BUSINESS & ECONOMY

Bradley Airport in Windsor Locks, Connecticut.
Jeff Cohen / WNPR

Bradley International Airport in Connecticut has started offering daily, nonstop flights to St. Louis for the first time in at least 16 years. 

Farmer Norm Davenport in Shelburne, Massachusetts, can't find enough customers to purchase his hay.
Nancy Eve Cohen / NEPR

In recent years, milk prices have dropped. And dairy farms -- including some in western Massachusetts -- have sold off their cows. Some say their hay customers are disappearing along with the animals.

Hartford is one of the 10 fastest growing small markets for tech talent this year, according to a report from CBRE, a commercial real estate firm.

Massachusetts artists might not be starving, but a new report indicates they are struggling mightily to make a living here. Nearly 50 percent of those surveyed said they had “business loss” from their creative practices. Even more need to work outside their skill and craft to survive.

An all-volunteer, grassroots team of advocates crunched data from 846 working artists, makers and creative entrepreneurs across the state for the new report titled, “2018 By Artists, For Artists.”

Updated at 10:07 a.m. ET

The U.S. economy had a blockbuster second quarter, with growth surging to a 4.1 percent pace, the Commerce Department said Friday. That was nearly double the first quarter rate of 2.2 percent and the strongest pace in nearly four years.

President Trump has been steadfastly claiming that his policies will catapult the U.S. economy into a much higher rate of growth — 4 percent over the next few years.

Kijana Rose fills a plastic balloon with marijuana vapor for one of her Beginners Ganja Yoga Flow students.
Jesse Costa / WBUR

So you've got priority in getting your marijuana license application reviewed in Massachusetts. But you've got a major hurdle ahead of you — getting through the actual application.

Sun Kim Bop restaurant in Springfield, Massachusetts, at far right, has extended hours ahead of the opening of MGM Springfield.
Sean Teehan / NEPR

With just about a month until MGM Springfield opens, some neighboring businesses are thinking about making changes to compete. At least one is already switching things up.

A new report from the Office of the Vermont State Auditor says it's nearly impossible to quantify the impact of Vermont's business incentive programs.

People looking to get a job at MGM Springfield use the computer to match their skills to potential jobs, during a career fair in October 2014.
Mark M. Murray / The Republican / masslive.com/photos

MGM officials told Massachusetts gambling regulators Thursday that the company is on pace to hire 3,000 employees before it opens its Springfield casino next month. But so far, MGM is coming up short on some hiring goals.

A cup of coffee.
Julius Schorzman / Creative Commons

A Japanese company is developing a novel way to connect college students to corporate recruiters: offer free coffee at its cafes in exchange for giving up some personal information.

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