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Sabrina Pedro pushes her young son in a stroller along the short walk home from the Stop & Shop in Grove Hall. It’s the only supermarket in her neighborhood, which straddles Roxbury and Dorchester.

Hanging from the stroller’s handle, in a plastic bag, she has what she calls “tonight’s dinner: lasagna, milk, some carrots.”

A Stop & Shop strike could make errands like this one harder.

Inside MGM Springfield.
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MGM Springfield is trying to figure out how to keep people under 21 from getting onto its casino floor. 

Interstate 91 looking north in Hartford, Connecticut.
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Proposed highway toll legislation was up for debate Wednesday in Hartford. 

Town meeting debate in several towns next week may turn to trash talk. Trash, that is, in the form of single-use plastic bags. Communities from Manchester to Burlington are considering measures that could lead to local bag bans.

Last June, Rhode Island kicked off the nation’s first statewide truck-only tolling program, at two spots on Interstate 95, and so far, it’s been successful. This year, it plans to expand to ten more locations: tolling large tractor trailers. Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont is looking at mimicking the plan in his state. But the trucking industry is challenging the arrangement in federal court.

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