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Weekly Jobless Claims Fall

Massachusetts Unemployment Rate Ticks Up To 6.6 Percent

The Massachusetts unemployment rate ticked up to 6.6 percent in October even as the state's economy added nearly 8,000 jobs.

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More Cases Head to Court in Mass. Drug Lab Scandal

More defendants are expected to challenge their convictions this week based on a testing scandal at a Massachusetts drug lab, including a man currently under indictment for murder and another man who served time behind bars for killing a neighborhood cat and burning its remains

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Massachusetts State Treasury

Mass. Announces Unclaimed Property Auction

An 18th century silver brandy warmer and an antique pie server as well as precious metals, rare coins and jewelry are among the items up for grabs at the state's annual unclaimed property auction.

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Chemist in Mass. Lab Scandal Refuses to Testify

A chemist at the center of a scandal at a Massachusetts drug lab has refused to testify in a drug case against a Boston man who once spent 15 years in prison for the slaying of a 12-year-old girl he says he did not commit

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Keiko Orrall for State Rep., flickr

State Rep. Orrall Seeks Mitigation for Casino Neighbors

State Representative Keiko Orrall is looking for some sort of compensation for communities that will be subjected to a nearby casino.

The Lakeville representative is firing off two letters to the Federal Bureau of Indian Affairs, voicing her concerns over mitigation for other Southeastern communities who will be faced with the reality of a proposed tribal casino in neighboring Taunton

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Chemist in State Lab Scandal Arrested

Former state crime lab chemist Annie Dookhan was arrested without incident at her home in Franklin today around noon.She's accused of faking drug test results that has left the outcome of thousands of criminal drug cases in question

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“Rogue Chemist” Arrested

Former state lab chemist Annie Dookhan has been arrested. She's accused of faking drug test results that has left the outcome of thousands of criminal drug cases in question. Investigators say she handled tens-of-thousands of drug samples and she allegedly confessed to faking tests for two or three years

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Fall River Justice Center
Fall River Justice Center

New Bedford Case Affected by Drug Lab Scandal Sent to Trial

The first local case affected by the state drug lab scandal returned to court today.

A spokesman for the Bristol County District Attorney's office says 32-year-old Nathan Martin of New Bedford was ordered continued to be held on $25,000 bail in Superior Court this morning

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State Adding Up Costs Of Drug Lab Scandal

Gov. Deval Patrick's administration is trying to figure out how much it will cost the state to sort through the legal problems caused by the mishandling of evidence at a Massachusetts drug testing lab

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State Lab Chemist Admits to Faking Results

According to a state police report, a chemist in the state lab scandal has admitted she faked test results.

Annie Dookhan reportedly told investigators that for about three years she would just look at some evidence and label it what she thought it might be

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