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Proposed Bill Would Send More Kids to Pre-K

BOSTON (AP) _ Early education advocates are pushing a bill they say will help close a persistent achievement gap in schools and make sure more Massachusetts children can attend pre-kindergarten programs.

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State House Bill Would Legalize Growth And Sale Of Marijuana

A bill has been referred to the State Legislature's Joint Committee on the Judiciary that would make it legal for adults for grow marijuana and license stores that would then be able to sell it.

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New Law Makes It Easier To Postpone Town Meetings

Town meeting moderators have been given broader powers to postpone the gatherings because of severe weather or other public safety emergencies.

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Massachusetts Lawmakers Kickoff New 2-Year Session

The Democratic-controlled state Legislature is beginning a new two-year session, one day before a new Republican governor, Charlie Baker, takes office on Beacon Hill.

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Future of SouthCoast Rail Hangs in the Balance

Despite the defeat of the state's gas tax indexing, SouthCoast Rail could still live on.

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Bill Seeks To Help Promote Massachusetts Seafood

Massachusetts' groundfish industry would get a boost under a seafood marketing program included in a jobs bill passed during the Legislature's final day of its formal session.

The goal of the seafood marketing program is to increase the public's knowledge about the health benefits of eating seafood and the economic importance of the state's fishing industry

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Technology Bond Bill Provides Funding For Mass. Schools

State lawmakers have given final approval to a Technology Bond bill that includes $38-million for technology upgrades in Bay State schools.

Rep. Antonio Cabral of New Bedford added the school funding provision to the bill

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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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$78.5 Million Earmarked For New Bedford In Pending Bond Bill

A number of New Bedford's headliner projects would see improvements under a $1.6 billion Environmental Bond bill just passed in a house committee.

Representative Antonio Cabral, Chairman of the Committee on Bonding, Capital Expenditures and State Assets, says the bill now goes from his committee to the house Ways and Means Committee, with $78

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Mass. US House Delegation Seeking To End Shutdown

Massachusetts' all-Democratic U.S. House delegation is calling on Republican Speaker John Boehner to allow a vote on a resolution to end the government shutdown.

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