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BOSTON — Cities and towns along the MBTA’s corridors will be required to increase the amount of multifamily housing to comply with a new state law.

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BOSTON — Schools will report positive cases to state education officials as part of their regular weekly COVID-19 reporting.

ANDOVER — After a life of bravery, service and loyalty, Andover police K-9 Grimm will take his final ride through town Wednesday morning. 

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BOSTON — As hospitals battle a record surge of COVID-19 infections, physicians are urging the state to create a system to track empty beds in emergency rooms to ease capacity issues.

Here are the bestsellers for the week that ended Saturday, Jan. 8, compiled from data from independent and chain bookstores, book wholesalers and independent distributors nationwide.

BOSTON — Attorney General Maura Healey has reached a multi-million dollar settlement with the nation’s largest college loan servicing company in a lawsuit alleging predatory lending and deceptive business practices.

BOSTON — Business confidence among Massachusetts companies has slumped to a 10-month low amid the latest surge of COVID-19 infections and persistent supply-chain issues, according to a new report.

METHUEN — An arbitrator has ruled that city officials did not violate the terms of a collective bargaining agreement by refusing to pay top police officers astronomical salaries discovered after the fact.

BOSTON -- Gov. Charlie Baker on Tuesday pushed back against suggestions that his administration isn't doing enough to expand COVID-19 testing and encourage more people to get vaccinated as the state battles another surge of infections.

Here are the bestsellers for the week that ended Saturday, Jan. 1, compiled from data from independent and chain bookstores, book wholesalers and independent distributors nationwide.

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Between January 7 and January 11 145 Andover students and school staff have reported having COVID-19, according to the district’s website.

BOSTON -- Legislators are weighing changes to a voter-approved law that would give auto manufacturers more time to comply with requirements to turn over vehicle 'telematics data' to owners and independent repair shop owners.

BOSTON — Students attending public schools will be required to wear masks for at least another month, regardless of their vaccination status.

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More than 400 people in Andover tested positive for COVID-19 last week, as numbers skyrocket around the Commonwealth.

BOSTON — The state agency overseeing security at the State House and a vast swath of recreational facilities and Massachusetts parklands has been starved of resources for years, according to a new report, which calls for a major boost in funding and other reforms.

The town is moving ahead with replacing and expanding the Aguilla Road water main line in what’s expected to be the largest project of its kind in about 30 years, said Town Manager Andrew Flanagan.


ANDOVER — Dozens of people lined the road at Shawsheen Square holding candles and signs recognizing the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol.

More than 2 million Massachusetts residents have received vaccine boosters to add to their protection against COVID-19. Still, as the omicron variant continues to drive rapid spread, some public health experts warn that the Baker administration has not done enough to get additional shots into arms.

State education officials are planning to provide school districts with 200,000 at-home rapid COVID-19 tests for their teachers and staff and are encouraging school personnel to take one of the antigen tests before returning to work after the winter break.

ANDOVER — The weather held and hundreds of people gathered downtown Friday night to welcome in the New Year for Andover's First Night.

The West Elementary and Shawsheen Preschool Building Committee got it’s first look at the new school via a virtual walkthrough with the architecture firm, Cambridge-based SMMA.

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Just before winter break, Andover’s Director of Nursing Rita Casper announced the School District’s nurses would be changing contact tracing protocols, reducing the number of phone calls to parents, and instead emailing most close contacts.

DANVERS — Documents that refer to details about the video surveillance system and other security measures at Danvers High School in effect in 2013 were ordered sealed by a Lawrence Superior Court judge on Monday at the request of the town - a request opposed by the lawyer representing Tom and Peggie Ritzer.

Just fewer than 1,000 executive branch employees have left their jobs because they did or would not comply with Gov. Charlie Baker's vaccine mandate for public employees, including 656 people whose departures were "involuntary," the governor's office said Thursday.

SALEM — U.S. Rep. Seth Moulton, D-Salem, told an online town hall audience Thursday night that while the proposed Build Back Better Act and the recently passed bipartisan infrastructure law may not be perfect, they will still make massive New Deal-like investments in both the nation’s physical and social infrastructure.

BOSTON -- Public schools are struggling amid a shortage of substitute teachers and other trained staff as state lawmakers pitch plans to ease the hiring crunch.

BOSTON — A tax deduction for charitable donations approved by voters more than two decades ago will be delayed again after lawmakers failed to authorize the changes before recessing for a seven-week winter break.

The migration to North America began long before the arrival of the intrepid European explorers we discovered in our history lessons.

Crushing traffic has returned to Massachusetts roadways after a pandemic lull, the MBTA trimmed this month bus service due to a driver shortage, and the Baker administration's keystone plan to cut greenhouse gas emissions from the transportation sector is dead.

Public health officials reported 9,228 new COVID-19 infections Tuesday, more than enough to push the number of confirmed cases in Massachusetts above the 1 million mark since the pandemic began in early 2020.

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