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SJC Rules Life Sentences For Juvenile Murderers Are Unconstitutional

 

The highest court in Massachusetts has fallen in line with the U.S. Supreme Court and ruled that sentencing juveniles convicted of murder to life in prison without parole in unconstitutional.
 

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Transparency Questioned at South Terminal Meeting

Residents voiced concerns about transparency at last night's informational meeting for the New Bedford Marine Commerce Terminal project. Local resident Buddy Andrade wants more information about risks from contaminants in the area of the project

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Wrentham Police Dispatcher On Leave

The civilian Wrentham police dispatcher who handled the initial call in the deadly dragging of a 58-year-old motel employee, has been placed on administrative leave.

The veteran dispatcher never sent a police car to the Arbor Inn Motel for an unpaid bill dispute until she received the 911 call eight minutes after the first call

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Ballot Question Backers Deliver Needed Signatures

Supporters of ballot questions that would raise the minimum wage, create a statewide earned sick time policy and update the state's bottle deposit law say they've delivered more than enough certified signatures to put the issues before voters next year

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Coakley Warns Bay Staters About Telephone Fundraisers

 

Only 34 cents of every dollar collected by professional solicitors in Massachusetts in 2012 ended up with the charities they were representing.

That's according to a new report by Attorney General Martha Coakley.

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Dunkin’ Donuts Bandit Arrested

Police have arrested a man in connection with their investigation into more than 20 robberies at Dunkin' Donuts stores over several months.

Canton police said Isaiah Murphy, 23, was taken into custody Tuesday afternoon and is scheduled to be arraigned Wednesday in Stoughton District Court

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Gas Tax Question May Appear on ’14 Ballot

Supporters looking to get several questions on next year's state ballot have until Wednesday night to turn in signatures.

State Representative Geoff Diehl is working to let the public decide if the state's gas tax should be tied to the rate of inflation

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Compounding Pharmacy Bill Clears U.S. Senate

 

A bill tightening oversight of compounding pharmacies is on its way to President Obama after passage by the Senate. 

The measure is a response to a shipment of contaminated drugs which caused a fungal meningitis outbreak that killed more than 60 people in nearly two dozen states last year. 

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Mass. Gas Prices Hold Steady

Massachusetts gas prices are holding steady.

AAA Southern New England reports today that the average cost of a gallon of mself-serve regular remained the same as last week, $3.28.

That's 7 cents higher than the national average for the same grade, but still a dime lower that the in-state price a month ago and 30 cents lower than last year

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Mitchell Supports Marijuana Manufacture, Not Dispensary

Mayor Jon Mitchell says he supports a medical marijuana cultivation center, but not a retail dispensary in New Bedford.

In a letter sent to Massachusetts Department of Public Health Commissioner Cheryl Bartlett, Mitchell says after meetings with dispensary representatives and city officials, he feels a dispensary in the city would negatively effect neighborhood quality of life, crime rates, and the city's overall reputation

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