BOSTON — State lawmakers are moving ahead with a plan to extend federal unemployment benefits to jobless workers who fall just below the threshold to qualify.

The New England Fishery Management Council has scheduled a special meeting for next week to finalize its priorities for 2021, as well as approve recommendations that fit within the executive order promoting U.S. seafood competitiveness and economic growth.

Massachusetts reported five newly confirmed coronavirus deaths and about 820 newly confirmed cases Tuesday, pushing the state’s confirmed COVID-19 death toll to 9,537 and its confirmed caseload to nearly 142,300.

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BEVERLY — When Pete Frates was inspiring the world with his battle against ALS, he was also collecting some pretty cool stuff, like the David Ortiz jersey he wore to the Red Sox star's retirement celebration at Fenway Park.

In news taken from the logs of Cape Ann’s police and fire departments:

BOSTON — The very nature of work has changed for millions of people in the last seven months as the COVID-19 pandemic has blurred the lines between home and work, and employees have increasingly relied on their own technology and internet connections to carry out their jobs.

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BOSTON — A handful of lawmakers from both sides of the aisle have asked that Massachusetts marijuana regulators scrap the proposed delivery license that would let operators buy marijuana wholesale from cultivators and manufacturers, store it in a warehouse and deliver it to consumers at home.

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Gloucester’s COVID-19 case count continues to rise, which city officials attributed to free testing being conducted at Stage Fort Park and contact tracing efforts.

ROCKPORT — In news taken from the logs of Rockport’s police and fire departments:

ESSEX — In news taken from the logs of Essex’s police and fire departments:

BOSTON — A coalition of groups plans on Tuesday to publicly challenge the way public vocational-technical high schools rank prospective students, saying the method results in fewer admissions of African-American, Latinx, and English learner students as well as fewer students from low-income …

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BOSTON — Gov. Charlie Baker rolled out a new $45.5 billion budget late last week that boosts funding for cities, towns and schools over the previous fiscal year, but some lawmakers say it won't go far enough to buoy pandemic-battered local governments.

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The number of positive cases of the novel coronavirus in Gloucester jumped again late last week, and as a result the city is hosting three free COVID-19 testing clinics this week.

ESSEX — In news taken from the logs of Essex's police and fire departments:

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BOSTON — Early voting for the November election gets underway this weekend, giving voters a chance to avoid long lines at polling stations on Election Day amid lingering concerns over the coronavirus.

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SALEM — North Shore Medical Center is using a partnership with an area college to change the lives of its non-English-speaking employees and help them build and elevate careers.

ROCKPORT — In news taken from the logs of Rockport’s police and fire departments:

SALEM, Mass. (AP) — Anyone planning a trip to Salem this month to celebrate Halloween needs to cancel their plans, the mayor of the Massachusetts city famous for its 1692 witch trials said Friday.

MANCHESTER —  In news taken from the logs of Manchester’s police and fire departments:

BOSTON (AP) — The Boston Symphony Orchestra on Friday extended its live performance hiatus and canceled the popular Holiday Pops concerts and the remainder of its winter/spring season through April.

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BOSTON — The state's unemployment rate dropped into single digits in September after spending five months above 10%, as employers reported adding 36,900 jobs and Massachusetts continued its economic recovery from the sudden COVID-inflicted recession.

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Just weeks away from Election Day on Nov. 3, a banner asking voters to support the proposed  combined elementary school at the polls was vandalized. 

Dogtown Common, located in Gloucester and Rockport, is being stocked with ring-tailed pheasant by the state Department of Wildlife.

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While the city of Gloucester is not closing down any restaurants or businesses due to the uptick in coronavirus cases this past week, some are taking it upon themselves to pause business as usual. 

ROCKPORT — A cluster of new COVID-19 cases in Gloucester has lead Rockport school officials to delay discussion on reopening the schools for one week.

SALEM — A Salem woman who was tapped by Gov. Charlie Baker in June to temporarily take over the Department of Veterans Services amid reports that a COVID-19 outbreak at the Holyoke Soldier's Home was badly mishandled is now being appointed to the position permanently, the governor's office a…

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BOSTON — A vehicle data access question on the November ballot could promote competition in the car repair industry but is "not likely to produce large, near-term benefits for mechanics," according to a new analysis from a Tufts University think tank.

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