Latest Charlie Baker News

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...

Rollins is 1st Black woman to be Massachusetts' US Attorney

Jan. 10, 2022 18:06 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — Boston's former top prosecutor was sworn in Monday as the U.S. Attorney for Massachusetts, becoming the first Black woman to serve as the top federal prosecutor in the state. Rollins took the oath of office in a private ceremony in the Boston federal courthouse after...

Editorial Roundup: New England

Jan. 09, 2022 14:13 PM EST

Barre-Montpelier Times-Argus. January 5, 2022. Editorial: State of the State It was interesting to hear the range of pundits talking about Gov. Phil Scott’s State of the State address Wednesday. It was scattershot. In the news release issued by his...

Winter storm blanketing parts of South with snow, ice

Jan. 06, 2022 21:57 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A winter storm blanketed parts of the South with snow, freezing rain and sleet Thursday, tying up roads in Tennessee and Kentucky as the system tracked a path through Appalachia toward the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast. Nashville saw 6.3 inches (16 centimeters)...

Governor appoints interim Suffolk district attorney

Jan. 06, 2022 13:51 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — A former prosecutor who's currently chair of the Massachusetts Sex Offender Registry Board was appointed Thursday by Gov. Charlie Baker to serve the remainder of Rachael Rollins’ term as Suffolk district attorney. Kevin Hayden's appointment is effective Monday, when...