BUSINESS & ECONOMY

Rhode Island-based retail pharmacy giant CVS is launching a program to require testing of all the vitamins and supplements it sells, aiming to make sure — and assure customers — that they contain what they say they do.

“To our knowledge, this is the first time that any national retailer is requiring all vitamins and supplements to undergo third-party testing, in order to be sold on our shelves,” says CVS Senior Vice President George Coleman.

More than 1,400 vitamins and supplements from 152 brands have now undergone testing, CVS says.

The attorneys general of 38 states and territories sent a letter to congressional leaders on Wednesday, urging them: Please, let us bank the money generated by the country's booming cannabis business.

About 280 acres of undeveloped land in Simsbury were sold this week to make way for construction of the “Tobacco Valley Solar Farm.” Once built, it will be one of the largest solar arrays in New England, but the project has been controversial since its origins in 2016.

City Hall in Springfield, Massachusetts.
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Springfield, Massachusetts, city officials are considering a measure that would require businesses to get a special permit to operate late at night. 

AG Healey Sends Warnings To Violators Of State's 'Ban The Box' Rule

May 6, 2019

Attorney General Maura Healey is warning state businesses not to unfairly discriminate against job applicants with criminal records.

Healey’s office says an investigation made public Monday found 19 businesses had violated the state’s “ban the box” law,  which bars employers from asking about criminal record information on a candidate’s initial job application.

The attorney general says the law is meant to prohibit companies from screening out people with a criminal background before they have a fair chance to go through the job process.

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