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State Announces More Commercial Wind Energy Leases

Gov. Deval Patrick and U.S. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell say more than 742,000 more acres off the Massachusetts coast are being opened for commercial wind energy leases.

Patrick said Wednesday the state ``is poised to lead the charge in offshore wind energy development,'' and gain economic and environmental benefits

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Gas Prices Hold Steady In Bay State

Massachusetts gas prices are holding steady.

AAA Southern New England reports Monday that a gallon of self-serve, regular is selling for $3.64, the same as last week.

The current price is 2 cents below the national average for the same grade, and a penny lower than a month ago

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SJC Says Lifetime Parole For Sex Offenders Is Unconstitutional

The highest court in Massachusetts has ruled that lifetime parole for sex offenders is unconstitutional, finding that only judges can impose new sentences on offenders who have already completed their original sentence

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Should The New Bedford-Fairhaven Bridge Be Replaced? [POLL]

There's no shortage of ideas when it comes to alternatives to the New Bedford-Fairhaven Bridge.

Local residents will be able to weigh in Wednesday night, pitching their thoughts to officials from the Massachusetts Department of Transportation

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Veterans Affairs Audit Looks At Wait Times In Mass.

The Veterans Affairs Department has found that fewer than 600 patients in Massachusetts were waiting for initial medical appointments at VA hospitals and clinics 90 days or more after requesting them compared with more than 57,000 patients nationwide

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Sen. Warren Pushes Changes In Student Loan Program

Senate Democrats are pushing legislation to let borrowers refinance their student loans at lower interest rates.  Leading the charge is Mass. Senator Elizabeth Warren.

In a Capitol news conference, Senator Warren called the student loan situation an emergency

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A Medical First For Southcoast Health Systems

Southcoast Health Systems has announced a medical-first in our area.  Southcoast says Charlton Memorial Hospital in Fall River has become the first hospital in Massachusetts and Rhode Island to successfully implant a mini I-C-D or tiny defibrilator

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Regulators To Decide If Maine Shrimp Season Is On

Federal regulators are set to being the process of determining whether there will be a commercial fishing season for northern shrimp in 2014-15.

The commission's Northern Shrimp Section's meeting on the subject is scheduled for Wednesday at the Urban Forestry Center in Portsmouth, NH

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Rep. Keating’s Intelligence Amendment Clears U.S. House

U.S. Rep. William Keating says the House has approved a measure to encourage stronger intelligence sharing between federal, state and local law enforcement agencies.

The Massachusetts democrat says the amendment was added on Friday to an Intelligence Authorization bill

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UMass Dartmouth Professor Talks Drones

An associate professor at UMass Dartmouth's School of Law was part of an important discussion on a burgeoning industry in Massachusetts.

Associate Professor Hillary Farber joined in discussion with representatives from MassDevelopment, the Massachusetts Unmanned Aircraft Systems Test Center, and the ACLU of Massachusetts to talk about drones and proposed uses and regulations

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