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BOSTON — Lawmakers recessed for a long winter break this week after failing to reach an agreement on a plan to spend billions of dollars in pandemic relief, drawing criticism from Gov. Charlie Baker and others.

BOSTON — Local health agents were on the front lines of the state’s battle against COVID-19 — testing residents, enforcing virus restrictions and setting up vaccination clinics.

BOSTON — Money to fix crumbling roads and bridges. Better public transit. More electric cars on the road. Expanded broadband and cleaner drinking water.

BOSTON — Rechargeable batteries power laptop computers, smartphones and other electronic gadgets, but they are also being eyed to make the regional power grid more resilient, reliable and less costly.

BOSTON — Gov. Charlie Baker says hundreds of thousands of doses of COVID-19 vaccines are on the way to the state following federal approval earlier this week of pediatric doses for children ages 5-11.

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BOSTON -- For more than a decade Andover has been divided between two congressional districts, which has created confusion for voters and political candidates in the town and logistical challenges for local election officials.

BOSTON — The state’s political leaders are weighing how to expand services for youth as medical experts warn of a ‘tsunami’ of mental health issues in the wake of the pandemic.

The Massachusetts National Guard has in the last year-plus been pressed into duty to help keep the peace at large rallies, to provide security outside the U.S. Capitol Building, to step in during a shortage of school bus drivers and now to help with COVID-19 testing at schools and to be ready in the event of a Department of Correction staffing shortage.