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Flash fire at Dudley factory injures three workers

Brad Kane |

A flash fire at a Dudley aerosol packaging plant Friday has sent three workers to the hospital with minor injuries, fire officials said.

February brings in 13,7000 Mass. jobs as unemployment rate remains 3.5%

Zachary Comeau |

Massachusetts saw a gain of 13,700 jobs last month, including 13,100 from the private sector, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, and the unemployment rate remained at 3.5 percent.

Former transportation company owner indicted again for money laundering in $19M scheme

Zachary Comeau |

Already facing criminal charges for filing $19-million in false Medicaid claims, the owner of a Westminster-based transportation company is now being charged with laundering the money he generated...

MetroWest communities get $60K in downtown planning grants

Grant Welker |

Four MetroWest communities — Ashland, Marlborough, Shrewsbury and Stow — have received $15,000 state grants each for planning efforts to improve their downtowns.

Biz group: renewable energy not keeping up with demand

State House News Service |

Another business group has joined those already clamoring to let more natural gas into the region, and indirectly clashing with renewable energy proponents who have become an aggressive lobbying...

Baker: State labs not equipped to enforce 2015 fentanyl law

State House News Service |

The law that made trafficking fentanyl a new crime in 2015 has proven to be "unenforceable," according to the Baker administration.

MBTA fare hikes pushed off to 2019

State House News Service |

The MBTA Board advanced a fiscal 2019 budget that pushes fare increases off the table until after this year's elections, despite a $36.5 million hole in the agency's spending plans.

Should state offices move from Boston to Worcester?

Grant Welker |

Boston is home to state department headquarters but also is very expensive for office space, leading to a potential solution: moving those offices to an affordable spot like Worcester.

Worcester Walgreens among locations involved in $5.5M drug overcharging

Walgreens has agreed to pay a $5.5-million fine for overcharging for prescription drugs at its pharmacies, including one in Worcester.

Baker wants Airbnb bill passed this session

State House News Service |

Gov. Charlie Baker wants to see legislation regulating short-term rentals passed into law before the end of this session, but he said Monday he has not fully reviewed the proposal House leaders plan...

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