The new president of Westfield State University has a plan for his first 100 days in office. Ramon Torrecilha became the 20th president of the 176-year-old school three weeks ago.

He came to western Massachusetts from California State University Dominguez Hills, where he held several senior administrative positions and was on the faculty.  

WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with Torrecilha.

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Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia died suddenly on Saturday. The man known for his strong convictions and conservative stance was 79. Union College associate professor of political science Brad Hayes offered his thoughts on the outpouring of praise for Scalia from politicians on the right and left.

The mayor’s office in Springfield, Massachusetts says there is no target date for releasing overdue public reports by the city’s civilian police review panel. 

Springfield City Council President Mike Fenton said it is “unacceptable” that the Community Police Hearing Board has not issued a public report on its activities in almost two years.  

The mayor’s office blames a paperwork backlog in the city’s law department. Fenton says that’s a poor excuse.

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The state is planning to open a drug treatment center in northern New York.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Friday that the New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services, the state Department of Environmental Conservation, and the Office of General Services are working together on the project. The collaboration will enable the Champlain Valley Family Center to open a facility in Schuyler Falls.

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U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer is slamming a White House proposal that would cut nearly $300 million from counterterrorism programs.

New York is helping its private colleges with campus repairs, upgrades and construction projects.

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The Chittenden Solid Waste District will use a $72,650 grant to help provide facilities and education for the proper disposal of hazardous waste from homes and qualifying businesses.


A group of New York state senators is pushing for a big investment in after-school programs and all-day kindergarten to create what they're calling a "50-hour learning week" for students.

Northern New England is braced for bitter cold but not looking at setting any records, according to the National Weather Service in Gray, Maine.