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Esmeralda Elizalde checks in for her flight to Mexico at the Los Angeles International Airport in Los Angeles, Monday, Nov. 23, 2020. About 1 million Americans a day packed airports and planes over the weekend even as coronavirus deaths surged across the U.S. and public health experts begged people to stay home and avoid big Thanksgiving gatherings. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

States impose new rules, plead with public to stop spread

Nov. 23, 2020 6:40 PM EST

State and local officials nationwide are imposing new coronavirus restrictions and pleading with the public in an increasingly desperate attempt to stop the explosive spread of the disease as many Americans resist calls to limit gatherings and travel heading into the holidays. Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak tightened...

A man is tested for COVID-19 at Taconic High School in Pittsfield, Mass., on Monday, Nov. 23, 2020. With in school learning closed due to a recent surge in cases the school district is testing staff, children and families through a partnership with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. (Ben Garver/The Berkshire Eagle via AP)

Governor: Massachusetts planning how to distribute vaccines

Nov. 23, 2020 5:26 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts is well into planning how to distribute coronavirus vaccines when they begin arriving in the state, Gov. Charlie Baker said Monday. The state’s public health system already has an existing infrastructure that allows it to process and distribute million of vaccines...

Feds: Agency discriminated against parents with disabilities

Nov. 20, 2020 4:27 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — The Massachusetts Department of Children and Families discriminated against parents with disabilities, federal authorities said Thursday in announcing an agreement to make changes within the agency. The U.S. Departments of Justice and Health and Human Services called it a “landmark...

President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris participate in a meeting with the National Governors Association's executive committee at The Queen theater, Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020, in Wilmington, Del. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Biden chides Trump for lack of cooperation on vaccine

Nov. 19, 2020 7:32 PM EST

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — President-elect Joe Biden met Thursday with governors from both parties and criticized President Donald Trump’s unprecedented attempt to block the peaceful transition of power, saying it was hindering the flow of information about programs to develop a vitally important...

Massachusetts Senate passes $46B proposed state budget plan

Nov. 19, 2020 2:37 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — The Massachusetts Senate has approved its version of a $46 billion proposed state budget, about a 5.5% increase over the prior fiscal year. The spending plan, approved Wednesday evening, aims to move the state towards a more equitable recovery from the pandemic by making key investments in...

Sue Hayden makes wreaths out of balsam at Taft Farms in Great Barrington. Dan Tawczynski says this year orders are up, especially for households, and a little down for businesses due to the pandemic. The Crew working in the background make garland as well, several miles of it a year, Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2020. (Ben Garver/The Berkshire Eagle via AP)

Virus news: Baker urges cautious Thanksgiving; 47 new deaths

Nov. 18, 2020 5:28 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — Gov. Charlie Baker on Wednesday urged residents to refrain from gathering with extended family and friends at Thanksgiving, saying casual indoor gatherings are helping fuel the new surge in cases in Massachusetts. Holiday dinners and festivities should be limited to members of a person's...

Massachusetts Senate OKs abortion rights amendment to budget

Nov. 18, 2020 3:54 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — The Massachusetts Senate approved a measure aimed at strengthening abortion rights in the state as part of its budget debate Wednesday. The measure would let women obtain an abortion after 24 weeks of pregnancy in cases of “fatal fetal anomalies.” Current state law allows...

Budd confirmed as 1st Black female chief of state high court

Nov. 18, 2020 3:45 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — Justice Kimberly Budd was unanimously confirmed Wednesday as the chief justice of Massachusetts' highest court. Budd, 54, becomes the first Black woman to serve as chief justice of the Supreme Judicial Court, which traces its history to the late 17th century. She replaces former Chief Justice...

Baker taps Judge Serge Georges Jr. for state's high court

Nov. 17, 2020 2:46 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — Boston Municipal Court Judge Serge Georges Jr. was nominated to the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court by Gov. Charlie Baker on Tuesday. The Republican governor, in his second term, has now nominated all seven members of the state’s high court. He described all seven as “rock...

Massachusetts Senate to debate its version of state budget

Nov. 15, 2020 11:54 AM EST

The Massachusetts Senate is set to debate its version of the state budget this week. The $46 billion Senate plan is a 5.5% increase over the prior fiscal year. Senate budget writers say the spending plan will ensure fiscal stability and includes targeted investments to protect essential services and support an...