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5:38 pm
Thu December 18, 2014

2 Defendants In Meningitis Outbreak Case Seek Bail

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A federal judge is weighing whether two men at the center of a 2012 fungal meningitis outbreak that killed 64 people should be freed until their criminal trials.

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New England News
12:20 pm
Thu December 18, 2014

Human Trafficking Guidebook Aims To Educate Healthcare Providers

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The Massachusetts Medical Society has published a guidebook for healthcare providers on how to identify, assess and respond to victims of human trafficking.

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New England News
8:22 pm
Wed December 17, 2014

Conn. Using Technological Savvy For Healthcare Enrollment

The Access Health CT mobile application was unveiled in June.
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Connecticut’s online healthcare marketplace continues to tout its success in rolling out the Affordable Care Act. It’s using technological savvy to reach its current goal of enrolling 70,000 people in ACA recognized private or government funded plans.

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New England News
6:28 pm
Wed December 17, 2014

UMass President Leaving For Post In Maryland

Robert Caret
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University of Massachusetts President Robert Caret is leaving to become the chancellor of the University System of Maryland.

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New England News
5:07 pm
Wed December 17, 2014

This American Life's Ira Glass Coming To Jacob's Pillow

Three Acts, Two Dancers, One Radio Host comes to Jacob's Pillow June 13 and 14.
Credit David Bazemore

Coming off a record breaking season with more than $2 million in ticket sales, Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival has unveiled the performers who will take to its stages in 2015. For public radio listeners, things will sound off with a familiar voice telling you to stay “stay with us.”

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New England News
3:37 pm
Wed December 17, 2014

Shumlin Backs Off Universal Health Care

Gov. Shumlin.
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Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin says he's abandoning his long-held goal of creating the nation's first single-payer health care system.

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New England News
1:58 pm
Wed December 17, 2014

Business Group Warns Of Bigger Mass. Budget Shortfall

Massachusetts Governor-elect Charlie Baker said dealing with a projected state budget deficit will be his top priority upon taking office Jan. 8, 2015.
Credit WAMC

A business-backed advocacy group warns Massachusetts Governor-elect Charlie Baker may have to make unpopular budget cuts when he takes office next month.

The Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation projects the state is facing a $750 million budget deficit --a figure strongly disputed by the Patrick administration, which insists the mid-fiscal year gap is much smaller.  Michael Widmer, president of the MTF, said  Baker will face tough choices right after taking office.

"There are no easy pockets of money to be saved and there is precious little time," said Widmer.

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New England News
12:20 pm
Wed December 17, 2014

Unyielding Position Urged On Rebuilding Cathedral High School

Congressman Richard Neal addresses a rally at Springfield City Hall urging the Springfield diocese to rebuild Cathedral High School.
Credit WAMC

A decision on the fate of the only Catholic high school in Springfield, Massachusetts won’t be announced until after the first of the year.  Advocates for rebuilding the historic Cathedral High School, destroyed by a tornado more than three years ago, continue a public campaign.

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New England News
12:14 pm
Wed December 17, 2014

Students, Alumni Urge Williams College To Divest From Fossil Fuels

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A coalition of Williams College students and alumni are calling on the private college to divest its $2.3 billion endowment from top fossil fuel companies.

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New England News
10:14 am
Wed December 17, 2014

Pittsfield Receives Increased Funding For Youth And Gang Intervention

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Following violent events involving young people this year, Massachusetts has increased funding for youth intervention and gang prevention programs in Pittsfield.

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