Square One http://wamc.org en Drug Money Put To Uses For The Good http://wamc.org/post/drug-money-put-uses-good <p>Money seized from drug dealers in western Massachusetts is being used to do good things. The funds are helping keep at-risk youths off the streets and reuniting families torn apart by drug abuse.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp; Hampden District Attorney Mark Mastroianni has awarded $30,000 to two Springfield-based nonprofit agencies from the Drug Forfeiture Grant Program.&nbsp; The fund consists of money and property forfeited by court order following a criminal conviction for a drug dealing offense.</p> Mon, 09 Jun 2014 16:28:00 +0000 Paul Tuthill 92184 at http://wamc.org Drug Money Put To Uses For The Good Springfield Recovering From Another Disaster http://wamc.org/post/springfield-recovering-another-disaster <p></p><p></p><p>For the second time in 18 months the city of Springfield Massachusetts was hit by a major disaster in 2012.&nbsp; A natural gas explosion rocked downtown on the Friday after Thanksgiving. As with the June 2011 tornado, the city went through a recovery period and is now looking to rebuild.&nbsp;&nbsp;WAMC’s&nbsp;Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul&nbsp;Tuthill&nbsp;reports.</p><p> Fri, 28 Dec 2012 17:41:00 +0000 Paul Tuthill 54675 at http://wamc.org Springfield Recovering From Another Disaster