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10:00 am
Sun July 13, 2014

Bear Visit Complaints Going Up In Vermont

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The Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department says it's getting more complaints about bear visits.

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New England News
3:15 pm
Sat July 12, 2014

Vermont Surgeon Resolves Criminal Case With Plea

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A Vermont surgeon who was shocked by police with a stun gun after smashing out his former girlfriend's car headlights with an ax has settled the case by pleading guilty to a charge of resisting arrest.

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New England News
12:53 pm
Sat July 12, 2014

Volunteers Monitor Connecticut River For Contamination

Boaters and swimmers can take comfort in knowing the Connecticut River is cleaner than it has been in years.  The Connecticut River Watershed Council monitors river contamination using volunteers who take samples at designated locations on the river.  WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with the council’s executive director Andrew Fisk.

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New England News
4:00 am
Sat July 12, 2014

Error Leads To Drops From CT Health Care System

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Computer problems with Connecticut's health care exchange have led to some customers being dropped by their insurance carriers.

Access Health CT chief executive Kevin Counihan says the computer system problems may have affected about 5,800 customers who enrolled for coverage under the Affordable Care Act.

He says the problem led to discrepancies in how much customers were told they owed, and how much the insurance carriers were expecting to receive. That led to some cancellations for insufficient payments.

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New England News
10:45 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

Vermont Court: No DNA Collection Until Conviction

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The Vermont Supreme Court says the state can't collect DNA from suspects in criminal cases unless they've been convicted of a felony.

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New England News
8:30 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

Public Service Collaboration Announced

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Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin and the University of Vermont have announced a collaboration to provide opportunities for graduate students to work in the public sector.

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New England News
6:12 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

Program Seeks To Fill Void In Manufacturing Workforce Training

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With manufacturers in Massachusetts struggling to find trained people to hire, Governor Deval Patrick today announced a pilot program between two community colleges funded by a partnership that includes some of the state’s biggest companies.

The program run jointly by Springfield Technical Community College and Holyoke Community College aims to take unemployed and under-employed people and give them the skills needed to get an entry level job in manufacturing.  Governor Patrick, who announced the pilot program at STCC, called it vital to enhancing the state’s competitive edge.

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New England News
5:08 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

Hartford Dumps Public Financing Plan For Stadium

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Hartford officials say they have dropped a $60 million public financing plan for a minor league baseball stadium and will seek private investment instead, following criticism by city residents about the cost to taxpayers.

Mayor Pedro Segarra announced the change Friday. He said the planned move of the New Britain Rock Cats to Hartford in 2016 has sparked interest in redevelopment around the stadium site and $60 million in bonding is no longer needed.

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New England News
4:37 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

Mass. Senate Passes Environmental Bond Bill; Includes Funding For Hoosic River Project

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The Massachusetts Senate unanimously passed an environmental bond bill Thursday that includes funding for many projects in western Massachusetts. The four-year, $1.9 billion plan fund projects aimed at land and waterway conservation as well as clean energy initiatives.

If passed, the legislation would provide nearly $9 million for design and construction of the Hoosic River Restoration project in North Adams.

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New England News
4:11 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

Talk At Berkshire Community College Will Highlight Cold Cases

Dr. Sarah Stein
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There are more than 185,000 unresolved murders in the United States. A talk this Saturday at Berkshire Community College will focus on how cases go cold and the methods law enforcement agencies use to solve them.

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