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First responders, health care workers and law enforcement personnel line up outside of Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass. Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021, to receive their first dose of the Moderna vaccine to combat the coronavirus. Gillette Stadium opened last week as the first mass vaccination site in Massachusetts. (Mark Stockwell/The Sun Chronicle via AP)

Massachusetts to ease some pandemic business restrictions

Jan. 21, 2021 3:48 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts will begin to ease some of its pandemic restrictions on businesses as spikes in the number of hospitalizations and new cases of COVID-19 have begun to slow, Gov. Charlie Baker said Thursday. Beginning Monday at 5 a.m., the state’s early closure order for businesses and...

Transportation chief tapped for highway administration post

Jan. 21, 2021 9:58 AM EST

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts' Transportation Secretary Stephanie Pollack is leaving to become deputy administrator of the Federal Highway Administration under President Joe Biden's administration, Gov. Charlie Baker's office announced Thursday. The Republican governor said Pollack will step down as MassDOT...

Massachusetts confirms 2nd case of virus' UK variant

Jan. 20, 2021 5:17 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — A second case of the more infectious coronavirus variant first found in the United Kingdom has been confirmed in Massachusetts, state health officials said Wednesday. The second case was confirmed Tuesday by a state laboratory and is a man in his 20s from Worcester County, a spokesperson for...

Massachusetts drops student flu vaccine mandate

Jan. 20, 2021 11:28 AM EST

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts has dropped a requirement that all students get the flu shot this academic year in part because it has been a mild flu season so far. The state announced in August that all students attending in-person classes, with some exceptions, would be required to get a flu shot to head...

Fenway Park named as next COVID-19 mass vaccination site

Jan. 19, 2021 5:23 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts on Tuesday designated the site of its next COVID-19 mass vaccination site: Fenway Park. Starting Feb. 1, the ballpark will begin administering 500 vaccines per day by appointment and will soon ramp up to providing 1,000 vaccines per day to eligible residents in Phase One...

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...