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JUNE 15 – After 462 days, the COVID-19 state of emergency ended Tuesday in Massachusetts with a double-digit increase to the state's total coronavirus caseload, a new vaccine milestone surpassed, and the question of what role pandemic policy adaptations will continue to play still unsettled.

BOSTON — Workers getting unemployment in Massachusetts are again required to prove they’re searching for a job, as the state seeks to ease a hiring crunch.

BOSTON — Local health agents were on the front lines of the state’s yearlong battle against COVID-19 — testing residents, enforcing virus restrictions and setting up vaccination clinics.

BOSTON -- As statehouses begin to reopen, Massachusetts is becoming an outlier with government that remains closed to the public and a Legislature that continues to conduct much of its official business remotely.

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BOSTON -- Hundreds of millions of gallons of sewage spew into the Merrimack River and other bodies of water every year from aging pipes that were supposed to be sealed up years ago.

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Under fire for his handling of anti-gay remarks made by a member of the state committee, MassGOP Chairman Jim Lyons lashed out Thursday out at nearly every elected Republican in the House, accusing them of bowing to "poisonous woke cancel culture groupthink."

BOSTON -- Massachusetts was among the first states to regulate so-called “forever chemicals” in drinking water, and it boasts one of the toughest standards in the nation.

METHUEN -- State Sen. Diana DiZoglio, D-Methuen, announced Monday she will run for state auditor, a move that would open up her Senate seat if she's successful.

BOSTON — The state’s top election official is ripping a proposal that would require the Legislature to redraw local political maps, suggesting the move is a power grab by lawmakers.

BOSTON – The head of the Merrimack Valley's largest healthcare providers is calling for more support for safety net hospitals that serve large numbers of low-income patients, many of which are struggling as a result of the pandemic.

DANVERS – The Women's Fund of Essex County (TWF) this week announced annual grant funding totaling $250,000 to 37 non-profit organizations dedicated to improving the lives of women and girls.

BOSTON – While millions of people in Massachusetts have been vaccinated against COVID-19, public health officials are still reporting thousands of "breakthrough" cases, where individuals become infected even after they've been vaccinated.

SALISBURY — A Tyngsborough police officer who owned a gun shop in that town was indicted on felony charges by a federal grand jury Wednesday, including bank fraud, possession of an unregistered gun, and making and transferring a firearm in violation of the National Firearms Act.

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JUNE 3 -- For the first time since it was introduced last August, the Department of Public Health's color-coded COVID-19 risk assessment map includes zero communities in the red, high-risk category.

BOSTON — Gov. Charlie Baker and legislative leaders are wrangling over billions of dollars in federal aid headed for the state as part of the latest pandemic relief package.

BOSTON — Police officers, firefighters and other municipal workers will be eligible for more time off to deal with COVID-19-related issues under a law signed by Gov. Charlie Baker, who backed off previous objections to the plan.

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BOSTON — One week after Governor's Councilor Eileen Duff, a Gloucester Democrat, announced that she plans to run for state auditor, another candidate has filed campaign finance paperwork in the race.

BOSTON — A state senator wants to step up marine patrols for endangered North Atlantic right whales to reduce collisions with boats, entanglements with fishing gear and prevent shutdowns of the state's lobster fishery.

BOSTON — An emergency law allowing city and town boards to meet virtually during the pandemic expired Saturday along with a slew of remaining COVID-19 restrictions, but Beacon Hill leaders want to make the option for remote meetings permanent.

BOSTON -- A state senator wants to step up marine patrols for endangered North Atlantic right whales to reduce collisions with boats, entanglements with fishing gear and prevent shutdowns of the state's lobster fishery.

BOSTON -- Hotels, theme parks, historical attractions and similar businesses have been hammered by the pandemic, with the hospitality industry's collective losses in the past year estimated at billions of dollars.

With capacity limits, required closures of some businesses and other state COVID-19 rules set to end Saturday, Cape Cod is now preparing for its first major holiday weekend since 2019 without pandemic restrictions in place.

BOSTON — The MBTA's directors again balked at setting new fines for people who skip paying fares despite an estimated annual loss of tens of millions of dollars.

BOSTON — Hundreds of psychiatric patients are being “boarded” in emergency rooms across the state as they await beds in mental health facilities, and lawmakers are pushing for more funding to fix the problem.

Gov. Charlie Baker on Tuesday proposed keeping some pandemic-era policies such as remote public meetings and expanded outdoor dining in place beyond the state of emergency’s end scheduled for June 15.

BOSTON — Incidents of physical and emotional abuse involving children skyrocketed during the first few months of the pandemic, according to a new state report.

BEVERLY — Federal prosecutors are now alleging that on top of defrauding the federal loan program for small businesses to continue making their payroll during the coronavirus pandemic last year, Dana McIntyre was also collecting unemployment benefits through another state-run relief program. 

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Ben Downing slammed Gov. Charlie Baker on Monday for his management of the Holyoke Soldiers' Home leading up to last year's deadly COVID-19 outbreak, saying the governor should testify before lawmakers about revelations in a new Boston Globe Spotlight report.

NEWBURYPORT — The number of closed sales of single-family homes and condominiums in Greater Newburyport was up almost 17% in April compared to a year ago, while the number of properties for sale was down sharply – more than 62% – from April 2020, according to the Massachusetts Association of…

Massachusetts employers added 5,100 jobs in April as the state's unemployment rate dropped to 6.5%, 0.2 percentage points below the revised March rate of 6.7%, labor officials announced Friday.

BOSTON — Students would be taught sex education in a “medically accurate, age appropriate” way under a proposal being considered by lawmakers, but critics say the changes would promote controversial views on the subject.

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Bristol County Sheriff Thomas Hodgson will hold a press conference Friday morning to address the Biden administration's decision to cancel the contract for Hodgson to hold immigrant detainees at the jail in Dartmouth, a decision that came as federal authorities said the facility housed civil…

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MAY 20 – Massachusetts surpassed the 3.3 million mark on Thursday for residents fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as the Bay State continues to look ahead to a full reopening just more than one week away.

A retired judge who votes on Gov. Charlie Baker's judicial appointments ripped into the governor's latest pick for the District Court on Wednesday, grilling the nominee on his level of experience and lack of familiarity with the court.

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