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A "now hiring" sign.
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New numbers released by the state of Massachusetts show the unemployment rate dropping to a level not seen in almost 20 years. 

Massachusetts Congressman Richard Neal speaks to reporters in the lobby of the federal courthouse in Springfield on November 7, 2018.
Adam Frenier / NEPR

As we look back at the news of this week, Congressman Richard Neal of Springfield, Massachusetts, pushed back against criticism over his fundraising tactics. 

Wynn Resorts is in early talks to sell the Everett casino for which it fought so hard to retain control, a striking pivot five weeks before the venue’s scheduled opening.

The prospective buyer is MGM Resorts, which already operates a casino in Springfield. Wynn and MGM said in a joint statement Friday afternoon that negotiations have taken place “over the past several weeks.”

Connecticut Senate Sends $15 Minimum Wage Bill To Lamont

May 17, 2019

Connecticut’s minimum-wage workers will see their hourly wages rise from $10.10 to $15 over the next four-and-a-half years under legislation passed early Friday by the Senate and sent to Gov. Ned Lamont for his promised signature. 

Legislators said Thursday that they are holding off on changes to the state’s childhood vaccination laws, including the religious exemption.

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