State & Region Briefs
Moose struck, killed by vehicle, police say
LITTLETON — Massachusetts State Police say a moose was struck and killed by a motorist.
Police responded to calls about the animal around 5:20 a.m. Thursday on Interstate 495 in Littleton. Authorities say the arriving trooper moved the moose to the side of the road, where it died.
Police believe the moose was struck by a vehicle, but no cars were at the scene.
Trooper Paul Sullivan says crashes involving moose aren’t common in Massachusetts.
Town settles suit over wind turbines
FALMOUTH — A town has finalized a settlement with a group of residents over wind turbines.
The town of Falmouth agreed last week to a $75,000 settlement with two remaining residents. Town Counsel Frank Duffy says the town’s insurer paid out $255,000 to 10 other residents in March.
Residents had claimed the turbines were noisy and caused problems.
The Wind 1 turbine came online in 2010 but was shut down five years later when the Zoning Board of Appeals denied a special permit. Barnstable Superior Court Judge Cornelius Moriarty ordered Wind 2 be shut down last summer after operating for six years.
Town officials say they will remove Wind 1. Some residents say they plan to file a complaint to dispose of Wind 2 as well.
State regulators can start issuing commercial pot licenses
BOSTON — Massachusetts’ recreational marijuana industry could begin taking shape in the coming weeks.
Friday marks the first day that state regulators can issue licenses to pot shops and other businesses allowed under the voter-approved law that legalized adult use of marijuana.
The Cannabis Control Commission was not, however, expected to immediately announce any decisions.
Friday is also the day that any prospective operator who was not eligible for priority review by the commission can apply for a license