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Fauci says early reports encouraging about omicron variant

Dec. 05, 2021 17:28 PM EST

U.S. health officials said Sunday that while the omicron variant of the coronavirus is rapidly spreading throughout the country, early indications suggest it may be less dangerous than delta, which continues to drive a surge of hospitalizations. President Joe Biden's...

Baker weighing $4B spending bill sent to him by lawmakers

Dec. 05, 2021 13:09 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — Gov. Charlie Baker is weighing a $4 billion spending bill shipped to his desk this week by Massachusetts state lawmakers. The bill directs money from the state’s portion of the American Rescue Plan Act and Fiscal Year 2021 surplus funds to help with the...

First case of omicron variant detected in Massachusetts

Dec. 04, 2021 21:14 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — A woman in her 20s who had traveled out of state is the first known case of the omicron variant of the coronavirus detected in Massachusetts, the state Department of Public Health announced Saturday. Genetic sequencing confirmed the variant, officials...

Governor signs bill mandating genocide education in schools

Dec. 04, 2021 11:36 AM EST

BOSTON (AP) — Middle and high school students in Massachusetts would learn about the history of genocide and human rights issues under a bill signed into law by Gov. Charlie Baker this week. The bill requires middle schools and high schools in the state to include...

GOP's Baker won't seek 3rd term as Massachusetts governor

Dec. 01, 2021 17:56 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — Republican Gov. Charlie Baker announced Wednesday he won't seek a third term as governor of Massachusetts, where his party is bitterly split between supporters and foes of former President Donald Trump. Baker called the announcement “a very complicated...

GOP Gov. Charlie Baker of Massachusetts, long among the nation’s most popular governors, says he won’t seek a third term

Dec. 01, 2021 10:30 AM EST
BOSTON (AP) — GOP Gov. Charlie Baker of Massachusetts, long among the nation’s most popular governors, says he won’t seek a third term.

Massachusetts deploying COVID-19 antibody treatment units

Nov. 30, 2021 17:48 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts is deploying three mobile units to administer monoclonal antibody treatment to high-risk individuals who have been exposed to or have COVID-19, Gov. Charlie Baker said Tuesday. The clinics have the capacity to treat up to 500 patients per...

Vaccine passport program could be coming soon, governor says

Nov. 29, 2021 18:25 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — A COVID-19 vaccination passport program that would allow residents to quickly demonstrate their vaccine status could be up and running in Massachusetts and several other states soon, Gov. Charlie Baker said Monday. Proof of vaccination would be available...

Essex County sheriff to require employee vaccinations

Nov. 28, 2021 11:10 AM EST

MIDDLETON, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts sheriff is requiring proof of coronavirus vaccination for all employees, vendors and contractors at the jail his office oversees. Essex County Sheriff Kevin Coppinger, who oversees the Middleton House of Correction, told The Salem...

Editorial Roundup: New England

Nov. 26, 2021 14:57 PM EST

Portland Press Herald. November 21, 2021. Editorial: Local zoning drives high housing costs around Maine Municipal officials don’t have to answer to the people who can’t afford to live in their community. When people talk...