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Mass. Bill Would Ban Shackling Pregnant Inmates

A bill that would outlaw the shackling of women prisoners during childbirth is making its way through the Statehouse.

Massachusetts Department of Correction policy already prohibits prisoners in labor from being restrained, although restraints can be used when transporting pregnant prisoners

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Twin River “Positioned” To Meet Threat Of Expanded Gambling In Mass.

The chairman of Twin River says the casino company is well-positioned to meet the threat of expanded gambling in Massachusetts, with the addition of table games and the acquisition of a resort casino in Mississippi

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TSM - Sconticut Neck Plaza Parking Lot as of 5pm Saturday
TSM - Sconticut Neck Plaza Parking Lot as of 5pm Saturday

Southcoast Gears For 10-14 Inches Of Snow

Another winter storm is hitting Southern New England, bringing with it heavy snow, strong winds and blizzard conditions near the Massachusetts coast.  The National Weather Service says the heaviest snowfalls of 10 to 14 inches will occur in Eastern Massachusetts and parts of Rhode Island

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MA Driver’s Licenses May Not Be Good To Board Planes

As if we don't have enough challenges in this state, starting in April, Massachusetts Driver's licenses will no longer work as proof of identification at government buildings and eventually to board airplanes

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Dartmouth Receives Highest Bond Rating Ever

 

The Standard and Poors Rating Service has given the town of Dartmouth its highest bond rating ever.

Town Administrator David Cressman tells WBSM News, the AAA bond rating is the result of a good financial team making sound decisions.....

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State Lawmakers Meet with DCF Head

The head of the Massachusetts department of Children and Families says she held a ``very productive'' closed-door meeting with lawmakers looking into the disappearance of a 5-year-old Fitchburg boy

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Mass. Expecting Snow And Icy Mix

 

Massachusetts is preparing for another round of snow in a winter that already has seen several storms.
 
    The National Weather Service issued a winter storm warning for late Tuesday night through late Wednesday afternoon.
 

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Pia Durkin Named “Turnaround Operator” for Parker School

New Bedford Superintendent Dr. Pia Durkin admits she's never personally overseen a school takeover before, but is optimistic it will be a relatively smooth transition at the Parker School. Massachusetts Education Commissioner Mitchell Chester named Durkin the "turnaround operator" for the level five elementary school

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Decision in Tsarnaev Death Penalty Imminent

As attorney general, Eric Holder has approved pursuing the death penalty in at least 34 criminal cases, upholding a long-ago pledge to Congress that he would vigorously enforce federal law even though he's not a proponent of capital punishment

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Supt. Pia Durkin (left) at Monday night's New Bedford School Committee Meeting.
Supt. Pia Durkin (left) at Monday night's New Bedford School Committee Meeting.

Superintendent Durkin Details Graduation and Dropout Rates

 

Though the City is not on par with statewide rates, New Bedford's graduation and dropout numbers at the high school level are improving.

Superintendent Dr. Pia Durkin says the report released by the State Department of Elementary and Secondary Education shows the graduation level at the high school has climbed to 63% for the 2012-13 school year, up nearly five percentage points from the year before.

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