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2:00 am
Thu April 2, 2015

The Best Of Our Knowledge #1280

Usually when we talk about class on this program, it’s one of those things they have in school.  Today, not so much. 

During election season we hear the term middle class thrown around like crazy by all sorts of politicians who have no idea what the term means. Most other time, class is just not something we talk about in the US.  But ignoring the issue doesn’t change the issue…class matters. Today on the Best Of Our Knowledge, we’ll talk to the author of a new book about class in the US…and a new study which focused on the class divisions in the activist community.

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New England News
10:30 pm
Wed April 1, 2015

Report Says Vermont's Small School Districts Are Costly

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The Vermont Agency of Education has released a study that shows that the state's small school districts are costlier than other districts and provide fewer educational opportunities.

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New England News
8:40 pm
Wed April 1, 2015

Vermont House Endorses Mandatory School District Mergers

Credit en.wikipedia.org

The Vermont House has endorsed a bill that would require many school districts in the state to merge with their neighbors.

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New York News
7:00 pm
Wed April 1, 2015

New York Issues Final Medical Marijuana Regulations

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The New York Health Department has issued final regulations for a statewide medical marijuana program expected to start next year.

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North Country News
6:30 pm
Wed April 1, 2015

McGill Group Returns From Trip Touring Emerging Economic Region

Credit McGill University Desautels Faculty of Management

Every year since 2007, a group of students, alumni and faculty from McGill University in Montreal travel to an emerging economic area of the world. The latest delegation has returned from this year’s “Hot Cities” tour assessing markets in Asia.

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New England News
6:26 pm
Wed April 1, 2015

Volunteers Will Participate In Repairing 20 Homes In Poor Neighborhood

Curtis Vaughn in front of his home on King St. in Springfield, MA. His is one of 20 homes that will undergo extensive repairs as part of a neighborhood revitalization project organized by a national nonprofit
Credit WAMC

A national non-profit announced plans today to repair and spruce up 20 homes on one street in Springfield, Massachusetts.  It is the third year of a 10-year plan designed to revive the housing stock in one of the poorest neighborhoods in the United States.

   The two story house at 124 King Street that was purchased by Curtis Vaughn’s grandparents in the 1920s  needs a lot of work.  But Vaughn, who lives in the house with a son and a daughter, said at age 82 he is unable to do the repairs himself and can’t afford to hire contractors.

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New England News
6:08 pm
Wed April 1, 2015

Withdrawl By MCLA's Presidential Pick Could Set Hiring Process Back A Year

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

The person tapped by Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts to be its next president has announced he will not accept the position. The decision could set back the hiring process by months.

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New York News
6:06 pm
Wed April 1, 2015

New Ethics Law In New York Has Loopholes, Reformers Say

Credit Times Union Website Crime Confidential Blog

  The New York legislature completed an almost on-time budget, around 3 a.m. on the first day of the state’s fiscal year. One of the final pieces to come together was an ethics reform package, which will provide greater disclosure of lawmaker’s outside income. But critics say it does not go far enough.

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New York News
5:30 pm
Wed April 1, 2015

Sewer And Water Infrastructure Funding Praised

Albany Capitol

Debate is continuing over the new budget deal reached late last night in Albany, butt environmental and conservation groups are praising the inclusion of $200 million in New York’s new budget for water and sewer infrastructure projects.

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New England News
5:11 pm
Wed April 1, 2015

Malloy Orders $13.7 Million More In Mid-Year Budget Cuts

Gov. Dannel Malloy (D-Conn.)
Credit CT.gov

Governor Dannel Malloy is ordering $13.7 million in additional mid-year budget cuts as Connecticut's current fiscal year deficit continues to grow.

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