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State Announces More Commercial Wind Energy Leases

Gov. Deval Patrick and U.S. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell say more than 742,000 more acres off the Massachusetts coast are being opened for commercial wind energy leases.

Patrick said Wednesday the state ``is poised to lead the charge in offshore wind energy development,'' and gain economic and environmental benefits

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Patrick Gathers Governors To Discuss Opioid Abuse

New England governors are calling for stronger cross-border monitoring of prescription drugs as part of a regional strategy for fighting opioid abuse.

Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick convened the meeting Tuesday at Brandeis University in Waltham

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Fernando Garcia/Facebook

Memorial Service Planned For Fernando Garcia

A long time businessman and community leader will be remembered later this month with a memorial service at Bristol Community College in Fall River.

Fernando Garcia of New Bedford died Tuesday following a long battle with cancer

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Secretary Sullivan Named Patrick’s Chief Of Staff

Gov. Deval Patrick will have a new chief of staff for the final months of his administration.

Officials said Thursday that Richard Sullivan, who currently serves in Patrick's cabinet as Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs, would take over next month as the governor's chief of staff, replacing Brendan Ryan, who is leaving the governor's office

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Panel Finalizes Recommendations To Ease Drug Abuse

A state panel charged with finding ways to address Massachusetts' drug abuse epidemic is set to finalize its recommendations for Gov. Deval Patrick this week.

The 36-member Opiate Task Force is charged with recommending how to spend $20 million the governor has designated to improve addiction treatment and recovery services statewide

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Legislative Committee Studies Bill To Legalize Marijuana

Residents suffering from multiple sclerosis and other chronic illnesses say Gov. Deval Patrick's administration needs to expedite the process for licensing and opening medical marijuana dispensaries so that they can safely purchase the drug

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Patrick Says Decision To Lock Down Boston “Tough Call.”

Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick says the decision to lock down much of greater Boston during the search for the surviving suspect in the marathon bombing was a ``tough call'' but one he's glad was made

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Governor Urges Compromise On Minimum Wage Bill

Gov. Deval Patrick says he's confident House and Senate lawmakers will hammer out a compromise on minimum wage legislation that has run into parliamentary roadblocks on Beacon Hill.

Patrick said the difference between the House and Senate bills isn't great

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Governor Patrick On Heroin Crisis

Gov. Deval Patrick has declared a public health emergency in Massachusetts in response to the state's growing epidemic of heroin overdoses and opioid addiction.

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Gov. Patrick Announces $25M For New Housing Units

Associated Press - Gov. Deval Patrick has announced more than $25 million to create over 335 new units of supportive housing for veterans, homeless and very low income families.

Patrick made the announcement Tuesday during a stop at the site of a planned veterans' housing project in Haverhill

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