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Top Candidates Agree to South Coast Debate

The two front-runner candidates for governor in Massachusetts have agreed to a debate on the South Coast.

Democrat Martha Coakley and Republican Charlie Baker will engage in a one-hour debate at UMass Dartmouth on Friday, October 17, from 4-5pm

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Photo by Jim Phillips / TSM

Coakley Attempts to Derail Baker’s Claims of Commuter Rail Support

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Martha Coakley says between her and Republican challenger Charlie Baker, she's the only candidate that's serious about the SouthCoast Rail Project.

Coakley made her comments Tuesday in a tour that included a stop in New Bedford

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Patrick Won’t Replace AG Holder

Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick says he won't replace retiring U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder.

At an event today, the Governor released a statement saying the AG position is an important job, but not for him right now

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Matthew J. Lee/The Boston Globe via Getty Images

Keating Voices Support for New Bedford-Named Project

A federal delegate is also letting Governor Deval Patrick know how he feels about the impromptu name change of a New Bedford project.

Congressman William Keating has drafted a letter to the governor, saying the name of the New Bedford Marine Commerce Terminal should remain unchanged

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Jim Phillips / TSM

Low Turnout Expected In Tuesday’s Primary Election

The state's top elections official says signs point to a low voter turnout for the Massachusetts primary election despite contested races for governor and other statewide offices.

Secretary of State William Galvin said Monday that he expected approximately 550,000 people to vote in Tuesday's Democratic primary and up to 170,000 to cast Republican ballots

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Governor Patrick To Go On Trade Mission

Gov. Deval Patrick is hitting the road again, this time for a trade mission to Denmark, the United Kingdom and France.

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Steven Grossman (Photo by Aram Boghosian for The Boston Globe via Getty Images)

Treasurer Steve Grossman Talks Market Basket

When it comes to the ongoing negotiations between the Demoulas cousins of Market Basket, State Treasurer Steven Grossman says if he were governor, he would have spoken out sooner than Governor Deval Patrick has

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TRAVIS COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE

Texas Gov. Rick Perry ‘Booked’

There's now a mugshot of Texas Governor Rick Perry. The governor was booked this afternoon in Austin on felony abuse of power charges.

He was indicted last Friday after he vetoed money that was meant for the Travis County Public Integrity Unit after District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg refused to resign following a drunk driving conviction

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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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New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park/Facebook

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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