Department of Public Utilities Approve National Grid’s Smart Grid Pilot Program

The Department of Public Utilities (DPU) friday approved National Grid’s Smart Grid pilot program, a big step in furthering Massachusetts’ clean energy revolution.  This smart grid pilot, pursuant to the Green Communities Act of 2008, includes approximately 15,000 customers in Worcester, or 1.2 percent of National Grid’s electricity customers, and promises to result in rich [...]

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. [...]

Massachusetts Jobs Decrease By 2,600


The Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development today reported that the total unemployment rate remained at 6.0 percent.  The Bureau of Labor Statistics’ preliminary June 2012 estimates show that Massachusetts lost 2,600 jobs over the month following on a revised gain of 5,000 jobs in May. Jobs which are at 3,244,500 reflect gains in [...]

MA To Receive $1.7 Million From Insurance Groups

Joseph G. Murphy, the Commissioner of the Patrick-Murray Administration’s Division of Insurance, on Wednesday announced that the Commonwealth of Massachusetts has joined in multi-state agreements with the Metropolitan Life Insurance Group and the Prudential Insurance Group over improper use of the Social Security Administration’s (SSA) Death Master List. The Commonwealth will receive nearly $1.7 million [...]

RI Lawyer Pleads Not Guilty in Navy Kickbacks Case

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island attorney Mary O’Rourke pleaded not guilty Monday to charges that she participated in an alleged kickback scheme that federal prosecutors say cost the U.S. Navy $10 million. Following her initial court appearance O’Rourke was released on an unsecured $15,000 bond. She faces charges of conspiracy, theft of government property [...]

Twin River Spends Over $500,000 on Casino Campaign


PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The Twin River slot parlor has spent over $500,000 so far on its campaign to convince voters to allow it to become a full-scale casino. The Providence Journal reports officials at the Lincoln gaming parlor have spent the money on consultants, advertisements and bumper stickers, according to filings with the state [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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