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49 min ago | Patch.com

Smell of Pot Doesn't Warrant Car Search, Mass. Supreme Court Rules

The state Supreme Judicial Court on Wednesday made a key ruling that eliminates police officers' authority to search a vehicle if they smell raw marijuana.

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Related Topix: Massachusetts Government

4 hrs ago | SouthCoastToday.com

Massachusetts House approves sweeping gun bill

The bill, which passed on a 112-38 vote, would strengthen local police chiefs' discretion over issuing firearms identification cards needed for the purchase of rifles or shotguns, much like the discretion they currently have over issuing licenses to carry concealed weapons.

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Related Topix: Deval Patrick, US Governors

Wed Jul 09, 2014

CBS 3 Springfield

West Nile Virus found in mosquito in Clinton

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health announced Wednesday that West Nile virus was found in a mosquito in Massachusetts for the first time in 2014.

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Related Topix: West Nile Virus, Health, Massachusetts Government, Holyoke, MA, Springfield, MA

Bellingham Herald

State seeks more marijuana dispensary proposals

The Department of Public Health outlined its plan for accepting proposals for medical marijuana dispensaries in seven counties that currently do not have a project in the pipeline.

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Related Topix: Marijuana, Suffolk County, MA, Norfolk County, MA, Bristol County, MA

Patch.com

GOAL Holsters Criticism for DeLeo Gun Bill

The state's largest gun rights organization has put the safety on its criticism of a new gun control bill proposed by House Speaker Robert DeLeo , D-Winthrop.

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Related Topix: Guns

Berkshire Eagle

New trial ordered for man on 8 murders in 1982

A Massachusetts man who has spent three decades in prison has been granted a new trial in a 1982 fire that killed eight people.

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Lowell Sun

Mass. per-capita prison health-care spending 7th

Massachusetts trailed only six states in per inmate spending on prison health care in 2011 as an aging population contributed to the growing cost of care for inmates, which has been on the decline since 2009 in line with the experience of most other states, according to a new study.

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Related Topix: Prison, Massachusetts Government, State Prisons, Deval Patrick, US Governors, Healthcare Law, Law

The Pitch

Music Forecast 7.10-7.16: Paul McCartney, Lucero, Pat Benatar, Rick...

Paul McCartney Basically everyone has a Beatles story, even that one guy who insists that he has never really cared for the band.

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Related Topix: The Fab Four, Pop/Rock, West Sussex County, England, East Sussex County, England, World News, United Kingdom,

Tue Jul 08, 2014

MassLive.com

Anti abortion group urges Massachusetts lawmakers to move cautiously...

Massachusetts lawmakers should proceed cautiously to avoid future lawsuits as they consider altering security rules around abortion clinics in the wake of a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling, a group that opposes abortion said Tuesday.

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Related Topix: Abortion, US News, US Supreme Court, Deval Patrick, US Governors

Patch.com

Lahey Health and Winchester Hospital Make Partnership Official

By Matt Schooley The Massachusetts Health Policy Commission completed its review of the proposed affiliation between Winchester Hospital and Burlington's Lahey Health, making the partnership official in an agreement that hospital officials said will enhance care for local communities.

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Related Topix: Health Care Policy, Health

Daily Kos

NH-Sen: Scott Brown (R) Campaign Attacks Jeanne Shaheen (D) For Something He Did

The campaign of former Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown is attacking New Hampshire Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen for threatening to raise gas taxes.

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Related Topix: US Politics, US News, US Senate, Democrat, Senator Jeanne Shaheen, Scott Brown, Republican, Senator Elizabeth Warren, Massachusetts Government, 2012 Presidential Election, Mitt Romney

Patch.com

Is Wilmington Ranked Among the Safest Towns in Massachusetts?

A number of towns around Middlesex County have been listed among the "50 safest communities in Massachusetts."

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Related Topix: Middlesex County, MA, Wilmington, MA, Sudbury, MA, Reading, MA, Andover, MA

Worcester Telegram & Gazette

Thomas Prince Green Team receives state education award

Members of the Thomas Prince School PTA Green Team receive their award from EEA Secretary Richard K. Sullivan Jr., Department of Energy Resources Commissioner Mark Sylvia, and SAGEE Chairwoman Robin Organ.

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Related Topix: Life, Food, Vegetables, Home Gardening, Home, Education Etc.

Boston.com

Coakley takes on Governor Deval Patrick's record, gingerly

Democratic Gubernatorial hopeful Martha Coakley participated in the 2014 Massachusetts Gubernatorial Forum on Mental Health in Boston, Wednesday, June 25, 2014.

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Related Topix: Deval Patrick, US Governors

Berkshire Eagle

Massachusetts lawmakers may vote soon on gun bill

Debate on the bill unveiled by House leaders, including Speaker Robert DeLeo, in May could happen as early as Wednesday.

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Related Topix: Deval Patrick, US Governors

Mon Jul 07, 2014

Berkshire Eagle

Data to determine districtsa success educating students with disabilities

The U.S. Department of Education is rethinking the way it determines success in educating the 6.5 million public school students diagnosed with disabilities.

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Related Topix: Education Etc., Harvard University

Politico

Chaffetz: Romney will run -and win

At least one House Republican thinks Mitt Romney will make another run for the White House in 2016 - and this time, he says the 2012 runner-up will emerge victorious.

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Related Topix: US Politics, US News, Republican, US House of Representatives, Representative Jason Chaffetz, Mitt Romney, Scott Brown, US Senate, Massachusetts Government

MassLive.com

Thunderstorms likely for Western Massachusetts; flash flood warning...

A Bernardston police car blocks a section of Route 10 where a Monday afternoon storm brought down some power lines.

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Related Topix: Weather, Natural Disasters, Flood, Bernardston, MA, Tornado, Hurricane

Patch.com

Tornado Warning for Acton

A tornado warning was issued for Acton and surrounding communities Monday. The National Weather Service issued the warning at about 4:50 p.m. The warning was in effect until 5:30 p.m. "Go to a basement or interior room on lowest floor," the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency said in a statement .

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Related Topix: Weather, Acton, MA, Billerica, MA, Chelmsford, MA, Ayer, MA

EDGE

Mass. Legislators Approve Funding for Prostate Health Awareness

On June 30, The Massachusetts' House of Representatives and Senate created a new education and awareness program dedicated to prostate cancer.

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Related Topix: Prostate Cancer, Health, Massachusetts Government, African-American, Medicine, Breast Cancer

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