Latest Massachusetts state government News

Joey Johnson, AKA Captain Corona, directs traffic at The South Congregational Church Food Pantry, Wednesday, May 20, 2020, in Pittsfield, Mass. The food pantry served about 500 families with pickups Wednesday and Thursday mornings and delivered boxes to others. Additionally, the pantry operates a kitchen that serves up to 100 people per meal to go. (Ben Garver/The Berkshire Eagle via AP)

COVID-19 cases top 90,000; Baker: DOJ push to open churches

May. 21, 2020 5:42 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — The number of individuals in Massachusetts diagnosed with confirmed cases of COVID-19 surged past 90,000 on Thursday as the state reported more than 1,100 new cases. The number of confirmed COVID-19-related deaths since the start of the pandemic climbed to more 6,148 as another 82 deaths were...

Gretchen DeBartolo takes an order for a family of five at The South Congregational Church Food Pantry, Wednesday, May 20, 2020, in Pittsfield, Mass. Additionally, the pantry operates a kitchen that serves up to 100 people per meal to go. All the food distribution is carefully packed and transferred without contact. (Ben Garver/The Berkshire Eagle via AP)

COVID-19 deaths top 6,000; Baker touts new work protocols

May. 20, 2020 4:36 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — The number of COVID-19-related deaths in Massachusetts has surged past 6,000 as the state’s economy begins to reopen. There were 128 new COVID-19-related deaths reported Wednesday, bringing the total number of deaths to 6,066 since the start of the pandemic. Massachusetts has recorded...

Democrats flip 2 GOP-controlled Massachusetts Senate seats

May. 20, 2020 1:03 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Democrats flipped two seats in the Massachusetts Senate in two special elections Tuesday giving the party a 36-seat majority in the 40-member chamber. Westfield Democrat John Velis defeated John Cain, a Republican from Southwick, to take the seat formerly held by Republican Don Humason, who...

Massachusetts for-hire fishing industry to reopen in days

May. 20, 2020 1:30 AM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — The Massachusetts charter fishing industry is set to reopen in a few days after being shut down due to coronavirus. Gov. Charlie Baker, a Republican, ordered the industry back open as part of a phased reopening of the state's economy on Monday. Baker's order allows the state's for-hire...

Workers prepare to hoist metal materials at a construction site in Boston's Seaport District, Tuesday, May 19, 2020. In the first phase of reopening outlined by Mass. Gov. Charlie Baker, that began Monday, May 18th, construction is included among industries that can reopen provided they follow standards meant to curb the spread of the coronavirus. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Mayor: Avoid 2nd shutdown; 76 new COVID-19-related deaths

May. 19, 2020 4:42 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Boston will move cautiously to avoid a second shutdown as the state begins to reopen, Mayor Marty Walsh said at a Tuesday press conference. “We will continue to be guided by fact-based science, and we will not take steps that put anyone at undue risk,” Walsh said a day after...

People demonstrate against state restrictions imposed over concern about COVID-19 near the residence of Gov. Charlie Baker, Saturday, May 16, 2020, in Swampscott, Mass. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

Gov. Baker unveils reopening plan: COVID-19 cases top 87,000

May. 18, 2020 6:31 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Gov. Charlie Baker on Monday outlined a phased-in approach to gradually restart the Massachusetts economy, which was largely shuttered nearly two months ago as the state ramped up its fight against the coronavirus which has claimed nearly 5,800 lives in the state. In the first phase beginning...

Urologist charged with killing wife held without bail

May. 18, 2020 2:51 PM EDT

A prominent Massachusetts urologist, who was fired after a billing scandal, killed his wife and left her body in a small pond near their home in an affluent Boston suburb, prosecutors said in court Monday. Dr. Ingolf Tuerk, 58, of Dover, was held without bail at his arraignment after pleading not guilty to murder...

Lawmakers weigh bill to allow supervised injection sites

May. 17, 2020 8:05 AM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts lawmakers are weighing legislation that would legalize supervised injection sites for drug users. The Committee on Mental Health, Substance Abuse and Recovery on Friday favorably reported out a re-drafted version of legislation that would legalize the sites. The legislation...

Former Gov. Paul LePage, sitting in a Lexus SC 430, uses his cell phone to address protesters rallying against the executive orders by Gov. Janet Mills to keep some Maine businesses closed to help prevent the spread of coronavirus, Saturday, May 16, 2020, in Augusta, Maine. His call was broadcast over speakers set up at the nearby rally. LePage, now a resident of Florida, stayed in his car parked near the rally. A speaker at the event said the former governor was quarantining. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

Shutdown foes stage rallies in Massachusetts, Maine, N.H.

May. 16, 2020 6:22 PM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Coronavirus-related developments across New England: CONNECTICUT A federal judge is set to hear arguments next week in a lawsuit designed to force the state to better protect prison inmates from the coronavirus. The ACLU of Connecticut is asking the court to order emergency actions...

An employee from Quest Diagnostics looks inside the COVID-19 virus test collection box at a drive thru for the CVS Pharmacy in Danvers, Mass., Friday, May 15, 2020. CVS has expanded their testing sites. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

Gov. Baker: Keep working from home; 110 new COVID-19 deaths

May. 15, 2020 4:50 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Gov. Charlie Baker is urging companies to let as many employees as possible work from home to help limit the spread of the coronavirus, even after the state begins to restart the economy. About half of executive branch state employees who work under the governor’s office have been...