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8/7/20 12:01 PM
Updated regulations around access to medical marijuana caregivers emerged this week as a point of contention among some in the cannabis community, with a patient advocacy group and individual patients disagreeing over the right approach.
8/6/20 5:00 PM
Massachusetts hospitals experienced sharp declines in financial well-being at the onset of the pandemic, and many ended April and May in the red despite receiving a boost from federal stimulus money, according to a new analysis.
8/6/20 4:58 PM
Returning to a fully in-person education model in New Bedford Public Schools would create an "unacceptable risk of an outbreak," Mayor Jon Mitchell warned in a formal address Thursday where he also touted the city's local leadership during the COVID-19 pandemic.
8/6/20 4:47 PM
A top federal health official said Thursday she's excited to see states moving to expand access to telehealth services and that she hopes Congress and private insurers will pursue similar goals.
8/6/20 4:18 PM
If Worcester Public Schools brings students back into buildings in any capacity during the upcoming academic year, registered nurse Tami Hale would be among the first people responsible for responding to the threat of a potential COVID-19 case.
8/6/20 3:56 PM
Even as the economy has come back to life and people have begun to venture out of their homes to go to work or conduct other day-to-day business, commuting rituals have changed - maybe forever - and the return to planes, trains and automobiles has been slow.
8/6/20 2:37 PM
The Senate on Thursday initiated a conference committee to negotiate with the House on climate and carbon emission legislation, as the branches attempt to agree on a "roadmap" to net-zero emissions by 2050. The Senate appointed as its conferees Telecommunications, Utilities and Energy Co-chair Michael Barrett, Majority Leader Cynthia Creem, and Sen. Patrick O'Connor. The House negotiators are Barrett's co-chair, Rep. Thomas Golden, and Reps. Patricia Haddad and Brad Jones.
8/6/20 2:19 PM
Another major policy proposal is heading for private conference committee negotiations after both chambers on Thursday appointed negotiators to work out a compromise on climate action legislation.
8/5/20 8:07 PM
State public health officials reported 338 new cases of COVID-19 and two new deaths on Wednesday, along with a 42-person increase in the number of hospitalized COVID-19 patients.
8/5/20 6:00 PM
More than 315,000 Massachusetts tenants have little to no confidence that they will be able to pay rent in August, according to survey data collected by the U.S. Census Bureau, a figure that one group said indicates as many as one in three renter households could soon face eviction.
8/5/20 5:16 PM
A group of 20 attorneys general, including Attorney General Maura Healey, wrote to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg on Wednesday insisting his company do more to stop the spread of hate speech, disinformation and cyberbullying.
8/5/20 4:59 PM
Infectious disease expert Dr. Anthony Fauci said Wednesday he's "cautiously optimistic" that efforts to develop a COVID-19 vaccine will be successful, and projected that more answers will be available in a matter of months.
8/5/20 4:46 PM
Having already taken the lead in the coronavirus pandemic response and economic rebound in the United States, it is time for Gov. Charlie Baker and other state executives to "reformulate and redefine" the partnership between states and the federal government, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Wednesday as he took over as chair of the National Governors Association.
8/4/20 9:41 PM
Massachusetts is among seven states that are entering formal talks with manufacturers with the goal of facilitating rapid point-of-care antigen tests that could more quickly detect COVID-19 outbreaks in workplaces, schools and congregate care settings.
8/4/20 6:17 PM
A new law will require public schools with large populations of low-income students to provide breakfast after the school day begins in an effort to address childhood hunger and give all students a chance to succeed in school.
8/4/20 6:05 PM
State education officials are reviewing school districts' initial reopening plans and expect to issue guidance on athletics and extracurricular activities next week, Elementary and Secondary Education Commissioner Jeff Riley said Tuesday.
8/7/20 1:26 PM
[Coverage Developing] Gov. Charlie Baker is indefinitely postponing the next step of the state's reopening in response to the uptick in COVID-19 cases that Massachusetts has seen in recent weeks.
8/7/20 12:12 PM
American employers added nearly 1.8 million jobs in July while the unemployment rate declined to 10.2 percent, restoring another chunk of the jobs lost during the pandemic but at a slower pace than in recent months.
8/7/20 11:47 AM
In a reversal announced 18 days before the start of the fall semester, officials at the flagship University of Massachusetts campus in Amherst said Thursday night they would no longer repopulate their residence halls with students taking online classes.
8/6/20 2:06 PM
Massachusetts recorded $4.456 billion in tax collections in July, with just more than half of that money being counted towards the budget year that ended June 30 about $3 billion short of expectations.
8/6/20 1:17 PM
After imposing a cumulative $800,000 in fines last month, the Cannabis Control Commission slapped a $120,000 fine Thursday on a cultivator and manufacturer that sold vaporizer cartridges that exceeded allowed state limits for ethanol to marijuana retailers and dispensaries in late 2018 and early 2019.
8/6/20 12:40 PM
The House and Senate on Thursday established a fifth major conference committee to develop consensus legislation addressing carbon emissions and renewable energy and positioning the state to better adapt to climate change.
8/6/20 10:47 AM
The number of active COVID-19 cases rose nearly 25 percent over the last week and has been steady or climbing for nearly a month while Massachusetts has settled into the third of four reopening phases and planned for the approaching school year.
8/5/20 3:09 PM
[Story Developing] Dr. Anthony Fauci on Wednesday compared the fight to contain COVID-19 in the United States to a crew team's race, saying everyone in the country needs to be rowing in the same direction.
8/5/20 1:58 PM
State lawmakers are seeking information about the MBTA Transit Police department's decision to disband its SWAT unit, warning that eliminating the effectively idle unit creates a gap in the agency's public safety apparatus.
8/5/20 1:25 PM
The City of Boston delivered nearly $5.8 million in overtime pay to police in connection with shifts associated with the wave of protests in May, June and July where thousands gathered to object to police brutality and systemic racism, the News Service has learned.
8/5/20 1:13 PM
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts customers and members will receive $101 million in premium refunds and rebates due to lower than anticipated health care costs during the COVID-19 emergency, the big insurer announced Wednesday.
8/4/20 5:48 PM
Jury trials in Massachusetts would restart on a limited basis, using small juries to consider cases involving civil disputes or minor criminal charges for at least two months before more serious cases resume, according to recommendations outlined last week by a judicial panel.
8/4/20 5:41 PM
Most travelers entering Massachusetts from Rhode Island will soon be ordered to quarantine for two weeks upon arrival unless they recently tested negative for COVID-19, the Baker administration announced Tuesday.
8/4/20 5:36 PM
The Baker administration rolled out the final regulations Tuesday for a first-in-the-nation financial incentive program that aims to promote clean energy generation to supply power when demand on the grid is at its highest, and officials said it will help reduce greenhouse gas emissions and save ratepayers money.
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