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Massachusetts casinos staying well below occupancy limits

Jan. 14, 2021 3:43 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — The three casinos in Massachusetts are keeping occupancy well below the state-mandated 25% capacity limit imposed last month to help control the spread of the coronavirus, officials said at Thursday's state gambling commission meeting. Occupancy is at about 19%, said Bruce Band, assistant...

Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker gets his temperature checked as he arrives at Baystate Medical Center to give an update on COVID-19 vaccinations Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2021, in Springfield, Mass. (Don Treeger/The Republican via AP)

Baker says about 117,000 virus vaccines have been given

Jan. 5, 2021 5:12 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts has administered about 117,000 first doses of the two coronavirus vaccines, about 70,000 of which have gone to hospital workers directly dealing with the pandemic, Gov. Charlie Baker said Tuesday. “We’re obviously excited the vaccine process has begun in...

Man charged with setting fires at church held on $25K bail

Jan. 5, 2021 2:20 PM EST

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) — A Maine man charged with setting fires at a Massachusetts church with a predominantly Black congregation was held on $25,000 bail at his arraignment Tuesday. Dushko Vulchev, 44, of Houlton, Maine, is linked to three fires at the Martin Luther King Jr. Presbyterian Church in...

Massachusetts lawmaker wants to name official state dinosaur

Jan. 5, 2021 1:34 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — A Massachusetts state lawmaker is asking for the public's help to select an official state dinosaur. State Rep. Jack Lewis tweeted Monday that he plans on filing the legislation on Jan. 15, adding that the effort is a good way for children to learn about the legislative process. But first,...

Cindy Gaylord, chairwoman of the Westfield Historical Commission, holds the original sword from the statue of Gen. William Shepard that stands near the town green in the center of Westfield, Mass., on Dec. 29, 2020. A veteran returned the sword he stole from the statue 40 years ago, telling Gaylord that he regretted taking it. (Don Treeger/The Republican via AP)

Remorseful man returns statue's stolen sword after 40 years

Jan. 4, 2021 3:28 PM EST

WESTFIELD, Mass. (AP) — A veteran returned a sword he stole from a statue of a Revolutionary War general 40 years ago, telling the head of the Massachusetts town's historical commission that he regretted taking it. Cindy P. Gaylord, the chair of Westfield's Historical Commission, said a man contacted the...

Maine man charged with trying to burn Massachusetts church

Jan. 2, 2021 2:45 PM EST

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) — A Maine man has been charged with trying to burn a Massachusetts church with a predominantly Black congregation. Dushko Vulchev of Houlton, Maine, was arrested Friday by Pittsfield police, authorities said Saturday. He is due to be arraigned Monday on several counts of malicious...

State trooper shot and injured; suspect apprehended

Jan. 1, 2021 12:59 PM EST

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts state trooper was shot and injured New Year's Eve in Springfield, and the suspect has been arrested, state police said. The officer was shot while responding to a shots-fired alert at around 11:25 p.m. on Thursday in the western Massachusetts city. State police...

Fire at Black church being investigated as possible arson

Dec. 28, 2020 2:26 PM EST

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) — A fire early Monday morning at a Massachusetts church with a predominantly Black congregation is considered “highly suspicious” and is being investigated as a possible arson, authorities said. City, state and federal authorities are investigating the fire that...

Massachusetts makes $1.25M in brownfields grants

Dec. 25, 2020 9:31 AM EST

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts has made $1.25 million in grants to support environmental cleanup at five sites around the state, with the hopes of making them safe for housing and other economic development. The money comes from MassDevelopment’s Brownfields Redevelopment Fund. The fund supports...

Pierce, Collins lead 1st-time nominees for basketball hall

Dec. 22, 2020 6:05 PM EST

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) — Boston Celtics star Paul Pierce and longtime player, coach and broadcaster Doug Collins lead the first-time nominees announced Tuesday for the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Class of 2021. Also making their debut as candidates are Michael Cooper, Howard Garfinkel, Lou...