News from the North

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Two important stories unfolding in Massachusetts right now.

First, online giant Amazon will begin collecting sales tax on purchases made by Massachusetts residents, starting next November, Gov. Deval Patrick announced. Read more in the Globe.

Also breaking today, state regulators are fining three utility companies for their responses in the wake of Tropical Storm Irene and the freak October snowstorm.

According to The Republican of Springfield, National Grid will be fined $10.575 million for the October storm and $8.15 million for Irene and Western Massachusetts Electric Co. is being fined $2 million for its response to the October storm. NSTAR will faces fines of $4 million, the paper reports.

Western Massachusetts Electric Company says it intends to appeal the ruling.



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