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Audit: Homeless Hotel Program Costing Communities Millions

A key homelessness program is costing Massachusetts cities and towns more than $13 million each year in education costs and lost tax revenue.

That's the conclusion of a report released on Wednesday by state Auditor Suzanne Bump

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DEA Director Leonhart Stepping Down

The head of the embattled Drug Enforcement Administration has announced her retirement.

Word of the retirement of Michele Leonhart came late today in a statement from Attorney General Eric Holder

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Protesters outside Federal Court ? Getty Images

Death Penalty Opponents Protest Outside Federal Court

Death penalty opponents are renewing their calls for mercy as the federal trial of convicted Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev enters the penalty phase.

More than a dozen protesters held signs outside the courthouse Tuesday

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Greg Desrosiers/TSM - 2015 Council President Brian Gomes

Brian Gomes Expects Quick Approval Of Casino Referendum Date

The campaign to bring a casino to New Bedford will likely heat up in the next few weeks.

Developer KG Urban Enterprises has suggested June 23rd for a city-wide referendum on the project.

Council President Brian Gomes expects the City Council to quickly approve the referendum date at its meeting on Thursday, and then get involved in the campaign

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Town Administrator Discusses Options After George Conviction

Many in Dartmouth are wondering what will happen to John George's seat on the town's Select Board following his conviction on conspiracy and embezzlement charges.

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KG Urban Proposes June 23rd As Date For Casino Referendum

New Bedford is one step closer to a referendum on the Host City Agreement that would establish a waterfront casino in the city.

Developer KG Urban Enterprises is recommending a date of June 23rd for that city-wide vote

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Photo by Lane Turner/The Boston Globe via Getty Images

Baker Faces Weather and Budget Challenges During First 100 Days

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker says he accomplished many of the goals he set for his first 100 days in office despite having to deal with a winter of record-setting snow.

The Republican pointed to the bipartisan team he named to lead his administration, steps taken to balance the state's budget and a strengthening of the state's relationship with cities and towns

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Incumbents Win In Westport Elections

Westport held elections Tuesday and unofficial returns from the Town Clerk's Office saw incumbent Selectmen Craig J. Dutra and R. Michael Sullivan beat back challenges from three other candidates to win re-election.

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Greg Desrosiers / TSM

Protesters Urge $15 Per Hour For Nation’s Lowest Paid Workers

(Associated Press) - Backers of a drive to hike wages for the nation's lowest paid workers to at least $15 per hour are holding a series of events in Boston.

Several hundred people, including college students, fast-food restaurant employees and other workers gathered for a rally on Tuesday afternoon at Forsyth Park near Northeastern University

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Health Director Brenda Weis with Mayor Jon Mitchell / Jim Phillips / TSM
Health Director Brenda Weis with Mayor Jon Mitchell / Jim Phillips / TSM

City Officials Urge Landlords To Join Pre-Rental Voucher Program

Mayor Jon Mitchell and city health officials are urging New Bedford landlords to take part in a Pre-Rental Voucher Program.

The program is voluntary. For $100 the city will inspect your property before its leased to a tenant, and award a certificate of compliance

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