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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...

Worcester incubators combining, raising $2M

Grant Welker |

Two Worcester incubators, Action! Worcester and the Worcester CleanTech Incubator, are joining efforts, combing their spaces and kicking off a $2-million fundraising effort.

Franklin marijuana grower to seek recreational licenses

A medical marijuana company growing in a 76,000-square-foot Franklin facility is hoping to tap into the recreational market.

Licensing on tap for next step in Mass. marijuana industry

State House News Service |

With less than a month until it is required by law to begin accepting applications for legal marijuana businesses, the Cannabis Control Commission on Thursday approved the process and timeline it...

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