PRESIDENTIAL TRANSITION

Barr: DOJ Has No Evidence Of Fraud Affecting 2020 Election Outcome

The Justice Department has found no evidence of widespread fraud in this year's election, Attorney General William Barr told The Associated Press on Tuesday in remarks that directly contradict the President Trump's baseless claims that the vote was rigged. Trump has refused to concede his election loss to Joe Biden and instead has pushed unfounded allegations of systemic fraud to claim the vote was stolen. His lawyers have failed to provide evidence in court to back up the claims and...

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Regional News

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker.
State House News Service

Massachusetts Policing Bill Votes Shift Focus To Gov. Baker

Six months after George Floyd died under the knee of a Minneapolis police officer, Massachusetts lawmakers on Tuesday night sent Gov. Charlie Baker a policing tactics reform and oversight bill, shifting the focus to the Republican governor whose views on qualified immunity and other thorny details of the legislation remain unclear.

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MUSIC AND HISTORY

Annye Anderson visits the site of her family home in Memphis, Tennessee, where she lived with Robert Johnson.
Preston Lauterbach / Used with permission

Robert Johnson's Stepsister Tells His Story, And Her Own, In 'Brother Robert'

The first thing to know about Annye Anderson is unless you’re older than she is — and fat chance of that; she’s 94 — you better just call her Mrs. Anderson.

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Massachusetts state Rep. Carlos Gonzalez, Sen. Sonia Chang-Diaz and Sen. Will Brownsberger delivered their committee's compromise policing reform bill to Senate Clerk Michael Hurley on Nov. 30, 2020.
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After contentious mid-summer debates followed by four months of closed-door negotiations, Massachusetts House and Senate Democrats reached a compromise Monday on a landmark police reform and racial justice bill.

Criminal defense attorneys are criticizing how the Massachusetts Department of Correction handles medical parole cases and reports prisoner deaths from COVID-19 following several outbreaks of the virus inside state correctional facilities over the past six weeks.

Employees tend to marijuana plants in a grow room at the INSA marijuana dispensary in Easthampton, Massachusetts, on July 18, 2019.
Don Treeger / The Republican / masslive.com

Massachusetts marijuana regulators gave final approval Monday to the delivery of recreational cannabis within the state.

Springfield, Massachusetts, Schools Superintendent Dan Warwick.
Don Treeger / The Republican / masslive.com

Springfield's public schools have seen a dip in enrollment following a trend across Massachusetts during the pandemic. And the city's schools superintendent warned this could affect funding for the district.

The Massachusetts Statehouse in Boston.
William Zhang / Creative Commons

Of all the deadlines Massachusetts legislative leaders have missed or postponed during the pandemic, the end of the session will not be one of them.

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Disease

Coronavirus Was In U.S. Weeks Earlier Than Previously Known, Study Says

The coronavirus was present in the U.S. weeks earlier than scientists and public health officials previously thought, and before cases in China were publicly identified, according to a new government study published Monday . The virus and the illness that it causes, COVID-19, were first identified in Wuhan, China, in December 2019, but it wasn't until about Jan. 20 that the first confirmed COVID-19 case, from a traveler returning from China, was found in the U.S. However, new findings...

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An all-Spanish resource on COVID-19 and more.

by Latino journalists in western Massachusetts.

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Employee Matt Pizii stands behind a counter at Liberty Springfield in Springfield, Massachusetts, on November 20, 2020.
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It Took A While, But Springfield, Massachusetts, Gets First Recreational Marijuana Store

Two years after recreational marijuana became available for legal sale in Massachusetts, the first adult-use pot store has opened in Springfield.

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