Escape from MA

“ One does not simply walk into Massachusetts. Its black gates are guarded by more than just orcs. There is evil there that does not sleep. The great eye is ever watchful. It is a barren wasteland, riddled with fire, ash, and dust. The very air you breathe is a poisonous fume. Not with ten thousand men could you do this. It is folly.

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2018-11-20 08:29 EST

How much will Massachusetts earn from taxes on retail marijuana sales?
WCVB Boston
More than two years after Massachusetts voters approved the legal sale and taxation of recreational marijuana, the first approved shops are opening Tuesday. When sales begin, new tax revenues will also begin to flow from the budding new industry, but ...
1st pot shops in eastern US get OK to open in Massachusetts

2018-11-17 16:01 EST

Controversial politics, early voting fueled turnout in Massachusetts elections
Fall River Herald News
Early voting and polarizing political views helped fuel robust turnout across Massachusetts, even though fewer people are voting than past decades. More than 2.7 million Massachusetts residents cast ballots on Nov. 6, representing the highest amount ...
Here's how Waltham voted in the 2018 midterms Wicked Local
Early voting popular, costly in Massachusetts Wicked Local

2018-11-19 08:09 EST

Recreational marijuana sales to begin in Massachusetts
It can be used – legally – only in homes or other private spaces. What about taxes? Recreational marijuana sales are subject to Massachusetts' 6.25 percent sales tax, along with a 10.75 percent state excise tax and a 3 percent local tax. That adds up a ...
Connecticut marijuana advocates bolstered by Massachusetts' first sales Hartford Courant
Northampton Mayor David Narkewicz will be one of Massachusetts' first recreational marijuana buyers
What to expect as recreational marijuana sales get underway in Massachusetts Boston News, Weather, Sports | WHDH 7News - Boston Business Journal
2018-11-19 13:23 EST

Vermont group recommends taxing marijuana at a higher rate than Massachusetts
Note: This article has been updated with information about how to share feedback on marijuana regulation ideas (see the bottom of this article). Imagine a legal marijuana market in Vermont. Customers pay a 26 percent tax on top of the price of their ...

2018-11-16 06:35 EST

Here's an overview of the 2018 midterm election results in Massachusetts
BOSTON (AP) — Democratic U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, weighing a possible White House run, defeated two challengers Tuesday, while Republican Gov. Charlie Baker won a second term in Massachusetts. Voters in the state election also returned an ...
Eight Races To Watch In Massachusetts
Republican Gov. Charlie Baker wins 2nd term in Massachusetts Bangor Daily News
Massachusetts 2018 election: Charlie Baker wins 2nd term as governor
Ravalli Republic - - Boston 25 News (blog)
2018-11-07 00:24 EST

Here's the list of the 2018 Massachusetts election winners
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2018-11-06 19:51 EST

Here's the Massachusetts ballot for the 2018 midterm elections
This proposed law would limit how many patients could be assigned to each registered nurse in Massachusetts hospitals and certain other health care facilities. The maximum number of patients per registered nurse would vary by type of unit and level of ...

2018-11-05 19:36 EST

It's way too soon to wonder who will run for Massachusetts governor in 2022. Or is it?
The Boston Globe
And now . . . 2022. In Massachusetts, where politics is both blood sport and parlor game, it's never too early to think about who might run for governor in four years. Okay, okay, it's too early! But days after Governor Charlie Baker won a resounding ...

2018-11-13 21:15 EST

Easthampton property taxes on the upswing as tax rate falls
EASTHAMPTON -- The average single-family tax bill in the city will increase 3.6 percent in 2019, from $3,830 to $3,968, according to new figures from the Massachusetts Department of Revenue. However, the city's tax rate will go down, from $16 to $15.46 ...

2018-11-19 15:31 EST

Live blog: Massachusetts election results in the 2018 midterms
Watch Donna Kelly-Williams, president of the Massachusetts Nurses Association, speak below: ... If you're just tuning in on Election Day, here are some stories to catch up on as Massachusetts voters continue to head to the polls, which close at 8 p.m.:.

2018-11-06 20:12 EST


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2018-11-20 08:29 EST

MassDOT, MBTA Officials Offer Thanksgiving Travel Guidance
NBC10 Boston
The holidays are a time for family, reflection and, of course, travel. MassDOT officials joined the Massachusetts Bay Authority Transportation on Monday to discuss travel impacts during Thanksgiving week. "We are expecting as much as a 15 to 20 percent ...
On the roads and rails: MassDOT Thanksgiving holiday travel information Boston 25 News
Thanksgiving travel in Massachusetts: What you need to know Boston Business Journal
State officials give Thanksgiving week travel outlook The Daily News of Newburyport

2018-11-19 11:41 EST

No bonus — yet — for MBTA general manager
The Boston Globe
State officials have put off a decision on whether to award the general manager of the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority a bonus for his first year at the helm. In a recent letter to the MBTA's governing board, state Transportation Secretary ...

2018-11-16 09:39 EST

The MBTA has a new watcher
The Boston Globe
The MBTA under Governor Charlie Baker has made many big promises to fix every wheezy corner of the old transit system. And now, an unusual coalition of business, environmental, and transit advocates has formed to ensure the agency keeps those ...

2018-11-15 15:35 EST

Three groups vow to hold MBTA accountable
MetroWest Daily News
BOSTON — With Gov. Charlie Baker under pressure to deliver on his promise of a better MBTA, three groups not normally associated with each other are now planning to release a report in the first quarter of 2019 assessing the transit agency's progress ...

