Worcester

President Barack Obama, a frequent visitor to New York State in recent weeks, was in Massachusetts late Wednesday. He spoke at a high school commencement in Worcester and at a political fundraiser in suburban Boston. 

President Obama held up Worcester Technical High School as a national model for preparing American students to compete in the global economy.

" I want the nation to learn from Worcester Tech."

The president spoke to an audience of 5,000 people at the graduation exercises held in the DCU Center in downtown Worcester.

President Obama came to Massachusetts Wednesday afternoon to speak to the senior class at Worcester Technical High School, which at one time was among the most troubled in the state, but over the past few years was transformed into one of the best after focusing on science, technology, engineering and math. The president said the graduates are an example for their fellow students.

BOSTON (AP) — Several people familiar with the decision say Massachusetts Lt. Gov. Timothy Murray is expected to step down to become head of the Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce.