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10:15 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

Vermont Health Department Fears 'Spice' Usage

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Officials at the Vermont Health Department say they're concerned about a number of overdoses involving the synthetic drug known as spice that have been reported recently in New Hampshire.

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New England News
9:00 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

Burlington Passenger Tries To Board Plane With Gun

Burlington International Airport
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A spokesman for the federal Transportation Security Agency says TSA agents discovered a firearm in the carry-on luggage of a man who was trying to board a plane at the Burlington International Airport.

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New England News
8:30 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

Man Found Dead In House Hours After Standoff

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Vermont State Police say a man has been found dead inside a house of a self-inflicted gunshot wound more than five hours after shots were fired at troopers and police negotiated with him.

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Hudson Valley News
7:50 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

Walkway Elevator Temporarily Closes Days After Opening

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An outdoor elevator at pedestrian bridge Walkway Over the Hudson that opened to the public less than one week ago has been taken out of service to replace a part.

The New York State Parks system’s first outdoor elevator was taken out of service late Saturday. New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation Spokesman Randy Simons says the outdoor Walkway elevator, which opened to the public August 19, is being serviced after a routine check found that a part was not functioning as it should.

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New England News
7:45 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

College Planning To Close Due To Low Enrollment

Lebanon College
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Lebanon College in Lebanon New Hampshire has canceled its classes for the fall semester in what the president said is likely the first step toward closing the school.

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Capital Region News
6:30 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

#TakeBackTroy Gains Traction

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Residents of Troy are concerned about an uptick in crime. Citizens and officials are furthering separate initiatives  to “take back” the Collar City.

A seemingly never-ending spate of shootings, stabbings and more recently, arsons, has galvanized some neighbors in Lansingburgh and other areas of the city to take steps to help thwart crime.

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New England News
6:10 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

UMass Satellite Campus Getting Set To Welcome First Students

The welcome center for the UMass Center at Springfield opened March 31st Classes begin Sept. 2 at the newest UMass campus.
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The University of Massachusetts is preparing to open its first satellite campus. The UMass Center at Springfield will welcome its first students two weeks from today.           

The newest UMass campus is on the second floor of a Main Street office tower, where ten large classrooms have been constructed at a cost more than $5 million.  UMass Amherst Chancellor Kumble Subbaswamy predicts students will be excited about the course offerings.

" It will be a slow start, but I am sure it will ramp up very quickly once we get operational there."

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New York News
6:10 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

Business Group Praises Senate GOP Voting Record, Pans Democrats

Pro-business group Unshackle Upstate released ratings, ranking state lawmakers for their stance on several pro-business bills
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An upstate pro-business group is out with ratings for the New York Senate and Assembly, and finds, not surprisingly, that more liberal Democrats are at odds with the group’s agenda than conservative leaning Republicans. Unshackle Upstate says that could have implications for the group’s interests if Democrats take over the Senate in November.

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New England News
5:49 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

Tri-District Superintendent To Retire At End Of 2014

Dr. Rose Ellis
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The superintendent who oversees four schools in western Massachusetts has announced she will retire at the end of the year.

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New England News
5:24 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

Gubernatorial Hopeful Berwick Launches TV Ad

Don Berwick speaking with WAMC News before June's Democratic State Convention in Worcester, Mass where Berwick received 22 percent of the delegates. State Attorney General Martha Coakley got 23 percent, while state Treasurer Steve Grossman secured the party's endorsement with 35 percent.
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Following on the heels of two fellow Democrats vying to be the next governor of Massachusetts, Don Berwick released his first television ad Monday.

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