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Massachusetts expanding vaccine preregistration locations

Apr. 07, 2021 17:29 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts residents hoping to book COVID-19 vaccination appointments through the state website will have additional locations to choose from beyond the state’s seven existing mass vaccination sites, Gov. Charlie Baker said Wednesday. Starting this...

Massachusetts Senate weighing bill to extend voting options

Mar. 07, 2021 11:23 AM EST

BOSTON (AP) — The Massachusetts Senate is planning to meet in a formal session on Monday and could vote on a bill that extends mail-in and early voting options until June 30. The options were originally approved last year as part of the state's effort to make voting...

Malcolm X’s boyhood home in Boston gets historic designation

Mar. 04, 2021 15:00 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — Malcolm X’s boyhood home in Boston was added to the National Register of Historic Places. The 2 ½-story house is the only surviving residence associated with the slain civil rights leader’s formative years in the city, according to Massachusetts...

Could pandemic further erode the New England town meeting?

Feb. 26, 2021 10:31 AM EST

MIDDLESEX, Vt. (AP) — The town meeting, for centuries, was a staple of New England life — but the coronavirus pandemic could accelerate the departure from the tradition where people gather to debate everything from the purchase of local road equipment to multimillion-dollar budgets to...

Twitter account of failed U.S. Senate candidate is suspended

Feb. 05, 2021 15:51 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — Former U.S. Senate candidate Shiva Ayyadurai's Twitter account has been suspended. “Account suspended. Twitter suspends accounts which violate the Twitter Rules," his account read on Friday. In an email Ayyadurai blamed the...

Boston seeks to nix special mayoral election requirement

Feb. 03, 2021 17:33 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — Boston leaders are looking to bypass the city’s special election requirement as Mayor Marty Walsh prepares to join President Joe Biden’s Cabinet as labor secretary. The City Council on Wednesday unanimously approved a home rule petition asking the...

Massachusetts offering COVID-19 grants to small businesses

Jan. 14, 2021 17:29 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...