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MBTA to study new ways to attract commuter rail riders

The MBTA is launching a study to look at the commuter rail system's needs and potential improvements in the years ahead.

Worcester Chamber supporting sales tax holiday

Laura Finaldi |

Massachusetts should hold a sales tax holiday this summer but reject a tax on sugary drinks, a Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce official told the state legislature this week.

DPH fines Charlton company $46,400 for cleanup violations

A Charlton company has received a $46,400 fine for violating oil and hazardous materials cleanup regulations after reports that hazardous materials had been released at the former Charlton Woolen...

Gardner man pleads guilty to counterfeit steroid trafficking

A Gardner man who allegedly marketed and sold counterfeit steroid products to customers across the U.S. pleaded guilty Wednesday in federal court.

Dentists petition AG Healey to review Delta Dental practices

Emily Micucci |

A group of dentists said Delta Dental's new for-profit plan is discriminatory and confusing.

Polar exec: don't tax sugary drinks

State House News Service |

If Massachusetts lawmakers create a tax on sugary drinks, Polar Beverages' $10 million investment in a new can line and water treatment system might become unnecessary.

$315M healthcare overhaul proposed by Baker

State House News Service |

Employers would be counted on to pay $200 million more a year over the next two years to help pay for rising expenses in the state's $16.6 billion Medicaid program.

CDC breaking ground on subsidized apartments

The Worcester East Side Community Development Corporation is building eight one-bedroom apartments on Forbes Street to help residents in their recovery from substance abuse.

Worcester added 7,760 jobs in a year

The Worcester metropolitan area added 7,760 jobs over the course of a year, while the area’s unemployment rate increased by 0.4 percentage points, according to the latest estimates Tuesday from...

As the feds change nutrition standards, local schools up their game

By Livia Gershon, contributing writer |

Rules may be relaxing, but better nutrition in schools may be here to stay.

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