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Governor announces stimulus package as virus cases rise

Oct. 22, 2020 9:37 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Gov. Charlie Baker announced a $774 million plan Thursday that he said will help stabilize the economy as Massachusetts grapples with the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. The plan includes $115 million for businesses that have been hit particularly hard by virus restrictions, especially in the...

Schools leader quits after appearing to mock Asian names

Oct. 22, 2020 2:02 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — The chairperson of the Boston school board resigned Thursday after appearing to mock Asian names during a virtual meeting. Michael Loconto made the comments during a long meeting Wednesday night to discuss a proposal to drop admissions tests for the city’s elite exam schools for one...

Virtual Boston Marathon raises more than $32M for charity

Oct. 22, 2020 9:44 AM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Boston Marathon runners raised $32.1 million for charity in the virtual edition of this year’s race, pushing the event’s fundraising total since 1989 to more than $400 million, marathon organizers said Thursday. The money will go to 242 different nonprofits through the charity...

Nurse pleads guilty to stealing dying veterans' morphine

Oct. 22, 2020 8:41 AM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — A former nurse at a veterans’ hospital in Massachusetts has pleaded guilty to stealing liquid morphine intended for her dying patients and using it herself, federal prosecutors say. Kathleen Noftle, 55, of Tewksbury, pleaded guilty on Wednesday to tampering with a consumer product and...

A health officer collecting swab samples from rail commuters to test for COVID-19 drinks water during a break at a railway station in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Monday, Oct. 12, 2020. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena)

The Latest: Sri Lanka orders more curfews over virus cluster

Oct. 21, 2020 11:49 PM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka — Authorities in Sri Lanka have closed the country’s main fish market and widened the curfew in many parts of the island nation following a surge of coronavirus infections related to a new cluster centered on a garment factory. The government imposed a curfew Thursday in parts of...

State to audit 2 school districts; 22 new COVID-19 deaths

Oct. 21, 2020 5:14 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts education officials have made good on a promise to audit school districts that have not updated their timeline for bringing students back for in-person instruction despite community coronavirus transmission rates considered safe. State Education Commissioner Jeffrey Riley in a...

Former city employee sentenced to prison on drug charges

Oct. 21, 2020 4:03 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — A man who sold drugs while he was employed by the city of Boston has been sentenced to eight months in prison, federal prosecutors said Wednesday. In addition to the prison sentence, Gary Webster, 36, was sentenced to two years of probation, the U.S. attorney's office in Boston said in a...

Surge in COVID cases prompts Boston schools to go all-remote

Oct. 21, 2020 2:38 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Boston schools will switch to all-remote learning in response to a rising number of coronavirus cases in the city, Mayor Marty Walsh and Superintendent Brenda Cassellius said in a statement Wednesday. The switch to remote-only learning starts Thursday. The city’s seven-day average...

MBTA reduces next years forecasted fare revenue

Oct. 20, 2020 6:01 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority has decreased next year’s fare revenue forecast by nearly a third, a sign of the extended economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic. The MBTA predicts that fare revenue will reach no more than 38% of pre-pandemic levels by June. That...

Families of veterans who died in outbreak speak to lawmakers

Oct. 20, 2020 4:49 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Family members of veterans who died during a coronavirus outbreak at the Holyoke Soldiers' Home testified Tuesday before lawmakers investigating the outbreak that took the lives of nearly 80 veterans. Susan Kenney told the Special Joint Legislative Oversight Committee she couldn't get any...