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    1. Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick calls for new laws to reduce crime, boost job training, overhaul health care

      In education, Patrick called for unifying the state's 15 community colleges under a statewide governing board. Patrick said this would better connect job training with the needs of employers, vocational-technical schools and workforce investment boards in the regions where they are located.
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    2. Ameristar Casinos of Las Vegas unveils plans for casino on Page Boulevard in Springfield

      Ameristar Casinos of Las Vegas unveils plans for casino on Page Boulevard in Springfield
      Ameristar has agreed to buy the land from an affiliate of the O'Connell Development Group Inc., which had anticipated a large-scale retail project on the site. Westinghouse Electric Corp. opened the Springfield plant in 1915, and at its peak during World War II, the plant employed about 7,000 people. The company closed it in December 1970, and it has since been leased to a variety of businesses for storage and other uses.
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    3. U.S. Rep. John Olver announces plan to retire when term ends next year

      U.S. Rep. John Olver announces plan to retire when term ends next year
      “Since 1991, I have had the privilege and great honor of representing the people of the First District of Massachusetts in the U.S. House of Representatives,” Olver said in a statement issued shortly after 4 p.m. Wednesday. “The district has grown much larger from the district as it was in 1991, and these 20 years have been tumultuous years for America.”
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    4. Western Massachusetts legislators move to save drug lab in Amherst

      Western Massachusetts legislators move to save drug lab in Amherst
      In the letter, the Western Massachusetts legislators said the planned shutdown would shift testing of illegal drugs in Western Massachusetts to a already backed up state lab in the Jamaica Plain section of Boston. They said it would be more costly and time consuming for police in Western Massachusetts to transport drugs to Boston.
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    5. UMass drug-testing lab may be closed by state health officials

      Jennifer Manley, communications director for the state Department of Public Health, issued a statement on Tuesday that said: “As a result of the ongoing national economic downturn, agencies across state government have experienced unprecedented budgetary constraints. We are in the process of developing implementation plans for the FY12 budget, and no decisions have been made regarding the UMass Lab.”
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    6. Business leaders in Massachusetts convene on ways to improve early education

      Business leaders in Massachusetts convene on ways to improve early education
      "When we are investing in our children, it is risk-free with a guaranteed yield," said George Burtch of Ludlow, a vice president with Hasbro Inc., a toy and game company with a manufacturing facility in East Longmeadow. Burtch was among about 14 people from the Springfield area to attend the 2011 National Business Leader Summit on Early Childhood Investment at the Boston Harbor Hotel.
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    7. Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick signs $30.6 billion state budget

      Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick signs $30.6 billion state budget
      BOSTON – Gov. Deval L. Patrick on Monday signed a $30.6 billion budget for this fiscal year that includes a provision expected to negate a $65 million, or 7 percent, cut in unrestricted state aid to cities and towns. During a press conference in his Statehouse office, Patrick said he made no vetoes to line items in the budget, or the first time since 1990 that a governor has approved a budget with no vetoes to spending items.
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    8. Local high school students participate in State House contest on financial literacy sponsored by Massachusetts Bankers Association

      Local high school students participate in State House contest on financial literacy sponsored by Massachusetts Bankers Association
      The Statehouse event, sponsored by the Massachusetts Bankers Association and five banks including PeoplesBank of Holyoke, was also held in support of bills that would mandate the teaching of personal finance within the math curriculum for students from kindergarten to grade 12.
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    9. Massachusetts report shows sharp differences in prices paid to Baystate Medical Center, Cooley Dickinson Hospital and other hospitals

      Massachusetts report shows sharp differences in prices paid to Baystate Medical Center, Cooley Dickinson Hospital and other hospitals
      Seena P. Carrington, acting commissioner of the state Division of Health Care Finance and Policy, which released the report, said the report did not find significant differences in the quality of the procedures offered at hospitals despite the price variations.
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    10. Census 2010 data show "white flight" trend continues for Massachusetts cities

      “The American Dream is, if you can afford it, you buy a home in suburbia,” Swan said. “That’s been traditional. Some of that is still taking place. A lot of young white folk who are successful in Springfield – career people who are successful – they will buy a home in Longmeadow, or a home in Hampden or Wilbraham if they have the opportunity to do so. In fact, some young blacks will do the same thing.”
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    11. Western Massachusetts census marked by boom and bust

      Western Massachusetts census marked by boom and bust
      Timothy W. Brennan, executive director of the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission, said population growth in Western Massachusetts was stronger in “first-ring suburbs” such as Belchertown, East Longmeadow, up 11.5 percent; Wilbraham, up 5.5 percent; Southwick and Southampton, each up 7.5 percent; Hadley, up 9.5 percent and Westhampton, up 9.4 percent.
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    12. Gov. Deval Patrick says tourism is key to Massachusetts economy

      Gov. Deval Patrick says tourism is key to Massachusetts economy
      “All told, tourists add about $14 billion to our economy each year,” Patrick told tourism officials from across the state. “We are committed to supporting and advancing this huge sector of our economy, just as we are focused on securing Massachusetts’ leadership in the innovation industries, in health care and in education.”
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