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Foxboro Police Officer Brendan Fayles checks in at the Putnam Clubhouse at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Mass. to receive his coronavirus vaccination Friday, Jan. 15, 2021. The first large scale vaccination site for the coronavirus in Massachusetts is being held at Gillette Stadium. A soft launch was held Friday before officially opening Monday, Jan. 18 for first responders and health care workers to receive the Moderna vaccine. (Mark Stockwell/The Sun Chronicle via AP)

Gov. Baker: Feds need to do a better job on vaccine pipeline

Jan. 15, 2021 5:14 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — The federal government needs to do a better job letting states know how much vaccine they can expect to receive so they can best plan how to vaccinate the most vulnerable populations before expanding to the general public, Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker said Friday. Currently Massachusetts...

Gov. Charlie Baker vetoes sweeping climate change bill

Jan. 14, 2021 7:13 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — Gov. Charlie Baker vetoed a sweeping climate change bill Thursday, just days after top Democratic lawmakers on Beacon Hill vowed to immediately refile and pass it again if the Republican refused to sign the legislation. The bill had been approved earlier this month in the waning days of the...

Massachusetts offering COVID-19 grants to small businesses

Jan. 14, 2021 5:29 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts is highlighting efforts to help small businesses survive the economic turmoil they have suffered because of the coronavirus pandemic. This week, nearly 1,600 businesses received grants totaling $78.6 million through a state COVID-19 business grant program. It’s the third...

State to vaccinate those in congregate care sites, prisons

Jan. 13, 2021 5:17 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts will start vaccinating individuals living and working in congregate care facilities and prisons on Monday, Gov. Charlie Baker said at a Statehouse press conference Wednesday. The facilities include residential congregate care programs, groups homes, residential treatment...

Lawmakers say they are ready to refile, pass climate bill

Jan. 13, 2021 4:41 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — Top Beacon Hill lawmakers say they’re ready to quickly re-file and pass a sweeping climate change bill currently on Republican Gov. Charlie Baker’s desk if he refuses to sign it. The bill was approved earlier this month in the waning days of the prior legislative session. Baker...

Massachusetts set to open first mass vaccination site

Jan. 12, 2021 5:15 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts is preparing to open its first mass vaccination site this week at Gillette Stadium as the state ramps up efforts to get shots into arms and help stem the spread of the coronavirus. The site will open Thursday by first administering vaccinations into staff members, Gov. Charlie...

Supporters of President Donald Trump climb the west wall of the the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)

The Latest: Seattle probes officers about Washington rally

Jan. 9, 2021 1:49 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the fallout of the storming of the Capitol by a mob of pro-Trump loyalists (all times local): 1:30 a.m. Seattle’s police chief says two city officers were apparently in Washington, D.C., Wednesday when a violent mob of President Donald Trump’s supporters...

Massachusetts to launch COVID-19 'pooled testing' in schools

Jan. 8, 2021 5:29 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts is preparing to launch a pooled testing program in schools that aims to help expand monitoring for COVID-19 and encourage schools to remain open with students attending in person. Pooled testing is designed to test larger batches of people at a lower cost. Under the pooled...

State extending by two weeks restrictions on capacity limits

Jan. 7, 2021 5:30 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts is extending by two weeks tightened restrictions on gatherings, including a 25% capacity limit for many businesses. The restrictions went into effect on Dec. 26 and will now be extended for at least two more weeks to Jan. 24, Gov. Charlie Baker announced Thursday at a Statehouse...

Demonstrators rally outside the Massachusetts State House, protesting Governor Charlie Baker's order for mandatory influenza vaccinations for students in Boston on Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021.  (Craig F. Walker/The Boston Globe via AP)

Massachusetts lawmakers launch new legislative session

Jan. 6, 2021 5:02 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts lawmakers launched a new legislative session Wednesday just hours after wrapping up the prior session, working into the early morning hours to pass a series of bills including a $16.5 billion transportation bond bill. In one of their first official acts of the new session, House...