A merger has taken place in western Massachusetts that creates a new association of more than 500 businesses.  The Affiliated Chambers of Commerce of Greater Springfield and the Springfield Chamber of Commerce have formed the Springfield Regional Chamber.   WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with the president of the new regional chamber, Jeff Ciuffreda, about how the merger came about and what it means.

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Connecticut is urging poultry owners to register the location of their flocks with the state as a precaution against bird flu.


Senator Charles Schumer wants federal agencies to work with Canadian officials to stop the city of Montreal's plan to dump of raw sewage into the St. Lawrence River.  But a former Congressman says the U.S has no jurisdiction in the issue.


Senator Charles Schumer is asking United States environmental regulators to work with Canadian officials to stop the city of Montreal's plan to dump 2 billion liters of raw sewage into the St. Lawrence River.

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Amtrak says the Vermonter service is now fully restored following the train derailment in Northfield.

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In January, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced an Upstate Revitalization Initiative through Regional Economic Development Councils as a separate competition for development monies in upstate regions. The Capital Region, Central New York, Finger Lakes, Mid-Hudson Valley, Mohawk Valley, North Country and Southern Tier are competing to be one of three REDC’s to receive up to $500 million from the Upstate Revitalization Initiative.  The proposals were due at Empire State Development on Monday.  Plattsburgh North Country Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Garry Douglas, co-chair of the North Country Regional Economic Development Council, explains to WAMC North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley that they’re calling their initiative “Ignite”.

(Airs 10/9/15) The Legislative Gazette is a weekly program about New York State Government and politics. On this week's Gazette: Governor Cuomo says gun violence should be a key topic in the Congress and 2016 Campaigns, our political observer Alan Chartock shares his thoughts on whether the Governor will run for a third term, and GE says it has completed its 6th and final year of dredging PCBs from the upper Hudson River.


There are additional police officers patrolling in two western Massachusetts cities now following a police academy graduation. 

Thirty-one men and women marched smartly forward to the front of an auditorium, swore an oath to become police officers, and then one-by-one stepped on stage to have badges pinned to their chests.  Proud relatives, friends, and veteran police officers in the auditorium took pictures, recorded videos, and cheered.

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Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather summary for Friday, October 9, 2015. 

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There were two major announcements Thursday at the University at Albany.