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Dunkin Donuts to be built in Hopkinton after court ruling

Zachary Comeau |

A vacant lot on Hopkinton's West Main Street is now being prepared for a Dunkin Donuts following years of appeals after the project was approved by town officials.

Medical device tax to return

State House News Service |

The failure of Republicans in Congress this year to repeal the Affordable Care Act means that a controversial tax on medical device sales will return in 2018 unless legislators intervene in the next...

High health ranking triggers sharp words over nurse staffing proposal

State House News Service |

Opponents of a proposal to mandate nurse staffing ratios are pointing to new rankings that determined Massachusetts is the healthiest state in the nation.

Worcester's LakePharma plans Mass. expansion

Grant Welker |

LakePharma, a biologics company with a laboratory in Worcester, has raised $30 million to open additional locations in Massachusetts and its home state of California.

Seven Saws plans Holden brewpub

Zachary Comeau |

There is yet another brewery coming to Central Massachusetts in the coming months, this one in Holden.

Central Mass. receives $40,000 grant for paid STEM internships

The Central Massachusetts Workforce Investment Board and the city of Worcester are one of five recipients of $200,000 in state grants to help increase internship opportunities in STEM fields for high...

Cannabis regulators explore how to help communities harmed by pot ban

State House News Service |

As it works to build a new industry from the ground up, state marijuana regulators on Tuesday wrestled with how Massachusetts' newly legal marijuana industry could be more accessible to racially and...

WPI's Leshin is highest-paid private-college president in Central Mass.

Grant Welker |

Worcester Polytechnic Institute President Laurie Leshin made $764,400 in 2015, though her pay was eclipsed by the heads of UMass Medical School and MCPHS.

PawSox, RI officials debating new $83M proposal as Worcester talks continue

Zachary Comeau |

The Pawtucket Red Sox and Rhode Island officials are reviewing a new proposal for a new $83-million ballpark in Pawtucket to transfer half of the ballpark naming rights to Pawtucket, revenue expected...

Mass. officials preparing for legal sports betting

State House News Service |

Anticipating that the Supreme Court might rule next year that states can legalize sports wagering, the Massachusetts Gaming Commission on Thursday resolved to prepare research on the topic.

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