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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...

Lawmakers approve bill to mandate education on genocides

Nov. 24, 2021 16:05 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — Middle and high school students in Massachusetts would learn about the history of genocide and human rights issues under a bill approved by state lawmakers Wednesday. The bill requires middle schools and high schools in the state to include instruction on...

DEP commissioner suspends permit for $1B transmission line

Nov. 23, 2021 21:31 PM EST

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine's environmental commissioner suspended a permit Tuesday for a $1 billion electricity transmission line, delivering another blow to the project aimed at bringing Canadian hydropower to New England. Commissioner Melanie Loyzim's decision comes...

Maine lawmakers ask Baker to halt transmission line project

Nov. 23, 2021 21:17 PM EST

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A bipartisan group of Maine lawmakers on Tuesday asked Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker to do everything in his power to terminate a $1 billion hydropower transmission project in Maine that will benefit Massachusetts. The lawmakers said proceeding...

Baker: Some hospitals must postpone non-essential procedures

Nov. 23, 2021 18:36 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — Any hospital or hospital system facing limited capacity to care for patients will be required to reduce non-essential, non-urgent scheduled procedures beginning Monday under an emergency order announced Tuesday by Gov. Charlie Baker. The goal of the order...

Baker signs Massachusetts' congressional redistricting map

Nov. 23, 2021 13:42 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — Republican Gov. Charlie Baker signed legislation Monday creating new lines for Massachusetts' nine congressional districts. The map avoids any dramatic shifts in district lines, in large part because the state retains the same number of existing...

Rhode Island rethinks plan to cut transportation pollution

Nov. 23, 2021 12:32 PM EST

Rhode Island officials plan to lean on federal funding and come up with a new way to cut emissions from the transportation sector, following the demise of a multistate compact aimed at dramatically reducing transportation pollution. Terrence Gray, acting director of the...

Boston mayor divests vulnerable city from fossil fuels

Nov. 22, 2021 15:56 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — Boston Mayor Michelle Wu signed an ordinance Monday designed to divest the city from fossil fuels. The ordinance will prohibit the use of public funds from being invested in the stocks, securities or other obligations of any company that derives more than...