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Seekonk Gym-Cam Suspect Speaks Out

A gym member police suspect of putting a video camera in a women's locker room says he meant it as a joke.

Fifty-five-year-old Mark McVay of Bristol, Rhode Island, tells The Sun Chronicle of Attleboro in a phone interview it ``was a prank gone bad

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Massachusetts SWAT Teams Tell ACLU They Are Private Corporations, Exempt From Public Records Law

The American Civil Liberties Union hit an interesting snag while trying to put together a nation-wide report on SWAT team usage. The Washington Post reports that the ACLU's Massachusetts chapter sent a number of public records requests to various SWAT teams across the state, many of which are run by regional law enforcement councils, and several of those councils responded that they are private corporations and therefore exempt from the public records law

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11 Medical Pot Dispensaries Approved, None In Bristol County

State public health officials say 11 medical marijuana dispensaries have been cleared to move forward in Massachusetts.

The process has been on hold while the state worked to verify information provided in the applications of 20 companies that were initially cleared for licenses in January

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Officials Will Seek New Abortion Buffer Zones

Massachusetts officials who support protest-free zones around abortion clinics say they will try to craft new rules in the wake of a U.S. Supreme Court decision.

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Mass. Officials Will Seek New Buffer Zone Rules

Massachusetts officials who support protest-free zones around abortion clinics say they will try to craft new rules in the wake of a U.S. Supreme Court decision.

The justices unanimously ruled Thursday that the state's 35-foot buffer zone violated the First Amendment rights of protesters

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Patrick Signs Minimum Wage Hike

Gov. Deval Patrick has signed a law raising the state's $8 per hour minimum wage to $11 per hour - a high among U.S. states - by 2017.

Patrick told a Statehouse ceremony on Thursday that the new law would provide some relief to low-income workers, while noting it would still not be a ``livable wage'' for many Massachusetts residents

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Mayor Mitchell Against Possibility Of Gaming Law Repeal

Mayor Jon Mitchell says it would be irresponsible if Massachusetts voters decided to repeal the state's 2011 casino gaming law.

The Supreme Judicial Court this week ruled Bay State voters could have their say with a ballot question on November 4

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Bay State Factories Can’t Find Enough Skilled Workers

Bay State manufacturers can't find enough skilled workers to man their factory floors. That's according to a new UMass Dartmouth survey which found one in three manufacturers reported having difficulty filling positions

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Gas Prices Climb In Massachusetts

A 4-cent jump in the cost of a gallon of gasoline in Massachusetts in the past week is being blamed on unrest in Iraq.

AAA Southern New England said Monday that self-serve, regular is up to $3.68 per gallon, equaling the highest weekly average price recorded by AAA in Massachusetts this year

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Massachusetts Minimum Wage Increase Passes House, Heads To Senate

A bill that would raise Massachusetts' $8 per hour minimum wage to $11 per hour by 2017 could soon be law.

The House of Representatives approved a compromise measure on Wednesday on a 124-24 vote after a brief debate

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