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21 min ago | 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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4 hrs ago | 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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8 hrs ago | 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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13 hrs ago | 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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17 hrs ago | 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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Boston.com

Mass. Authorized First Lighthouse in the New World on This Day in 1715

Boston Light on Little Brewster Island was the first lighthouse to be constructed in America.

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Wednesday roundup: WAMU revises schedule; pubcasters enter Mass. hall of fame

It's adding NPR's Here & Now and the BBC Newshour on weekdays, retiring a Sunday rebroadcast of Car Talk and adding American Public Media's Marketplace Weekend in its place, among other changes.

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WBUR-AM Boston

Mass. House To Debate Abortion Clinic Safety Bill

Protesters hand out literature outside a Boston Planned Parenthood a day after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the 35-foot buffer zone around Massachusetts abortion clinics violates free speech.

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Free Republic

Scott Brown Attacks Jeanne Shaheen For Positions Kelly Ayotte Also Holds

Despite presenting a cozy public image, Republicans Scott Brown and Sen. Kelly Ayotte are once again at odds over key issues, as Brown campaigns to unseat Sen. Jeanne Shaheen .

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Harvard Hillside

RMV back to normal after system falters

Registry of Motor Vehicles locations across Massachusetts were briefly unable to process customer transactions early Monday afternoon, according MassDOT.

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Tue Jul 22, 2014

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Former Republican Presidential candidate to speak in valley

Former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney will headline next year's Desert Town Hall speakers series in Indian Wells, it was announced Tuesday.

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Boston.com

Evan Horowitz Mass. children No. 1, but compared to whom?

It's official. Kids in Massachusetts are number one. That's the finding of this year's KIDS COUNT Data Book , which looks across all 50 states and compares things like test scores, child poverty rates, teen pregnancy, and health insurance coverage.

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Patch.com

Mass. Best State in U.S. for Children, Report Says

Massachusetts is the best state in the country for children, according to a new report.

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Boston.com

Romney Says No to Presidency Run Despite Tenacious Backers

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, left, talked to his running mate Paul Ryan as Ann Romney waved after her husband conceded the 2012 presidential race.

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