Marijuana industry taking root in Massachusetts city

Marijuana industry taking root in Massachusetts city

FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) – If you go to a hash bar in Amsterdam, your server will ask you first: What kind of high do you want?

Do you want your head to float? Do you want your body to … Read Full Story

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US Marshals: Beware of jury duty scams

US Marshals: Beware of jury duty scams

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) – The U.S. Marshals Service is warning Rhode Island residents to be aware of jury duty scams.

U.S. Marshal Jamie Hainsworth said Monday there has been an increase in telephone scams asking people to pay fines for … Read Full Story

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 Rhode Island DMV rolls out new and improved driver’s license

  Rhode Island DMV rolls out new and improved driver’s license

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) – The Rhode Island Department of Motor Vehicles has begun issuing new driver’s licenses that officials say will better protect residents from fraud and identity theft.

The new design replaces the license configuration introduced in 2003 to … Read Full Story

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Federal report urges testing of private well water

Federal report urges testing of private well water

BOSTON (AP) – A federal report says Massachusetts is at greater risk than all but five other states from potentially corrosive ground water that could cause lead or other toxic metals in household pipes to leach into drinking water.

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Middleboro route on the table again as South Coast Rail projects soar

Middleboro route on the table again as South Coast Rail projects soar

BOSTON – Transit officials are taking a new look at an old option for delivering commuter rail service to Fall River, New Bedford and Taunton.

After announcing the projected cost of the long-planned South Coast Rail extension has ballooned to … Read Full Story

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Fishermen worry about plan for wind farm off New York coast

Fishermen worry about plan for wind farm off New York coast

MINEOLA, N.Y. (AP) – A long-stalled plan to build a forest of power-producing windmills off the coast of New York may finally be gathering momentum, and that is sparking concern among commercial fishermen who fear the giant turbines will ruin … Read Full Story

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A decade after boom, Rhode Island housing market struggles

A decade after boom, Rhode Island housing market struggles

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) – A decade after the housing boom, Rhode Island’s housing market is still struggling to recover.

While the number of home sales has bounced back, the median price of a single-family home in 2015 was 20 percent … Read Full Story

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Fishing fleets turning to technology to meet monitoring mandate

Fishing fleets turning to technology to meet monitoring mandate

New England fishermen are starting to use digital cameras to document groundfish discards and prove they are fishing within established quotas, turning to technology for a method that may prove more cost effective than hiring human monitors.

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House speaker: No immigrant driver’s licenses this year

House speaker: No immigrant driver’s licenses this year

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) – The Rhode Island House speaker says lawmakers won’t act this year on legislation that would allow immigrants in the country illegally to obtain driver’s licenses.

The Providence Journal reports that Democratic leader Nicholas Mattiello says it’s … Read Full Story

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New England beachgoers warned: Don’t take selfies with seals

New England beachgoers warned: Don’t take selfies with seals

BOSTON (AP) – The feds have a warning for beachgoers in New England during Memorial Day weekend: Don’t take selfies with the seals.

Seal pupping season is underway in the region, but people who approach a seal pup on the … Read Full Story

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Attorney general warns of new twist on traditional IRS scam

Attorney general warns of new twist on traditional IRS scam

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) – Rhode Island’s attorney general is warning about a new twist on the traditional “IRS scam.”

Peter Kilmartin says scam artists usually call and claim taxpayers owe back taxes and threaten arrest, driver’s license suspension or even … Read Full Story

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Threat of hackers keeps Gov. Baker awake at night

Threat of hackers keeps Gov. Baker awake at night

BOSTON — As more and more people access government services online, keeping data secure from hackers has become one of the biggest challenges facing governments at all levels, Gov. Charlie Baker said Monday.

“I think it’s fair to say that … Read Full Story

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Massachusetts giving tuition rebate in groundbreaking offer

Massachusetts giving tuition rebate in groundbreaking offer

BOSTON (AP) – Massachusetts will offer tuition rebates to full-time, qualifying students who begin their studies at a community college and go on to earn a bachelor’s degree at a state university.

Republican Gov. Charlie Baker and state higher educational … Read Full Story

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Show exhibit draws attention to Massachusetts´s child abuse woes

Show exhibit draws attention to Massachusetts´s child abuse woes

BOSTON — Kids shoes, 772 of them in all, neatly lined step after step of the Grand Staircase on Thursday as Massachusetts Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito and child protection advocates sought to draw attention to the average of 772 confirmed … Read Full Story

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Push on to move science center to fishing hub of New Bedford

Push on to move science center to fishing hub of New Bedford

NEW BEDFORD, Mass. (AP) – The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is considering a renovation of its long-standing Cape Cod science facility, prompting some to lobby for it to move to the fishing hub of New Bedford.

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Rhode Island governor signs online voter registration bill

Rhode Island governor signs online voter registration bill

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) – Gov. Gina Raimondo has signed into law a bill that makes Rhode Island the 35th state to offer online voter registration.

The law requires Secretary of State Nellie Gorbea to create a website letting voters register … Read Full Story

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MGM bids to run arena near its planned Massachusetts casino

MGM bids to run arena near its planned Massachusetts casino

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) – MGM wants to operate a state-owned arena and convention center near its planned $950 million downtown Springfield casino.

The Las Vegas-based company announced Thursday it’s bidding for the five year contract to operate the MassMutual Center.… Read Full Story

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Defense secretary to announce futuristic textiles hub at MIT

Defense secretary to announce futuristic textiles hub at MIT

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) – Defense Secretary Ash Carter is announcing the creation of a $317 million futuristic textiles manufacturing hub based at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

The project’s goal is to help develop cutting-edge fabrics – everything from gear … Read Full Story

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