Massachusetts en Mass. Fire Chief To Reluctantly Retire, Nearly Six Decades After First Call <p>The fire chief of a small town in Franklin County, Massachusetts, is retiring at the end of the month.</p><p>While that might not be big, headline news, Everett Ricketts’ tenure at the Wendell Fire Department is nothing to dismiss – 57 years, 38 of them as chief.</p><p><a href="" target="_blank">Read or listen to Henry Epp's report on New England Public Radio's website. </a></p> Wed, 26 Feb 2014 22:07:47 +0000 Henry Epp 44210 at Humble Startup Or 'Monsanto Of Herbalism'? Pittsfield Company Comes Under Fire <p>A trademark issued to a tiny business in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, for its vinegar-based health tonic is causing a firestorm of criticism. The makers of "Fire Cider" are finding themselves portrayed as corporate usurpers.</p><p><a href="" target="_blank">Read and hear Jeremy Goodwin's story at the New England Public Radio website.</a></p> Wed, 12 Feb 2014 22:40:04 +0000 Jeremy Goodwin 43474 at Exhibit Pairs Landmark Works Of Art With Forgeries <p>A <a href="" target="_blank">new exhibit at the Springfield Museums in Massachusetts</a> explores some of the most infamous art forgery scandals of the century. It also delves into the minds of serial forgers. Called "Intent to Deceive," the exhibit places masterpieces by Picasso and Matisse alongside examples of fakes that fooled some of the world's most revered experts.</p><p></p> Wed, 29 Jan 2014 20:48:36 +0000 Jody Santos 42655 at New Hampshire, A Low-Cost Massachusetts? New Hampshire's economy is comparatively strong these days, but that strength varies depending on where you are in the small state. The closer you get to its border with Massachusetts, the more robust the economic activity. The state has been aggressive about marketing the so-called "New Hampshire Advantage." Mon, 27 Aug 2012 09:20:00 +0000 Amanda Loder 11644 at North Adams, Mass.: A Manufacturing Town For Art If you ever decide to visit one of the largest museums of contemporary art in the world, prepare yourself: It's a little intimidating. Mon, 20 Aug 2012 20:13:00 +0000 Neda Ulaby 11211 at North Adams, Mass.: A Manufacturing Town For Art House Folds on Gaming Bill <p>Gambling in New Hampshire ran up against a stacked deck in the Statehouse today.&nbsp;</p><p>The House has voted to kill a bill that would have brought&nbsp;four casinos and 14,000 video slot machines to the state. The bill would have used gambling revenue to reduce business taxes.</p><p>Supporters urged quick action to offset the recent approval of three casinos in Massachusetts.</p><p>&quot;Since Massachusetts passed its own expanded gaming bill, doing nothing is no longer an option,&quot; says Representative&nbsp;David Campbell, a Democrat from Nashua.</p> Wed, 28 Mar 2012 21:51:19 +0000 Todd Bookman 2815 at House Folds on Gaming Bill The States With The Best And Worst Wage Laws For Home Health Workers <p><a href="" target="_blank" title="Obama administration seeks to extend federal wage, hour laws to home health-care workers">President Obama</a> is pushing the US <a href="" target="_blank" title="US Department Of Labor">Department of Labor</a> to move forward on a rules change that would raise wages and require overtime pay for home health workers.&nbsp; According to a <a href=" Fri, 16 Dec 2011 15:21:00 +0000 Amanda Loder 1005 at The States With The Best And Worst Wage Laws For Home Health Workers