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AG Maura Healey announces run for Massachusetts governor

Jan. 20, 2022 11:28 AM EST

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey announced Thursday that she's running for governor, transforming the year’s top political contest by stepping into the race as the presumptive front-runner on the Democratic side. Healey has the highest profile of any...

Day care programs expand COVID testing, aim to stay open

Jan. 19, 2022 16:29 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — Licensed day care programs in Massachusetts can sign up to begin receiving free rapid antigen COVID-19 tests by the first week of February, Gov. Charlie Baker announced Wednesday. Staff and children two years and older who, as a group, had direct exposure to an...

Head of Boston NAACP says she's running for state secretary

Jan. 18, 2022 14:11 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — The president of the Boston branch of the NAACP said Tuesday that she is running for the Democratic nomination for Massachusetts secretary of the commonwealth. Tanisha Sullivan said in a campaign video that she’ll seek to expand voting rights, make public records...

Massachusetts to provide at-home tests for schools

Jan. 18, 2022 13:49 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts will make millions of rapid coronavirus test kits available to schools across the state so staff and students can test themselves weekly at home and schools can stay open for in-person instruction, Gov. Charlie Baker said Tuesday. Schools that opt in to...

Bill would make it easier for homeless to get state IDs

Jan. 15, 2022 10:10 AM EST

BOSTON (AP) — A bill approved by the Massachusetts Senate would make it easier for people who are homeless to obtain a state ID. Under current state law, a person experiencing homelessness who wants to obtain a Massachusetts identification card is faced with costly fees and...

Gov. Baker issues new orders to ease pressure on hospitals

Jan. 14, 2022 17:34 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — Curtailing unnecessary emergency department visits and letting qualified physician assistants practice independently are some of the new steps announced Friday by Gov. Charlie Baker to help make sure hospitals can serve those in need of acute care in the face of continuing staffing...

Gov. Baker files $5B bond bill to pay for critical services

Jan. 14, 2022 14:44 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — Gov. Charlie Baker filed a nearly $5 billion bond bill Friday that he said will help cover the costs of critical services. The proposal would let the state borrow more than $4.1 billion to maintain, repair, and modernize a variety of assets that serve those most in...

Gov. Baker commutes two first-degree murder convictions

Jan. 12, 2022 19:09 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — Gov. Charlie Baker announced Wednesday he commuted the first-degree murder convictions of Thomas Koonce and William Allen to second-degree murder, making each immediately eligible for parole. The state Parole Board recently recommended commutations for both Koonce and...

Gov. Baker defends COVID-19 response during latest surge

Jan. 11, 2022 16:25 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — Gov. Charlie Baker defended his administration’s recent COVID-19 response, including his resistance to allowing schools to return to virtual learning, during a hearing before Massachusetts lawmakers Tuesday. The Republican said school classrooms are the best place...

Massachusetts orders 26 million rapid antigen COVID-19 tests

Jan. 11, 2022 12:32 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts can expect to receive 26 million rapid antigen COVID-19 tests over the next three months, Gov. Charlie Baker said Tuesday. Baker said the state has placed an order with iHealth to supply Massachusetts with the tests. The agreement allows for shipments to...