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Worcester and PawSox sign letter of intent to build $90M stadium

Grant Welker| Zachary Comeau |

Worcester has signed a letter of intent with the Pawtucket Red Sox, with a proposed $85 million to $90 million ballpark to attract the team to the city.

MGM preps for Springfield opening, highway advertising

State House News Service |

MGM Springfield, the state's first resort casino, has been humming with activity in recent days as employees complete dry runs of gaming and entertainment operations ahead of the planned grand...

Engineering firm VHB to leave Union Station for Mercantile Center

Zachary Comeau |

National engineering firm VHB has signed a long-term lease for nearly 9,000 square feet of office space at the Mercantile Center.

CMass businesses briefed on Grand Bargain fallout

Grant Welker |

The minimum wage will rise, workers will no longer receive higher pay on Sundays and holidays, and a paid family and medical leave gives workers new benefits.

Central Mass is better off without a casino

Central Massachusetts is square in the middle of a robust gaming market without a casino to call our own. But, really, we don't need one.

B&Bs vs. Airbnbs

Grant Welker |

Bed-and-breakfasts used to be the little guys on the block in hospitality before anyone could rent their place on Airbnb. But in Central Mass., at least, they're holding their own.

New casinos bring challenges to Central Mass. tourism

Grant Welker |

The fight for entertainment dollars is not getting easier for Central Massachusetts venues and attractions, even if leaders aren't sure how casino competition will play out.

Baker considering exemption to Airbnb bill

State House News Service |

Gov. Charlie Baker is considering returning a bill taxing and regulating short-term housing rentals with an amendment to exempt from taxation owners that rent out their homes or apartments for less...

Proposal could tax Airbnbs at 17.5 percent

Short-term housing units rented through websites like Airbnb could be taxed at almost 17.5 percent in Boston, and Massachusetts would be the first state to maintain a central registry.

Worcester's Hangover Pub to reopen Friday

Zachary Comeau |

The Hangover Pub, the Green Street bacon-based restaurant shuttered amid an ongoing inquiry into other Worcester restaurants being a launder for drug money, will reopen on Friday.

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