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New England News
2:15 pm
Sat April 18, 2015

Howard Johnson's Restaurant In Maine May Close

Howard Johnson's restaurant, Lake George NY
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There are only two Howard Johnson's restaurants left, and that number could soon be halved.

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Arts & Culture
12:52 pm
Sat April 18, 2015

Bob Goepfert Reviews "Dinner With Friends"

"Dinner With Friends," playing at Curtain Call Theatre in Latham through May 9, is a richly textured play filled with insights on human nature. It also has wise observations on the complicated dynamic of relationships.

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Hudson Valley News
10:56 am
Sat April 18, 2015

West Point Announces Commencement Speaker

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West Point officials say the top U.S. military officer will speak at its commencement ceremony next month.

The U.S. Military Academy announced Friday that General Martin Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, will be the commencement speaker for the Class of 2015 on May 23. Dempsey is a member of the Class of 1974. President Barack Obama delivered the commencement address at West Point last year, during which he laid out his foreign policy vision. Obama this May will deliver the commencement address at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in New London, Connecticut.

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New England News
10:12 am
Sat April 18, 2015

Railcar Maker Buys Site For Springfield Factory

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A Chinese company has purchased property in Springfield, Massachusetts where it plans to build a factory to make passenger rail cars.

A U.S. subsidiary of Changchun Rail Vehicles paid $12 million for the 40 acre industrial parcel in Springfield, where it plans to build a $60 million factory according to spokesperson Lydia Rivera.

"This is an exciting time. It is a huge milestone. The site is leveled, cleared and ready for construction," she said.

Production at the plant is scheduled to begin in 2018.

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New York News
9:24 am
Sat April 18, 2015

Synthetic Marijuana Leads To Increased Hospital Visits

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Authorities say New York is seeing a spike in hospital visits related to synthetic marijuana, and officials are warning that the substances are dangerous and illegal.

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New York News
11:59 pm
Fri April 17, 2015

NY Speaker's Panel To Study Government Transparency Reforms

New York Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie has assembled a small group of Democratic lawmakers to study ways to make state government more transparent. The Bronx Democrat announced the appointments to the 12-member panel Friday.

Heastie says the panel, led by  Assembly members J. Gary Pretlow of Mount Vernon and Brian Kavanagh of Manhattan, will recommend changes to encourage more openness and public participation in the legislative process, while looking for ways to better harness technology, including improvements to the Assembly's website.

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New England News
9:30 pm
Fri April 17, 2015

Vermont House Passes Gun Restrictions

The Vermont House has passed a bill designed to keep guns out of the hands of convicted felons and people who are dangerously mentally ill.

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New England News
7:30 pm
Fri April 17, 2015

Verizon Switching To Permanent North Adams Tower, Service Disruptions Expected Saturday

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Update:  Verizon Wireless' cutover from the temporary tower to the new permanent tower was complete as of 7 o'clock Saturday morning, according to the company.

“The process went according to plan and the Verizon Network Team will closely monitor it to ensure everything continues to work properly,” said executive director for Network for Verizon Wireless, Rich Enright in an emailed statement from the company. 

Verizon cell phone customers in the Northern Berkshire region may experience some outages Saturday morning as the company switches its signal from a temporary tower raised after a tower collapse in 2014 to a permanent structure.

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Legislative Gazette
7:20 pm
Fri April 17, 2015

The Legislative Gazette #1516

(Airs 4/17) The Legislative Gazette is a weekly program about New York State Government and politics. On this week's Gazette: Protesters in New York join a national push to demand higher pay at low-wage jobs, our political observer Alan Chartock shares his thoughts on the grand jury information into senate majority leader Dean Skelos and his son Adam, and the NY RA reorganization is pushed back a year.

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New England News
7:00 pm
Fri April 17, 2015

Rep. Neal Expects To Review Fast Track Trade Authority

Congressman Richard Neal (D-Mass.)
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As a member of the House Ways and Means Committee, Congressman Richard Neal expects to fully discuss a trade promotion authority recently introduced in Congress.

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