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New England News
10:46 am
Sat April 19, 2014

Gov. Patrick Signs Bill Creating "Boston Strong" License Plate

Gov. Deval Patrick signs bill creating "Boston Strong" license plate
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Massachusetts drivers will soon have an opportunity to purchase a “Boston Strong” license plate.

Gov. Deval Patrick on Friday signed into law a bill creating the specialty license plate. Proceeds from the sale of the $50 plate will go to benefit victims of  the  Boston Marathon bombing. The phrase “Boston Strong” became popular after the attacks. It was pointed to as a rallying cry by people who in a recent survey said the terrorist attack had left Boston a better place, according to Western New England University polling director Tim Vercellotti.

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North Country News
9:00 am
Sat April 19, 2014

Vermont Unemployment Rate Drops to 3.4 Percent

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The Vermont Department of Labor says the state's unemployment rate dropped three-tenths of a percent last month to 3.4 percent, the fourth lowest unemployment rate in the country.

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New York News
8:12 am
Sat April 19, 2014

Mother, Son Die In Saratoga Car Crash

New York State Police say a mother and her 30-year-old son have been killed after the car they were driving went off the shoulder of a road, got airborne and slammed into a tree.

Troopers say in a statement Friday that Mervyn Albert of Schenectady was driving a 2005 Mazda too fast in the town of Saratoga when he lost control, ran off north shoulder and hit the tree.

Troopers say the accident occurred at about 2:30 p.m.

They say 56-year-old mom Angeli Persaud was in the passenger seat. The two family members were pronounced dead at the scene by the county coroner.

North Country News
8:15 pm
Fri April 18, 2014

Pilot Parachutes from Small Plane Before Crash

Vermont State Police say the pilot of a small plane that crashed next to Interstate 89 in Highgate on Friday suffered minor injuries after parachuting out of the plane to safety.

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New England News
6:31 pm
Fri April 18, 2014

Report Offers Suggestions On Easing Student Debt Burden

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As college student loan debt continues to climb nationally, lawmakers in Massachusetts are proposing some ways to help.

A subcommittee of the  legislature’s Joint Committee on Higher Education approved a report this week that contains nine recommendations including trying to decrease the time it takes to earn a college degree, increase state aid, and require all Massachusetts high school students to take a financial literacy course.

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North Country News
6:30 pm
Fri April 18, 2014

Spring Snowmelt Brings Minor Flooding To Region

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Spring flooding has been occurring across the North Country this week as snowmelt runs into the region’s rivers and then flows into Lake Champlain. But most waters have receded and damage, if any, has been minor.

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New York News
6:20 pm
Fri April 18, 2014

RPI Students Chat With Astronaut In Orbit

Astronaut Rick Mastracchio talks with students via Skype aboard the International Space Station.
Credit Lucas Willard / WAMC

A NASA Astronaut aboard the International Space Station spoke with students from the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY live via Skype.

Astronaut Rick Mastracchio, who earned his master’s degree in electrical engineering from RPI in 1987, spoke Friday with students at his alma mater. He was floating miles above the Earth.

"RPI, I hear you loud and clear! Welcome to the International Space Station," said Mastracchio.

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Weather
3:45 pm
Fri April 18, 2014

Meteorologist Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Garett Argianas

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Friday, April 18, 2014.

New England News
3:40 pm
Fri April 18, 2014

Remains Of Child Missing On State Agency's Watch Apparently Found

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The body of a small child was discovered along a highway in central Massachusetts Friday, and it appears to be that of a boy who went missing while in the care of the state’s child welfare agency.

   Worcester District Attorney Joseph Early said the body was found wrapped in a type of blanket inside a suitcase or duffel bag in a grassy area about 40 feet off a busy interstate highway.  He said an autopsy will be performed and it appears to be a homicide.

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New York News
2:49 pm
Fri April 18, 2014

NYSERDA Awards Support Transportation Innovation

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This week, the Cuomo administration announced $4.3 million in grants for projects that would reduce the environmental impact of transportation in New York.

The 17 awards, administered through the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority – or NYSERDA – are focused on technologies that would reduce dependence on fossil fuels, cut down on pollution, and promote healthier lifestyles.

Spokeswoman Kate Muller said NYSERDA’s focus on technology is an aspect of reducing energy use and greenhouse gas emissions.

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