BOSTON — Massachusetts will move into the third phase of its gradual plan to revive public activity in most of the state on Monday, allowing gyms, museums, movie theaters and more to resume some operations even as COVID cases surge in other parts of the country.

ROWLEY — The North Shore’s two newest adult use cannabis shops have opened just down the road from each other, offering a variety of THC-infused products.


BOSTON — The pandemic replaced the typical buzz and hectic nature of the Statehouse with subdued and quiet hallways, and two months after Gov. Charlie Baker announced his economic reopening plan there are still no indications that the building will return to any semblance of normalcy soon.

[Story Developing] One day after state public health officials reported no new deaths for the day from COVID-19 for the first time since March, Gov. Charlie Baker cautioned against declaring victory against the coronavirus.


[Story Developing] Emergency federal funding will help mitigate the pandemic's impact on child care, but the amount available falls far short of existing deficits and Massachusetts leaders will need to deploy "creative" solutions toward an industry on which the statewide economy relies, Bake…

With many indoor activities on hold during the pandemic, state officials have been encouraging people to get outside for exercise, recreation and fresh air. One top Baker administration official said Tuesday that people are taking that advice to heart.

BOSTON (AP) — The 2020 Big E, a multistate fair in Massachusetts that drew more than 1.6 million visitors last year, has been canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic, organizers announced Monday.

Encore Boston Harbor, the $2.6 billion resort casino in Everett, said Monday that it is placing about 3,000 of its employees on an indefinite furlough as it prepares to reopen under guidelines that limit the resort's occupancy.

BOSTON — Proposals to update the state's "right to repair" law and implement ranked-choice voting are edging closer to the November ballot, as backers of a plan to expand beer and wine sales abruptly end their effort.

BOSTON — A deal has been reached between leaders in the House and Senate on early voting and vote-by-mail legislation that should pave the way for a major expansion of voting options ahead of the 2020 election.

BOSTON — In the auditorium at Lawrence Public Library, hundreds of books are stacked on tables and sorted by the dates they were returned.

BOSTON — The state's aging natural gas pipelines are still riddled with thousands of potentially dangerous and damaging leaks, according to a new report.

BOSTON - The superintendent at the center of the Holyoke Soldiers' Home crisis is challenging an independent investigator's conclusions about his qualifications for the job and hinted at potential legal action to fight his impending termination.

SALEM — Courthouses in Salem, Peabody and across Massachusetts will reopen to the public on July 13 for limited purposes, with the courts continuing to conduct most business virtually.

The coronavirus is disproportionately affecting Black and Hispanic people in Massachusetts, according to a new report that cites underlying racial and ethnic disparities in the state's health care system.

BOSTON — Massachusetts is among a handful of states that can seize a Medicaid recipient's home or assets when they die to pay for outstanding medical bills.

BOSTON (AP) — This year's Massachusetts sales tax-free weekend scheduled for Aug. 29-30 is a chance to support local businesses struggling because of the coronaviorus pandemic, Gov. Charlie Baker said in a statement Tuesday.

BOSTON — The state's 6.25% sales tax will be waived on many purchases the weekend of Saturday, Aug. 29 and Sunday, Aug. 30, the Baker administration announced Tuesday.

BOSTON — State universities in Bridgewater, Fitchburg, Framingham, Salem, Westfield and Worcester plan in September to bring students back to campuses, where they are scheduled to return to dorms and attend on-campus classes as the state copes with the uncertainties posed by COVID-19.

BOSTON — Restaurants will be allowed to resume dine-in services beginning next week as the state continues to reopen sections of its coronavirus battered economy.


BOSTON — The head of the state's Republican Party is vowing to win back seats in the Legislature, even as the party's ever-shrinking GOP minority reels from recent election losses.

BEDFORD, Mass. (AP) — Members of Massachusetts' congressional delegation are calling for a federal investigation into the death of a veteran who was found in the stairwell at a Veterans Affairs hospital campus more than a month after he was reported missing.

Funding levels called for under the new school finance reform law, additional staff and an elimination of MCAS tests are among the measures the Massachusetts Teachers Association says should be the foundation for reopening schools.

BOSTON -- Police officers would be licensed by the state under a plan filed by Gov. Charlie Baker in response to mass protests over the killing of George Floyd by Minneapolis police.

BOSTON — State health officials are offering free COVID-19 testing to protesters who attended demonstrations over George Floyd's death in recent weeks.

BOSTON — Commuter rail platforms will soon look more like they did before the state shut down businesses under the threat of COVID-19, as the MBTA brings back trains to accommodate passengers returning to work.

BOSTON - Vineyard Wind I, the project that could be the first major wind farm off the American coast, took an incremental step forward in the permitting process this week when federal regulators published a long-awaited study of the potential impacts of the project and the East Coast's rapid…

BOSTON — A new $5 million grant unveiled Thursday aims to help cities and towns improve outdoor spaces, including those used by restaurants for outdoor dining, as the state reopens the economy.

BOSTON (AP) — A property services company has agreed to pay $550,000 and change its business practices to settle allegations that it violated state consumer protection laws by illegally profiting from Massachusetts homeowners facing foreclosure, the state attorney general's office announced …

Recreational boating deaths in the U.S declined incrementally in 2019, but Massachusetts saw steep declines in the numbers of fatal accidents and deaths, according to the U.S. Coast Guard's report on recreational boating statistics.

BOSTON — Economic fallout from the coronavirus might delay implementation of a new school funding law as the state braces for deep budget shortfalls.

BOSTON (AP) — Plimoth Plantation, the Massachusetts living history museum that highlights the lives of the Pilgrims and the Wampanoag Tribe soon after the arrival of the Mayflower in 1620, is reopening this week.

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