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BOSTON — Craft brewers and beer wholesalers are nudging lawmakers to sign off an a deal to resolve a decade-long dispute over distribution rights, warning that a delay will worsen the microbrew industry’s economic situation.

Teachers on the North Shore say they want nothing more than for life to return to normal and for children to be back in the classroom when school resumes next month — but not at the expense of the health of students, families and themselves. 

BOSTON — Strict rules for visitors to Massachusetts are aimed at preventing a resurgence of the coronavirus, but critics say new restrictions will be hard to enforce and don't fully protect the state.

BOSTON — The number of unemployment claims filed by Massachusetts workers ticked up slightly last week, as hundreds of thousands brace for a loss of federal benefits with a new relief plan tied up in Congress.

SALEM — School districts on the North Shore, nevermind across the country, are facing a delicate debate on how to handle school this fall, be it in-person learning or remote education. That leaves local leaders caught in "the summer of no good choices."

WASHINGTON (AP) — Russian intelligence services are using a trio of English-language websites to spread disinformation about the coronavirus pandemic, seeking to exploit a crisis that America is struggling to contain ahead of the presidential election in November, U.S. officials said Tuesday.

BOSTON — There were nearly 500 new cases of COVID-19 confirmed in Massachusetts over the weekend, and the percentage of tests that come back positive for the coronavirus is rising.

BOSTON — The first round of grants to food producing and distribution organizations that will help ensure that families struggling during the coronavirus pandemic have access to nutritious, locally grown food were announced Wednesday by Gov. Charlie Baker.

SALEM — Shelter providers and municipalities faced a daunting task in the first few weeks of the pandemic: how to safely care for people experiencing homelessness and to limit the spread of the contagious virus.

MARBLEHEAD — When the YMCA of the North Shore decided to go ahead with its plans for the Children's Island Day Camp again this year, it knew it faced a challenge to stay ahead of the COVID-19 pandemic and provide as safe an experience for campers as they might expect to find in their homes.

BOSTON — Gov. Charlie Baker has extended a statewide ban on housing evictions and foreclosures by another 60 days, throwing a lifeline to renters and homeowners who are struggling with the economic fallout of the coronavirus outbreak.

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[Editor's note: This article has been updated to reflect a correction in the author of a resolution about reimbursement of COVID-19 expenses.]

BOSTON - Despite seeing sales plummet in March and April as the pandemic closed many businesses and changed consumer habits, the Massachusetts Lottery had its third-best year in terms of revenue in fiscal year 2020 and projects that it will return $979 million in profit to the state to use a…

“The Bold and the Beautiful” had been on the air 33 years without a break until the COVID-19 pandemic forced a shutdown across Hollywood in March. After local health officials and unions permitted filming to restart June 17, the show hit another roadblock.

Anyone paying attention to the music industry knows that the COVID-19 pandemic has devastated the touring business, thanks to the postponement of tours by the likes of the Rolling Stones and Kenny Chesney and the cancellation of festivals including Coachella and Bonnaroo.

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SALEM — Rumson's Rum has been distilling alcohol at its Florence Street facility for years. It's just that now, it's alcohol that goes on your hands — you don't want to drink this stuff.

PEABODY — The Summer Eats program at Haven from Hunger got a helping hand Thursday morning from U.S. Sen. Ed Markey, who stopped by to help pack up meals that will be distributed to local schoolchildren.

AMHERST, Mass. (AP) — A western Massachusetts college is promising to offer “sanctuary” to international students as President Donald Trump's administration moves to expel foreign students if their school is only offering online courses.

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