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Food Security Demands Persist Months Into COVID-19 Crisis

During the height of the COVID-19 crisis, the Healthy Waltham organization regularly helped about 700 families access a stable source of nutritious food. The need has not decreased much since the peak: to this day, the group still has about 600 families in its support network, executive director Myriam Michel said during a virtual panel on Wednesday.

City: Pandemic Widened Boston’s Child Care Gap

Boston may have lost up to 22 to 35 percent of its permanent child care capacity as a result of economic hardship brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, the executive director of the city's Women's Advancement office said Wednesday.

Riley Ties Learning Models to New COVID-19 Assessment

When Gov. Charlie Baker on Tuesday rolled out a new color-coded metric of COVID-19 risk levels in each Massachusetts community, he suggested those new labels would play a role in how cities and towns think about the approaching school year.

Walsh: Equity, Quality, Data Must Guide School Restart

Mindful that a decision is needed "fairly quickly," Boston Mayor Marty Walsh on Wednesday ruled out the option of schools in the city reopening under a full in-person model and said equity, data and quality need to guide efforts as students resume classes next month in a system with 125 separate schools.

Community Colleges See Opening in Changed Higher Ed World

A summertime advertisement from Cape Cod Community College makes its case in plain financial terms: one course at the school will cost $670 during the upcoming pandemic-affected semester, compared to more than $2,000 at many four-year colleges.

Poll Measures Virus Crisis Impacts on Latinx Residents

[Story Developing] Thirty-five percent of Latinx Massachusetts residents have gotten food from a food bank since the COVID-19 pandemic began, according to a new poll, and 12 percent reported someone in the household had experienced symptoms of the respiratory disease.

Biden Picks California Sen. Harris as Running Mate

Former Vice President Joseph Biden chose Tuesday to team up with California Sen. Kamala Harris as his vice presidential running mate as the Democrat prepares to accept his party's nomination for president next week, embracing a former rival and making an historic choice that means U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren's future remains in the Senate -- at least for now.

Feds Reach Agreement With Moderna on Vaccine Candidate

The federal government has reached an agreement with Cambridge-based Moderna to manufacture and deliver 100 million doses of the company's COVID-19 vaccine candidate, President Donald Trump announced early Tuesday evening. "The federal government will own these vaccine doses," Trump said. "We're buying them."

Who’s On The Move? Check The Personnel File

... The incoming head of criminal investigations at the IRS has ties to Boston ... the attorney general's new fair labor division chief comes with experience in wage, overtime, sick time and public bid law oversight ... a former top State House aide is leaving Boston City Hall to work at a non-profit in the Longwood medical area ... a recent Northeastern graduate is working to unseat one of the four remaining Senate Republicans ... the former head grower at Sira Naturals has been named director of cultivation at Revolutionary Clinics ...

Endowment Leaves Newman’s “Permanent Mark” on UMass Boston

UMass Boston alumni and friends banded together in May to find a way to honor former interim chancellor Katherine Newman and on Monday announced they had raised $125,000 to fund an endowment that will commemorate her service and support emergency student aid.

Judge Rules Against Uber, Lyft in California Classification Case

In a decision that could forecast a similar outcome in Massachusetts, a California judge ordered ride-hailing companies Uber and Lyft to classify their drivers as employees rather than independent contractors.

State Targeting COVID-19 Enforcement, Aid At 33 Communities

[Story Developing] The state has identified 33 communities where worrying trends in COVID-19 infection rates warrant targeted intervention efforts, and the state plans to offer those municipalities assistance with testing, contact tracing and public awareness campaigns, Gov. Charlie Baker said Tuesday.

Warren Slotted For Wednesday Night DNC Address

One way or another, U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren will be a featured speaker on the third night of the virtual Democratic National Convention next week when the party will officially nominate Joe Biden as its nominee for president.

Noise Insulation Upgrades Included in U.S. House Bill

Congresswoman Katherine Clark highlighted a provision in the recently passed House appropriations bill on Tuesday that would help homeowners living with the noise of airplanes coming and going from Logan Airport update their noise insulation if it's more than 27 years old.

Mayor: Lift Party Restrictions on Local Alcohol Boards

Salem's mayor is asking legislators to repeal a section of state law she describes as a remnant of the era of political party machines. Mayor Kim Driscoll submitted testimony to the Consumer and Professional Licensure Committee for a Monday virtual hearing, in support of a Rep. Paul Tucker bill that would strike the requirement that local alcohol licensing boards have appointees from both major political parties.

