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Top-Earning State Employees Dwarf Governor’s Paycheck

An advisory board recommends increasing the Massachusetts governor's annual pay to $250,000 while also giving sizable raises to other statewide officials and top legislative leaders.  The Special Advisory Commission on Public Compensation says the governor's pay should increase from $151,800 to $185,000 plus a new, yearly $65,000 housing allowance

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Protesters Asked To Leave Walmart In Dartmouth

There were protests Friday at Walmart stores around the country....including the Walmart in Dartmouth.

The protesters say they're in support of Walmart employees, and want the retail giant to pay its workers $15-an hour, and give them the opportunity for a full-time schedule

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Updates From Ferguson, Missouri

Here's the latest from Ferguson, Missouri.
The attorneys for Michael Brown's parents are blaming the prosecutors for a grand jury decision not to indict the police officer who killed the teen. Anthony Gray claims the testimony of Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson didn't match the evidence, but that prosecutors didn't challenge him

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New Bedford Chamber President To Leave In January

Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Roy Nascimento is leaving his post in New Bedford for a job directing the North-Central Mass. Chamber of Commerce.

Nascimento says his eight years in New Bedford have been exciting and rewarding

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Offshore Leasing Set For January

An auction date has been set for wind energy leases to develop more than 742,000 acres off the Massachusetts coast.

The sale is set for Jan. 29. It's the largest auction for commercial offshore wind energy leases

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Mass. Regulators Want to Limit How Much Gamblers Spend At Casinos

Casino companies are voicing strong concerns about a plan by state gambling regulators to limit the time and money gamblers spend at casinos.

Representatives from Wynn Resorts, MGM Resorts International and Penn National Gaming all said they support finding innovative ways to prevent gambling addiction

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Keystone XL Pipeline Defeated In Senate

The Democrat-controlled Senate has defeated a bill to approve the Keystone XL oil pipeline.

The Senate's 59-41 vote Tuesday night was a nail-biter to the end.

The bill needed 60 votes to reach the White House

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Jim Phillips | TSM

Panel Awards New Bedford Firefighters New Contract

The New Bedford Firefighters Union has a new three year contract, thanks to a state appointed arbitration panel that approved the terms of the deal.

The award runs through June 28th of 2015, and calls for a 7

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Casino Companies To Begin Payments This Month

Gambling money will begin flowing into local government coffers in earnest now that the state's casino law survived an Election Day repeal effort.

In the coming weeks, MGM says it will make more than $1 million in community payments to Springfield, where it is building an $800 million resort

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New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park/Facebook

Schooner Earnestina Headed Out-Of-State For Repairs

The Schooner Ernestina _ the official tall ship of Massachusetts _ is heading out of state for a multimillion dollar restoration project, which is not sitting well with some people on Cape Ann.

The 112-foot fishing schooner was launched in Essex in 1894

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