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If you air complaints today, let’s start with this weather.
For last-minute shopping, pack an umbrella and rain jacket, and don’t forget to charge your phone. Strong winds are sweeping across essentially New England today, with gusts of up to 60 miles per hour threatening power outages in some areas. State officials are reporting approximately 56,000 homes without power at the time of sending this newsletter, and that number is rising.According to the Japan Meteorological Agency The wind will peak this morningIf you’re in Boston, authorities are asking you to report fallen trees and power lines to 311.
Remember: Mild temperatures are also expected to drop quickly tonight (and we’ll see Bombogenesis). Strong winds should also dry the roads relatively quickly, though a flash freeze is possible Friday night. Again, drive carefully.
Massachusetts regulators are aiming for a “soft launch” of in-person sports betting on January 30, with full public availability the following day. That means his three casinos in the state will only accept bets from staff on January 30 and invite guests to test their equipment and operations before opening to the public on January 31. It will be.
- state gaming commissions We didn’t formally vote on the date, so it may move depending on whether the casino’s kiosks and technology can be inspected in time.
- But if they stick to the plan, This means face-to-face betting will begin by the Super Bowl, a little too late for the NFL’s semifinal conference championship game.
Incoming governor Maura Healy hopes the search for a new MBTA general manager will take “weeks, not months.” But no matter how long it took, yesterday we found out who will replace Steve Poftak for the foreseeable future. Pokhtak’s deputy and his 20-year MBTA veteran, Jeff Goneville, is set to take over as interim GM on January 4. was also appointed).
- HEALY’S TRANSITION TEAM hired an executive search firm earlier this week to begin searching “statewide, nationally and internationally” for T’s next permanent leader.
Governor Charlie Baker’s administration this week released the latest outline of the state’s plan to reach net-zero carbon emissions. While this roadmap largely mirrors previously announced plans for the state, it offers an intriguingly detailed glimpse into what the next administration will look like 30 years after his turn.
- State House News Service report A government project to make “virtually all” of the state’s 5 million cars electric and to install electric heat pumps in 80% of homes. Overall, the state cuts its emissions by 85% below 1990 levels, with the remaining carbon offset by natural lands such as forests.
- Further details: Read the full SHNS report to understand the weeds on state policy to work toward these goals.
PS — 2022 was a busy year. T is one debacle after another, Massachusetts voters elect a new governor, and scientists are learning new ways to deal with climate change. Test your knowledge of this year’s news with this special edition Boston News Quiz.
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