Hospital closing roils North Adams

Melody Fisher and her son Zachary attended  a meeting on  the closing of North Adams Regional Hospital.

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The demise of the North Adams Regional is the latest gut punch taken by this economically depressed city of about 14,000 people.

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Siemens offers $660 million to help narrow skills gap

The global industrial giant’s software donation is for a dozen technical schools and community colleges in Mass.

Secretary of State William Galvin’s complaint says the Marlborough company has raised over $1 billion worldwide.

Galvin charges phone-service company with $90m fraud

Secretary of State William Galvin charged a Marlborough company with running a billion-dollar pyramid scheme.

Boston Fed chief urges caution in reducing stimulus

Eric Rosengren said that he would like to see low interest rates until the economy is within a year of reaching 5.2 percent unemployment.

Mass. residents get extension on filing state tax returns

Taxpayers will now have until midnight on Friday because of issues with the state’s free online tax-filing system.

GM sales eyed for impact of ignition switch recall

April is expected to be a rebound month after a rough winter, and analysts expect sales to pick up in the month’s second half.

Women sue lingerie companies over fat-reducing garments

Two Mass. women say undergarments infused with capsules of caffeine and vitamins failed to live up to claims that they would melt away fat.

Dental laser from Convergent Dental gets funding, raves

In many cases, the laser means a needle-free, pain-free, drill-free trip to the dentist.

Congress is giving states the transportation blues

The US transportation secretary is spreading some bad news: the government’s Highway Trust Fund is nearly broke.

European Parliament approves laws on banking overhaul

Critics say the plan still is checkered with uncertainties and some weaknesses.

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Leung writes a business column every Wednesday and Friday. Previously she served six years as the business editor overseeing daily and Sunday coverage.


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