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MBTA praised for cold-weather performance

MBTA praised for cold-weather performance

Commuter rail under fire; Baker rival gives Keolis failing grade

THE STATE’S TOP TRANSPORTATION OFFICIAL on Monday gave the MBTA’s subway and bus operations high grades for rebounding in the wake of last Thursday’s winter storm, but said commuter rail service did not meet expectations. “The goal obviously is to get back as quickly as possible to running the services our riders need and deserve.(...)

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US attorney threatens state’s pot industry

US attorney threatens state’s pot industry

New stance indicates no one is immune from prosecution

US ATTORNEY ANDREW LELLING has sent a chilling response to calls from pro-pot advocates to clarify his stance on marijuana prosecution in Massachusetts, a message sure to send potential investors and business people into a state of panic over whether they would be subject to arrest and prosecution under federal drug laws. “This is a(...)

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More pipelines aren’t the answer

More pipelines aren’t the answer

The weather outside is frightful – and so is our over-reliance on natural gas

NEW ENGLAND IS in the clutches of a frigid winter. This is putting demands on our energy resources and driving up electricity prices during the few hours of the day when consumer electricity use is highest. Concerns over these temporary price spikes are warranted, particularly given their impacts on our most vulnerable. But year after(...)

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Confusion reigns in states with legal pot

Confusion reigns in states with legal pot

More questions, fewer answers on how US attorneys will enforce federal drug laws

THE ONE THING that is certain with the change in enforcement of federal marijuana laws is that there will be no uniform approach to enforcement by US attorneys in states that have legalized the sale of recreational marijuana. Public comments and statements from some of the 12 US attorneys in the eight states that have(...)

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Time to revisit the need for more gas pipelines

Time to revisit the need for more gas pipelines

Renewable energy cannot meet demand without help

NEW ENGLAND’S GOVERNORS, who for years called for increasing the delivery capacity of natural gas into the region, have largely gone silent. Today, the region is seeing the consequences with Bloomberg reporting December 27 that “spot prices more than tripled … and turned the region into the world’s priciest market.” Natural gas prices last week(...)

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State tax collections soar in December

State tax collections soar in December

Monthly revenues exceed projections by $527m

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE TAX COLLECTIONS IN DECEMBER left Massachusetts government flush with unbudgeted cash as revenues for the first half of the fiscal year have exceeded estimates by $728 million, shedding light on Gov. Charlie Baker’s decision this week to lift the hold he had put on legislative spending earmarks. The Department of Revenue(...)

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Pilgrim nuclear plant goes offline

Pilgrim nuclear plant goes offline

Outage adds to grid uncertainty, fuels pipeline debate

PILGRIM STATION, the nuclear power plant in Plymouth, took itself offline Thursday afternoon, adding uncertainty to efforts by the New England power grid operator to meet electricity demand as a powerful snowstorm gripped the region. Patrick O’Brien, a spokeswoman for the plant’s owner, Entergy, said Pilgrim was taken offline at 2:09 p.m. due to the(...)

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Sessions turns back pot clock

Sessions turns back pot clock

AG rescinds Obama-era guidance allowing states to legalize marijuana

ATTORNEY GENERAL JEFF SESSIONS has thrown the emerging legal marijuana industry into turmoil by rescinding an Obama-era memorandum that ordered the Justice Department to ignore enforcing federal drug laws in states that allowed adult use. Sessions, a longtime opponent of legalizing marijuana who often tied it to the opioid crisis, issued a new guidance that(...)

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