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A decision that could change the way Connecticut’s only nuclear plant sells its power is expected in the coming weeks. Now, dozens of legislators are using the state’s recent cold snap as evidence the Millstone Power Station needs to stay online.

Poker chips.
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The relationship between roughly 3,000 Massachusetts residents and the expanding menu of Bay State gambling options will form a unique data set for researchers around the globe, and a top gaming regulator hopes it will eventually rank among the most historic scientific surveys.

Protesters picket outside Kinder Morgan's Agawam, Mass. office.
Adam Frenier / NEPR

Protestors demonstrated outside of the Agawam, Massachusetts, offices of gas pipeline company Kinder Morgan Wednesday. They are upset that more than 16,000 gallons of contaminated water were released improperly last fall.

The Malloy administration is halting work on hundreds of transportation infrastructure projects, because the state’s Special Transportation Fund has run out of money. 

The Vermont Senate has given its approval to legislation legalizing the possession of small amounts of marijuana. On a voice vote, the Senate backed a bill Wednesday that allows individuals to possess up to an ounce of marijuana and grow two mature plants.

Gov. Charlie Baker continues to enjoy the kind of approval ratings that most politicians can only dream of.

That’s according to a new WBUR poll (topline results, crosstabs), which finds that 74 percent of Massachusetts voters approve of the job Baker is doing.

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Even three queasy pregnancies didn’t prepare Kate Murphy for the nonstop nausea that often comes with chemotherapy.

In the early months of 2016, the Lexington mother tried everything the doctors and nurses suggested. “But for the most part I felt nauseous 24/7,” she said.

Mass. Primary Elections Set For Sept. 4

Jan 9, 2018
Secretary of State William Galvin picked Sept. 4 as the 2018 state primary date, after accepting public comments and consulting with the House speaker and Senate president.
Sam Doran / State House News Service

Massachusetts will hold its state primary elections on Tuesday, Sept. 4, the day after the Labor Day holiday.

The town of Simsbury is debating whether it will formally appeal a massive solar project. At issue is a decision reached by the Connecticut Siting Council last month.

Connecticut’s governor says his top legislative priority for 2018 will be to tighten the state’s gun laws, outlawing bump stocks and other weapons modifiers. 

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