July 13, 2014

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Wine lovers raise a glass to direct shipping law

BOB SALSBERG, Associated Press BOSTON (AP) — Whether it’s pinot noir, merlot, chardonnay or cabernet sauvignon, wine lovers in Massachusetts will soon be able to have some of their favorite bottles shipped straight from the vineyards to their homes. A provision in the new state budget lifts a long-standing prohibition on direct deliveries from wineries […]

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Senate OKs environmental bill

BOSTON — The Massachusetts Senate has unanimously approved a $1.9 billion, four-year environmental bond bill. The legislation is intended to help preserve and improve land, parks and renewable energy resources. During Thursday’s debate, senators added $200 million to the bill, which was originally $1.7 billion. Among the dozens of spending projects is $100 million for […]

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State reports progress in fixing health website

BOB SALSBERG, Associated Press BOSTON (AP) — Software ordered by Massachusetts to fix its hobbled health care exchange passed initial tests, renewing hopes that the state could finally have a fully operational website by year’s end, officials said yesterday. The breakdown dramatically slowed the state’s transition to the federal Affordable Care Act from its own […]

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Senate passes autism bill

BOSTON – Senator Don Humason (R-Westfield), State Senator Benjamin B. Downing (D-Pittsfield) and Senator Gale D. Candaras (D-Wilbraham) joined with their colleagues in the Senate on Tuesday to unanimously pass a bill to expand treatment and support for individuals with autism or a developmental disability across the Commonwealth. “This bill addresses the needs of children […]

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