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4/8/20 5:37 PM
Attorney General Maura Healey launched her own investigation Wednesday into the state-run Holyoke Soldiers' Home, where at least 25 veterans have died since late March amid an outbreak of the coronavirus.
4/8/20 2:07 PM
Gov. Charlie Baker is expected to file legislation Wednesday afternoon that would extend liability protection to health care workers during the coronavirus pandemic to address a fear of some front-line medical personnel who are being asked to work in abnormal conditions, according to an administration source.
4/8/20 1:29 PM
Massachusetts will need to build out more intensive care beds to meet peak coronavirus demand expected in the coming weeks, with existing capacity insufficient, according to a new model launched Wednesday.
4/8/20 12:29 PM
A growth restriction imposed in 2018 by the Federal Reserve Board on Wells Fargo due to the bank's compliance and operational breakdowns will be modified to enable the bank to make small business loans to businesses affected by the COVID-19 crisis.
4/8/20 9:45 AM
Massachusetts remains above average in response rates to the 2020 U.S. Census as Secretary of State William Galvin prepares for the next phase in the decennial population count.
4/8/20 9:23 AM
The Massachusetts unemployment rate could race up to more than 25 percent by June, according to a new policy brief that suggests large federal block grants are the state's best hope for staving off a severe budget crisis.
4/7/20 7:43 PM
With recreational marijuana shops closed until at least May and the number of people seeking medical marijuana cards surging, the Cannabis Control Commission on Tuesday told certain non-medical growers that they can now transfer their crops to the medical supply chain.
4/7/20 5:48 PM
The Baker administration plans to call for the number of people allowed in a grocery store at one time to be limited to 40 percent of the store's capacity in an additional step aimed at helping people stay safe while out of their homes, Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito said Tuesday.
4/7/20 5:13 PM
Rep. Harold Naughton confirmed Tuesday afternoon that he would not be seeking re-election to fourteenth term in the House in November after accepting a job with a New York law firm that will allow him to work from his home in Clinton.
4/7/20 5:13 PM
In preparation for the potential that hospitals may run out of life-saving supplies to treat every COVID-19 patient that shows up at their door, state public health officials released guidance Tuesday to help providers make the grim choice about which patients to prioritize, advising the doctors treat the young and most likely to survive first.
4/7/20 3:49 PM
As data from other states begin to paint a picture of racial and ethnic inequities among COVID-19 patients, Massachusetts health officials said Tuesday they will soon begin reporting the incomplete race and ethnicity data they have.
4/7/20 3:46 PM
Sen. Ed Markey and actress Jane Fonda drew a link Tuesday between the COVID-19 crisis and climate change, saying there are lessons to be learned from the response to the pandemic. Fonda, who has been hosting a weekly series of "Fire Drill Fridays" climate protests that have now moved online, joined Markey by video for a live broadcast on his campaign Facebook page.
4/7/20 2:59 PM
A two-week-old survey that found arts and cultural nonprofits in Massachusetts have lost tens of millions of dollars during the coronavirus outbreak is already outdated and needs to be updated with what is likely even more harrowing data, the Massachusetts Cultural Council's executive director said Tuesday.
4/7/20 2:16 PM
As an anticipated surge of COVID-19 patients and deaths approaches, Boston Mayor Martin Walsh said Tuesday that the city is prepared to work with its hospitals to expand the capacity of their morgues.
4/7/20 1:52 PM
In an election year that will see the departure of many House veterans, Rep. Harold Naughton appears to be the latest to decide not to seek re-election after his State House aide opened a committee Monday to run for his Worcester County seat.
4/7/20 5:00 AM
Already worried to start the year about the possibility of an economic slowdown, the confidence of Bay State employers in the economy in the midst of the global coronavirus pandemic plummeted in March to near Great Recession levels as unemployment soared and commerce ground to a halt. Economic advisors to the state's largest business trade group predict a recovery is still three to six months away and could be slow.
4/6/20 8:19 PM
House Speaker Robert DeLeo won't even hazard a guess these days as to when or how his chamber might debate an annual budget for the state, let alone a climate change bill. But almost a month into the new reality of legislating from a safe distance, the Democrat said Monday he's not giving up on everything lawmakers thought they'd be working on this spring and summer before the coronavirus upended daily life.
4/6/20 7:38 PM
Lawmakers are calling on Gov. Charlie Baker to let health care professionals trained in other countries join the state's COVID-19 fight, and a recent Board of Registration in Medicine move will allow some international medical graduates who've also trained in the U.S. to receive temporary licenses here.
4/6/20 3:17 PM
The global coronavirus pandemic has upended significant swaths of the economy in Massachusetts and the relatively-young legal marijuana industry is no exception.
4/6/20 2:57 PM
One day after Gov. Charlie Baker revealed Massachusetts has only received a fraction of the ventilators it requested from the national stockpile, the state's congressional delegation slammed the federal response as "grossly insufficient."
4/6/20 12:47 PM
... The HPC has a new pharmacy pricing official ... A veteran early education official is moving on to a health care post in Rhode Island ... Congresswoman Trahan has a new communications director ... the Boston Housing Authority has a new special advisor ... the Mass. Public Health Association has a new public policy specialist ... and National Grid has a new president of its U.S. Business ... Please enjoy the latest Personnel File ...
4/8/20 6:56 PM
With the surge of coronavirus infection weeks, if not days, away from washing over Massachusetts, Gov. Charlie Baker on Wednesday said the state had not yet seen the peak and urged residents not to grow "complacent" as he announced a new mobile testing site in West Springfield and legislation to protect health care workers from lawsuits.
4/8/20 6:34 PM
Bills aimed at providing protections for renters and homeowners are among the Senate's short-term COVID-19 response plans, and beyond that, Senate President Karen Spilka is looking at ways to keep the body running with most senators working remotely amid the ongoing public health crisis.
4/8/20 3:48 PM
A flood of new applications surged into state social safety net programs in recent weeks, another piece of evidence reflecting widespread economic hardships brought on by the coronavirus pandemic.
4/8/20 2:52 PM
While still grappling with the immediate impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, state higher education officials on Wednesday looked ahead to the longer-term challenges expected to face public campuses and their students.
4/7/20 5:47 PM
The Baker administration will direct another $800 million to the Massachusetts health care industry, supplementing $840 million in previously announced assistance as the state works to bulk up its front line of defense against the forthcoming COVID-19 surge.
4/7/20 2:22 PM
The most senior member of the House of Representatives has joined a growing list of veteran lawmakers who are not seeking another term on Beacon Hill.
4/7/20 12:52 PM
In an embarrassing setback as legislators work to understand the full economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic, legislative leaders and the governor's top budget official were forced to postpone by a week a virtual roundtable discussion with top state economists due to a technological snafu.
4/6/20 8:20 PM
The state's public safety secretary has tested positive for COVID-19, he announced Monday night, and is working from home.
4/6/20 7:58 PM
The data show that the measures Massachusetts has taken to combat the spread of the coronavirus -- closing schools, shutting down large chunks of the economy and asking people to limit trips outside -- could be working, Gov. Charlie Baker said Monday, but those measures must continue to be adhered to as the state prepares for an expected influx of COVID-19 patients who need to be hospitalized.
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