BUSINESS & ECONOMY

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The Massachusetts Gaming Commission has awarded $100,000 to Northampton to come up with an advertising strategy.

The Trump administration announced Thursday that it has temporarily waived a U.S. shipping restriction for Puerto Rico known as the Jones Act.

Under the law, only U.S.-flagged ships are allowed to move goods between any U.S. ports. Now foreign-flagged vessels also will be able to move shipments from the U.S. mainland to Puerto Rico and between ports there. The move is intended to boost the delivery of much-needed relief supplies after Hurricane Maria battered the U.S. territory last week.

The Puerto Rico Federal Affairs Administration thanked President Trump in a tweet:

The Commerce Department has announced that it is hitting Canadian aircraft-maker Bombardier with a hefty 220 percent tariff for its top-end passenger planes. The tariff follows the department's preliminary finding in favor of U.S. rival Boeing's complaint that the smaller company received unfair government subsidies.

The trade row is over the Montreal-based Bombardier's 100- to 150-seat C-Series passenger jets.

A line outside Tree House in Charlton, Massachusetts.
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You won't be able to find a cold can or freshly poured draft of Tree House beer anywhere except where it's made, right in Charlton, Massachusetts. 

A scene from Puerto Rico in the wake of Hurricane Maria.
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Hurricane Maria is creating a challenge for a Massachusetts business.

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Worcester is the ideal Massachusetts location for Amazon to build a second headquarters and the technology company could help pay for high-speed rail linking both ends of the state, gubernatorial candidate Setti Warren said Friday.

The LEGO Group's U.S. headquarters is in Enfield, Conn.
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The town manager in Enfield, Connecticut, said officials are willing to talk to toy-maker LEGO about possible incentives to keep as many employees there as possible.

Denmark-based LEGO Group announced this week it would cut some 1,400 positions worldwide, but has not said how many cuts would affect its U.S. headquarters in Enfield, which employs 715 people.

The LEGO Group's U.S. headquarters is in Enfield, Conn.
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LEGO plans to cut about 1,400 jobs worldwide. The toy company, whose U.S. headquarters is in Enfield, Connecticut, saw revenue drop 5 percent for the first half of 2017, compared to the same period last year.

Dunkin' Donuts Park in Hartford, where the Yard Goats play.
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It's been quite a year for Hartford's minor league baseball team, after an inaugural season full of stadium blunders. Nonetheless, the Double-A Yard Goats wrap up their final home-stand of the season on Thursday. For the season, the Yard Goats have drawn nearly 400,000 in 2017 – the second best in the league. 

Jim Sagalyn, president and owner of the Holyoke Machine Company.
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A manufacturer in Holyoke, Massachusetts, which first opened its doors during the Civil War, is auctioning off everything under its roof Thursday. The company is a casualty of a changing industry.

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