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Two lanes re-opened
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BOSTON — A truck fire closed all but one westbound lane of the Massachusetts Turnpike prior to the Allston tolls, transportation officials said Saturday morning.

See photos of the truck fire

The Department of Transportation said in a Twitter posting that the left lane was open after the fire briefly closed all lanes. A second lane was re-opened by 11:15 a.m. after the fire was extinguished.

There was no immediate word on whether the driver of the truck was injured.

(Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)

(Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)

BOSTON (CBS/AP) — State public health officials have selected 20 locations to award the first licenses formedical marijuana dispensaries in Massachusetts.

The list was posted Friday on the state Department of Public Health’s website. The DPH has been reviewing applications from groups seeking to operate the dispensaries.

Read: List of Approved Applications (.pdf)

Dispensaries were approved for Dennis, Taunton, Fairhaven, Salem, Haverhill, Holyoke, Northampton, Lowell, Ayer, Newton, Cambridge, Brookline, Quincy, Plymouth, and Brockton. Worcester and Boston were each approved for two dispensaries.
A law approved by voters in November 2012 allows marijuana to be used for certain medical conditions, cancer, multiple sclerosis and Parkinson’s disease.

The law allows for up to 35 outlets around Massachusetts.

The law requires that each county in the state have at least one medical marijuana dispensary.

Currently, four counties: Berkshire, Franklin, Dukes, and Nantucket have no approved dispensaries.


The campuses of Massachusetts Bay Community College have been closed and evacuated Tuesday after a threat, according to school officials.

The college’s Framingham, Wellesley and Ashland campuses have been evacuated, according to the school.

A student at the Framingham campus told WCVB she received an automated call advising everyone to stay 500 feet away from all buildings and to evacuate. In the call, students were told if they should call 911 if they were unable to evacuate the building.

NewsCenter 5 and will have more details as they are available.



Palmer MA

Westbound traffic on the Massachusetts Turnpike was shut down Tuesday in Palmer after a flatbed truck crash.

The truck, which was hauling concrete, caught on fire following the crash. Flames spread to the drainage system adjacent to the highway.

The eastbound side was also shut down briefly as fire trucks were brought in to battle the flames.

Westbound traffic is being diverted at exit 9.

No injuries have been reported.

The cause of the crash was under investigation.


So sad to see so many missing faces


Tolls on the Massachusetts Turnpike’s first six interchanges are set to return this week.

The tolls for passenger car drivers will resume Tuesday after having been eliminated in 1996 by former Gov. William Weld. They will cover Interchange 1 connecting to West Stockbridge through Interchange 6 connecting to Springfield and Interstate 291.

The tolls will be the same as in 1996. The cost for cars getting on at exit 6 and getting off at exit 1 would be $1.75.

Reinstating the tolls was included in a state transportation financing package approved earlier this year. State transportation officials held two public meetings last month to discuss the decision.

The restoration of the tolls is expected to generate about $12 million in revenue annually.