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BOSTON — A state fund that covers unemployment benefits is nearly $3 billion in the hole, and that's squeezing employers who fund the system.

SWAMPSCOTT — A Newton man who may have mulled over the wine selection a bit too long after police say he held up a Swampscott liquor store has been indicted.

SALEM — Wooded trails around McGrath Park have been closed to the public after lead was found in shallow soil outside of the park's soccer fields.

IPSWICH — Ipswich police have charged a Salem man with cocaine trafficking and distribution of fentanyl following a two-month investigation. 

PEABODY — The arraignment of a Peabody man on charges that range from attempting to set fire to his apartment for insurance money to trying to escape from Middleton Jail by climbing a razor-wire fence has been postponed. 

DANVERS — Lawyers for some of the five people accused in a flash-mob style robbery of pricey Canada Goose parkas have decided to drop their efforts to have the charges dismissed, at least for now, they told a Salem Superior Court judge Friday. 

BOSTON (AP) — As more people are vaccinated, the number of Massachusetts cities and towns considered at high risk for coronavirus transmission has shrunk to just six, the fifth consecutive week the number has fallen, state health officials say.

Masks will still be required for now in all indoor public places, at all events and outdoors when social distancing is not possible in Massachusetts, despite new guidance from the Centers from Disease Control advising fully vaccinated individuals that it's safe in most cases to stop wearing …

SALEM — Gender-specific words are being completely eradicated from Salem’s ordinances, barring one notable exception: manhole.


BOSTON — More colleges are telling students to get a COVID-19 vaccination before coming back to campus this fall, but legal experts say the mandates could spur legal challenges.


BEVERLY - Just before 3 p.m. on Thursday, workers who were clearing the rubble from the demolition of the old Press Box building shut down their equipment to accommodate a ceremony to celebrate the building that will take its place.

WENHAM — A former executive from Gloucester was sentenced to six years in state prison Thursday after pleading guilty to vehicular manslaughter in a Thanksgiving 2019 crash that killed an elderly Rockport man and severely injured his wife. 

BEVERLY — The Massachusetts Attorney General's office said Thursday that it is reaching out to the Vittori-Rocci Post to learn more about the veterans organization's plan to sell its building.


U.S. Sen. Edward Markey is facing pressure from the coalition of progressive organizations, staff and youth volunteers that became central to his 2020 reelection campaign to take a harder stand against Israel for the role the U.S. ally has played in the escalating violence and civil unrest b…

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Attorneys for three former Minneapolis officers awaiting trial in George Floyd's death will be in court Thursday to argue pretrial motions, including a request that prosecutors be sanctioned after media reports that Derek Chauvin had planned to plead guilty a year ago, and…

BEVERLY — Cell Signaling Technology is planning to expand its campus alongside Route 128 by building a new building and parking garage.


PEABODY — The Massachusetts Municipal Wholesale Electric Company (MMWEC) held its first public meeting since pausing plans to build a 55-megawatt natural gas-power plant in the city, but members of the public who logged onto the video conference were disappointed to find out there would be n…

SALEM — When the City Council banned wood-burning campfires and fire pits in 2019, they didn't realize they were banning the practice in perhaps the safest place in the city to have a campfire: the Winter Island campground.

BOSTON — Business groups are urging the state to restore a work-search requirement for people collecting unemployment benefits, arguing that stricter rules are needed to get more workers back on the job.


SALEM — Before there were the groundbreaking stories and accolades, before Columbia University and Tufts University, there was Rachel Zoll's hometown of Salem, where some of her lifelong friends this week recalled a warm, kind, and fiercely intelligent young woman. 

Education Commissioner Jeff Riley intends to waive accountability determinations for districts and schools based on this year's MCAS exam, according to a senior department official who sought on Wednesday to assuage skeptics worried that the test results after a year of disrupted learning co…


Local lobstermen should know Friday whether any portions of the state’s inshore waters will reopen to commercial trap fishing on May 15, with the final determination largely resting on Thursday’s aerial survey of endangered North Atlantic right whales in Massachusetts waters.

[Story Developing] Vaccine and health care providers in Massachusetts are poised to begin administering Pfizer vaccines to the roughly 400,000 Bay State residents between the ages of 12 and 15 as soon as Thursday pending the go-ahead from federal authorities, Gov. Charlie Baker said Wednesday.


[Editor's note: This story has been updated to reflect a correction. City Councilor Robert McCarthy's name was mistakenly omitted from the original list of candidates for office at the bottom of this story. The longtime Ward 1 Councilor has pulled nomination papers to seek a new term.]

[Story Developing] Opioid overdose deaths in Massachusetts rose by 5% in 2020, marking the first increase in three years and climbing to a level slightly higher than the previous peak in 2016.


SALEM — One of the first cities in Massachusetts to mandate face masks outdoors was also the last to take it down.


PEABODY — The World War II memorial that was destroyed when the Christmas tree outside City Hall toppled onto it during a November storm has been replaced.

SALEM — A North Shore lawmaker and former police chief has filed a bill to amend language in the state's drunken driving law, after the state's highest court recently ruled that police — even with a court warrant — cannot collect blood samples from suspected drunk drivers if the driver does …


BOSTON — Pot shop owners are urging the state to curtail fees they’re forced to pay to cities and towns to set up operation, arguing that they have minimal impact on police, fire and other municipal services.

BEVERLY — The Beverly Human Rights Committee and the Beverly Council on Aging will hold a conversation Thursday on the topic of respecting human rights and dignity in Beverly.

BOSTON — More than 85,000 low- to moderate-income families would be eligible for a refundable child care tax credit under a Senate plan unveiled Tuesday.

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