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Recent articles by Steve:

Boston’s 2 remaining mayoral hopefuls face off in debate

Boston City Councilors Annissa Essaibi George and Michelle Wu drew sharp distinctions between their campaigns as they faced off Wednesday in the first head-to-head televised debate of the final stretch of Boston’s mayoral contest. → Read More

Maps would draw new lines for state House, Senate seats

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts lawmakers who must draw new district lines for all 200 state House and Senate seats unveiled new proposed maps Tuesday that they said would help strengthen → Read More

Bill would let residents change sex on birth record to X

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts residents would be able to change the sex listed on their birth certificate to a nonbinary X under a bill approved unanimously Thursday by the Massachusetts → Read More

Test scores show pandemic toll on learning in Massachusetts

BOSTON (AP) — The pandemic has taken a toll on the test scores of Massachusetts students, according to statewide MCAS test results from the spring 2021 exam released Tuesday by → Read More

Wu advances in Boston mayor race, but opponent undetermined

Democrat Michelle Wu has emerged the top vote-getter in a runoff election for the next mayor of Boston, but the race to decide her opponent in November remained too early to call early Wednesday. Wu, a city councilor, easily won Tuesday's preliminary balloting, with fellow councilor Annissa Essaibi George trailing in second. → Read More

Wu advances in Boston mayor race; opponent too early to call

BOSTON (AP) — Democrat Michelle Wu has emerged the top vote-getter in a runoff election for the next mayor of Boston, but the race to decide her opponent in November remained too early to call early Wednesday. → Read More

Census: Massachusetts grew older, less white, more populous

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts grew older, less white and more populated during the past decade, according to information released by the U.S. Census Bureau on Thursday. → Read More

Baker announces $17.3M in grants to repair dams, seawalls

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker announced more than $17.3 million in grants Wednesday aimed at helping repair failing dams, coastal infrastructure, and levees across the state. → Read More

Report: Economic “center of gravity” could shift from Boston

The rise of hybrid and remote work during the past year and a half is just one of the ways the future of business in Massachusetts could change in the post-pandemic years — shifting the state’s economic “center of gravity” away from the greater Boston core, according to a report released Tuesday by the Baker administration. → Read More

First GOP hopeful Geoff Diehl announces bid for governor

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts Republicans have their first official 2022 candidate for governor — and it’s not Gov. Charlie Baker. → Read More

After drownings, bill seeks to discourage unsafe swimming

BOSTON (AP) — In the wake of a series of recent drownings in Massachusetts, Gov. Charlie Baker filed legislation Thursday that would increase fines for swimming outside of designated waterfronts → Read More

Panel issues guidance on police encounters with children

BOSTON (AP) — A special commission created by the state’s new police accountability law released its first set of recommendations Wednesday offering guidance to officers during interactions with children, including → Read More

New law extends some Massachusetts pandemic-era policies

The coronavirus state of emergency, which had been in place for more than a year, was lifted in Massachusetts on Tuesday. → Read More

New law extends some Massachusetts pandemic-era policies

BOSTON (AP) — Some pandemic-era policies that had expired on Tuesday — such as allowing restaurants to offer take-out cocktails — were quickly extended Wednesday after Republican Gov. Charlie Baker → Read More

Supporters hope to make virtual public hearings permanent

Many lawmakers, activists and members of the public are hoping to avoid a full return to crowded meeting rooms by making virtual access to public hearings across the state a permanent option. → Read More

Massachusetts again tightening access to jobless benefits

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts is tightening up access to jobless benefits as the state emerges more fully from the pandemic. → Read More

Massachusetts lawmakers weigh bills to expand voting access

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts lawmakers are weighing whether to take some of the voting changes adopted at the height of the pandemic — including the broad use of mail-in voting → Read More

Pressley, Warren push Biden to nix $50,000 in student debt

BOSTON (AP) — President Joe Biden should help those struggling under crushing student loan debt by immediately canceling up to $50,000 of debt for federal student loan borrowers, Democratic elected → Read More

Pandemic takes a political toll on Gov. Baker

For Baker, the pandemic has had a kind of inverse impact on his popularity in Massachusetts, one of the hardest-hit states with a confirmed death toll approaching 17,000. → Read More

Pandemic Takes A Political Toll On Gov. Baker

For Baker, the pandemic has had an inverse impact on his popularity. Confidence remained high as the crisis began and he took dramatic steps to shut down the state, only to fall as vaccines arrived and he stumbled with the vaccine website rollout and made efforts to more fully reopen businesses. → Read More