BUSINESS & ECONOMY

A sales associate at New England Treatment Access in Brookline, a medical dispensary, places medicinal marijuana into a container.
Jesse Costa / WBUR

Prospects for retail pot shops opening for business in Massachusetts by a July 1 target date appear to be dimming. 

A sign taped to the door told customers that Story and Soil Coffee was closing early for a staff training.

There's more rain falling on some parts of the U.S. than there used to be, and many towns just aren't ready for the flooding that follows.

Ellicott City, Md., is one such community. Nestled in a valley west of Baltimore, the town was founded in 1772, and some Revolutionary War-era buildings still house businesses along the narrow main street in historic downtown. It also sits at the confluence of three streams.

Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy has vetoed a bill that would have allowed small businesses to take advantage of a state tax break that’s now only available to large manufacturers. The tax break is for hiring apprentices. Malloy says he is worried it would allow small businesses to sell the credits to wealthy individuals looking for tax loopholes.

Television set with static.
Alex Watson / Creative Commons / flickr.com/photos/sifter

A cable company in Berkshire County is pulling another Massachusetts-based TV station off of its systems. And that's upset some residents and lawmakers. 

Updated at 12:18 p.m. ET

Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross on Thursday announced a deal with Chinese telecommunications company ZTE that includes a $1 billion fine — a move that may indicate progress in high-stakes trade talks between the U.S. and China.

A train sitting on the platform at Union Station in Springfield, Massachusetts.
Adam Frenier / NEPR

Expanded train service between Springfield, Hartford and New Haven is set to begin in the coming days.

Marijuana plants.
Brett Levin / Creative Commons / flickr.com/photos/scubabrett22

The Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission won't issue the first marijuana business license until the end of next week at the earliest, and regulators already have more than 50 applications waiting for their consideration.

Apartment residents in a section of Hartford’s North End got some good news Thursday regarding their poor living conditions. The United States Department of Housing and Urban Development said it would terminate a New York landlord’s Section 8 contract to provide subsidized housing to the tenants of the Clay Arsenal Renaissance Apartments.

Marijuana plants.
Jesse Costa / WBUR

June 1 is a key date for efforts in Massachusetts to set up a legal adult-use cannabis industry.

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