Archive for: June, 2012

First West Nile Virus Case Announced In MA


The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) announced on Thursday that West Nile virus (WNV) has been detected in a mosquito in Massachusetts for the first time this year. A WNV infection was confirmed by the State Laboratory Institute today in a mosquito sample which was collected on June 20 in the City of Boston. [...]

Mass. Legislature Enacts Valor Act

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The Massachusetts House and Senate gave final approval to S. 2254, An Act relative to veterans’ access, livelihood, opportunity, and resources, on Thursday, May 24, 2012. The bill has been laid before the Governor, who has 10 days to sign the bill or return it to the Legislature with vetoes. The bill works on many [...]

Obama Calls Supreme Court Ruling a ‘Victory’

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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says the Supreme Court’s decision to uphold his health care overhaul is a “victory for people all over the country” and will make their lives more secure. Obama says the decision upholds the fundamental principle that in America — the wealthiest nation on earth — no one should fall [...]

MA Governor Approves $56.8 Million In Health Insurance Rebates

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The Commissioner of the Patrick-Murray Administration’s Division of Insurance, Joseph G. Murphy, on Tuesday announced that individual citizens and small employers in the Commonwealth will benefit from nearly $57 million in rebates from five of the state’s largest health insurers. The rebates will be delivered to 50,000 individual policyholders and an additional 50,000 small businesses [...]

Bay State Banks Charging Fees For Checking Accounts


A survey by the Patrick-Murray Administration’s Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation found that Bay State consumers can save a great deal of money by shopping around for low-cost checking accounts. The survey examined data from the state’s largest 15 banks for the cost of their least expensive checking accounts. The phone and internet [...]

AG Coakley Fights For Veteran’s Benefits

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In a letter to Congress sent on Tuesday, Attorney General Martha Coakley and 21 attorneys general urged congressional leaders to close a loophole in the Higher Education Act that can harm American veterans and their families. The letter encourages Congress to subject the GI Bill and Veterans’ Assistance educational programs to the 90/10 rule that [...]

Pittsfield Resident Fined $3500 By MA Environmental Protection

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The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) fined Anthony J. Crea $3,500 for his failure to comply with a consent order requiring the completion of the cleanup of contamination on his property. The site is a former gasoline station and auto repair facility located at 483 West Housatonic Street in Pittsfield, from which several businesses [...]

MA Early Education and Care Awards Announced


The Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care (EEC) has honored 13 exceptional educators and instructional leaders across the state who have excelled in their contributions to the field of early childhood education and out of school time in the Commonwealth. The Patrick-Murray Administration is committed to building a high-quality, seamless system of education from [...]

ME Dept. Of Labor Launches Unemployment Initiative


Maine Department of Labor officials are launching a new unemployment initiative in June aimed at keeping workers on the job when their employer experiences a temporary slowdown in business. The program, known as WorkShare, allows workers to remain on the job with reduced hours and still collect a modified unemployment benefit that partially offsets the [...]

Maine Soldier Mourned By Governor LePage

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Governor Paul R. LePage issued the following statement on Tuesday regarding the death of U.S. Army Captain John “Jay” R. Brainard III, of Newport, who was killed in Afghanistan on May 28, 2012: “It brings me great sadness to learn that Maine has lost Captain Brainard who dedicated himself to defending our State and Nation, [...]

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