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Sturbridge home health agency owner convicted of stealing $2.5M

Devina Bhalla |

Worcester home health agency Lifestream Healthcare Alliance and its owner have been convicted of stealing approximately $2.5 million from MassHealth.

Opioid deaths worsen in Worcester, improve statewide

Grant Welker |

Four Central Massacusetts cities — Framingham, Gardner, Marlborough and Worcester — are bucking a state trend that is generally showing fewer opioid-related deaths.

Northbridge recovery center established with $400K state funding

A opioid abuse recovery center is being established at the Family Continuity Recovery Support Center in Northbridge thanks to a share of $3.5 million in state government funding.

Lancaster lumber facility penalized $9,620 for toxic use violations

Devina Bhalla |

Lancaster lumber treatment facility and distributor Bestway of New England, Inc. has been penalized $9,620 for hazardous waste and toxic use violations.

Baker picks four Worcester leaders for Mass. Economic Development Planning Council

Zachary Comeau |

Four Worcester business and higher education leaders have been named to a new Massachusetts Economic Development Planning Council by Gov. Charlie Baker.

Baker: Social consumption pilot makes sense

State House News Service |

As state regulators prepare to discuss and possibly vote on a policy to allow marijuana use in certain public social settings, Gov. Charlie Baker indicated Monday he could be open to a pilot program.

Lawmakers pitch northern rail route to Western Mass.

State House News Service |

Two lawmakers have pitched the Transportation Committee on studying an east-west passenger rail connection between Boston, Greenfield and North Adams.

Boston chamber chief slams MBTA, urges bolder solutions

State House News Service |

Frustrated with a recent series of announcements, Boston-area employers are growing impatient with the MBTA and demanding that it consider "bolder solutions."

Report: Drivers of health care spending still drugs, provider pricing

State House News Service |

With prices of care continuing to increase, Massachusetts still ranks among the top for overall health expenses, according to a new report.

You can still fire workers for using marijuana

KURT BINDER |

Employers can prohibit employees from using or being under the influence of marijuana in the workplace. Yet, the law does not address regulating use outside of the workplace.

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