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MARCH 30 -- Gov. Charlie Baker and Boston Mayor Martin Walsh both plan to deliver updates on the coronavirus Monday afternoon, and the state's legislative response to the pandemic could continue to take shape with both the House and Senate scheduled to meet.

NEWBURYPORT — The COVID-19 virus may have shut down a good portion of the country, but a presidential election is still slated for the fall and it looks like both the Republican and Democratic nominees are set.

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WASHINGTON — Bracing the nation for a grim death toll, President Donald Trump on Sunday extended the voluntary national shutdown for a month, bowing to public health experts who told him the coronavirus pandemic could claim over 100,000 lives in the U.S., perhaps significantly more, if not e…

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MARCH 27 -- Massachusetts logged 10 new COVID-19 deaths and 823 new confirmed cases on Friday, as another work week came to a close for many of the state's residents who have been working remotely or are suddenly unemployed due to business closures.

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MARCH 27 -- Massachusetts is heading into the third weekend under a state of emergency and the first under a government advisory to stay at home as much as possible as the state continues to try to staunch the spread of the highly contagious coronavirus.

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BOSTON — Massachusetts taxpayers will have another three months to file state income tax returns as the state takes additional steps to cushion the economic blow from the coronavirus pandemic.

BOSTON — Gov. Charlie Baker is asking the federal government to issue a major disaster declaration for Massachusetts to get more federal assistance to help with the COVID-19 outbreak.

BOSTON — More than 3.2 million people filed for unemployment benefits in the past week as the coronavirus shut down huge swaths of the nation’s economy, a historic number of jobless claims that will push many states, including Massachusetts, to the brink financially.

NEWBURYPORT — Mayor Donna Holaday informed residents there were no new confirmed cases of coronavirus in the city during a live video update given on Facebook on Thursday afternoon.

WEST NEWBURY — Town officials are extending all COVID-19-related restrictions, protocols and exemptions placed on municipal government and town properties indefinitely.

AMESBURY — Mayor Kassandra Gove appeared live on Facebook Thursday morning to say that two city residents have tested positive for the novel coronavirus and soon after, communications directer Caitlin Thayer said a third case had also been confirmed.

The federal government did taxpayers a huge service in a time of crisis when it moved the tax filing deadline from April 15 to July 15. Now, the state of Massachusetts needs to follow suit.

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MARCH 26 -- Unemployment claims nationwide hit record levels, according to new data published Thursday, as the coronavirus pandemic shuttered wide swaths of public life and left millions out of work.

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MARCH 25 -- Gov. Charlie Baker is meeting with medical professionals Wednesday afternoon, the 16th day of a state of emergency he declared around the coronavirus outbreak, and plans to update the press and public afterwards about the state's continued response.

Restaurants would be able to sell beer and wine with to-go orders, requirements around MCAS tests could be changed, and municipal governments could give residents more time to pay their taxes under a bill Gov. Charlie Baker filed Tuesday to create flexibility in local responses to the corona…

NEWBURY — As teleworking becomes the “new normal” for town employees this week, Director Michael Reilly of the Emergency Management Agency — and police chief in town — said the transition to working from home has been fairly smooth so far.

AMESBURY — The mayor went on the city’s Facebook page Tuesday to let residents know how the city is dealing with the coronavirus situation, detailing how she has been meeting with the emergency management team on a daily basis.

WEST NEWBURY — Voters have choices to make when filling four of the 17 open seats on the town ballot this spring, but with the town — and the country — coping with a state of emergency, when the election will take place remains up in the air.

WEST NEWBURY — The first case of COVID-19 was confirmed in town as reported in a text alert issued Tuesday morning by selectmen Chairman David Archibald.

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BOSTON (AP) — Two organizations that have been providing an outdoor respite for Massachusetts residents feeling cooped up because of the coronavirus pandemic are closing their doors to visitors on Tuesday.

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A new bill Gov. Charlie Baker is filing on Tuesday would allow restaurants to sell wine and beer with takeout orders, grant the state's K-12 education commissioner the authority to modify or waive MCAS testing requirements, and allow electronic signatures on search warrants and criminal complaints.

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MARCH 24 -- Massachusetts begins its most aggressive phase yet in the fight against the highly-contagious coronavirus at noon Tuesday, when any business not deemed essential must shutdown for two weeks as the state attempts to get on top of the viral outbreak that's so far claimed nine lives here.

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Grounded planes, shuttered restaurants and stores, and empty arenas, college campuses and office buildings are symbols these days of an economy in fast decline. The question that no one can answer with certainty is how far will the fall be and when will it end.

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WASHINGTON — Scam artists are preying on older people’s fears by peddling fake tests for the coronavirus to Medicare recipients, a federal law enforcement agency warned on Monday.

MARCH 23 -- The state's fight against the coronavirus outbreak, which continues to expand at an accelerating pace, took another major step Monday when Gov. Charlie Baker instructed all non-essential businesses to close.

MARCH 23 -- Day 14 of the coronavirus state of emergency starts with a 10 a.m. update press conference from Gov. Charlie Baker followed by a closed press meeting of executive and legislative branch leaders in the Senate Reading Room. The House and Senate meet at 11 a.m. and are scheduled to …

Gov. Charlie Baker issued an executive order closing "non-essential businesses" in Massachusetts and advising people to stay in their homes until April 7 in response to spread of the coronavirus. The order takes effect at noon on Tuesday, March 24.


BOSTON — Massachusetts health officials reported three new deaths from the coronavirus on Sunday, bringing the state's total to five.

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NEWBURYPORT — As shockwaves from the coronavirus pandemic cost scores of people their jobs and put a halt on months of upcoming public events around the globe, many area musicians and entertainers are facing an unforeseen inability to continue performing, stripping away their livelihood and …

SEABROOK — Amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the company that owns the Seabrook nuclear power plant is continuing to operate the facility with only essential personnel, while the Nuclear Regulatory Commission is doing most of its work to monitor the plant remotely.

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