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PEABODY — A man whose prior drunken driving convictions were so old prosecutors could not move to hold him without bail, after his arrest in December, is now in custody, after he missed several court-ordered alcohol screens last week. 

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BOSTON — A long-dormant oversight board fired Merit Rating Board Director Thomas Bowes on Tuesday, making him the second Registry of Motor Vehicles employee to depart in the wake of a fatal crash allegedly caused by a driver whose license should have been suspended.

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SALISBURY — The town’s first retail marijuana shop could open as soon as the end of this week, the owner said Monday.

BOSTON — As questions continue to swirl over who knew what and when about persistent record-keeping failures at the Registry of Motor Vehicles, the union representing two RMV employees slammed a national audit firm for naming them in a summary of its investigation.

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PEABODY — For the year-plus it has been open, Habitat for Humanity-North Shore's resale store — which sells used furniture, building supplies and other goods — has been hobbled like a chair with one leg shorter than the others.

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BEVERLY — Situated high on Brimbal Hill, the 6 million gallon Beverly water tower is nearing the end of its construction phase. 

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PEABODY — A former Peabody neurologist charged with fondling a patient 2 1/2 years ago says the state cannot re-try him on an indecent assault and battery charge because it would amount to double jeopardy. 

SALEM — Four development teams have been tapped to draw up their visions for the Superior Court and County Commissioner buildings on Federal Street, with early ideas for the properties ranging from housing and hotels to museums.

BOSTON — Native Americans weren’t counted as part of the U.S. Census until the late 1800s, and remain one of the hardest-to-count populations in the nation.

SALISBURY — Five people were rescued just after noon on Saturday after the boat they were in capsized after colliding with another boat at the mouth of the Merrimack River, an area known for treacherous currents that is difficult to navigate at times.

PEABODY — Four finalists are competing to lead Peabody Veterans Memorial High School, and all have some sort of local connection to bring into their interviews.

MANCHESTER, N.H. — President Donald Trump took a trip down memory lane as he spoke to thousands of supporters at Southern New Hampshire University Arena in Manchester Thursday night.

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MANCHESTER, N.H. — Chants of “Trump it up” and “Build that wall” rang through the Queen City intermittently, as thousands of attendees wearing red “Make America Great Again” hats readied to attend President Donald Trump’s campaign rally at the Southern New Hampshire University Arena in Manch…

SALEM — Should in-law apartments once free of in-laws be required to be affordable? That question dominated part two of a hearing held by the City Council Thursday night.

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SALEM — In his position as claims director for the Massachusetts Interlocal Insurance Association, David Dowd gets the call when a school district or municipality is sued. 

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PEABODY — The company trying to redevelop the former J.B. Thomas Hospital wants to get their message out about their proposal to tear down the vacant hospital and turn it into condos.

SALEM — State regulators have removed the warning status that had been placed on the the Salem State University School of Nursing last year for low test scores and other deficiencies.

SALEM — A Lynn man who was spotted driving around Salem at 3 a.m. despite having a restriction on his license that requires him to be off the road by 2 a.m. is now being held without bail on a dozen gun and drug charges. 

MANCHESTER — White Beach is open to swimming again after it finally passed its third bacteria test in two weeks, the town Board of Health announced Thursday afternoon. 

[Story Developing] The Registry of Motor Vehicles has suspended the licenses of more than 800 more drivers in its ongoing review of potential missed violations, officials said in an eight-page interim report released Thursday.

ROWLEY — Overnight road work will begin tonight on Route 1 north and southbound, from the Topsfield/Ipswich town line to the Rowley/Newbury town line.

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PEABODY — It could be the middle of September before an ordinance to ban single-use plastic shopping bags comes before the Peabody City Council. But the Big Y on Lowell Street wasn't waiting for this or a proposed statewide bag ban to get rid of those flimsy plastic shopping bags at the chec…

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BOSTON — Shoppers will get a reprieve from the state's sales tax this weekend, with the annual two-day tax holiday giving them a break on some purchases less than $2,500.

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DANVERS — The Twin Oaks Rehab and Nursing Home was declared "substandard" in June after state inspectors found dozens of problems ranging from poor treatment of residents to deteriorating building conditions.

[Story Developing] Tufts Health Plan and Harvard Pilgrim Health Care on Wednesday announced plans to combine their two organizations into a new company that will serve nearly 2.4 million members in Massachusetts, Maine, Connecticut, New Hampshire and Rhode Island.

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SALEM — Officials are considering shutting down the Charter Street Burial Ground for part or all of October as $600,000 in preservation work gears up for sometime after Halloween. 

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[Editor's note: This article has been updated to reflect a correction. The original story did not accurately describe the impacts of a 2014 law on the Massachusetts Clean Water Trust Fund. The law increased the maximum contract assistance the trust can receive from the state for debt service…

BOSTON — State leaders and immigration advocates are criticizing new federal rules that will require immigrants to show they won't be a burden on taxpayers, saying the regulations will hurt families seeking health care, housing and other public programs.

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Salem - Marie F. Dube, aged 89, passed away peacefully surrounded by family on August 19, 2019. Born in Salem in 1930 to John E. O'Leary and Laura (Dubois) O'Leary, Marie lived in Salem during her formative years, and graduated from St. Mary's High School in 1948. After graduating Marie work…