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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

Gun owners group seeks changes as senate plans gun bill debate

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

BOSTON — The Senate on Thursday will take up its version of legislation aimed at reducing gun violence as the local chapter of the National Rifle Association hardened its position on the bill just days after calling the House version a “victory” for the second amendment. The House … 0

Senate passes bill to protect social media info

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

BOSTON — Bosses and school administrators would not be allowed to ask for someone’s social media passwords as a condition of employment or enrollment, under legislation passed unanimously in the Senate Tuesday. “It is not necessary to see someone’s pictures or Instagram before deciding to offer them a … 0

Mass. Senate to debate sweeping gun bill

Monday, July 14, 2014

BOSTON — The Massachusetts Senate released its own version of a sweeping overhaul of the state’s gun laws on Monday, including many elements of a bill approved by the House last week. Like the House bill, the Senate proposal would create a web-based portal within the state Executive … 0

Dairy suit nets $50M settlement

Monday, July 14, 2014

MONTPELIER, Vt. — The cooperative Dairy Farmers of America has agreed to pay a total of $50 million to thousands of Northeast dairy farmers to settle antitrust allegations from a 2009 class-action lawsuit. The lawsuit charged the cooperative, … 0

Mass. gets $47M share of settlement

Monday, July 14, 2014

BOSTON — Massachusetts will receive an almost $46 million share of a $7 billion federal-state settlement over Citigroup’s mortgage-backed security activities, the state attorney general’s office said Monday. In the deal announced Monday, Citigroup will make a $4 billion civil monetary payment to the Justice Department, and another … 0

Officials: Transgender girl moved to male facility

Sunday, July 13, 2014

HARTFORD, Conn. — A transgender girl has been moved to Connecticut’s juvenile home for boys after she was accused of assault, the latest transfer of a troubled teenager who was sent to a psychiatric facility after supporters protested her confinement in a women’s prison without criminal charges. The … 0

State and Region Briefs

Friday, July 11, 2014

EPA extends comment period on Housatonic plan LENOX — The public is getting an additional two months to submit comments on a proposed environmental cleanup of the Housatonic River. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says the deadline was … 0

4 adults, 3 kids die in Lowell apt. building fire

Thursday, July 10, 2014

LOWELL — An intense fire ravaged a three-story apartment building before dawn Thursday, killing four adults and three children, forcing tenants to jump or hand their children to safety, and leading to dramatic rescues from upper floors. The … 0

Mass. officials report progress toward fixing health care website by year’s end

Thursday, July 10, 2014

BOSTON — Software ordered by Massachusetts to fix its hobbled health care exchange passed initial tests, renewing hopes that the state could finally have a fully operational website by year’s end, officials said Thursday. The breakdown dramatically slowed the state’s transition to the federal Affordable Care Act from … 0

State/Regional Briefs

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Gov. Patrick signs compounding pharmacy bill BOSTON — Gov. Deval Patrick has signed a law overhauling state oversight of compounding pharmacies in Massachusetts. The measure had been in the works for nearly two years since a nationwide meningitis … 0