HAVERHILL — Join the Essex County Ghost Project for a night of paranormal intrigue and investigation Saturday, April 10, at Hilldale Cemetery. Gates open at 6:30 p.m. and the ghost hunt begins at 7 p.m.

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NORTH ANDOVER — The future of Stevens Estate — a picturesque wedding venue with more than 150 acres and public trails — is being debated by the Select Board.

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DERRY — The town is pulling the plug on four electric car charging stations at the municipal center until officials can analyze how much they are used and the money spent to maintain them.

BOSTON — The tourism industry is pushing lawmakers for more help for hotels, attractions and other hospitality businesses that have been hammered by the pandemic.

School districts in the area have been grappling with a year full of disruptions since the pandemic took hold and now another challenge is facing districts as they prepare to follow state rules about returning to full in-person learning.

Business confidence in Massachusetts surged to an outright enthusiastic level in March, buoyed by COVID-19 vaccination progress and the final passage of a $1.9 trillion federal spending law.

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Q: Some of my friends are afraid of getting the COVID-19 vaccine because they think it will give them the actual disease. What can I tell them to ease their fears?

LAWRENCE — The trio of unions representing more than 1,500 educators, nurses, specialists, paraprofessionals, administrators and other staff at Lawrence Public Schools issued a vote of no confidence in Superintendent Cynthia Paris on Thursday night.

METHUEN — Long-awaited changes to the city charter may be placed back on the front burner, although it remains unclear when voters will have a chance to weigh in at the ballot box, City Council Chairman Steve Saba said.

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HAVERHILL — As Caroline Pineau looks back, she says there is no disputing the impact she has made on the city through her downtown marijuana shop, Stem. That impact, however, is at issue as the shop approaches its one-year anniversary May 30.

PELHAM - Firefighters quickly extinguished a fire in the kitchen of a Keyes Hill Road home on Friday night. 

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LAWRENCE — A three-alarm fire that broke out early Saturday morning in a multi-family home at Osgood and Salem streets was ignited by improperly disposed cigarettes, said Fire Chief Brian Moriarty. 

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BOSTON (AP) — Participants in this year's Boston Marathon may be required to show proof of up to two negative COVID-19 tests before the race even if they have been vaccinated, the Boston Athletic Association said Wednesday.

BOSTON -- Plans to build a new power plant in Peabody are the latest flashpoint in a battle over expanding the state's natural gas infrastructure.

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Workers at an Amazon warehouse in Bessemer, Alabama handed the online retail giant a decisive victory when they voted against forming a union and cut off a path that labor activists had hoped would lead to similar efforts throughout the company and beyond.

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CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A federal appeals court has vacated a judge's ruling that upheld the New Hampshire House Speaker's refusal to provide remote access to legislative sessions to lawmakers who are at a higher risk of serious complications from COVID-19.

The Daniel Webster Council/Boy Scouts of America, in partnership with The New Hampshire Grocers' Association, host "Scouting for Food 2.0" this Saturday, April 10, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at participating local grocery stores throughout New Hampshire.

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BRENTWOOD – Shawna Cote, one of three people arrested for the overdose death of a toddler at a Londonderry truck stop last year, was given permission by a judge Friday to call her surviving children and receive drug treatment while incarcerated. 

LAWRENCE — The trio of unions representing more than 1,500 educators, nurses, specialists, paraprofessionals, administrators and other staff at Lawrence Public Schools issued a vote of no confidence in Superintendent Cynthia Paris on Thursday night. 

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WINDHAM — Kim Piazza had a prophetic moment on the preschool graduation stage: The Windham native announced that she would be an artist when she grew up.

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HAVERHILL — After the Haverhill public schools computer system was attacked by ransomware early Wednesday morning, school was canceled Thursday, but classes will be back in session Friday with a mix of in-person and remote learning, officials said.

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HAVERHILL — After the Haverhill public schools computer system was attacked by ransomware early Wednesday morning, school was canceled Thursday, but classes will be back in session Friday with a mix of in-person and remote learning, officials said.

CONCORD -- New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu announced Thursday that eligibility for the COVID-19 vaccine will soon include anyone older than 16, regardless of residency.

BOSTON -- A gas industry official told regulators Thursday that proposed rules requiring a professional engineer's approval of certain projects may be unnecessary because gas companies already follow heightened standards.

BOSTON -- The state has seen a windfall of pandemic relief funds, with billions of dollars more on the way from Washington, but lawmakers say they’re cut out of decisions on how the money gets spent.

BOSTON -- The state plans to refund tens of thousands of residents who’ve already paid income taxes but are due a deduction for the jobless benefits they collected last year.

For many individuals with substance use disorders, finding accurate information about how or where to seek treatment poses an enormous challenge. A new online toolkit developed by Rize Massachusetts aims to eliminate those barriers.

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SALEM, N.H. – A limited number of Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccines will be available Sunday, April 11, at state-run clinics in Salem, Concord and Newington, Gov. Chris Sununu announced Thursday.

BOSTON -- Bingos, raffles and other charitable games took a big hit during the pandemic, with proceeds plummeting last year, according to a new state report.

ANDOVER — Walking down the hall and checking in with children on their second day back to fuller classrooms at Bancroft Elementary, Principal Michelle Costa hears things are going “great” for one of her students.

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METHUEN — Somewhere beneath the surface of the Merrimack River near Schruender Park off Riverview Boulevard, raw sewage is leaking undetected into the water, creating a pollution mystery.

PELHAM – Efforts from more than two dozen police departments in New Hampshire and Massachusetts culminated Wednesday with the arrests of two men believed to have been on a year-and-a-half-long crime spree.

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CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Six former staffers at New Hampshire’s state-run youth detention center were arrested Wednesday in connection with the abuse of 11 children over the course of a decade, including one who continued working with children for nearly 20 years after he is accused of holding a…

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