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State approves Suffolk Downs sale

State House News Service |

The state gave its approval Thursday to the sale of the Suffolk Downs horse track, the state's only such track, though the owner has pledged to continue racing at least through next year.

More Mass. companies offer insurance, but fewer take it

State House News Service |

Compared to their national counterparts, more Massachusetts employers offer health insurance but fewer employees here enroll in the plans offered by their companies, according to a new state report.

Detours this weekend on Worcester commuter rail line

Grant Welker |

Commuter rail trains headed into Boston from Worcester will be stopped at the Wellesley Farms station starting Friday night and running through the weekend.

House speaker opposes potential sales tax reduction

State House News Service |

House Speaker Robert DeLeo said lowering the tax rate now, after a prolonged recovery, would put Massachusetts in a "precarious financial situation."

Worcester pushes for Notre Dame anti-demolition extension

Grant Welker |

Worcester City councilors and preservation advocates are pressing for a further delay in a potential demolition of the long-vacant Notre Dame des Canadiens Church.

DPH to hold meeting on UMass psych bed closure

Savannah Donohue |

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health will hold a public meeting at 4 p.m. Thursday at St. George Cathedral on the proposed closure of 13 inpatient psychiatric beds by UMass Memorial Medical...

Cost of college contributing to income inequality, Fed economist says

State House News Service |

The necessity of obtaining an advanced degree for earning potential has contributed to Boston's income inequality, a Federal Reserve Bank economist said Wednesday.

State and trade partners highlight ties

State House News Service |

State and business officials stressed the importance of building bonds across borders as representatives of Canadian, French, Swiss and Haitian governments and companies gathered at the State House...

Debate over physician-assisted suicide raises questions about how we die

By Livia Gershon |

Doctors are re-examining whether medical aid in dying should be legal in Massachusetts, leading to bigger questions about end-of-life care.

Dental access problems aired as dueling bills seek to add providers

Emily Micucci |

While policy makers and dental experts agree there are barriers to dental care in Massachusetts, they disagree about how to remove them.

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