Vaccines

CDC Says Kids As Young As 12 Should Get The Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine

Updated May 12, 2021 at 7:20 PM ET The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine be given to adolescents ages 12-15. CDC Director Rochelle Walensky issued a statement saying, "The CDC now recommends the vaccine be used among this population, and providers may begin vaccinating them right away." An independent federal advisory committee on Wednesday had voted — 14 in favor with one recusal — to recommend that the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine be quickly...

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Regional News

An aerial view of the Massachusetts State House in Boston in June, 2017.
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Massachusetts Senate Budget Looks To Bolster Schools

The recently-unveiled Massachusetts Senate budget proposal includes increased funding for public schools.

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Worcester

Worcester's $160 Million Bet On Baseball Gets Its Home Opener

After years of anticipation, the professional baseball season is finally underway in Worcester. But the Opening Day crowd was limited because of the pandemic. The Worcester Red Sox — nicknamed the WooSox — christened their new stadium Tuesday after the city lured the team from Pawtucket, R.I. with millions of dollars in aid building a new stadium. However, the state is currently only allowing only sports teams to fill 25% of seats. Tuesdays game drew 2,377 fans to Polar Park, the maximum...

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Connecting Point

Renovating the MIFA Victory Theatre in Holyoke

The country’s first large-scale offshore wind project has cleared its final significant regulatory hurdle, bringing the long-anticipated U.S. offshore wind revolution one step closer to reality.

The Yard Goats are back in Hartford.

A nearly two-year investigation into the Bennington Police Department has found that officers failed to adequately investigate alleged threats against former state legislator Kiah Morris because of its racism and prejudice.

Marijuana Host Agreement Exploitation Flagged As Problem

May 11, 2021
Marijuana.
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Updated at 6:29 p.m. 

Advocates, lawmakers and former regulators urged a Massachusetts legislative committee on Tuesday to provide more oversight of required contracts between municipalities and marijuana businesses, arguing that the system continues to be exploited by some cities and towns, which creates a barrier for small and minority owned businesses to get started in the industry.

 A sign at the Big E grounds in West Springfield, Massachusetts, directs visitors to a COVID-19 vaccination site that opened in April.
Don Treeger / The Republican / masslive.com

As Hampden County, Massachusetts, continues to rank poorly in COVID-19 metrics, officials are pushing for more vaccinations.

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Energy

Colonial Restarts Operations After Cyberattack As Panic-Buying Mounts In Southeast

Updated May 12, 2021 at 6:01 PM ET Colonial Pipeline said Wednesday it has "initiated the restart of pipeline operations" after suffering a cyberattack while warning it would take several days for supply to return to normal. The restart of operations around 5 p.m. ET is welcome news across the Southeast, which was gripped by a wave of panic-buying that led to severe gasoline shortages over the last two days. The hoarding of gasoline happened after Colonial said it would suspend supplies...

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Environment

Greening The Grave: Why More People Are Choosing Climate-Friendly Burials

Nettie Lessers grave is tucked in the back of Mount Auburn Cemetery  in a quiet area surrounded by trees and birds and a carpet of purple flowers starting to bloom. The plot blends into the scene around it, the only marker a small plaque the size of a hockey puck; you wouldnt know it was a grave unless you were looking for it. “She loved Mount Auburn, loved visiting here,” says Mishy Lesser, Netties daughter. “We loved the beech trees, and the cedars, and the wall and the placement of the...

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Vaccination for COVID-19 takes place at the Eastfield Mall in Springfield, Massachusetts.
Hoang 'Leon' Nguyen / The Republican / masslive.com

With Appointments Going Unfilled, Baystate CEO Backs 'More Disseminated Strategy' For Vaccination

Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker this week announced a shift in the state's COVID-19 vaccination strategy, with more doses and appointments now available.

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