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Photo:  Bridgewater State Hospital
Photo: Bridgewater State Hospital

Patrick Accepts Resignation Of State Prison Chief

Gov. Deval Patrick has received the resignation of state prison chief Luis Spencer.

The Boston Globe reported Thursday that Patrick had asked for the resignation after Spencer delayed an internal investigation into the alleged physical abuse of a mental health patient at Bridgewater State Hospital

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Photo by Ross D. Franklin-Pool/Getty Images

Hodgson Doubts Many Children Will Be Deported Soon

Bristol County Sheriff Tom Hodgson expects some of the thousands of migrant children who crossed the southwest border into the U-S will find their way to Massachusetts, and New Bedford.

Hodgson is visiting processing and detention centers along the border with a delegation of Sheriffs to get a first hand look at the immigration crisis

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Mass. Statehouse / Getty Images

Group Withdraws Minimum Wage Referendum

A group pushing for an increase in the state's minimum wage is ending its bid to put a question on the November state ballot.

Raise Up Massachusetts said Monday the ballot question is no longer necessary since the Legislature has approved a bill that would raise the $8-per-hour minimum wage to $11 by 2017

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Gov. Patrick Urges Changes In Economic Development Bill

Gov. Deval Patrick is praising an economic development bill proposed by Democratic House leaders but says he will urge legislators to restore a provision that would discourage non-compete agreements in the private sector

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Jim Phillips / TSM - Social Workers protest caseload
Jim Phillips / TSM - Social Workers protest caseload

Union Protest Urges State To Hire More Social Workers

More than 50 social workers from the New Bedford office on North Front Street marched during their lunch hour on Tuesday, calling on the Dept. Of Children and Families to hire more social workers and reduce caseloads

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Pilgrim Nuclear Power Plant / Getty Images

Activists To Push for Closing Of Pilgrim Nuclear Power Plant

Residents from across Cape Cod are planning to converge on the Statehouse to call on Gov. Deval Patrick to help shut down the Pilgrim nuclear power plant in Plymouth.
 
    Activists are tying their visit Monday to the eve of the third anniversary of the meltdowns at the Fukushima nuclear power plants in Japan

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Rep. Chris Markey - (D) Dartmouth
Rep. Chris Markey - (D) Dartmouth

Rep. Markey: Lawmakers To Probe DCF Operations

Rep. Chris Markey of Dartmouth says the Legislature will be digging into the day-to-day operations of the State Department of Children and Families. 

The Investigation  following a series of high-profile cases, including a five year old Fitchburg boy whose disappearance went unnoticed by social workers for months

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Acushnet Firefighters To Be Honored For Bravery

 

Firefighters from across the state are being honored Thursday for their bravery and heroism.  The 24th annual Firefighter of the Year Awards will be handed out at the Mass. Institute of Technology. 

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TSM - MBTA Trains in New Bedford

Full Funding For Southcoast Rail Gets Committee Approval

 

The Legislature's Joint Committee on Transportation has given its approval to a $12-billion transportation bond package, which includes $2 billion for the permitting and construction of Southcoast Rail.

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Tribal Casino Compact Faces Mass. Legislature

A revised casino compact between Gov. Deval Patrick and the Mashpee Wampanoag tribe faces a test in the Legislature.

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