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Audit Shows Mess at State Welfare Department

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Audit Shows Mess at State Welfare Department

An audit of the Massachusetts welfare department shows widespread mismanagement.  State Auditor Suzanne Bump found the Department of Transitional Assistance paid out $2.4 million to more than a thousand dead people.  Also, some children were being claimed by more than one guardian.  And, about 30,000 blank EBT cards at five offices could not be accounted for.  Interim Commissioner Stacey Monahan took the helm of the troubled agency only 15 weeks ago.

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Student opens fire in high school north of Seattle

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People embrace in front of school busses at a church, Friday, Oct. 24, 2014, where students were taken to be reunited with parents following a shooting at Marysville Pilchuck High School in Marysville, Wash.

A student opened fire at his Washington state high school on Friday, killing one person, and wounding at least four others.

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More than 200,000 rear-facing car seats are being recalled.

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Man Jailed For Columbine-Style Threat Against Frontier

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A 19-year-old Sunderland man is behind bars after threatening to commit a mass shooting at Frontier Regional School

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Republican Charlie Baker and Democrat Martha Coakley actually agreed on a number of topics during a televised debate in Chicopee