2018-11-18 00:55 EST

Massachusetts transportation officials delay decision on $32000 bonus for MBTA general manager Luis Manuel Ramirez
Charlie Baker's transportation chief and the head of the MBTA are agreeing to put off a decision on a potential $32,000 bonus. Stephanie Pollack, the CEO of the state's Department of Transportation (MassDOT) and the MBTA's general manager, Luis Manuel ...

2018-11-15 21:34 EST

A solar carport hovers over cars parked at the West Hingham station, Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2018. Gary Higgins/The ...
The Patriot Ledger
But the canopy, one of 37 solar arrays the MBTA hopes to have installed at stations across the South Shore and in suburbs around Boston, wasn't doing anything Thursday except keeping snow off commuter's cars. Despite being completed more than a month ...

2018-11-17 08:17 EST

Springfield's CRRC begins testing Orange Line cars for Boston's MBTA (photos, video)
SPRINGFIELD -- Keep craning your neck as you zip along Interstate 291 past the mammoth CRRC MA Corp. plant. You'll probably see that subway car you've been waiting for. CRRC started running new subway cars -- Orange Line cars it's building for the ...

2018-11-16 07:12 EST

MBTA muffles noise complaints
Boston Herald
The MBTA has logged 350 noise complaints from riders and two dozen injury claims from employees — with some saying they were left dizzy, nauseated or suffered hearing loss from the aging system's earsplitting din. “Loud screeching” on the tracks was ...

2018-11-10 05:10 EST

Police searching for gunman who shot teen near Jamaica Plain T stop
Boston 25 News
... near Jamaica Plain T stop Police searching for gunman who shot teen near Jamaica Plain T stop. BOSTON - Boston Police are investigating after a teenage girl was shot near the Jackson Square MBTA stop in Jamaica Plain.
Police: Shooting near Boston MBTA station leaves teen girl with life-threatening injuries Boston News, Weather, Sports | WHDH 7News

2018-11-14 05:09 EST

Getting Lynn and out easier: MBTA studying transit options
Boston Herald
The MBTA plans to take a new, hard look at how you get in and out of Lynn — including the long-awaited Blue Line extension. “We're still waiting for the Blue Line, but so were my grandparents,” Lynn at-large City Councilor Brian Fields told the Herald ...

2018-11-14 05:22 EST

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2018-11-20 08:29 EST

Massachusetts to make history as first legal marijuana shops on East Coast set to open Tuesday
NORTHAMPTON, Mass. — The Bay State will make history Tuesday with the launch of the first recreational marijuana stores on the East Coast — more than two years after voters decided to legalize non-medical cannabis. Medical marijuana facilities ...
Here are the menus at Massachusetts's first 2 marijuana dispensaries look like The Boston Globe
Massachusetts Set To Open First Two Recreational Pot Shops East Of The Mississippi
Massachusetts mayor first in line as recreational marijuana sales begin CBS News
2018-11-19 21:13 EST

Up to 5 inches of snow expected in parts of Massachusetts
Boston News, Weather, Sports | WHDH 7News
(WHDH) — Winter weather advisories have been issued for parts of Massachusetts as some towns brace for up to five inches of snow. Snowflakes began falling overnight, with areas northwest of Interstate 495 seeing the most accumulation. North Worcester ...
Up to 6 inches of snow to hit Massachusetts by Wednesday morning

2018-11-20 05:57 EST

School closings for Massachusetts for Tuesday, Nov. 20
By MassLive Staff. The following schools have announced closures or delays for Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2018. This list will be updated as schools announce closures and delays. For the latest version, click here or refresh your page. Need your school added to ...

2018-11-20 05:14 EST

Sorry, Massachusetts: Florida Is No. 1 In Education ... Maybe
People love ranking stuff and poring over rankings, from best beaches to worst public restrooms. State elementary and secondary education systems are not immune to the obsession, with the education news outlet Education Week, and the king of rankings ...

2018-11-19 13:03 EST

Here's when the wintry mix arrives in Massachusetts
WCVB Boston
Significant snow will fall in some parts of Massachusetts starting late Monday night, continuing into Tuesday morning. Advertisement. Click here for the latest forecast from StormTeam 5. Here's when the wintry mix arrives in Massachusetts. Loading more ...

2018-11-19 16:27 EST

Christmas-themed train strikes, kills 2 people on tracks in Massachusetts
Fox News
A festive night out for hundreds of children on a holiday-themed train turned into a nightmare before Christmas after two people were struck and killed late Saturday, officials said. The Plymouth County District Attorney's Office said Wareham police ...
DA Identifies Couple Struck and Killed by Holiday Train U.S. News & World Report

2018-11-19 09:48 EST

Legal recreational marijuana sales to begin tomorrow in Massachusetts
WMUR Manchester
Two marijuana businesses are preparing for large crowds at their historic openings Tuesday morning for the first retail sales in Massachusetts, but one of the businesses is unsure how long its supply will last.

2018-11-19 23:24 EST

Massachusetts must do a better job hyping its digital health care smarts
The Boston Globe
Almost three years ago, a group of Massachusetts' most powerful business leaders joined with Governor Charlie Baker to stick a flag in the ground: The state would become the nation's epicenter for digital health care. When it came to the software that ...

2018-11-18 16:53 EST

Thanksgiving travel in Massachusetts: What you need to know
Thanksgiving is coming, and with it, some of the busiest travel days of the year in Massachusetts. State transportation officials are preparing with free coffee, enhanced public transportation options and technology to help travelers plan. "Our goal is ...

2018-11-20 05:02 EST

Crowds expected at first Massachusetts pot shops
Turn to 10
LEICESTER, Mass. (AP) — More than two years after voters in Massachusetts approved of recreational marijuana for adults, there are finally places to buy it legally. The state's first commercial pot shops are set to open Tuesday in Leicester and ...

2018-11-20 06:24 EST

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