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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


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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