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Erik Devaney

Mexico’s Top Cabinet Secretary Dies in Crash

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The country’s top Cabinet secretary, Francisco Blake Mora, a key figure in Mexico’s battle with drug cartels, died in a helicopter crash Friday with seven others, including the pilot, the government said. The Presidency spokeswoman, Alejandra Sota, said authorities located the bodies of the secretary and seven others. They included Interior [...]

Penn State Trustees Promise to Search for Truth

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STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — The arduous task of rebuilding Penn State’s shattered image began Friday with a pledge by the board of trustees to search for the truth amid an unfolding child sex abuse case against a former assistant football coach, a scandal that has already claimed the jobs of coach Joe Paterno and [...]

Obama Observes Veterans Day with Arlington Rites

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ARLINGTON, Virginia (AP) — President Barack Obama observed Veterans Day on Friday by urging Americans to hire the thousands of servicemen and women coming home from Iraq and Afghanistan. In remarks at Arlington National Cemetery, he called it “a time when America needs all hands on deck.” “The tide of war is receding,” Obama said. [...]

New Study Shows MA Has the Highest Rates of Electronic Medication Prescribing in the Country

The electronic prescription network, Surescripts, recently announced that based on its annual audit of electronic prescribing use across the country, Massachusetts is the #1 e-prescribing state. Of all the prescriptions that were written in the Bay State in 2010, 43 percent were e-prescriptions. According to Surescripts, e-prescriptions help prevent medication errors that occur as a [...]

NH House Democratic Leader Calls Proposed Nov. 30 Vote on School Funding Amendment a Publicity Stunt

House Democratic Leader Terie Norelli says Republican House Speaker William O’Brien’s call to vote Nov. 30 on a proposed constitutional amendment on school funding is nothing but a publicity stunt. Those are the same words O’Brien used in October to describe Democratic Gov. John Lynch when he released the school funding amendment to the media [...]

Compromise Allows Heavy Trucks on Maine, Vermont Interstates; Promises to Reduce Trucking Costs and Increase Efficiency

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — When Brian Souers’ trucks haul logs from northern Maine to mills in other parts of the state, they often drive through small towns on two-lane state highways, even when four-lane Interstate 95 is nearby. With truck weights limited to 80,000 pounds on Maine’s federal highways, his drivers have to use secondary [...]

New Investment Website Offers Novel Strategy for ‘Occupying’ Wall Street: Share Trends and Take Back Investment Decision Power

In recent months, anti-bank sentiment has been on the upswing across the country. Not only are protesters camping out in city parks in protest of big banks (among other issues) as part of the Occupy Wall Street movement, but consumers are moving their deposits from banks to local credit unions in record numbers. As New [...]

Governor Patrick Honors MA Veterans, Announces More Than $1 Million in Additional Veteran-Specific Funding


Governor Deval Patrick, Lieutenant Governor Timothy Murray and Department of Veterans Services (DVS) Secretary Coleman Nee today honored Massachusetts service members past and present at the Commonwealth’s annual Veterans’ Day ceremony at the State House. Prior to the ceremony, Governor Patrick signed a supplemental budget, which includes more than $1 million in funding for Welcome [...]

Another Test for CT Utilities: High Winds Threaten to Cause More Power Outages

Connecticut’s utilities failed their last big test: a rare October nor’easter that – at its peak – knocked out power to over 800,000 residents. As a result of the slow response effort, Connecticut’s attorney general has said he will research whether the state’s largest utility, Connecticut Light & Power, broke any laws in its handling [...]

MA Attorney General Testifies in Support of New Legislation Aimed at Preventing Unnecessary Foreclosures

Attorney General Martha Coakley testified before the Joint Committee on Financial Services on Thursday in support of legislation that would prevent foreclosures. Specifically, the legislation would require loan modifications when it is in the financial interest of the borrower and the lender. Senate Bill 868/House Bill 3516, An Act to Prevent Unlawful and Unnecessary Foreclosures [...]

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