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News Minute: Here is the latest Massachusetts news from The Associated Press at 1:40 a.m. EST

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BOSTON (AP) - Boston is banning single-use plastic bags in the city's stores. The Boston Globe reports that Democratic Mayor Marty Walsh said Sunday he has signed the ordinance because of the environmental benefits, such as reducing litter. He says he's still concerned about the impact on low-income residents and seniors. It goes into effect next fall.

BOSTON (AP) - Boston is remembering its homeless ahead of the longest night of the year. The 28th annual Interfaith Homeless Memorial Service will be held at noon on Thursday, coinciding with the winter solstice. Organizers say the gathering will take place at the Church on the Hill next to the Statehouse. They say the service will "celebrate and memorialize those we have lost in the past year."

BOSTON (AP) - Democratic members of Congress from Massachusetts and Rhode Island are calling on Congress to immediately extend funding for a popular federal children's health insurance initiative. U.S. Sen. Edward Markey is planning a press conference Monday at Boston Children's Hospital to call for an immediate funding extension for the Children's Health Insurance Program, or CHIP. Rhode Island's congressional delegation held an event Friday to demand the same thing. CHIP expired in September.

BOSTON (AP) - Offshore wind farm developers are preparing to submit proposals for large-scale operations off Massachusetts. The state has set Wednesday as the deadline for companies seeking to supply at least 400 megawatts of offshore wind power to Massachusetts' utilities. A decision is expected next year. Three companies are vying for the lucrative contracts: Deepwater Wind, Bay State Wind, and Vineyard Wind. The first U.S. offshore wind farm opened a year ago off Block Island, Rhode Island.

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