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11:15 pm
Tue March 31, 2015

State Documents Indicate Little Monitoring Of Medicaid Spending

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During the past decade, Vermont has spent $675 million setting up Medicaid managed-care programs, but state documents say it has done such a spotty job monitoring them that they can't even be audited.

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New England News
9:30 pm
Tue March 31, 2015

Police Identify Driver Suspected In Cruiser Crash

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Vermont State Police say a woman on her way to catch a flight at the Albany, New York, airport was the driver accused of hitting a state trooper's cruiser in Sunderland and fleeing the scene.

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New England News
8:11 pm
Tue March 31, 2015

MCLA Presidential Pick Withdraws

Greg Summers has withdrawn his acceptance as the 12th president of Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts.
Credit Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts

Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts has announced that president-elect Greg Summers has withdrawn his acceptance of the position. MCLA Board of Trustees Chair Tyler Fairbank says Summers is not able to relocate because of recent family health issues. Summers is currently provost and vice chancellor of academic affairs at University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point.

Cynthia Brown has agreed to continue serving as interim president while the board of trustees evaluates its options moving forward, according to a press release from the college.

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Hudson Valley News
7:56 pm
Tue March 31, 2015

NY Congresswoman, FRA Head Discuss Rail Crossing Safety, Enforcement

FRA Acting Administrator Sarah Feinberg (right); Congresswoman Nita Lowey (left)
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New York Congresswoman Nita Lowey was in Westchester County today, at a rail crossing just miles from the site of a fatal Metro-North train collision with an SUV nearly two months ago. She was joined by a number of officials pledging their commitment to improve all facets of rail crossing safety.

Lowey, the ranking Democrat on the House Appropriations Committee, stood near the Metro-North crossing at Roaring Brook Road in Chappaqua.  

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New England News
7:45 pm
Tue March 31, 2015

Shumlin Invites Union To Vermont

Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin

Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin has invited a public-employee union that canceled a conference in Indianapolis because of the state's new religious-freedom law to hold its meeting in Vermont.

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North Country News
6:30 pm
Tue March 31, 2015

Officials Review Flood Response Plan

A wall about 3 miles south of the Village of Au Sable Forks. The blue at the bottom of the wall indicates the water level during 2011 spring flooding. The top of the wall was the level of flood waters four months later during Tropical Storm Irene.
Credit Gary Ferris/American Red Cross

Irene and Lee were nearly four years ago, but memories of those storms remain clear for many people in our region. Last week, officials from the Adirondack towns of Jay, Keene and Black Brook met with emergency services and response personnel to review the plan of action in the event rivers should flood.

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New England News
6:21 pm
Tue March 31, 2015

Holyoke School Chief Urges United Voice Against State Takeover

Sergio Paez, Superintendent of Schools in Holyoke, MA addresses members of the news media in his office.
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With state receivership for the public schools in Holyoke, Massachusetts appearing increasingly likely, the city’s Superintendent of Schools is hoping for more time for an accelerated improvement plan to show results.

Holyoke school superintendent Sergio Paez said the recommendation by the state’s education commissioner that the State Board of Elementary and Secondary Education schedule a vote on receivership was “difficult to accept.”

" I think the commissioner is doing his job to do what he thinks is best, however I don't agree with that recommendation," he said.

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New York News
6:06 pm
Tue March 31, 2015

Cuomo, Lawmakers Finalize Budget Deals

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  Governor Andrew Cuomo and lawmakers finalized deals on education and ethics Tuesday afternoon, and were on track to pass the budget by the midnight deadline.  

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New England News
5:30 pm
Tue March 31, 2015

Conn. Prom Day Killing Suspect Faces Another Psychiatric Review

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A judge has ordered a Connecticut teenager accused of stabbing a classmate to death on the day of their prom to be examined by psychiatrists for the state, after his lawyers announced they were pursuing an insanity defense.

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New England News
4:50 pm
Tue March 31, 2015

Ex-Berkshire Nursing Home Worker Sentenced To 2 Years For Patient Assault

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A former Berkshire County nursing home employee charged with sexually assaulting a bedridden patient under his care has been sentenced to two years in prison.

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