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Fidelity, Berkshire offer loan programs for furloughed federal workers

Leominster-based Fidelity Bank and Pittsfield-based Berkshire Bank are offering their help until the government is opened.

Fitchburg, Worcester receive Urban Agenda funding

Fitchburg has received $60,000 and Worcester $65,000 for economic development initiatives through the state's Urban Agenda Grant Program.

Worcester County wage, employment growth trail state, national averages

Grant Welker |

Wage and employment growth in Worcester County rose in the second quarter but trailed state and national averages, according to new Bureau of Labor Statistics data.

Marlborough laser maker wins $2.3M state grant

Sheaumann Laser, a Marlborough firm that designs and manufactures lasers, has received a $2.3-million state grant to aid adaption of new technology.

Rectrix seeks merger with Colorado aviation firm

Rectrix Aviation, a charter jet service operating out of Worcester Regional Airport, is set to be acquired by a Denver aviation firm.

Baker filing sports betting bill

State House News Service |

Gov. Charlie Baker will file legislation Thursday to legalize sports betting in Massachusetts, according to two sources familiar with the effort.

Lynn senator putting sports betting bill on table

State House News Service |

A state senator has a proposal ready to make sports betting legal in Massachusetts, eight months after the Supreme Court opened the doors for states to enter the sports gambling market.

Poverty up in Worcester neighborhoods, as home values lag

Grant Welker |

Even with a long period of economic growth and redevelopment through significant stretches of downtown, Worcester has not been spared from some broader troublesome trends.

State rejects Charlton marijuana bylaw

Zachary Comeau |

A $100-million marijuana cultivation facility was handed another legal win Thursday as Charlton grapples with its proposed 1-million-square-foot cultivation facility.

Efforts underway to help lawyers with job's side effects

Zachary Comeau |

New efforts are being made in Massachusetts to help lawyers with addiction or struggling with depression after a 2016 study raised alarms.

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