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1 hr 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, Guns

5 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, Dementia, Medicine

9 hrs ago | HCAM News

IRS Warns of Scams

The Internal Revenue Service today warned consumers about a sophisticated phone scam targeting taxpayers, including recent immigrants, throughout the country.

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Related Topix: Tax, Massachusetts, Personal Finance, Social Security

12 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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Related Topix: Alabama Government, Alabama, Georgia, Georgia Government, South Carolina, Massachusetts, US Politics, US News

13 hrs ago | 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, Automatic, Alternative, Deval Patrick, US Governors

17 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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21 hrs ago | The Honolulu Advertiser

Mass. inspector accuses Dobelle of improper spending, lying

Former University of Hawaii President Evan Dobelle, shown on his first day on the job in 2001, threatened to sue the University of Hawaii before he resigned in 2004.

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Related Topix: Hawaii, Hawaii Government, Massachusetts

Thu Jul 31, 2014

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, 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 Local

Mass. Legislature Rushing To Wrap Up Several Bills On Session's Final Day

Massachusetts lawmakers are rushing to complete work on several proposed new laws with Thursday marking the end of formal meetings in the two-year legislative session that began in January 2013.

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Related Topix: Massachusetts, Domestic Violence (Domestic Abuse), Law

Frontpage The Cabinet Press, Inc.

Milford man charged in Mass. used car scam

Geoffrey McIntosh, 34, of 65 Summer St., Milford, was arrested July 16 in connection with an alleged scam at the car dealership where he worked in Massachusetts.

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Sentinel & Enterprise

Toastmasters seeks volunteers

People are invited to consider volunteering with prison Toastmasters programs at institutions near Route 2 and Interstate 495 on Monday or Thursday evenings.

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Related Topix: Prison, Massachusetts

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

Boston.com

Lack of oversight leads to zombie boards, report says

Massachusetts is failing to properly staff and track hundreds of state boards, committees and commissions, a Senate panel concluded in a new report released Wednesday, resulting in do-nothing zombie boards that never meet while other panels are paralyzed by vacancies.

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Related Topix: Massachusetts, 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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Related Topix: Deval Patrick, US Governors, Abortion, Massachusetts, US News, US Supreme Court

WBUR-AM Boston

At 4.9 Percent, Mass. Economic Growth Outpaces U.S. In 2nd Quarter

The state economy grew at an estimated annual rate of 4.9 percent from April to June, topping the nation's 4 percent expansion over the same period, according to two reports out Wednesday.

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Related Topix: Massachusetts, Northeastern University

KDWN

Couple wants middle names to include a Seamonstera

Sea monsters may exist only in the imagination, but a Massachusetts couple wants to make them part of their names.

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Related Topix: Massachusetts, Holyoke, MA

Cape Cod Times

Cape Cod weather: It's a beach day

If you're not stuck in the office, today will be a beautiful day for the beach. The skies will be mostly sunny today with highs in the mid 70s, according to the National Weather Service forecast.

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Related Topix: Weather, Massachusetts

Tue Jul 29, 2014

Boston Herald

Nucci: Hard lesson learned ... Coakley hits back

In Coakley's 2010 race for U.S. Senate, she was up against then-state Sen. Scott Brown, who was more than willing to attack her, and usually got only a tepid response.

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Related Topix: Scott Brown, US News, US Senate, Republican, Massachusetts, Opinion

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