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State Education Board Approves Push for In-School Learning

The Board of Elementary and Secondary Education voted 8-3 on Friday afternoon to accord DESE Commissioner Jeffrey Riley authority to change requirements for learning time that would not include remote learning.

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Baker Discusses Genesis of 'Essential' Business List

As the state order to close "non-essential" businesses went into effect on Tuesday, Gov. Charlie Baker addressed criticism that the commonwealth's definition of "essential" is overly broad.

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Administration Filing Measure to Extend, Suspend Deadlines

The governor's office is filing a municipal relief package giving broad leeway to communities and school districts to extend deadlines and fees and bring back retired first-responders.

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Pignatelli, Barrett File Bill to Establish Coronavirus Fund

State Reps. William "Smitty" Pignatelli and John Barrett III have filed an emergency bill to establish a "COVID-19 Quarantine Assistance Fund."

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Greylock Federal Prepares to Open Community Empowerment Center

The branch is set to open within a couple weeks but U.S. Rep. Richard Neal and CDFI Director Jodie Harris were invited to the facility last week to learn about what the CEC will mean for the area's underserved and underbanked communities.

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Kennealy Points to Lack of Quality Housing as Economic Threat

And while there's still work needed in these areas, the adminstration is looking at what Kennealy is describing as a "major threat to the economy" statewide: Housing.

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North Adams Recognizes 'Hello Week,' Childhood Cancer Month

Worldwide, a child is diagnosed with cancer every two minutes and every day five children in the United States die of cancer, he read, but even successful treatments can lead to other problems.

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Windsor Receives $165k in Funding for Ecological Repairs

Secretary of the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs Kathleen Theoharides announced the grants at Windsor State Forest, then visited the sites of two culvert projects in Windsor and Cummington that received grants. Also receiving funds were Clarksburg and Sheffield.

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State Launches Public Awareness Campaign to Teens on Healthy Interactions

Sometimes a teenager will take to social media to rank about another. It causes riffs between the two individuals. The original poster's friends ask what it was all about and they respond they were just venting. That's when the friends should step in and tell the poster to go talk to the individual about it. That is a better way to solve problems.

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