Here is the latest Massachusetts business news from The Associated Press

September 17, 2013, 2:04 am

BOSTON (AP) — Governor Deval Patrick has taken a step toward making the state's battered fishing industry eligible for federal disaster assistance from the U.S. Small Business Administration. Earlier this month, Patrick officially certified that Massachusetts fishermen who chase bottom-dwelling groundfish had suffered "substantial economic injury."

BOSTON (AP) — State Representative Daniel Winslow is stepping down to take a full-time job with a software support firm. The Norfolk Republican says he will leave the Legislature on September 29th to become senior vice president and general counsel of Las Vegas-based Rimini Street, Inc.

BOSTON (AP) — The price of gas has dropped across Massachusetts but still remains well above the national average. The auto club AAA Southern New England puts the statewide average for regular at $3.58 a gallon, down 8 cents from a week ago but 7 cents higher than the national average.

WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) — UMass Medical School officials have turned up a $3.4 million theft by a worker who died in a December car crash. School officials tell The Boston Globe an internal probe found that Leo Villani, a financial analyst, siphoned funds from payments intended for the state Medicaid program. Several other staffers have been disciplined.

LEXINGTON, Mass. (AP) — Acusphere, Inc. says Mark Leuchtenberger has been appointed president, CEO and director of the Lexington-based specialty pharmaceutical company. He succeeds co-founder Sherri C. Oberg. Leuchtenberger previously held similar positions at Rib-X Pharmaceuticals in New Haven, Conn.

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