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Massachusetts Bans Shark Finning

Gov. Deval Patrick has signed a bill outlawing the possession or distribution of shark fins in Massachusetts.

Supporters of the ban say shark fins are often removed for use in soup while the rest of the shark is thrown back in the sea, still alive

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Schooner Ernestina Gets Boatload Of Restoration Funding

Restoration efforts will once again be underway for the Schooner Ernestina in New Bedford.

Governor Deval Patrick has released a five-year capital plan, which includes $2 million for the Ernestina

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Patrick Signs Minimum Wage Hike

Gov. Deval Patrick has signed a law raising the state's $8 per hour minimum wage to $11 per hour - a high among U.S. states - by 2017.

Patrick told a Statehouse ceremony on Thursday that the new law would provide some relief to low-income workers, while noting it would still not be a ``livable wage'' for many Massachusetts residents

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Massachusetts Minimum Wage Increase Passes House, Heads To Senate

A bill that would raise Massachusetts' $8 per hour minimum wage to $11 per hour by 2017 could soon be law.

The House of Representatives approved a compromise measure on Wednesday on a 124-24 vote after a brief debate

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Coakley Agrees To Limit Campaign Spending

Martha Coakley has agreed to limit her campaign spending so she can participate in the state's public campaign financing program.

Coakley, who is seeking the Democratic nomination for governor, joins fellow Democratic candidates Joseph Avellone and Donald Berwick and Republican candidate for governor Mark Fisher

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Democratic Candidates For Governor In New Bedford This Weekend

The public is invited to see their democratic candidates for governor this weekend in New Bedford.

The City's Democratic Committee is sponsoring the gubernatorial forum at the Zeiterion Theater, with candidates Joe Avellone, Steven Grossman, Juliette Kayyem, Donald Berwick, and Martha Coakley

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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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GOP’s Baker: Coakley Tax Flub ‘Scary’

Republican candidate for governor Charlie Baker is faulting Democratic rival Martha Coakley for flubbing a question on the state gas tax.

Asked to name the gas tax during an interview on WCVB-TV, Coakley said ``10 cents

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Falchuk Chooses Running Mate

Evan Falchuk, an independent candidate for Governor of Massachusetts, has selected a running mate.

Angus Jennings has worked as Town Planner in Marshfield and Land Use Management Director in Westford

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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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