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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Baker warns of travel impacts if lawmakers don’t advance Real ID bill

Baker warns of travel impacts if lawmakers don’t advance Real ID bill

BOSTON — If the Legislature fails this session to give him the authority to implement the federal Real ID law, Gov. Charlie Baker on Monday said he’s worried that Bay State residents might have to start carrying their passports to … Read Full Story

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Mass. First Lady finds “great personal satisfaction” in working to help children

Mass. First Lady finds “great personal satisfaction” in working to help children

BOSTON — A mother to three adult children of her own, First Lady Lauren Baker announced Monday that she hopes to use her position and influence to help the children of Massachusetts.

“I’m really passionate about helping people and it … Read Full Story

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Massachusetts jobless rate falls to 4.5 percent

Massachusetts jobless rate falls to 4.5 percent

BOSTON (AP) – State officials say the Massachusetts unemployment rate fell to 4.5 percent in February when an estimated 13,300 jobs were added.

The last time the state’s jobless rate stood as low as 4.5 percent was nearly 15 years … Read Full Story

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Bill letting dogs in outdoor restaurant areas passes House

Bill letting dogs in outdoor restaurant areas passes House

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) – A bill to allow diners to bring their dogs to outdoor seating areas at Rhode Island restaurants is headed to the state Senate.

The Providence Journal (http://bit.ly/1ZuSieA ) reports that the state House of Representatives … Read Full Story

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RI unemployment rate in February unchanged at 5.4 percent

RI unemployment rate in February unchanged at 5.4 percent

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) – Rhode Island’s unemployment rate was unchanged in February, holding steady at 5.4 percent.

Numbers released on Thursday by the state Department of Labor and Training show the state’s jobless rate is five-tenths of a percentage point … Read Full Story

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Legislature passes bill to let drug offenders keep licenses

Legislature passes bill to let drug offenders keep licenses

BOSTON (AP) – A bill that would end automatic driver’s license suspensions of up to five years for people convicted of less serious drug offenses in Massachusetts has landed on Gov. Charlie Baker’s desk.

The Legislature on Thursday gave final … Read Full Story

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State Senate approves money for UMass raises

State Senate approves money for UMass raises

BOSTON (AP) – The state Senate has approved a supplemental budget that provides nearly $11 million to the University of Massachusetts for negotiated raises and student financial aid.

The funding settles a dispute between UMass and state lawmakers that dates … Read Full Story

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State officials step up activity after Brussels attacks

State officials step up activity after Brussels attacks

BOSTON (AP) – Authorities in Massachusetts say they’re stepping up security after explosions killed dozens of people at an airport and subway station in Brussels, Belgium.

The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority said Tuesday that staff will be “stepping up their … Read Full Story

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Lowell man admits stealing $440k from seafood distributor

Lowell man admits stealing $440k from seafood distributor

BOSTON (AP) – A Massachusetts man has pleaded guilty to embezzling more than $440,000 from a Spanish seafood distributor.

Jorge Silva entered the plea in Boston federal court on Thursday to a pair of bank fraud counts.

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Sub choked student at Fall River middle school

Sub choked student at Fall River middle school

FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) – A substitute teacher at a Fall River middle school has been fired and could face assault charges for allegedly choking a 12-year-old student.

The resource officer at Talbot Middle School says when she responded to … Read Full Story

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RI Secretary providing Voter ID cards ahead of the Presidential Preference Primary

RI Secretary providing Voter ID cards ahead of the Presidential Preference Primary

PROVIDENCE, RI – Before Rhode Islanders go to the polls on April 26 for the Presidential Preference Primary, Secretary of State Nellie M. Gorbea will be providing voters who do not currently have a valid photo ID several Read Full Story

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Dexter Credit Union agrees to be merged into Navigant Credit Union

Dexter Credit Union agrees to be merged into Navigant Credit Union

Smithfield, R.I. — Navigant Credit Union announced that it has agreed to merge Dexter Credit Union into Navigant Credit Union.

Navigant Credit Union will be the surviving credit union. The legal merger will occur on April 10, 2016 and it … Read Full Story

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