Archive for: July, 2012

Mass. Launches Regional Renewable Energy Initiative With Other 5 States

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Governor Deval Patrick proposed a resolution at the New England Governor’s Conference that passed unanimously and will advance the process towards a coordinated regional procurement of renewable energy. Assistant Secretary of Energy Steven Clarke presented the proposal at the Burlington, Vermont conference on the Governor’s behalf. The six New England states agreed today to release [...]

Governor Patrick Signs Gaming Compact With Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe

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Governor Deval Patrick  joined legislators and members of the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe to sign H.4261 “Resolve Relating To The Tribal-State Compact Between The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe And The Commonwealth Of Massachusetts.” Signing the Resolve is the final step in the process before the Compact can be submitted to the United States Department of the Interior [...]

Two Internet Cafés Agree To Pay $750,000 For Allegedly Facilitating Illegal Gambling


After allegedly facilitating illegal gambling at locations throughout Massachusetts, two so-called Internet cafés have agreed to pay a total of $750,000 to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Attorney General Martha Coakley announced Wednesday. Additionally, Teradyne Systems Massachusetts, LLC, acknowledges that the two cafés used the sweepstakes software in a manner that violated Massachusetts consumer protection laws. [...]

22 Groups Submit New Charter School Proposals in Mass.

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The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education has received 22 prospectuses from groups seeking to ultimately receive approval to open new charter schools in Massachusetts. The increase in prospectuses submitted, up from seven last year, follows a decision earlier this spring by the Department to lift a moratorium on new applications for several cities, including [...]

New Massachusetts Clean Energy Center Chief Appointed


Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Rick Sullivan today announced the appointment of Alicia Barton McDevitt as the Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer of the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC). Ms. Barton McDevitt replaces outgoing CEO Patrick Cloney, who is leaving the organization to pursue new opportunities in the private sector. As the founding CEO, [...]

FACT CHECK: Romney-Bain Contacts Outlasted Exit

Courtesy of Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney has said he had no active role in Bain Capital, the private equity firm he founded, after he exited in February 1999 to take over Salt Lake City’s Winter Olympics bid. But according to Bain associates and others familiar with Romney’s actions at the time, he stayed [...]

Inside NH’s Hospital Hepatitis C Investigation

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The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), Division of Public Health Services (DPHS) is expanding testing recommendations related to the hepatitis C outbreak at Exeter Hospital. DPHS is now asking that anyone who was a patient in the Hospital’s Operating Rooms (excluding outpatient surgery center) and the Intensive Care Unit between April 1, 2011 and [...]

Over 100 Cities and Towns Named Green Communities in Mass.

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Governor Deval Patrick today joined state and local officials to announce that Massachusetts is now home to over 100 Green Communities. At an event at the State House, the Governor announced the designation of 17 new Green Communities, bringing the total number up to 103 cities and towns. Nearly half of Massachusetts residents, or 44 [...]

Vt. Ski Resort Opens Rider-Friendly Bike Trail

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DOVER, Vt. (AP) — Vermont’s Mount Snow has opened a new, rider-friendly, three-mile downhill mountain biking trail. Mountain Bike Manager Justin Hongell said the course was designed to be just challenging enough so that it gives people a taste of what the sport is like without scaring them off. Earlier this month, Hongell said successfully [...]

Filmmaker Michael Jacoby Talks To New England Post About ‘The Undesirable’


Two weeks ago, the official end to the policy known as Don’t Ask Don’t Tell (DADT), which banned gays and lesbians from serving openly in the military, was perhaps seen by some gay rights supporters as too little too late. For those supporters, however, it was a victory nonetheless.  Others, specifically the current field of [...]

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