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Union Station in transition, authority chair says

Grant Welker |

Union Station is in a transitional period as it works to lure new state offices and works through a turnover in retail tenants, the chairman of the Worcester Redevelopment Authority said Friday.

IPG lands $2.5M state grant for $70M expansion

Zachary Comeau |

Oxford laser maker IPG Photonics is getting another public subsidy, this time from the state in the form of a $2.5 million state grant.

Pot testing labs approved in Framingham, Salem

State House News Service |

Marijuana regulators on Thursday approved two testing laboratories to inspect recreational marijuana sold in Massachusetts and approved a host of licenses for other Central Mass. cannabis businesses.

Franklin marijuana grower building out retail space

Grant Welker |

New England Treatment Access, a Franklin marijuana grower and seller, is expanding its already-sprawling growing and manufacturing space and working to add a retail store.

Baker pursuing state, federal drug purchasing reform

State House News Service |

Gov. Charlie Baker's administration is preparing to roll out a proposal to allow the state to negotiate prices directly with drug manufacturers.

Holliston marijuana parent company completes $835M merger with Toronto firm

Zachary Comeau |

The New York City-based iAnthus Capital Holdings, the parent company of a Holliston-based marijuana grower Mayflower Medicinals, has merged with Toronto cannabis firm MPX Bioceutical Corp.

Worcester vacancy rate hits year low

Grant Welker |

The vacancy rate for office and lab space in Worcester hit 10.1 percent in the third quarter, its best mark in the past year, according to a new report.

Framingham's MCR Labs on tap for final marijuana testing license

Zachary Comeau |

Two marijuana testing labs - including one in Framingham - are set to get their final licenses from the Cannabis Control Commission in what is another huge milestone for the industry.

10 things we learned about Worcester's PawSox negotiations from reading the city's emails

Grant Welker |

Following the team's announcement of plans to relocate in advance of the 2021 season, WBJ made a public records request for the email exchanges between city and team officials.

Experts: Out-of-staters boost Mass. economy

State House News Service |

Economists have long argued that a labor crunch in Massachusetts, punctuated by an aging workforce and slow natural growth in the labor force and population, is serving as a brake on economic growth.

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