• State Sen. Barrett announces leukemia diagnosis

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    BOSTON (AP) - State Sen. Michael Barrett says he has been diagnosed with a rare form of leukemia, but one that is highly curable.

    The Lexington Democrat said in a statement Tuesday that he plans to remain in the Senate and will seek re-election in the fall.

    Barrett says he received the diagnosis Monday and expects to remain at Massachusetts General Hospital for about a month.

    After that, he must still avoid crowded places, including the Statehouse, for a period of time because his condition leaves him highly susceptible to infection.

    Barrett says he'll continue to get legislative work done using a laptop, cellphone and email.

    The 69-year-old returned for a second stint in the Senate in 2013. He also served in the chamber from 1987 to 1994.

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    This version corrects the dates of Barrett's first stint in the Senate to 1987 to 1994.

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