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See the Map: Is Your Mass. Community at High Risk for Coronavirus?

Massachusetts has identified how much coronavirus is currently spreading in all its communities, pointing out the 33 that are at moderate or high risk of spreading COVID-19 in a new map. The map is ba...

  • Massachusetts 4th Congressional District Jul 24

    Meet the Candidates in the Crowded Mass. 4th Congressional Primaries

    The race for Massachusetts’ 4th Congressional District is packed as nine Democrats vie to fill the seat being vacated by Rep. Joe Kennedy III, who is challenging Sen. Ed Markey in the state’s highest-profile primary this year. Among the candidates in the 4th are current and former city officials, the founder of education nonprofit City ...
  • Rhode Island Jul 24

    Pediatricians Say Reopening RI Schools Is Safe

    Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo has enlisted the help of two pediatricians to reassure parents that it is safe to reopen the state’s schools as she has planned on Aug. 31. Her reopening plan has received pushback from parents, teachers and administrators who don’t think the coronavirus will be under adequate control by that date. Dr. Ji...
  • sewage testing Jul 24

    Sewage in Maine to Be Tested to Determine Coronavirus Prevalence

    A water district in Maine is collecting sewage samples for testing to determine the prevalence of the coronavirus based on what’s being flushed down the toilet. The Greater Augusta Utility District began collecting samples of sewage this week at its wastewater treatment plant. Those samples are being sent to a Massachusetts company that&#8217...
  • coronavirus Jul 24

    Vermont to Implement Mask Mandate Aug. 1

    Due to outbreaks of the novel coronavirus across the country, Gov. Phil Scott announced Friday he will be implementing a mask mandate in Vermont. The mandate, which will be implemented Aug. 1, requires masks to be worn in public spaces — both indoors and outdoors — where physical distancing is not possible, Scott said during a news conference. The ...
  • coronavirus Jul 24

    478 New Coronavirus Cases Reported Across New England Thursday

    A total of 478 new coronavirus cases and 27 new deaths were reported in New England states on Thursday. That’s a slight uptick from Wednesday, when 433 new cases and 21 deaths were reported. Massachusetts reported Thursday that 16 people with the new coronavirus have died and 270 more cases of the virus were confirmed. The Massachusetts Depar...
  • chipmunks Jul 23

    Surge in Chipmunks Blamed on Plentiful Spring Acorns Around New England

    If you’ve noticed a recent surge in chipmunks, you’re not alone. This year’s boom happening around New England can be blamed for plentiful acorns this spring. Ryan Robicheau, a lands management biologist with Maine’s Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, says there are tens of thousands if not more chipmunks than usua...
  • Vermont Jul 23

    Creative Bridge Project Aims To Boost Vt. Businesses Facing ‘Double Whammy' of Construction Closures

    Businesses in one Vermont town that have been dealt a one-two-punch, first from the pandemic and then by impacts from a major construction project, are now getting a bit of a boost. A creative project aims to shine attention on merchants, and encourage foot traffic to those businesses. “Middlebury faces the double whammy of COVID and construc...
  • Vermont Jul 23

    Report: Dying Inmate Threatened Despite His Pleas For Help

    Staff at the Newport prison ignored a dying Black inmate’s pleas that he could not breathe and threatened him instead of providing lifesaving care, according to a report from the Vermont defender general’s office. The report was released to journalists Wednesday, more than a week after interim Corrections Commissioner James Baker said investigation...
  • reopening schools Jul 23

    NH Teacher's Union Criticizes State's School Reopening Guidelines

    Before schools reopen, districts need full staffing and funding, a phased reopening plan, and health and safety agreements for staff and students, New Hampshire’s largest teacher’s union said in a series of steps it released Wednesday. The steps, released a little over a week after the state released its own guidance for districts, also include mod...
  • Cape Cod Jul 23

    One Year On, Remembering the Cape Cod Tornadoes of 2019

    Cape Cod on Thursday marked the one-year anniversary of the day three EF-1 tornadoes wrought havoc amid the peak of the tourism season, severely damaging buildings and knocking out power for thousands. The tornado caused damage to buildings and trees and left some areas too treacherous for people to go, even while the region was packed with to...
  • King Arthur Baking Co. Jul 23

    Need Help, New Bakers? Give King Arthur's Baker's Hotline a Call

    During quarantine, many people have taken up new hobbies to fill the extra time they may have on their hands, perhaps none more common than baking. From sweet desserts to delicious fresh bread, the idea of creating a tasty baked good might seem easy — it certainly led to flour and bread shortages this spring — but plenty of newfound&#82...
  • free headshots Jul 22

    Vt. Photographer Joins Effort to Provide 10,000 Free Headshots for Job Seekers

    Headshot photographers in New England and around the country are using their talents and keen eyes to help job-seekers during the pandemic—by giving them a way to spruce up their online resumes. “You wouldn’t buy something on Amazon without a photo on it,” Montpelier-based photographer Paul Richardson said. “So why would an ...
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