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SPRINGFIELD, Mass. _ Massachusetts gambling regulators review the first quarter of operations at MGM’s resort near the Connecticut state line and also discuss the potential for another casino near Rhode Island. UPCOMING: 130 words, more on merits.
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Decades after the U.S. stopped institutionalizing kids because large and crowded orphanages were causing lasting trauma, it is happening again. The federal government has placed most of the 14,300 migrant toddlers, children and teens in its care in detention centers and residential facilities packed with hundreds, or thousands, of children. As the year draws to a close, some 5,400 detained migrant children in the U.S. are sleeping in shelters with more than 1,000 other children. Some 9,800 are in facilities with 100-plus total kids, according to confidential government data obtained and cross-checked by The Associated Press. By Garance Burke and Martha Mendoza. SENT: 2,300 words, AP Photos.
With: IMMIGRATION-CHILDREN’S SHELTERS-ABRIDGED. SENT: 950 words.
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BOSTON _ Massachusetts has among the fewest unaccompanied immigrant children in state custody. Data obtained by The Associated Press shows the number of migrant children in Massachusetts custody has remained steady under President Donald Trump’s administration. By Philip Marcelo. SENT: 450 words.
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CONCORD, N.H. _ The Executive Council approved an increase in Medicaid reimbursement rates Wednesday for residential addiction treatment providers, who had warned that they might have to eliminate beds and reduce services despite the ongoing opioid crisis. The drug and alcohol treatment centers had been getting more money since 2014, when the state expanded its Medicaid program by using federal money to put people on private health plans that paid more. But in reauthorizing the program for five years, the state is switching to a managed care model with lower reimbursement rates set by the state. By Holly Ramer. SENT: 400 words.
Two U.S. senators have introduced a bill that would criminalize international doping conspiracies, the likes of which Russia pursued during the Sochi Olympics in 2014. The measure is named after Grigory Rodchenkov, the Moscow lab director who blew the whistle on Russian cheating. It is similar to a bill introduced in the House earlier this year but is given a better chance of passing in part because it focuses on large-scale corruption and eliminates language that would put individuals in jeopardy for smaller offenses. The bill is sponsored by Sens. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, and Sheldon Whitehouse, D-Rhode Island. By Eddie Pells. SENT: 600 words, AP Photos.
_ ADULT CLUB-PROSTITUTION: PROVIDENCE, R.I. _ The licensing board in Providence has voted to shutter a well-known adult entertainment club after three dancers were arrested for allegedly offering to perform sex acts. WPRI-TV reports the Providence Board of Licenses voted 3 to 1 on Wednesday to revoke the business licenses for the Foxy Lady, which forces the club to close. SENT.
_ MARIJUANA BUSINESSES-WORCESTER: WORCESTER, Mass. _ Worcester officials say new retail marijuana stores and pot growing facilities could soon come to the city. The Telegram & Gazette reports the city announced Tuesday it had started talks with companies concerning five pot retail stores, two cultivation facilities, a marijuana product manufacturing business and a micro-business. City Manager Edward Augustus says the city plans to include community-impact fees for the businesses. SENT.
_ HOSPITAL DATA BREACH: BOSTON _ Attorney General Maura Healey says McLean Hospital will implement new security measures and pay a fine after a data breach exposed sensitive health information. Healey said Wednesday that McLean Hospital Corporation agreed to adopt new security and training programs and pay $75,000 to resolve claims it exposed the personal and health information of more than 1,500 people in a research program. SENT.
_ FATAL SHOOTING: BOSTON _ Police say an Everett woman was fatally shot by her estranged husband. Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan and Everett Police Chief Steven Mazzie said police responded to a report of a shooting on Central Avenue in Everett Wednesday morning and found 50-year-old Ersilia Cataldo Matarazzo inside her car in the driveway. SENT.
_ WYNN RESORTS-BOARD CHAIR: LAS VEGAS _ The chairman of the Wynn Resorts board of directors said he asked the company’s CEO and full board to appear before the Massachusetts Gaming Commission when it considers whether to grant the company a gambling license for a $2 billion casino and hotel set to open near Boston next year. Board Chairman Phil Satre made the comments in an interview with the Las Vegas Review Journal published Wednesday. The licensing decision is on hold pending a lawsuit by former CEO and Chairman Steve Wynn to block the release of the commission’s report into sexual misconduct allegations against him. SENT.
_ METLIFE SETTLEMENT: BOSTON _ Secretary of State William Galvin says he’s ordering MetLife to pay $1 million and make payments to retirees after an investigation found that the company failed to make pension payments. Galvin said Wednesday his office entered into a consent order, requiring the fine and payments, with interest, to hundreds of Massachusetts retirees and beneficiaries who the life insurance company had wrongly designated as “presumed dead.” SENT.
_ PAWSOX STADIUM: WORCESTER, Mass. _ The Worcester City Council has approved a plan to expand its downtown urban revitalization area to include properties needed for a new stadium for the Pawtucket Red Sox. The Telegram & Gazette reports that the council voted Tuesday to amend its downtown revitalization area to add 25 parcels and 18 acres. The added parcels include seven properties targeted for a 10,000-seat stadium. SENT.
_ HEAD START PROGRAM: BOSTON _ A child development agency on Cape Cod is working to correct multiple problems with its Head Start preschool programs after a scathing federal report. The Cape Cod Times reports the U.S. Administration for Children and Families found issues with low morale, high staff turnover, growing debt, limited support for children’s behavioral issues and a failure to provide a nurturing environment for low-income children in Head Start, run by Cape Cod Child Development. SENT.
_ STUDENT PROTEST: BOSTON _ Students at an elementary school in Roxbury are protesting the dirty syringes being discarded around their school grounds. The Boston Globe reports that the Orchard Gardens K-8 Pilot School is located near several treatment facilities and needle exchange outlets. Students and parents held a protest Tuesday. They say students should be safe in school. SENT.
_ ENDANGERED WHALES: NANTUCKET, Mass. _ The federal government is using a pair of protective zones to try to assist large aggregations of rare whales off the East Coast. The zones are voluntary speed restriction zones designed to protect North Atlantic right whales. One is 26 miles south of Nantucket, Massachusetts, where a group of 33 right whales were spotted on Dec. 15. The other is 12 miles southeast of Atlantic City, New Jersey, were four of the whales were seen on Dec. 14. SENT.
_ GIRL DIES: LAWRENCE, Mass. _ Police are investigating the death of an 11-year-old girl in Massachusetts. The Essex district attorney’s office says first responders were called to a home in Lawrence Saturday morning where they found Precious Wallaces. SENT.
The Phoenix Suns visit the Boston Celtics. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos.
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