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4:16 pm
Sun April 19, 2015

Funding Increase Sought For Western Mass. Homeless Shelter

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Friday was the deadline for Massachusetts State Representatives to file amendments to the $38 billion state budget crafted by House leaders.

The House leadership cautioned against amendments to increase spending given a large budget deficit the state faces.  But, State Rep. Thomas Petrolati of Ludlow said he’ll ask his colleagues to increase state funding for homeless shelters in western Massachusetts.

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2:00 pm
Sun April 19, 2015

Great Barrington, North Adams Receive Funding For Downtown Initiatives

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Massachusetts is funding downtown initiatives in communities at both ends of Berkshire County.

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1:45 pm
Sun April 19, 2015

Vermont Town To Spend $5.5 Million On New Water System

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Officials in a Vermont town have hired a construction company to start working on a $5.5 million municipal water system.

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New England News
12:52 pm
Sun April 19, 2015

New Study Ranks States, Cities For AmeriCorps Participation

More than 900,000 people have volunteered for Americorps since the program’s inception 20 years ago. Americorps, for the first time, reported this week on which states and cities produce the most participants. Northeast states ranked high on the list.   WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with Americorps director Bill Basl

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New England News
5:00 pm
Sat April 18, 2015

Congressman Neal Introduces Opioid Overdose Reduction Act

Congressman Richard Neal (D-Mass.)
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Massachusetts Congressman Richard Neal recently proposed legislation aimed at preventing prescription drug and heroin overdoses.

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New England News
2:15 pm
Sat April 18, 2015

Howard Johnson's Restaurant In Maine May Close

Howard Johnson's restaurant, Lake George NY
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There are only two Howard Johnson's restaurants left, and that number could soon be halved.

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New England News
10:12 am
Sat April 18, 2015

Railcar Maker Buys Site For Springfield Factory

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A Chinese company has purchased property in Springfield, Massachusetts where it plans to build a factory to make passenger rail cars.

A U.S. subsidiary of Changchun Rail Vehicles paid $12 million for the 40 acre industrial parcel in Springfield, where it plans to build a $60 million factory according to spokesperson Lydia Rivera.

"This is an exciting time. It is a huge milestone. The site is leveled, cleared and ready for construction," she said.

Production at the plant is scheduled to begin in 2018.

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New England News
9:30 pm
Fri April 17, 2015

Vermont House Passes Gun Restrictions

The Vermont House has passed a bill designed to keep guns out of the hands of convicted felons and people who are dangerously mentally ill.

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7:30 pm
Fri April 17, 2015

Verizon Switching To Permanent North Adams Tower, Service Disruptions Expected Saturday

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Update:  Verizon Wireless' cutover from the temporary tower to the new permanent tower was complete as of 7 o'clock Saturday morning, according to the company.

“The process went according to plan and the Verizon Network Team will closely monitor it to ensure everything continues to work properly,” said executive director for Network for Verizon Wireless, Rich Enright in an emailed statement from the company. 

Verizon cell phone customers in the Northern Berkshire region may experience some outages Saturday morning as the company switches its signal from a temporary tower raised after a tower collapse in 2014 to a permanent structure.

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7:00 pm
Fri April 17, 2015

Rep. Neal Expects To Review Fast Track Trade Authority

Congressman Richard Neal (D-Mass.)
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As a member of the House Ways and Means Committee, Congressman Richard Neal expects to fully discuss a trade promotion authority recently introduced in Congress.

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