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Gay Group Wants To March Openly in St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Associated Press - A gay rights advocacy group is pushing for gay people to be allowed to march ``openly and honestly'' in Boston's St. Patrick's Day parade.

On Saturday, MassEquality Executive Director Kara Coredini said a group of gay military veterans would be allowed to march under its banner as part of a tentative deal with parade organizers

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Obama Plans Massachusetts Visit

Associated Press - President Barack Obama is planning a trip to Boston to help raise money for the Democratic Party.

Obama is set to attend a round-table discussion fundraiser for the Democratic National Committee with about 25 supporters in Cambridge

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Getty Images - Gov. Deval Patrick

Mass. Gov. Patrick: ‘No Plans’ For White House Bid

Associated Press - Gov. Deval Patrick is downplaying any talk of a future White House run, saying he's focused on his day job and plans to return to the private sector when he leaves office.

Patrick said Monday he's ``not sending any signals or floating any trial balloons

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Joe Raedle/Getty Images

Mass. Chips Away At Health Insurance Backlog

Massachusetts officials say they're continuing to sign up people for health insurance even as they concede they may not have a fully functioning insurance website by the end of June.

That's the deadline to move more than 200,000 people into insurance plans that comply with the federal health care law

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Updated Anti-Bullying Bill Clears Massachusetts House

The Massachusetts House has approved a bill designed to build on the state's 2010 anti-bullying law in part by strengthening protections for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender students and students with disabilities

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Secretary Bialecki Encourages Stronger Business/School Relationships

Massachusetts Secretary of Housing and Workforce Development Greg Bialecki met with business leaders in New Bedford Wednesday, promoting continued growth and partnership between comanies and education centers

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Music Machinery

Map Shows Which States Have Great Taste in Music, Which Don’t

A new map put together by Music Machinery details the most popular music in each of America's 50 states. And it not only serves as a gauge of what poor taste in music some of our countrymen have (really, West Virginia?), it also reveals there's a handful of them listening to s--- we never heard of.

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Raise Up Massachusetts - Facebook
Raise Up Massachusetts - Facebook

Tuesday Meeting Addresses Min. Wage, Sick Leave

A community meeting Tuesday night looks to garner support for raising the minimum wage in Massachusetts.

The meeting is part of the Raise Up Massachusetts campaign, and will call on elected officials to raise the minimum wage to at least $10

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Mass. Statehouse / Getty Images

Small Business Leaders Criticize Teen Rally

A rally held at the statehouse Thursday is drawing criticism from the small business community.

The National Federation of Independent Business says the nearly 1,000 teens calling for increased funding for youth summer jobs initiatives are only creating future problems for themselves

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Group Pushes Mass. Moratorium on Fracking

An environmental group is stepping up efforts to impose a moratorium on a natural gas drilling technique called hydraulic fracturing, or fracking.

A legislative committee approved in November a bill that would place a 10-year moratorium on fracking, which involves blasting chemical-laden water deep into the ground

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