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Massachusetts marks 1st celebration of Juneteenth holiday

Jun. 18, 2021 20:42 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Some of Massachusetts top political leaders gathered with activists and local residents Friday to celebrate the country’s newest federal holiday, Juneteenth, commemorating the end of slavery. Republican Gov. Charlie Baker and Boston acting Mayor Kim...

Editorial Roundup: New England

Jun. 18, 2021 12:58 PM EDT

Rutland Herald. June 14, 2021. Editorial: First in the nation Congratulations, Vermont. We did it. We moved the needle back to “normal.” First in the nation to do so. Four hundred fifty nine days since the state of emergency...

Governor unveils plan to spend $2.8B in federal relief funds

Jun. 17, 2021 18:50 PM EDT

HAVERHILL, Mass. (AP) — Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker said Thursday he hopes to use nearly $3 billion in federal pandemic-relief funds to support homeownership, economic development, job training, health care and infrastructure with a focus on populations and areas that suffered the most...

State GOP chair battling party members over anti-gay email

Jun. 17, 2021 16:31 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — In a state where Republicans struggle against lopsided odds, Massachusetts GOP Party Chair Jim Lyons has found himself in a scorched political battle — not with Democrats, but with members of his own party, including the state’s top Republican, Gov. Charlie Baker. ...

New law extends some Massachusetts pandemic-era policies

Jun. 16, 2021 21:01 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Some pandemic-era policies that had expired on Tuesday — such as allowing restaurants to offer take-out cocktails — were quickly extended Wednesday after Republican Gov. Charlie Baker signed a bill sent to him by state lawmakers. The new law would also...

Company agrees to pay state $3.5M for undelivered face masks

Jun. 16, 2021 18:18 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — A company that authorities say failed to deliver on a contract to supply one million N95 face masks to the state of Massachusetts and then made false statements in connection with its obligation to refund the state has agreed to pay nearly $3.5 million to settle the...

Harvard professor formally announces run for governor

Jun. 15, 2021 15:02 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Harvard University professor Danielle Allen pledged to “accelerate the pace of change" Tuesday when she officially kicked off her campaign for the Democratic nomination for governor of Massachusetts. Allen is the first Black woman to run for governor in...

Massachusetts offers $1M prizes, scholarships for vaccinated

Jun. 15, 2021 12:23 PM EDT

Massachusetts is giving away five $1 million cash prizes and five $300,000 college scholarships to residents who have been fully vaccinated against the coronavirus, Gov. Charlie Baker announced Tuesday. The aim of the so-called VaxMillions Giveaway, modeled after a...

Harvard professor to announce run for Massachusetts governor

Jun. 14, 2021 19:02 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Harvard University professor Danielle Allen, who has never held elected office, is scheduled to announce a run for the Democratic nomination for governor of Massachusetts. Allen is the first Black woman to run for governor as a member of a major party in...

Gillette Stadium mass vaccination site shutting down

Jun. 14, 2021 17:46 PM EDT

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — After giving out more than 600,000 shots over five months, the mass coronavirus vaccination site at Gillette Stadium is closing its doors on Monday. The site opened in January by administering shots to first responders and health care workers,...