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2:00 am
Wed September 17, 2014

The Best Of Our Knowledge #1252

Think back with me now…when was the last time you opened an encyclopedia…and no, Wikipedia doesn’t count. Well there is a fairly new one out that could just save your life…or not. It seems like you can’t listen to the news at all without finding something else that will eventually kill you.  Sunshine, artificial sweeteners, natural sweeteners...there’s no escaping it; they are all gunning for you. And according to this book...it’s even worse than we thought.  Today on the Best Of Our Knowledge, a conversation with an author of The Encyclopedia Paranoiaca.

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New England News
10:20 pm
Tue September 16, 2014

Vermont Yankee Reducing Power Production

Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Plant
Credit Courtesy NRC and Entergy Corp.

The Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant has begun a gradual reduction of the electricity that it generates that will end with the plant shutting down in December.

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New York News
8:59 pm
Tue September 16, 2014

NY: Wal-Mart Levied Fictional 'Sugar Tax' On Soda

Credit twitter

New York's attorney general has settled a false advertising investigation at Wal-Mart, saying some store personnel were citing a nonexistent "sugar tax" on soda.

The attorney general's office says the retailer launched a national sale in June advertising Coca-Cola 12-packs for $3, but consumers at 117 Wal-Mart stores in New York were routinely charged $3.50.

Investigators say some consumers who complained were falsely told the state has a "sugar tax." They say the markup of more than 16 percent violated state laws.

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New England News
8:40 pm
Tue September 16, 2014

Candidates React To Health Exchange Website Shutdown

The candidates for Vermont governor are reacting to the shutdown of the state's troubled health insurance website for repairs.

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New York News
7:55 pm
Tue September 16, 2014

Charter Group Sues For New School Funding Formula

Credit Ark Charter School

Charter school advocates want New York to re-write the formula used to fund its public charter schools.  A lawsuit filed in Buffalo Tuesday says the current formula is unconstitutional and that the state is falling short of its obligation to provide every student with a sound basic education.

The state Supreme Court lawsuit names the state of New York, along with Gov. Andrew Cuomo, the state Assembly, Senate, budget office, Board of Regents and education commissioner.

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New York News
6:59 pm
Tue September 16, 2014

NY Awards 9 Outstanding Performers In Energy Efficiency

Credit nypa.gov

Seven public entities and two individuals in health, transportation and higher education from across New York have been honored with the first BuildSmart NY Awards.

The New York Power Authority held its first BuildSmart NY Innovators Summit Tuesday at The Desmond Hotel in Colonie, outside Albany. The awards recognize leadership and excellence in building energy performance and innovative uses of clean energy solutions in public facilities. The goal is driving down government operating expenses, saving taxpayers millions of dollars and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

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New England News
6:36 pm
Tue September 16, 2014

Gaming Panel Awards Greater Boston Casino License To Wynn

Credit Wynn Everett

Gambling regulators in Massachusetts have voted to award the state’s most lucrative casino license to Wynn Resorts.  It is the third casino license issued in Massachusetts, where voters in less than two months will decide if Las Vegas-style gambling will remain legal.

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission voted 3-1 Tuesday to approve Las Vegas casino mogul Steve Wynn’s plan to build a $1.6 billion resort casino on the site of a former chemical company plant in the city of Everett.

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New England News
6:30 pm
Tue September 16, 2014

Governor Temporarily Pulls Plug On Troubled Health Care Exchange

Vermont’s online connection to its health care exchange has been temporarily disconnected. The governor pulled the plug Monday night to fix persistent problems.

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New England News
6:04 pm
Tue September 16, 2014

Congressman Neal: U.S. Should Maintain No Ransom Policy Despite Beheadings

U.S. Congressman Richard Neal (D-Mass.) speaks with Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts President Mary Grant on campus in February.
Credit Jim Levulis / WAMC

The terrorist group Islamic State has beheaded three Westerners held captive in the past month, including two Americans. Western Massachusetts Congressman Richard Neal says the United States should maintain its no ransom policy.

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New England News
4:37 pm
Tue September 16, 2014

Kinder Morgan Begins Federal Approval Process For Pipeline

Roughly 30 people gathered in Park Square in Pittsfield, Mass. July 7 as a march protesting the proposed pipeline made it's way west to east along the proposed route.
Credit Jim Levulis / WAMC

Kinder Morgan has begun the process of seeking federal approval for a natural gas pipeline project through northern Massachusetts that has already garnered significant local opposition.

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