President Trump Tweets Opposition to Massachusetts Bill
Trump told Republicans in a tweet to vote against a bill to protect land owned by the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe that would allow the group to move forward with the construction of a casino in Taunton. The bill has bipartisan support and will move forward to a vote next week. Rep. Keating, the bill’s primary sponsor, responded that the real reason Trump is interfering to protect the interests of his “ally” and Republican lobbyist Matt Schlapp, who has connections to nearby casinos in Rhode Island. [WBUR]

Boston Beer Co. to Merge with Dogfish Head Brewery
The maker of Sam Adams Boston Lager has announced plans to merge with Delaware-based brewer Dogfish Head, with the deal expected to close in the second quarter of 2019. [Cape Gazette]

Another Recreational Pot Shop to Open Near Boston
Garden Remedies in Newton currently operates as a medical marijuana dispensary, but it plans to open up as a recreational marijuana retailer as well this month, with a tentative date set for next week. [Patch]

FBI Doubles the Reward for Tips Leading to the Arrest of Bank Robber
Last week, a man robbed a Middlesex bank at Davis Square in Somerville. He fled on foot. Police and FBI are asking for the public’s help in tracking him down, with a $20,000 reward now offered for information that leads to his capture. Have you seen this man? [Patch]

GE to Sell Seaport Property Previously Planned for Headquarters
The Boston property that was to become GE’s headquarters has been sold for $252 million. GE will remain on site as a tenant once the building is completed, but has been scaling back operations in recent years. [WBUR]

Tewksbury Will Keep Its Ban on Plastic Bags
The plastic bag ban had only gone into effect about a month ago, but some Tewksbury residents already wanted to repeal the ban. However, the motion to consider a repeal was voted “indefinitely postponed” by an overwhelming majority, which basically means the ban is upheld. It’s possible that Massachusetts will soon ban plastic bags statewide anyway. [Patch]

New England Cottontail Rabbits Released Onto Nomans Land Island
The New England cottontail rabbit population has been on the decline. Environmentalists are attempting to bolster their numbers by releasing some onto an island off of Martha’s Vineyard which is closed to the public because it used to be a Navy target for aerial bombing. While there are likely still some undetonated bombs on the island, the rabbits are too light to set anything off. []

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