Katie Lannan, The Lowell Sun

Katie Lannan

The Lowell Sun

Boston, MA, United States

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Recent articles by Katie:

Bill that would create police officer standards committee gets traction

BOSTON – A bill moving through the Senate Ways and Means Committee would create a new Police Officer Standards and Accreditation Committee that would certify law enforcement and be able to re… → Read More

Kennedy: Politics, virus spread may influence stimulus

BOSTON – Aid to state and local governments will be “a big piece” of a fourth federal COVID-19 relief package, U.S. Rep. Joe Kennedy III predicted Monday, tying relief funds to Pr… → Read More

Health Connector asks feds to mitigate health insurance risks

BOSTON – The uncertainty arising from the COVID-19 pandemic has created new risks for insurers and policyholders alike, and the Massachusetts Health Connector and other state-based health ins… → Read More

At schools, masks and hand-washing will be the norm

BOSTON – Smaller, “isolated” classes, masks on students and staff, frequent hand washing, and six feet of spacing between desks are among the elements necessary to safely reopen s… → Read More

Walsh: Peaceful rally tarnished by ugly end

BOSTON – As Boston cleaned up the aftermath of a night of chaos and destruction that broke out after a protest march, Mayor Martin Walsh said it will be a priority of his “to create mor… → Read More

Higher ed leaders prepping for uncertain future

BOSTON – Instituting a change at a college or university has been compared to “trying to move a cemetery,” Emerson College President Lee Pelton said during a Greater Boston Chambe… → Read More

Spilka warns state budget “may not be pretty” – Lowell Sun

BOSTON – There are many possibilities for how lawmakers might tackle next year’s budget, Senate President Karen Spilka said, but the pandemic’s shocks to state revenues may mean t… → Read More

Higher education will never be the same, commissioner says

BOSTON – The public higher education system that abruptly shifted to a remote learning model earlier this year is now embarking on what officials described Tuesday as a second phase of its CO… → Read More

Pols: Crisis response at risk without more federal aid

BOSTON – One mayor in U.S. Rep. Katherine Clark’s district rented a truck and drove it with his son to a distribution center, loading up with groceries to ensure a local food pantry cou… → Read More

Women’s commission offers COVID-19 recommendations – Lowell Sun

BOSTON – Increasing the availability of mental health resources, ramping up efforts to collect and report case data by race and ethnicity, expanding access to child care and emergency shelter… → Read More

Bill would require daily reports from nursing homes

BOSTON – Supporters of a bill that would mandate daily COVID-19 reports from nursing homes, elder housing and assisted living facilities asked lawmakers on Thursday to add more topics to the … → Read More

Virus leaves economists uncertain about its final toll

BOSTON – As Massachusetts budget managers gathered Tuesday morning to begin to figure out how the coronavirus pandemic will affect the state budget picture, the International Monetary Fund pu… → Read More

Workers, consumers feel the pain of restaurant restrictions

BOSTON- Among the businesses hardest hit by new public health restrictions, restaurants make up a significant portion of the state and national economies and a major component of the daily and wee… → Read More

After going remote, public higher education faces uncertain future

BOSTON – While still grappling with the immediate impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, state higher education officials on Wednesday looked ahead to the longer-term challenges expected to face p… → Read More

Home care sector faces distancing, supply challenges

BOSTON – Older adults are among those most at risk from the coronavirus, and the agencies and workers that deliver them meals and care for them in their homes are confronting new challenges d… → Read More

Healey, lawmakers monitoring college refund plans

BOSTON – With many college students now learning remotely off-campus or while back living with their families, refunding the room and board payments for those students while they’re awa… → Read More

Fund set up to deliver financial assistance to tipped workers – Lowell Sun

BOSTON – The One Fair Wage Campaign has launched what it’s describing as a “massive online fundraising effort” for an emergency cash assistance fund to support tipped and se… → Read More

Compromise bill calls for $1.5 billion in new educational spending – Lowell Sun

BOSTON – House and Senate negotiators on Tuesday filed a compromise bill that would change the course of state K-12 education funding over the next seven years. House Education Committee Cha… → Read More

Baker declares public health emergency in connection with vaping – Lowell Sun

BOSTON – Gov. Charlie Baker on Tuesday announced a four-month ban on the sale of all vaping products in Massachusetts. Baker made the announcement at a press conference where he said he was d… → Read More

Senator pushing to restore voting rights for jailed felons

BOSTON -- Nineteen years after Massachusetts voters agreed to a constitutional amendment banning people incarcerated on felony convictions from voting in state elections, a state senator from Pittsfield → Read More