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Massachusetts agencies to address problem gambling

Thursday, July 24, 2014

BC-MA--Massachusetts Gambling, 2nd Ld-Writethru,246 Massachusetts agencies to address problem gambling Eds: Full story adds details of agreement, comments and background. Associated Press BOSTON — 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 Thursday by state gambling regulators. The agreement, which state officials called unique, requires the state Gaming Commission … 0

US jury convicts O’Brien in Mass. probation jobs case

Thursday, July 24, 2014

BOSTON — Former state probation commissioner John O’Brien was convicted Thursday of federal racketeering and mail fraud in a case that accused him of rigging the department’s hiring process to favor politically-connected applicants over those who were more qualified. The verdict came after seven days of deliberations in a case that focused attention on the patronage culture in state government. The jury also … 0

New Massachusetts law bars shark finning

Thursday, July 24, 2014

BOSTON — Gov. Deval Patrick has signed a bill outlawing the possession or distribution of shark fins in Massachusetts. Supporters of the ban say shark fins are often removed for use in soup while the rest of the shark is thrown back in the sea, still alive. They call the practice inhumane. Patrick signed the bill Thursday at the New England Aquarium. The … 0

Beacon Hill Roll Call, week of July 14-18

Monday, July 21, 2014

By BOB KATZEN Beacon Hill Roll Call records the votes of local representatives on three roll calls and local senators on six roll calls from the week of July 14-18. EXPAND BOSTON CONVENTION CENTER (H 4308) House 131-19, Senate 33-7, approved a $1 billion borrowing bill to fund … 0

‘It’s a pro-and-con thing’

Sunday, July 20, 2014

MASHPEE — In the centuries since its ancestors greeted the Pilgrims in 1620, the Mashpee Wampanoag tribe has struggled to overcome financial hardship, recover lost land and even reclaim its nearly forgotten language. The tribe’s chief, 92-year-old Vernon “Silent Drum” Lopez, said he is awed by how far … 0

Nearly 6,000 attend Jehovah’s Witnesses convention

Sunday, July 20, 2014

AMHERST — Nearly 6,000 people have gathered at the University of Massachusetts campus for the annual convention of Jehovah’s witnesses. The Daily Hampshire Gazette reports that members of Jehovah’s Witnesses congregations from across the Northeast came to Amherst this weekend. They participated in a three-day program that included … 0

Westover base among Patrick’s proposed sites for immigrant children

Friday, July 18, 2014

BOSTON — Westover Air Reserve Base in Chicopee is one of two possible locations in the state proposed by Gov. Deval Patrick on Friday to temporarily shelter unaccompanied children crossing the nation’s southern border. Westover and the Camp Edwards military base on Cape Cod will be reviewed by … 0

State senate gun law overhaul removes provision allowing police chief discretion

Friday, July 18, 2014

BOSTON — The Massachusetts Senate approved a sweeping overhaul of the state’s gun laws Thursday, but not before stripping out a key provision that would have given local police chiefs more discretion over issuing firearms identification cards needed to buy rifles or shotguns. The Senate bill had initially … 1

Boston’s Beacon Hill to get handicapped ramps

Friday, July 18, 2014

BOSTON — Boston’s historic Beacon Hill neighborhood is getting sidewalk ramps for the disabled over the objections of some residents who say it will destroy the area’s character. Mayor Martin Walsh and other city officials told about 125 residents at a meeting Thursday that the first 13 of … 0

New buffer zone law heads to House

Thursday, July 17, 2014

BOSTON — With Senate approval of a bill designed to tighten security around abortion clinics now done, the measure moves on to the House, where Rep. Denise Andrews, D-Orange, also testified Wednesday before the Joint Committee on the Judiciary. The proposal, given a Senate hearing Wednesday before being … 0

Spouses eligible for MassHealth home care pay under senate bill

Thursday, July 17, 2014

BOSTON — Spouses could become personal care attendants for their husband or wife and receive compensation through MassHealth for the care they provide under a bill that passed the Senate Tuesday. In Massachusetts, most family members, except for spouses or dependent children, are eligible for reimbursement through MassHealth, … 0

Mass. asked to shelter kids who have come across border alone

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

BOSTON — Gov. Deval Patrick said Wednesday he’s weighing a request from President Barack Obama’s administration about whether Massachusetts can shelter some of the unaccompanied children crossing the nation’s southern border illegally. Patrick said the request came during the past week. The governor said if Massachusetts agrees to … 0

Hearing on bill addressing abortion clinic buffer zone

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

BOSTON — With 17 days left until the end of the formal legislative calendar, lawmakers unveiled a response to a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision striking down the state’s 35-foot buffer zone around reproductive health clinics. A top Senate lawmaker on Monday filed a bill prohibiting a group … 0