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NEPR News Now: Regulating Pot Shops, Saving Lobsters, Driving In Snow, Fighting Like Cats And Dogs

A fisherman holds up a lobster covered in eggs.
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A fisherman holds up a lobster covered in eggs.

Retail stores in Massachusetts are expected to start selling marijuana legally in the state this summer. Some cities and towns have taken steps to temporarily block pot shops within their borders. And others have banned them altogether. 

Also in this episode: Maine lobster fishermen have had a great run in recent years, in part because of a technique to mark fertile female lobsters for protection. But a new study found southern New England's lobster industry has paid a price for not as aggressively embracing these techniques.

We also hear about community health workers in Massachusetts who visit families in their homes to help figure out why they're getting sick, and what services they may need. That program took a while to sign families up, and now it's running out of money. 

How many times this winter have you said to yourself, "This is New England -- why can't anyone drive in the snow?" We visit a school that teaches the lost art of winter driving.

And commentators Robert Chipkin and Naomi Shulman speak up and stick up for their preferred pets.

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Sam Hudzik has overseen local news coverage on New England Public Media since 2013. He manages a team of about a dozen full- and part-time reporters and hosts.
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