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Worcester area unemployment dips to 3.8%

The Worcester-area unemployment rate dipped to 3.8 percent in August from the 4.2 percent in July, according to the state’s non-seasonally adjusted labor figures.

WPI granted $3M to develop soldier brain injury smartphone app

Zachary Comeau |

Researchers at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, armed with a $2.8-million grant, are developing a smartphone app to detect medical conditions impacting a soldier's readiness.

MBTA wants more time on federal safety upgrades

State House News Service |

The MBTA has requested an extension to 2020 for the federally-mandated implementation of anti-collision technology for the commuter rail network.

At QCC, Baker announces new part-time student aid

Grant Welker |

Massachusetts will invest an additional $7.1 million in student aid, with a focus on part-time community college students, Gov. Charlie Baker said Monday at Quinsigamond Community College.

Baker says WooSox development a big opportunity for state

Grant Welker |

Gov. Charlie Baker gave his first public comments on the Red Sox, saying his administration looks to invest state funds in infrastructure projects that can be leveraged by private development.

DPU, National Grid union to discuss complaints

State House News Service |

The union representing locked out National Grid steelworkers plans to meet at 10 a.m. Wednesday with state regulators to discuss a long list of safety complaints.

State approves 32-unit Sherborn affordable housing development

Grant Welker |

A 32-unit housing development with nine homes set aside under affordability restrictions has been approved in Sherborn.

Cannabis tester ProVerde inks agreement with Milford

Zachary Comeau |

Cannabis tester ProVerde Laboratories has finally negotiated a host community agreement with Milford after months of what its founder called delays that halted the company's business prospects.

Mass. unemployment stays at 3.6%

Bay State employers added 6,000 jobs last month and have added 68,100 jobs since August 2017, the state announced Friday as the unemployment rate held firm at 3.6 percent in August.

Cannabis regulators begin final inspections

State House News Service |

Marijuana regulators have completed at least one final inspection of a retail marijuana shop and more are scheduled.

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