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Senator hopeful on substance abuse bill accord

COLLEEN QUINN STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE |

Bills aimed at curbing the Massachusetts opioid epidemic in part by making substance abuse services more easily accessible are still being ironed out by lawmakers who think they can reconcile the...

Ten area communities receive block grants

Ten Central Massachusetts communities will receive federal community development block grants that total about $6.6 million for a variety of uses, notably housing and infrastructure upgrades.

Judge OKs delay in Partners deal

GINTAUTAS DUMCIUS STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE |

A Superior Court judge on Thursday signed off on Atty. Gen. Martha Coakley's request to delay a hearing and a decision on a proposed agreement between her office and Partners HealthCare...

IT firm says ACA hasn't boosted patient volume

Emily Micucci |

A report by Watertown-based IT services provider athenahealth Inc., measuring the impact of the federal Affordable Care Act (ACA) during the first five months of the universal health insurance...

Oxford company sued for alleged asbestos violations

Emily Micucci |

An Oxford environmental company has been sued for allegedly failing to follow proper procedures while removing materials containing asbestos from a Sturbridge home, Atty. Gen. Martha Coakley's office...

Patrick signs compounding pharmacy oversight bill

GINTAUTAS DUMCIUS STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE |

Gov. Deval Patrick on Thursday signed into law an oversight-focused bill that he said, through licensing and labeling requirements, addresses the “gray area” in the compounding pharmacy...

State outlines process for additional medical pot dispensaries

MATT MURPHY STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE |

Addressing concerns about equal access to medical marijuana for residents across the state, the Department of Public Health (DPH) on Wednesday outlined the process for selected companies to bid on...

Worcester signage project receives $3M

A project designed to make it easier to travel around Worcester and promote the city is getting a $3-million funding boost from the city and state governments.

Gas-tax question to top 4 Nov. ballot initiatives

GINTAUTAS DUMCIUS STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE |

Ballot activists can start getting their slogans on now that this year’s statewide ballot questions – all of which have implications for business - have been assigned numbers.

Governor: Non-compete deal ‘trending’ in right direction

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE |

Gov. Deval Patrick said he was heartened by the Senate's inclusion of a measure in an economic development bill on Tuesday to restrict the use of non-compete clauses in employment contracts.

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