to buy flood insurance in an amount that exceeds the balance of their mortgage or the value of a home equity line of credit.

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National Review Online

Guest Post by Oren Cass: Paul Ryan and the Transformation of Anti-Poverty Policy

Editor's note: In the following post, Oren Cass, Governor Mitt Romney's Domestic Policy Director in the 2012 presidential campaign and author of " The Height of the Net ," a call for a new conservative approach to fighting poverty, addresses two central aspects of Congressman Paul Ryan's new anti-poverty proposal.

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Patch.com

Mass. Pike Closures Coming

The following is from the Massachusetts Department of Transportation : On Sunday, MassDOT will begin the process to install barrier for the required Eastbound and Westbound closures on Interstate 90 from Commonwealth Avenue to Dalton Street in order to improve the median and the substructure of the Commonwealth Avenue Bridge over the Interstate.

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Wed Jul 23, 2014

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Bill targets juror bias, awards in Mass. civil cases

Plaintiffs in civil cases would be able to specify an amount for damages, and their attorneys would be able to ask questions directly of potential jurors, under legislative changes to the state's judicial procedures that have now cleared the House and Senate.

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Boston.com

Health Insurance Companies Refund $15B to Mass. Consumers

Consumers saved $4.1 billion in 2013 in health insurance premiums, according to data released Thursday from the Department of Health and Human Services.

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Boston Herald

July 24, 2014: Gov's time warp

The escalating immigration crisis remains Page One news today as the multi-pronged story - documented in detail in this newspaper lately - continues to demand Bay Staters' attention.

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Lowell Sun

Coalition sues Patrick administration over 2008 law

A coalition of human- and social-service providers, who have at times been key allies and supporters of the governor, have sued the Patrick administration for failure to implement a 2008 law designed to update payment rates for providers of rehabilitation, education and workforce-training services for the first time in almost 30 years.

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The Wall Street Journal

Barney Frank Challenges GOP's 'Too Big to Fail' Arguments

Former Rep. Barney Frank appears before the House Financial Services Committee at a hearing on "Assessing the Impact of the Dodd-Frank Act Four Years Later" on July 23. On Wednesday, Barney Frank came back to the committee he used to lead to defend the financial overhaul law he helped create.

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Boston.com

Rhode Island Women & Infants Hospital to Pay Patients $150K for Data Breach

Women & Infants Hospital of Rhode Island will pay $150,000 to settle data breach allegations that affected more than 12,000 Massachusetts patients.

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