BOSTON -- Environmental groups are calling on the state to lift a ban on reusable plastic bags in grocery and retail stores that was meant to prevent spread of the coronavirus, arguing there is no scientific reason for the restrictions.

BOSTON — Nearly 95,000 Massachusetts residents have been infected with the coronavirus, one of the highest rates in the nation, but a new study suggests that might only be the tip of the iceberg.

New unemployment claims continued their gradual downward trend last week from a mid-March high, but still outstripped pre-pandemic records as the national and state economic outlooks remain grim.

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BOSTON – The previously postponed 2020 Boston Marathon has been canceled and will not be held on the Sept. 14 date officials originally targeted when they called off the traditional April running of the 26.2-mile road race due to the coronavirus, Boston Mayor Martin Walsh announced Thursday.

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BOSTON – With the academic year ending in a few weeks, some school districts that have been providing emergency meals to needy, homebound students could be cut off from federal funding.

HAVERHILL — A 29-year-old man died suddenly Tuesday after suffering a medical issue while attending the training academy for the Essex County Sheriff’s Department at Northern Essex Community College.

BOSTON – Cities and towns spent more than $700,000 on early voting costs in the recent presidential primary that should have been picked up by the state, according to state Auditor Suzanne Bump.

The COVID-19 pandemic injected a bolt of momentum into a work-from-home trend that was already underway and will likely become permanent or more frequent for many workers, a societal change with impacts on everything from traffic and public transportation to commercial real estate, the dynam…

BOSTON — The state is taking steps to ensure those affected by the coronavirus aren’t also going hungry as it rolls out a plan to pump more money into food pantries and similar agencies.

New state guidance allows for high schools to hold in-person, outdoor graduation ceremonies starting July 19, with certain safety precautions in place and as long as public health data around COVID-19 allows the state to continue along its reopening plan.

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BOSTON – The Massachusetts House and Senate have agreed to changes in the state’s unemployment insurance program to help residents and employers hurt by the COVID-19 pandemic.

BOSTON — When Gov. Charlie Baker recommended in early April that people wear masks or face coverings to prevent spread of the coronavirus, Salem went a step further to require them in grocery stores and other public places.

The number of deaths statewide from COVID-19 in the previous 24 hours dropped considerably, from 128 on Wednesday to 82 on Thursday, according to the Department of Public Health.

BOSTON — State health officials are watching for symptoms of a new disease in children that has been linked to the COVID-19 virus, with more than a dozen cases already reported in Massachusetts.

BOSTON — As they continue to devise a plan for a safe and socially distant reopening of the state’s gambling halls, regulators at the Gaming Commission also expect to have everything they need to consider Plainridge Park Casino’s license renewal before it expires in the middle of June.

 Sandwich Rep. Randy Hunt wasn’t surprised that his party on Tuesday lost a state Senate seat in Plymouth and Barnstable counties that had been in Republican control since 2015. In fact, he predicted it.

BOSTON — The economic toll of the coronavirus in Massachusetts has caused a surge in requests for food stamps and other public assistance programs.

University of Massachusetts President Marty Meehan will seek a tuition freeze for the tens of thousands of in-state undergraduate students in the system, hoping to help ease the financial burden on families strained by the COVID-19 pandemic, his office announced Wednesday.

BOSTON — With many workers expected to return to their jobs in the coming weeks, child care options for parents will be limited, advocates say.


BOSTON -- Factories, construction sites and churches can reopen beginning this week but other businesses will have to wait, Gov. Charlie Baker said Monday as he rolled out a plan to revive the state's coronavirus-battered economy.

BOSTON — Empty roads and vacant workplaces due to the coronavirus outbreak mean fewer cars on the road, fewer fender benders and fewer insurance claims.

MAY 15: Anyone who was hoping to return to work on Monday will have to wait at least one more day. Gov. Charlie Baker said Friday he is going to extend his executive order closing "non-essential" businesses an extra 24 hours so it remains in effect when he and Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito unveil de…

BOSTON – Two local state representatives joined colleagues in a unanimous House vote, 157-0, this week in support of a short-term borrowing bill to address revenue reductions associated with the COVID-19 pandemic and the decision to move the state’s income tax filing deadline to July 15. 

BOSTON — Cities and towns are struggling to put together budgets for next fiscal year amid rising costs and steep declines in tax revenue as fallout from the coronavirus continues to hammer the state's economy.

With nine suspected cases of a newly identified pediatric condition in Massachusetts that may be connected to the COVID-19 pandemic, Public Health Commissioner Monica Bharel on Thursday alerted health care providers to be on the lookout and ordered them to report any additional cases immediately.

BOSTON – Two MBTA maintenance projects will launch Monday that will shut down train service on the affected lines for at least a week, an effort by the T to accelerate original plans and take advantage of lower ridership during the COVID-19 pandemic.

It would be “incredibly irresponsible” to send everyone back to work at the same time, Gov. Charlie Baker said Wednesday, pushing back against critics who have accused him of moving too slowly to restart the state’s economy as he simultaneously tries to steer the state through the COVID-19 crisis.

BOSTON — Bud and Julie Siciliano poured their life savings into a restaurant in downtown Ipswich, only to watch the fallout from the coronavirus eat it away.

DEDHAM – The American Red Cross is asking for healthy people to step up to help patients experiencing health crises by donating blood or platelets.

BOSTON — With face masks now required in public, and more businesses seeking to reopen, experts say competition for protective gear could lead to new shortages.

BOSTON — Labor advocates are pushing to expand a voter-approved paid sick leave law to give frontline workers more time off during the COVID-19 outbreak.

SALEM — It’s likely U.S. Rep. Seth Moulton of Salem will face two challengers — Angus McQuilken and Jamie Zahlaway Belsito — in the Democratic primary Sept. 1 as he seeks a fourth term representing the North Shore.


ESSEX — A ceiling mounted gas heater left on after Essex Seafood closed Sunday night sparked a fire that caused an estimated $250,000 worth of damage, fire officials said.

BOSTON – For the fourth consecutive day Sunday, Massachusetts public health officials reported fewer new cases of COVID-19 than they had the previous day, though the total caseload now hovers just below 78,000 and the state's COVID-19 death toll is just shy of 5,000.

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