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BOSTON (AP) - A German beer hall that's one of Boston's oldest restaurants is up for sale. The Boston Globe reports the historic Jacob Wirth Co. restaurant is being sold by its longtime owner for an asking price of just over $1 million. The downtown restaurant was founded by a German immigrant in 1868. Current owner William Kevin Fitzgerald says personal financial struggles are prompting him to sell the business.

BOSTON (AP) - A key legislative committee that oversees transportation in Massachusetts has new leadership in the Senate. Winthrop Democrat Joseph Boncore (Bon-COR'-ee) was named Thursday as Senate chair of the Joint Committee on Transportation. Sen. Eric Lesser, a Springfield Democrat, will serve as vice chair of the panel. Boncore succeeds former Sen. Thomas McGee, who was recently elected mayor of Lynn.

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) - MGM has opened the first building of its resort casino complex in western Massachusetts. About 50 employees moved into the casino's new administrative office this week. The building will eventually house some 300 corporate and human resource workers, as well as a training school for prospective casino workers. The hotel, casino and entertainment complex is expected to become the state's first Las Vegas-style resort when it opens in September.

BOSTON (AP) - The Boston area remains in the running to host Amazon's second North American headquarters, but more than 20 other prospective sites in Massachusetts are out of the mix. The company included metropolitan Boston, with potential sites in the city and in Somerville, on its list of 20 finalists for the $5 billion project that is expected to generate up to 50,000 new jobs.

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