Massachusetts

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In an overwhelming majority, the Rhode Island Senate passed two bills aimed at curbing gun violence in Rhode Island.

One bill would allow for the court-ordered seizure of firearms from individuals deemed dangerous, also known as a red flag policy. The other bans modifications to guns, allowing them to shoot off bullets at a higher rate.

Jennifer Boylan works with the nonprofit Moms Demand Action, and hopes the general assembly will move forward on other gun control measures.

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As New Bedford slows the rollout of recreational marijuana shops, Fall River is preparing for a windfall. Fall River will impose a three percent tax on retail sales of recreational pot.

Starting this summer, Massachusetts will begin opening retail recreational marijuana shops. Cities and towns are allowed to place an extra tax on local sales. The Fall River City Council voted in favor of a three percent local tax last week.

Mayor Jasiel Correia supports the tax, and said the revenue will go back into the community.

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Lilian Calderon, the Rhode Island woman who was detained by federal immigration officials for nearly a month is now the lead plaintiff in a class-action lawsuit against President Donald Trump and his administration.

To paraphrase a remark (mistakenly) attributed to Mark Twain, the coldest winter I ever spent was a spring in southern New England. But we roll with the punches, right? 

South Coast Schools To Receive New Funding For Puerto Rican Evacuees

Feb 21, 2018
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Schools districts in Massachusetts that have enrolled students recently arrived from Puerto Rico will soon be getting a portion of $15 million dollars in new state funding.

Fall River and New Bedford are among the districts slated to receive a portion of the funding. According the New Bedford Mayor’s office, more than 150 new students have arrived in that city from Puerto Rico since the hurricane.

In Holyoke, the school district has already hired more people to help teach 185 student evacuees, including specialists in English as a second language and special education.

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Massachusetts opted last week for one large power line to cover a big chunk of its energy needs for the next 20-plus years.

The Northern Pass proposal beat out other big transmission projects and dozens of smaller options for the right to supply all renewable power the Commonwealth wants.

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A Johnston woman faces deportation even though her attorney said she has no criminal record.

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Advocates for low-income workers in recent years have pushed in legislatures across the nation for increasing the Earned Income Tax Credit. Now, Massachusetts Republican Gov. Charlie Baker in his budget proposal is asking the commonwealth’s lawmakers to increase the rate from 23 percent to 30 percent.

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Flooding during last week's snowstorm was nowhere near as extreme in Rhode Island and the South Coast as it was in areas like Boston, Scituate and Marshfield. But why? 


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Former Massachusetts governor and 2012 presidential candidate Mitt Romney was treated for prostate cancer last year. An aide revealed the treatment as Romney considers a run for U.S. Senate.

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Yes, it’s frigid outside. It’s New England, and it's winter. But this week’s cold weather is breaking records. The National Weather Service confirmed that a 14-degree high on Thursday broke the previous record cold temperature, set in 1976.

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Even as homeless shelters swell over capacity, social service workers are scrambling to get more people off the streets and out of the bitter cold.

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Massachusetts state regulators are reviewing proposals for large-scale offshore wind energy projects after three offshore wind developers submitted bids Wednesday. 

Report: RI Among Healthiest States

Dec 15, 2017
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Rhode Island ranks as the 11th healthiest state, according to a new report released by the nonprofit United Health Foundation.

Massachusetts ranks number one.

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Roughly 18,000, that’s the number of Rhode Islanders currently enrolled in the state’s medical marijuana program. Members of a new recreational marijuana study commission got an update on that program Tuesday, as they consider whether the state should legalize recreational pot. This was the group's second meeting.

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