COVID-19 Relief

House Approves $1.9 Trillion COVID-19 Relief Package

House lawmakers on Friday approved President Biden's $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package, advancing the legislation to the Senate. The vote came days after the United States surpassed 500,000 deaths from COVID-19. The proposal would provide a new round of financial support for workers, families and businesses, including direct payments of up to $1,400 for eligible individuals and couples, an expansion and extension of supplemental unemployment benefits and an increase to the child tax...

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The Short List

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker tours the COVID-19 mass vaccination site at the Natick Mall on Wednesday, February 24, 2021, with Bill Haas of LabCorp.
Matt Stone / Boston Herald / Pool / State House News Service

On Vaccine Rollout, 'This Is No Time For Charlie Baker To Lose His Cool'

This week, a Massachusetts legislative oversight committee grilled Governor Charlie Baker over his administration's COVID-19 vaccine rollout.

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Regional News

Parts of the Housatonic River are contaminated with PCBs, which the EPA considers a probable carcinogen.
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Environmental Appeal Of PCB Cleanup To Highlight 'Burden And Costs' Of Contamination

Two groups are appealing the Environmental Protection Agency's permit to clean up the Housatonic River.

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Massachusetts Lawmakers Confront Gov. Baker On Vaccine Rollout

Feb 26, 2021
Massachusetts state Sen. Eric Lesser of Longmeadow, at left, and Gov. Charlie Baker during a legislative oversight committee hearing on COVID-19.
Screenshot / State House News Service

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker spoke about the state's COVID-19 vaccine rollout and engaged in a back-and-forth on the particulars of the effort with the legislature's COVID-19 committee for an hour Thursday.

Residents Quickly Snatch Up 50,000 Vaccine Appointments In Massachusetts

Feb 25, 2021
An online "waiting room" shows a 147-minute wait to schedule an appointment at the Massachusetts vaccine sign-up website on Thursday morning, February 25, 2021.
Screenshot / State House News Service

The roughly 50,000 appointments at mass vaccination sites in Massachusetts that became available Thursday morning were mostly filled by 9:30 a.m.

The state official in charge of Connecticut’s vaccine rollout believes Governor Ned Lamont’s decision to switch to an age-based plan is the quickest and most equitable way to get shots in the arm.

An empty classroom.
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Some Massachusetts parents disagree with Governor Charlie Baker's plan to get students back in classrooms by the end of the school year, a proposal announced earlier this week. 

Legalizing recreational marijuana will be a major priority for Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont and the state lawmakers this year.

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Eyewitness Testimony

A witness to a 2016 shooting in Springfield, Massachusetts, looks through photos. NEPM has obscured her face.
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'I Don't Think You Did This, But I Can't Fix It': How To Improve Eyewitness Evidence

Advocates for the wrongly convicted often say they’d much rather prevent mistakes than fix them after years of incarceration. But how to do that is up for debate.

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U.S. Intelligence

U.S. Intelligence: Saudi Crown Prince Approved Operation To Kill Jamal Khashoggi

Updated at 7:32 p.m. ET Saudi Arabia's crown prince approved the operation that led to the brutal 2018 death of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, the U.S. intelligence community said in a report released Friday. President Biden has been critical of Saudi Arabia and the report is expected to further harm the increasingly fraught relations between the two longtime allies. He said Friday that he will hold Saudi Arabia accountable for human rights abuses. "We assess that Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince...

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Report: Hybrid Learning Prepares Students Better Than Remote Learning

Hybrid learning is better at preparing Connecticut students to move on to the next grade than remote learning — that’s according to a report from a nonprofit on education during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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