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Former MA Probation Commissioner At Moakley Court
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O’Brien Convicted In Probation Hiring Case

Former state probation commissioner John O'Brien was convicted 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 more qualified ones

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Former MA Probation Commissioner At Moakley Court
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Closing Arguments Made In Probation Hiring Trial

Closing arguments have started in the federal trial of former state probation commissioner John O'Brien and two deputies accused of rigging the agency's hiring process.

O'Brien, William Burke and Elizabeth Tavares are accused of trying to curry favor with powerful lawmakers by funneling jobs to politically connected applicants at the expense of more qualified candidates

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Tim Boyle/Getty Images

New Bedford Students To Receive Free Breakfast, Lunch Next Year

Starting next year, students attending New Bedford Public Schools won't have to pay for meals.

In a written release from Superintendent Dr. Pia Durkin's office today, the New Bedford School District has been selected to participate in a new federal program called the "Community Eligibility Option", which waives meal fees for all children and eliminates the need for families to submit financial eligibility forms

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Darren McCollester/Getty Images

Sexual Assault Probe Targets Massachusetts Schools

Six Massachusetts schools are on a list released by the federal Education Department of 55 colleges from across the nation facing investigations over their handling of sexual abuse complaints

The list released Thursday includes Amherst College, Boston University, Emerson College, Harvard College, Harvard University Law School, and the University of Massachusetts-Amherst

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Environmental Protection Agency
Environmental Protection Agency

New Bedford Mayor Appoints Special Counsel to AVX Settlement

A familiar name in the world of law has been named Special Counsel as the City prepares to implement a $366-million settlement between AVX and the EPA.

Mayor Jon Mitchell has appointed former attorney David Waxler, who will help develop policy, review regulations, and evaluate legal documents related to the remediation efforts in the New Bedford Harbor

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TSM

AVX to Pay $366mil to Fund New Bedford Harbor Cleanup

The parent company of Aerovox has reached a settlement with the EPA regarding the New Bedford Harbor Superfund Site.

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Keiko Orrall for State Rep., flickr

State Rep. Orrall Seeks Mitigation for Casino Neighbors

State Representative Keiko Orrall is looking for some sort of compensation for communities that will be subjected to a nearby casino.

The Lakeville representative is firing off two letters to the Federal Bureau of Indian Affairs, voicing her concerns over mitigation for other Southeastern communities who will be faced with the reality of a proposed tribal casino in neighboring Taunton

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Fishing Disaster Declared in New England

The U.S. Commerce Department has declared a national fishery disaster in New England, opening the door for tens of millions of dollars in relief funds for fishermen.

U.S. Sen. John Kerry said he's secured a commitment from Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to include $100 million for fishermen and fishing communities in emergency assistance legislation

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savebuzzardsbay,flickr

Mitchell Attends Arguments for Fishing Lawsuit

New Bedford Mayor Jon Mitchell was in Boston this morning, as part of an oral argument session presented to the Federal Appeals Court.

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