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Mortgage Apps Up | Finances Strain MA Towns | Staples Dividend

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Business Headlines for Wednesday, December 7, 2011


Mortgage, Refinancing Applications Rise

Mortgage applications increased nearly 13 percent last week while applications for refinancings jumped more than 15 percent, fueled by a drop in mortgage rates, according to the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA). [more]


Report: Mass. Cities, Towns Hurting On Finances

The state's 351 cities and towns are limping to the end of the roughest two-year stretch in their books since the passage of the tax-limiting Proposition 2 ½ in 1980, according to the Massachusetts Taxpayers' Foundation (MTF). [more]


Reliant Medical, Others Receive Harvard Pilgrim Honor

Reliant Medical Group of Worcester and six other physician groups in New England have been selected to Harvard Pilgrim Health Care's 10th annual Physician Group Honor Roll. [more]


Staples Declares 4th-Quarter Dividend

Staples Inc. declared a cash dividend of 10 cents per share for the fourth quarter of this year, the Framingham-based office retail giant announced. [more]


Mass. Dairy Farms To Receive Tax Credit

The state says some of Massachusetts' 175 dairy farms will be eligible for $3 million in tax credits after the Patrick Administration uncovered an error in the state's 2010 Dairy Farmer Tax Credit Program. [more]


MassDiGI Taps New GM

The Massachusetts Digital Game Institute, based at Becker College in Worcester, has hired Monty Sharma as general manager, the institute announced. [more]

WBJ Online Readers Poll

'Tis The Retail Season

Last year, holiday shoppers bumped up their spending significantly for the first time since the start of the recession. So far this year, online shopping seems to be doing even better, but brick-and-mortar sales are more mixed. In this week's WBJ Online Readers' Poll, we're asking how you expect this year's holiday spending to compare with last year's. [ Click here to take the poll.]

Today's Regional Headlines

Gang member charged in City Hall plaza death -
Woman dies in apparent fall in Princeton -
Framingham State students mourn loss of classmate -
Pearl Harbor remembered 70 years later -
Criminal counts weighed in Dean campus beating -
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