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State Warns Of Telephone Tax Scam

State authorities are warning Massachusetts residents about a nationwide phone scam that aggressively targets taxpayers.

The state attorney's general's office says it has received several complaints about the scam

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Closing Arguments Made In Probation Hiring Trial

Closing arguments have started in the federal trial of former state probation commissioner John O'Brien and two deputies accused of rigging the agency's hiring process.

O'Brien, William Burke and Elizabeth Tavares are accused of trying to curry favor with powerful lawmakers by funneling jobs to politically connected applicants at the expense of more qualified candidates

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Hodgson Leading Pack Of Sheriffs To Border To Address Immigration Crisis

Sheriffs and law enforcement officials from across the country are descending upon the Texas/Mexico border Tuesday, hoping to shed more light on the immigration crisis.

Immigration officials have admitted flying planeloads of illegal immigrants to states including Massachusetts because of an increase in border crossing that has filled up detainment and processing centers in Texas

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Bill Cosby Supports Pipeline Protesters

Comedian Bill Cosby and his wife Camille are supporting protesters marching across the state in opposition to Kinder Morgan's proposed natural gas pipeline.

The couple, who own hundreds of acres of protected land in Shelburne Falls, about 100 miles west of Boston, have been opposed to the pipeline since the company notified them last winter of plans to survey their property

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Massachusetts Probation Trial Final Arguments Scheduled

The federal trial of former state probation Commissioner John O'Brien and two deputies could be heading to the jury soon.

The prosecution rested its case Friday and the defense opted not to call any witnesses, including O'Brien

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Rendition from Cape Wind

Cape Wind Seeks Lease Option For Staging In Rhode Island

The developer of a planned wind farm off Cape Cod is seeking a lease option in Rhode Island for a staging and assembly area.

The Quonset Development Corp. on Wednesday announced Cape Wind is looking at a 1-year lease option at the Quonset Business Park, with two 1-year extensions

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“Soccer Mom” Minivan Used In New Bedford Heroin Deliveries, Driver Arrested

A Providence man is under arrest in New Bedford after police say he was making heroin deliveries in a minivan.

According to Detective Captain Steve Vicente, police developed information that a 2001 Honda Odyssey was being used to make heroin drops in the South End of New Bedford

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Senate Votes Volleyball As Massachusetts Official Team Sport

Massachusetts lawmakers are serving up a special honor for the sport of volleyball.

The Senate voted unanimously on Tuesday for a bill designating volleyball _ which was invented in 1895 at a YMCA in the city of Holyoke _ as the state's official ``recreational and team sport

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One Dead, Ten Hospitalized At Plymouth Hazmat Site

The state fire marshal's office says an employee at a Massachusetts elementary school has died and a hazardous materials response team is at the scene investigating.

Authorities also said another Plymouth school employee and nine public safety employees were taken to area hospitals Monday for treatment of minor eye and throat irritation

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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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