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7/9/20 4:13 PM
While companies and governments around the world race to develop a safe and effective vaccine against COVID-19, a survey designed by a group at Tufts University found that just 57 percent of Americans said they would get a COVID-19 vaccine if one were available today.
7/9/20 4:07 PM
There is nothing common about the common loon chick that hatched this spring in Fall River. It was the first time in more than 100 years that a loon had hatched in southeastern Massachusetts, state environmental officials said.
7/9/20 4:02 PM
The state's highest court will hear arguments Friday over whether Republican Congressional candidate Helen Brady should have her name printed on the Nov. 3 ballot or remain ineligible as a separate panel deemed her last month.
7/9/20 3:58 PM
About 15 minutes after the House of Representatives voted unanimously to give the executive branch new powers to run a statewide mosquito control response when the threat of mosquito-related diseases is high, public health officials announced that West Nile virus has been found in a Massachusetts mosquito for the first time this year.
7/9/20 3:36 PM
Another 26,619 people filed new claims for unemployment benefits last week, and while that total represented a decline from the prior week, claims were up in several industries, including construction.
7/9/20 2:22 PM
Black Barnstable County residents have contracted COVID-19 at a rate three times as high as the county's white residents, an "alarming" trend that Cape Cod leaders said warrants passage of emergency sick time legislation and dedicating more resources toward data collection.
7/9/20 1:41 PM
Changing the way Massachusetts taxes legal marijuana could produce more revenue for the state, but it could also disrupt the fledgling cannabis industry here and undo some of the work to convert consumers from an illicit market to the state's regulated and taxed market, a report found.
7/8/20 5:48 PM
U.S. Rep. Joseph Kennedy III called for a massive public works and federal hiring program on Wednesday to help steer the country out of the economic hole dug by the COVID-19 pandemic, calling the public health crisis an opportunity to "refashion" the American economy.
7/8/20 5:48 PM
Opponents of a proposed ballot question that would increase access to automobile data formally objected to its eligibility Wednesday, echoing an argument that has so far blocked a congressional candidate from making the ballot in a separate case.
7/8/20 5:33 PM
The positive COVID-19 test rate in long-term care facilities remains above the state average, and a public health official said Wednesday that the gap is closing. Katherine Fillo, the Department of Public Health's director of clinical quality improvement, gave an update to the Public Health Council on the state's response to COVID-19 in nursing homes.
7/8/20 5:31 PM
A new version of Gov. Charlie Baker's mosquito control bill is moving through the House Ways and Means Committee Wednesday, and it adds more members to a task force proposed in the Senate's version of the bill.
7/8/20 5:24 PM
A special committee of House members met Wednesday to begin poring over some of the bills that lawmakers filed to help workers through the pandemic and as the economy reopens, but many members of the committee cautioned that it would be foolish to embrace new programs or benefits before they have a better idea of just how ugly the state budget picture is.
7/8/20 5:17 PM
The 10-state compact formed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the power sector will soon have an eleventh member.
7/8/20 4:07 PM
Gov. Charlie Baker said Wednesday his administration has "no tolerance for intolerance," but said it was too soon to decide whether Steven Florio, the commissioner of the state’s Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, should lose his job over a report that he dressed in Ku Klux Klan robes and made Nazi salutes while a member of fraternity in college.
7/8/20 3:29 PM
In a case with implications across Massachusetts, Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have asked a court to step in and block a new federal policy that would prohibit international students from staying in the United States if they take online-only courses this fall.
7/8/20 2:34 PM
Slot machines are not meant to be turned off for four months at a time, as it turns out.
7/9/20 5:55 PM
[Story Developing] The Massachusetts Senate met for more than six hours Thursday, but was unable to make much progress on a bill calling for policing reforms, a measure pieced together in recent weeks following outrage over police violence and racism.
7/9/20 1:06 PM
Gov. Charlie Baker on Thursday urged members of the high-tech field to continue using their resources to combat COVID-19.
7/9/20 1:02 PM
U.S. Rep. Joseph Kennedy III is calling on federal elections commission officials to provide an urgent clarification as the state's top election official butts heads with voting rights advocacy groups over the permissible use of federal funds to send out vote-by-mail applications.
7/9/20 12:37 PM
[Story Developing] After trimming its budget by $65 million to cope with pandemic impacts, the City of Boston may need to impose additional cuts during the year if the economic outlook remains bleak, Boston Mayor Martin Walsh said Thursday.
7/9/20 12:36 PM
All 21 hospital health systems included in a new state analysis reported negative operating margins for the quarter ending March 31, a period that includes the early weeks of the COVID-19 emergency in Massachusetts.
7/9/20 12:25 PM
[Story Developing] Black Barnstable County residents have contracted COVID-19 at a rate three times as high as the county's white residents, an "alarming" trend that Cape Cod leaders said warrants passage of emergency sick time legislation and dedicating more resources toward data collection.
7/9/20 10:57 AM
As the Senate prepared to debate a sweeping reform of policing in Massachusetts on Thursday, the head of the Black and Latino Legislative Caucus was urging Democratic leaders in the House and Senate and Gov. Charlie Baker to remain "focused and committed" to the the core reforms the caucus requested at the start of the conversation over how to address systemic racism in law enforcement.
7/8/20 4:07 PM
Across Massachusetts, the fight to control the spread of the coronavirus is one that Gov. Charlie Baker believes the state is winning. But in some pockets, the disease's spread has remained stubbornly challenging to control.
7/8/20 12:22 PM
As the mosquito-borne virus season ramps up in Massachusetts and officials remind residents to wear bug spray and take other precautions, the state's public health veterinarian on Wednesday offered an update on another warm-weather outdoor health risk — diseases transmitted by ticks.
7/8/20 12:03 PM
Investigators have so far detected more than 58,000 fraudulent unemployment claims in Massachusetts amid an alleged national criminal scheme, but state officials still have not disclosed how much money paid out in error.
7/8/20 9:25 AM
[Story Developing] Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology are seeking immediate judicial relief from a controversial new federal policy that would bar all international students from remaining in the United States if they take only online classes this fall.
7/8/20 7:54 AM
With 56 days left until their Sept. 1 primary contest, Congressman Joseph Kennedy III and Sen. Edward Markey bring their U.S. Senate campaigns to the streets of Boston on Wednesday.
7/8/20 6:55 AM
A new super PAC formed by environmental advocates backing U.S. Sen. Edward Markey's reelection campaign plans to spend $900,000 on a new television and digital ad campaign in July that will cast the incumbent as a progressive leader who recognized the challenges of the times -- climate change, opioid abuse and access to health care - before they became national crises.
7/8/20 5:51 AM
Calling the policy cruel and illegal, Attorney General Maura Healey is preparing a lawsuit to stop federal regulations that would force international college students to leave the country unless they take courses in-person.
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