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3 hrs ago | Home

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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3 hrs ago | 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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Related Topix: Health Insurance, Health, Healthcare Law, Law, Massachusetts

3 hrs ago | 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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8 hrs ago | 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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12 hrs ago | 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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Related Topix: US Politics, US News, US House of Representatives, Barney Frank, Democrat, Michael Capuano, Senator Elizabeth Warren, US Senate, Massachusetts, Republican, Jeb Hensarling

13 hrs ago | 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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14 hrs ago | 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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16 hrs ago | Current

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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Related Topix: Here and Now, Entertainment, Television, Minnesota, Massachusetts

20 hrs ago | 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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Related Topix: US Supreme Court, US News, Abortion, Massachusetts

21 hrs ago | 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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Related Topix: US Politics, US News, Senator Kelly Ayotte, US Senate, Republican, Democrat, Senator Jeanne Shaheen, Scott Brown, Senator Elizabeth Warren, Massachusetts

Yesterday | 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

KESQ-TV Palm Desert

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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Related Topix: 2012 Presidential Election, US Politics, US News, Mitt Romney, Speakers, Things that Matter, Books, Barack Obama, Massachusetts

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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Related Topix: Massachusetts, Kids, Family, Health Insurance, Health

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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Newswise

Room for Improvement in Elementary School Children's Lunches and Snacks from Home

BOSTON a' 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.

Mon Jul 21, 2014

Medical News

Iodine supplement can reduce central foveal swelling in RP patients with CME

Cystoid macular edema is a common complication of retinitis pigmentosa , a family of retinal diseases in which patients typically lose night and side vision first and then develop impaired central vision.

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Daily Kos

Mass. Governor compares immigrant kids to Jews turned away in 1939, offers to shelter them

Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick announced a proposal on Friday for two military facilities to serve as host sites for some of the thousands of undocumented Central American immigrants who have come into the U.S. in recent months, saying the move falls in line with the country's tradition of helping children in need.

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JD Supra

New Massachusetts Law Targets Self-Referrals of Clinical Laboratory Services

The Fiscal Year 2015 budget for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, which was signed into law earlier in the week, included a broad prohibition on clinical laboratory self-referrals.

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Related Topix: Healthcare Law, Law, Massachusetts, Medicare

CBS News

Americans value business, management experience in gov't leaders: Poll

A new Gallup Poll finds that more than eight in 10 Americans believe the country would be better governed by people with business and management experience, possibly giving a leg up to any future candidates for president or Congress who come from the private sector.

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