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CONCORD, N.H. — A New Hampshire prep school rocked by sexual abuse claims is doing a better job of addressing complaints but should improve its policies around investigating a crime and assisting victims, according to a report released by the attorney general’s office Thursday.

BOSTON – When Gov. Charlie Baker lifts the curtain on his fiscal year 2021 budget next week, many Beacon Hill observers are going to flip right to the education section to see how great of an increase public schools might get under the new funding law. But there’s another spending area that …

BOSTON – Brookline attorney Shannon Liss-Riordan dropped out of the U.S. Senate race Friday morning, leaving the Democratic primary on track to be a showdown between incumbent Sen. Edward Markey and U.S. Rep. Joseph Kennedy III.

BOSTON — Physicians, substance abuse counselors and others who carry the overdose-reversing drug naloxone are being turned down for life insurance and other coverage, according to lawmakers pushing to ban the practice.

BOSTON — Students will be taught sex education in a “medically accurate, age appropriate” way under a proposal working its way through Beacon Hill, but critics say the move would strip local school districts of their authority.

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BOSTON – With a slowdown in tax revenues expected and spending pressures escalating, Gov. Charlie Baker and the Legislature will grapple with a gap between likely revenues and spending of nearly $900 million, according to a new report.

BOSTON — President Donald Trump is vowing to veto a bill to remove contamination from cancer-linked “forever chemicals” in groundwater, drawing criticism from environmentalists and members of the state’s congressional delegation.

BOSTON – The educational records of children in foster care would travel with them in a new electronic system under a bill that supporters say would ease one of the challenges facing a population of youth with higher school transfer and drop-out rates.

HAVERHILL — A long-awaited, $2.1 million overhaul of a dangerous intersection is at last taking shape, with residents invited to offer feedback at a hearing Thursday night  before Massachusetts Department of Transportation representatives.

BOSTON — More than a dozen cities and towns are writing plans to ban new natural gas hookups for homes and businesses, according to one environmental group, despite complaints that the efforts are illegal.

BOSTON — A panel reviewing how bail is set is recommending against major changes in how pretrial release is determined for those facing criminal charges.

BOSTON – At Encore Boston Harbor in Everett, security personnel turn away between 600 and 800 people with fake or invalid IDs each month and the new casino contends with “very, very good fake IDs” as it tries to keep minors off the gaming floor, company officials told regulators Thursday.

BOSTON – State officials reported Wednesday that a fourth Massachusetts person has died of a vaping-associated lung injury. The state Department of Public Health said the man, who was in his 70s and from Middlesex County, reported vaping tetrahydrocannabinol, an ingredient found in marijuana.

BOSTON — Health officials say this flu season is shaping up to be one of the worst in decades as the number of confirmed cases continues to climb.

BOSTON — Churches, synagogues and mosques can access an expanded pool of money to bolster their facilities against attack or hate crimes under a bill signed into law by Gov. Charlie Baker on Monday.

SALEM, Mass. — A Salem, New Hampshire, man charged with the attempted murder of a woman in Lawrence last spring will remain held without bail. 

HAVERHILL — Students and staff at Golden Hill School are mourning the death of a kindergartner who died from an illness over winter break, school officials said.

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire has started requiring training for the care of people with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia in some homes and facilities in the state.

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — This year’s New Hampshire Women’s Rally will feature speakers on reproductive health, climate, immigration, and electing women to office from the bottom to the top of the ticket.

BOSTON – In the 200-plus days between now and July 31 –  the final day for formal legislating in 2020 – lawmakers hope to tackle what’s left on their 2019-20 session to-do lists in addition to whatever else crops up unexpectedly as the session wears on.

BOSTON — With Massachusetts inching toward a regional climate pact that could increase prices at the gas pumps, lawmakers want more say in deciding whether to move ahead with the plan.

After running out of road in September, a popular rebate program for the purchase of electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles will rev up again in the new year after receiving an infusion of cash through a budget signed by Gov. Charlie Baker in December.

PEABODY — A Middlesex County correctional officer from Peabody has been charged with stealing more than $6,000 from inmates at the Billerica House of Correction by transferring the money in their “canteen” accounts to debit cards that he would then use for himself. 

SALEM — Even as he was under federal indictment in a phony prescription scheme in New Hampshire, police say a Haverhill man continued to recruit others to fill forged scripts for drugs such as Adderall and Xanax at pharmacies throughout the North Shore, Merrimack Valley and Greater Boston, c…

Population in the Northeast region of the United States dropped in 2019 for the first decline this decade, while population growth nationally continued to slow and Massachusetts was among the top states for domestic migration losses, according to new Census Bureau estimates.

BOSTON – Massachusetts businesses would be banned from distributing disposable plastic straws unless a customer requests one, under a bill endorsed by Environment Committee on Monday and described as “ridiculous” by a leading small business advocate.

BOSTON — Lower-paid workers in Massachusetts are looking forward to a small hike in the state’s minimum wage that starts today, but not all businesses are cheering.

BOSTON — Attorney General Maura Healey is calling on state regulators to expand an investigation of retail energy suppliers, alleging that the burgeoning market is actually leading to larger bills for low-income residents.

BOSTON — Federal regulators have reached a deal with environmentalists, local officials and developers on new clean water rules that will force Massachusetts and New Hampshire communities to toughen pollution controls.

DOVER, N.H.  – Trying to stay up till midnight to ring in the New Year is difficult for adults, let alone kids, so the Children’s Museum of New Hampshire offers an earlier, kid-friendly option. All are invited to visit the museum on Tuesday, Dec. 31 for special hours, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., for a…

BOSTON – The MBTA and Keolis will expand training programs for commuter rail personnel after an initial investigation determined that human error in switch usage caused a derailment on the Worcester Line last week.

At least 47 workers died on the job in Massachusetts in 2019, according to an occupational safety group that said the death of two construction workers in a two-hour span this past weekend is a reminder of how dangerous that industry can be.

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PEABODY — Kyle McWilliam-Lopez joined the Red Cross as a community recovery specialist in 2018 after Hurricane Irma barreled through Florida.

HAVERHILL — City residents are largely ready to roll out the red carpet for famed shoe designer Stuart Weitzman, who intends to take over the Merrimack Valley Regional Transit Authority outpost in the heart of downtown and build an $86 million shoe museum and performing arts center, should a…

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