[Story Developing] To-go cocktail sales and caps on fees charged by third-party delivery services have helped restaurants keep the lights on while their operations have been limited during the COVID-19 crisis, restaurant owners said Monday as they made the case for extending those temporary …

[Story Developing] To-go cocktail sales and caps on fees charged by third-party delivery services have helped restaurants keep the lights on while their operations have been limited during the COVID-19 crisis, restaurant owners said Monday as they made the case for extending those temporary …

[Coverage Developing] Having taken the weekend to consider the latest federal guidance that dramatically loosened coronavirus restrictions for vaccinated people, Gov. Charlie Baker plans to give an update on the reopening process for Massachusetts late Monday morning.

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 …

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…

[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.

[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.

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An offshore wind project off Massachusetts that would create enough electricity to power 400,000 homes and is touted by backers as a key piece of America's transition to renewable energy was approved Tuesday by the federal government.

[Developing] Gov. Charlie Baker will take part in event on Tuesday with President Joe Biden and a bipartisan group of governors to highlight the state's progress in vaccinating residents, the governor said Monday afternoon.

[Story Developing] The plaintiffs in a unsuccessful lawsuit that sought to overturn many of Gov. Charlie Baker's executive orders that put business and other gathering restrictions in place during the COVID-19 pandemic are asking the U.S. Supreme Court to consider the case.

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Gas prices in Massachusetts rose by 6 cents a gallon over the past week and analysts at AAA expect further increases due to a gas pipeline that's been shut down because of a cyberattack.

BOSTON - More than three months after it was supposed to begin its work, a special commission tasked with reviewing the hiring, promotion and recruitment of public employees and State Police officers with an eye toward improving transparency and diversity met for the first time on Wednesday …

New statewide school attendance data show the percentage of students deemed chronically absent was up so far this pandemic-disrupted school year, as compared to the last three academic years, with rates soaring among English learners, economically disadvantaged students, and students with di…

DANVERS — Four mass COVID-19 vaccination sites, including the Danvers Doubletree Hotel, will close by the end of June as the state adjusts its vaccine distribution strategy. 

It appears the residents around Folly Cove are going to have to get used to having the dead minke whale carcass as a neighbor — at least until it decomposes naturally or washes back out to sea.

NEWBURYPORT — Thanks to a recent storm, two vital markers that help boaters navigate the sometimes treacherous mouth of the Merrimack River are not where they are supposed to be, prompting the U.S. Coast Guard to begin making twice daily radio announcements to warn mariners. 

BOSTON — Massachusetts will relax its requirements that face coverings be worn outside effective Friday, and on May 10 will allow greater capacity at stadiums, the reopening of amusement parks at half capacity and the return of road races, Gov. Charlie Baker's office announced.

DALTON, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts man was sentenced Thursday to one year in jail for burning down a stack of hay bales that a local farm had decorated in support of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris during the lead up to last year's presidential election, prosecutors said.

BOSTON — The median sale price of a single-family home in March climbed to $485,000, according to the Massachusetts Association of Realtors, whose latest monthly report shows a slight uptick in inventory to start the spring and a competitive market.

BOSTON — Facial recognition systems can track criminals, thwart security threats and prevent fraud, but use of the controversial technology stirs debate over privacy, due process and racial bias.

(Story Developing) While its duration is still unknown, the pause in the use of Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccines should have "minimal impact" on appointments in Massachusetts, Gov. Charlie Baker said Wednesday.

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In January, when the Baker administration announced a new pooled COVID-19 testing initiative for K-12 schools, Education Secretary James Peyser said technological advances had enabled the state "to take our testing program to the next level."

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