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About 1,600 state workers miss vaccine deadline, face firing

Oct. 18, 2021 14:19 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Nearly 1,600 Massachusetts state employees had not proved they are vaccinated against the coronavirus or had sought a vaccine exemption by Sunday's deadline, the administration of Gov. Charlie Baker announced Monday. The Republican governor said in August...

Massachusetts National Guard to aid COVID-19 school testing

Oct. 12, 2021 17:27 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Gov. Charlie Baker activated up to 450 members of the Massachusetts National Guard on Tuesday to help deal with COVID-19 challenges. Up to 200 guard members will aid in COVID-19 testing in schools throughout the state, and as many as 250 members will be...

Customs dispute jeopardizes US fish stick, filet supply

Oct. 11, 2021 17:32 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A customs dispute at the U.S.-Canada border is threatening America's supply of a key fish used for popular products such as fish sticks and fast food sandwiches. The Alaska pollock has a complicated supply chain. After being caught as part of the...

Rally seeks statewide Indigenous Peoples Day, other measures

Oct. 09, 2021 08:58 AM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Native American groups are marching and rallying on Boston Common on Saturday to observe Indigenous Peoples Day and to call on state leaders to do more to support their communities. Organizers say they want Gov. Charlie Baker to make Indigenous People's...

Hospitals prepare to fire hundreds of unvaccinated workers

Oct. 07, 2021 18:11 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts hospitals are preparing to fire hundreds of employees who fail to comply with COVID-19 vaccination requirements designed to protect patient safety. Officials at hospitals across the state told The Boston Globe they don’t expect the number...

Gov. Baker names new 7-member board of directors for MBTA

Oct. 07, 2021 16:37 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Gov. Charlie Baker announced Thursday that he has appointed a new seven-member board of directors for the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority that are taking over leadership of the system from a temporary body created to help stabilize the transit agency. ...

Salem ESL teacher named state teacher of the year

Oct. 06, 2021 15:22 PM EDT

SALEM, Mass. (AP) — An elementary school teacher from Salem was named Massachusetts Teacher of the Year on Wednesday. Marta García, who teaches English as a second language to second and third graders at Witchcraft Heights Elementary School, was honored during a...

Trump endorses Geoff Diehl for Massachusetts governor

Oct. 06, 2021 14:03 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Former President Donald Trump has endorsed Geoff Diehl, a former Republican state representative, for governor of Massachusetts in 2022. The state’s current governor — fellow Republican Charlie Baker — hasn’t yet said if he plans to seek a third...

Supreme Court won't rule on governor's pandemic authority

Oct. 04, 2021 17:29 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court decided Monday against hearing an appeal of a decision that found Gov. Charlie Baker did not overstep his authority with sweeping orders to close businesses and limit gatherings to control the coronavirus early in the pandemic. The...

Climate activists chain themselves to boat at gov's house

Sep. 28, 2021 17:47 PM EDT

SWAMPSCOTT, Mass. (AP) — Several environmental activists who chained themselves to a pink sailboat with the words “climate emergency" on the side at Gov. Charlie Baker's home on Tuesday morning were arrested, state police said. In addition to six people who chained...