MIDDLESEX, Vt. — The town meeting, for centuries, was a staple of New England life — but the coronavirus pandemic could accelerate the departure from the tradition where people gather to debate everything from the purchase of local road equipment to multimillion-dollar budgets to pressing so…

HARTFORD — Connecticut school districts around the state have begun organizing their own COVID-19 vaccination clinics, preparing for the official rollout of vaccines for teachers and other school staff on Monday.

    PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Seven nonprofit organizations are sharing more than $500,000 in grants from the Rhode Island Health and Educational Building Corp. to help them complete major projects so they can offer better and expanded services during COVID-19 pandemic and beyond, officials said W…

    CENTRAL FALLS, R.I. (AP) — Mario Valdez, his wife and their 18-year-old son were fully vaccinated for COVID-19 this month as part of a special effort to inoculate every resident of Central Falls, the Rhode Island community hit hardest by the pandemic.

    CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — The parents of a 21-month-old New Hampshire girl who died after ingesting fentanyl have been accused of negligent homicide and other charges, with a prosecutor saying Wednesday that the father stopped to take a cigarette break in the middle of doing CPR on his daughter a…

    Gov. Ned Lamont on Wednesday asked Connecticut utility regulators to continue a moratorium that prevents electric customers from having their service shut off during the COVID-19 pandemic.

      PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Three community coronavirus vaccination locations in Rhode Island are rescheduling appointments because harsh winter weather in some areas of the country delayed the delivery of more than 12,000 doses to the state, health officials say.

      Dr. James Gill, the state's chief medical examiner, told Connecticut legislators Tuesday that his investigators have “identified many deaths” that should have been certified as COVID-19-related but were not, including nursing home and assisted living residents who died during the pandemic.

      A major change to Connecticut’s vaccination schedule was announced Monday, with the state continuing with a mostly age-based system to make the rollout less complicated after seeing the challenges other states have faced in vaccinating essential workers and people with underlying health conditions.

      The Scripps National Spelling Bee will return this year in a mostly virtual format, with the in-person competition limited to a dozen finalists who will gather on an ESPN campus at Walt Disney World in Florida, Scripps announced Monday.

      AMHERST, Mass. — The University of Massachusetts is planning to return to in-person classes Monday after a previous surge in COVID-19 cases led the school to pause campus instruction for two weeks.

      STONINGTON — In an effort to combat the stress of the pandemic and promote community unity, town officials and local volunteers have come together to take part in the first communitywide Random Acts of Kindness Week.

        PROVIDENCE (AP) — As part of its plan to get the coronavirus vaccine to residents who cannot leave their homes, Rhode Island health officials on Friday launched a website to gather information about the housebound.

          HARTFORD (AP) — Connecticut is partnering with a Hartford-based nonprofit organization, which advocates for health equity across the state, to reach out to more than 10,000 minority residents over the next three months and dispel myths about the COVID-19 vaccine.

          HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Essential workers, including teachers, as well as people with underlying medical conditions should learn in about 10 days when they can begin making their COVID-19 vaccination appointments, Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont said Tuesday.

          Some Massachusetts hospital leaders and physicians said they disagree with a plan by the administration of Gov. Charlie Baker to halt vaccine distribution to hospitals and primary care offices so they can place the focus on vaccination sites.

          ALBANY, N.Y. — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo wrote a book on managing the COVID-19 crisis. Now he faces intensifying accusations that he covered up the true death toll of the pandemic on nursing home residents, attacks that challenge his reputation for straight-shooting competency and could clo…

            STAMFORD, Conn. (AP) — Gov. Ned Lamont credited the growing number of vaccinations in Connecticut with the state's declining rate of COVID-19 infection, noting Friday the number of nursing home residents and people 75 years and older who are getting infected is “way down.”

            BRIDGEPORT, Conn. — Avid local TV news watcher Ramon Soto was eager to get inoculated against the coronavirus, but didn't know there was a large-scale vaccination clinic not far from his home in Connecticut's largest city until a friend called him this week.

            WASHINGTON — In a stark sign of the economic inequality that has marked the pandemic recession and recovery, Americans as a whole are now earning the same amount in wages and salaries that they did before the virus struck — even with nearly 9 million fewer people working.

            Churches and other houses of worship in Rhode Island will soon able to welcome more of the faithful for in-person services and bar areas will be allowed to reopen under the loosening of some coronavirus restrictions announced Thursday by state Commerce Secretary Stefan Pryor.

            Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont urged residents 65 years and older to be patient about getting vaccination appointments, which officially opened up on Thursday, noting the state expects to receive about 69,000 doses next week from the federal government.