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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...

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...

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.

Movers & Shakers

Lampin Corp., Provo Wealth Management and Worcester Art Museum are among the companies with recent hires and promotions.

The PawSox true value

Grant Welker |

With Worcester eyeing a deal others have valued at $38 million to attract the minor league baseball team from Rhode Island, economists warn $7 million is a better deal for the city.

Worcester shop pleads guilty to $282K in food-stamp fraud

Esther's Fashion Paradise, a store in Main South in Worcester, illegally took food-stamp benefits in exchange for cash, its owner acknowledged in federal court Wednesday.

Coalition launches effort opposing mandated nurse staffing ratios

Emily Micucci |

The Massachusetts Health and Hospital Association and others have banned together to oppose efforts by the Massachusetts Nurses Association to mandate nurse staffing ratios in Bay State hospitals.

Column: Facing hikes, many exchange shoppers should look elsewhere

By Louis Gutierrez |

Up to 70,000 people in Massachusetts who buy health plans through the state exchange will see premium increases of 25 percent or more.

Column: Wellness boosts business as well as employees

Benefits expert Vanessa Costa explains how a Leominster machine shop cut its annual health insurance costs by 7.5 percent.

UMass: Tax bill would hurt universities

State House News Service |

If the tax code overhaul expected for a vote in the U.S. Senate this week passes, it would threaten the financial stability of universities, stifle research, and financially harm graduate students...

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