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Gaming panel considers relaxing CORI standard


Massachusetts gaming industry regulators are interested in re-opening the 2011 law that authorized up to three casinos, saying the statute is inconsistent with reforms to criminal records standards.

Bill would allow prescription coupons, rebates beyond 2017


Coupons and rebates for brand-name prescriptions offered by drug makers would remain legal in Massachusetts beyond 2017 under a bill House lawmakers are pushing toward passage.

DEP fines Hanover $6,004

Carol McDonald |

Hanover Insurance Group of Worcester has been assessed a $6,004 penalty for alleged environmental violations stemming from a 2012 inspection.

Mass. adds 13,500 jobs in November

The Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development (EOLWD) reported Thursday that preliminary estimates from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) show Massachusetts added 13,500 jobs in November...

Hudson wins award for new master plan

Emily Micucci |

The Town of Hudson announced it has received an award from the Massachusetts chapter of the American Planning Association for the master plan adopted by the Planning Board in November.

State panel upholds Great Wolf tax deal with Fitchburg

Rick Saia |

(UPDATED) A state panel has upheld a series of tax incentives for the Great Wolf Lodge water park and hotel in Fitchburg after a carpenters' union alleged the company failed to use local contractors...

WPI wins $1.1M to boost nuclear research

Rick Saia |

Worcester Polytechnic Institute has been awarded $1.1 million in federal grants to help revitalize the nuclear power industry, the school announced Monday.

House passes local 'tax transparency' bill


In a late-session decision, the Massachusetts House has come around to the idea of requiring cities and towns to disclose tax breaks being delivered at the local level.

State fines Veryfine for alleged violations in Littleton

The Patrick administration has slapped beverage manufacturer Veryfine with a fine of more than $9,000 for allegedly violating regulations regarding air pollution control, hazardous waste, industrial...

Housing starts, building permits down

The U.S. housing market showed signs of contraction last month as the annual rates of housing starts, completions and the number of issued building permits fell from October, the federal government...

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