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News Minute: Here is the latest Massachusetts news from The Associated Press

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BOSTON (AP) - The state Legislature is gearing up for the final two days of its formal session with a handful of major bills still awaiting action. The 19-month session ends tomorrow. Lawmakers can continue meet informally after that, but only to consider routine or non-controversial measures. Among the bills that are still pending is one calling for sweeping changes to the state's gun laws.

BOSTON (AP) - Governor Deval Patrick has signed a bill authorizing a $1 billion expansion of the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center. Patrick says the expansion will increase jobs and help welcome more visitors to the state. Supporters say the upgrade will increase the center's operating space by more than 50 percent and help Boston compete for the world's largest and most lucrative conventions.

BOSTON (AP) - Governor Deval Patrick says he plans to sign a bill designed to tighten security around abortion clinics. The state House and Senate gave final passage yesterday to the legislation that would allow police to disperse one or more individuals who are substantially impeding access to a clinic. Those individuals would have to stay at least 25 feet from the clinic's entrances for up to eight hours.

BOSTON (AP) - Massachusetts lawmakers are hoping to spend as much as $40 million to upgrade the House and Senate chambers at the Statehouse. Governor Deval Patrick says the Statehouse is an historic building and lawmakers have a responsibility to maintain it. Patrick's own office is undergoing a $9 million overhaul.

BOSTON (AP) - The Market Basket board says it's continuing to evaluate several offers to buy the embattled supermarket chain among other "strategic alternatives." The board says it's considering an offer from ousted CEO Arthur Demoulas to buy the chain owned by feuding members of his family. He's one of several potential buyers. There are 71 stores in New England.

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