Trump Orders Shake Up Debate Over Stimulus

The Baker administration said Monday it was weighing whether to participate in President Donald Trump's scaled back unemployment assistance program that requires states to pick up a quarter of the cost of the $400 weekly enhanced benefit for those out of work, but Gov. Charlie Baker's office said nothing about Trump accusing Democrat-run states of wanting a "bailout."

Black Staffers Report Productive Talks with Legislators

A coalition of Black State House staffers has had "productive" conversations with the offices of legislative leaders in the week-plus since unveiling a list of demands aimed at improving culture in the building, members said.

House Session Summary - Monday, Aug. 10

In a brief Monday session, the House sent to committee legislation (HD 5139) placing a moratorium on the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System exams as a requirement for high school graduation, educators' evaluation, or schools' accountability through the 2022-23 school year. The bill appears to be the House companion to Sen. Jo Comerford legislation sitting in the Committee on Education and open for written testimony through Monday afternoon.

A group of children stood outside the State House Wednesday holding signs as parents rallied for an in-person education in the fall. [Chris Van Buskirk/SHNS]

Parents Protest for In-Person Classes

A small group of parents gathered outside the State House Wednesday, urging education officials to issue a metric-based approach to guide the reopening of local school systems for in-person learning.

Poll Measures Virus Crisis Impacts on Latinx Residents

Thirty-five percent of Latinx Massachusetts residents have gotten food from a food bank since the COVID-19 pandemic began, according to a new poll, and 12 percent reported someone in the household had experienced symptoms of the respiratory disease.

A 2020 EEE Risk map from the Department of Public Health shows the Middleborough and Carver municipalities with "critical" risk levels. [DPH]

EEE Surveillance Gaps Loom Across Massachusetts

A task force created under a new law will help address gaps in surveillance of mosquito-borne illnesses, a step that the state's epidemiologist described as key as eastern equine encephalitis virus returns to the region.

Walsh: Equity, Quality Must Guide School Restart

[Story Developing] Saying a decision is needed "fairly quickly," Boston Mayor Marty Walsh ruled out the notion that schools in the city will reopen under a full in-person model and said equity and quality need to guide efforts as city students resume classes next month.

Uncaptioned image for story:Baker: Trump Jobless Benefit Plan May Create Funds Flow Woes

Baker: Trump Jobless Benefit Plan May Create Funds Flow Woes

Gov. Charlie Baker on Tuesday voiced concern with President Trump's plan for funding a scaled-down version of the nation's enhanced unemployment benefit and said it's important for Congress to reach agreement on a fourth stimulus bill to support states and the health care system.

Gov. Charlie Baker looked up at a television screen displaying the new color-coded COVID-19 infection rate map during a Tuesday news conference. [Sam Doran/SHNS]

New Virus Effort Targets “Red,” “Yellow” Communities

Gov. Charlie Baker launched a new colored-coded system to label cities and towns based of the severity of their COVID-19 infection rates on Tuesday, initiating a targeted approach to virus containment that he said should help inform and guide the state, communities and their residents in making decisions about how to contain the coronavirus's spread.

Protesters Will Call for In-Person Schooling

Parents who want to see Massachusetts schools return to in-person learning this fall plan to gather outside the State House Wednesday for a "Make Way for Education" protest.

Baker Plans Noon Presser as New Rules Take Effect

Gov. Charlie Baker and members of his administration are planning a 12 p.m. news conference Tuesday, where he will likely name Massachusetts communities facing the highest risk of COVID-19 and discuss new public restrictions that just took effect.

Chamber Favors House’s Housing Production Plan

The Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce weighed in with House and Senate negotiators on key aspects of economic development and job creation legislation that's being worked out by a six-member conference committee, putting its support behind the House's plans to boost housing production in Massachusetts and legalize sports betting.

Uncaptioned image for story:Locally Sourced Foods Find Platform on State Exchange

Locally Sourced Foods Find Platform on State Exchange

Pints of cherry tomatoes grown in Beverly, hundreds of pounds of salmon and haddock from a Boston pier, jars of curries and chutneys prepared by a Newton retailer, and communications support for local farms and fisheries are among the kaleidoscope of options up for sale on a new state-run online marketplace.

Senate Session Summary - Monday, Aug. 10

The Senate gaveled through a quick Monday session, approving an alcohol license for a produce stand and pick-your-own orchard in Lunenburg and advancing authorizations for certain state employees to receive donated sick time from coworkers. In private, confidential negotiations continue on five major bills including policing reform, health care, and economic development. The longest ongoing conference, on a roughly $18 billion borrowing bill to fund transportation projects, was appointed 19 days ago.

Campaigns, August Recess Overshadow Conference Talks

Ten days into the extension of formal legislative sessions, negotiators have not yet reached deals on bills addressing police reforms, transportation infrastructure, health care, economic development and climate change.

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