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METHUEN -- With the city facing a $7 million shortfall, Mayor Neil Perry said Tuesday the budget he is presenting to the City Council Wednesday will include up to 45 layoffs of city workers.

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The state's aging natural gas pipelines are still riddled with thousands of potentially dangerous and damaging leaks, according to a new report.

Sydney Gregory, a recent graduate of Andover High School, was awarded a $1,000 college scholarship from the Merrimack Valley Credit Union. Gregory will attend Johns Hopkins University in the fall, where she plans to study chemistry.

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BOSTON -- The independent investigation by a former U.S. prosecutor into the Holyoke Soldiers' Home concluded that two key dynamics led to the deaths of 76 veteran residents from COVID-19 -- repeated errors made by the facility's leaders and poor oversight of that leadership team by the Bake…

A special report commissioned by Gov. Charlie Baker details a gruesome scenario of a mismanaged nursing home that led to the deaths, by COVID-19, of 76 veterans, and the widespread sickness of scores of residents and employees at the Holyoke Veterans' Home.

BOSTON – UMass Boston will not bring its students back to the Columbia Point campus in the fall and will instead continue on with the remote teaching and learning platform that it launched after students left campus in March due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

LAWRENCE — A man who crossed a barricade and threw a bottle at officers gathered outside the police station was tackled, hit his head on a light post and was taken into custody Sunday night.

HAVERHILL — Police continue investigating a shooting Monday night in the inner-city Mount Washington neighborhood, according to Haverhill police spokesman Capt. Stephen Doherty.

PEABODY — A man who became known as the "Mall Rapist" for a series of violent kidnappings and sexual assaults of young women at shopping areas throughout greater Boston in the early 1980s will ask for a third time to be paroled next month. 

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BOSTON -- Marijuana advocates are asking the state to reopen recreational pot shops, arguing that prolonged closures will decimate the new industry and are unfair.

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SALEM — Congressman Seth Moulton has been self-quarantined at home over the weekend after experiencing symptoms "consistent with COVID-19" within the past week.

SALEM, N.H. — The Salem Transfer Station is closed until further notice because of a fire that occurred early Tuesday morning, according to department officials.


HAVERHILL — Ryan James Simansky could not afford to buy a pair of size 18 sneakers. He and his wife are unemployed and are couch surfing — staying at the homes of friends wherever there's room.

HAVERHILL — Public school students in Haverhill will remain out of the classroom for two weeks, Superintendent Margaret Marotta said Friday in an email to families.


Spring sport athletes across the Merrimack Valley will have to wait to lace up their sneakers after the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association made the decision to delay the season due to concerns over the outbreak of the new coronavirus, commonly called COVID-19.

HAVERHILL — Community Action Inc. closed all locations and programs on Friday due to coronavirus concerns in Haverhill's public schools.

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