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Sen. Charles Schumer says the manufacturers of e-cigarettes should be prohibited from marketing to children and creating flavors that he says are designed to appeal to kids.

The Massachusetts Board of Elementary and Secondary Education will hold a public hearing Monday on putting the Holyoke schools into receivership.

State education commissioner Mitchell Chester is recommending a state takeover of the Holyoke Public Schools following years of  poor test scores, high dropout and low graduation rates.

Holyoke Superintendent of Schools Sergio Paez, who has been in the job less than two years, said there are recent signs of improvement.

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Former New York Governor Republican George Pataki was in Essex, New York earlier this week to speak at an education conference. He also took some time to talk with WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley about several issues including his reflections on a possible run for president.

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Federal funding is headed to first responders in two locations in Westchester County.

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As General Electric enters its final season of dredging on the Hudson River, trustees responsible for ensuring the public is compensated for the damage caused by PCBs have issued a report on the affects of the chemical contaminants on fish.

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U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut toured the delayed Denver VA Medical Center construction site.

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Cast members from the 1978 classic National Lampoon’s Animal House are meeting for a reunion at the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center in Great Barrington Saturday. There’s also a Q-and-A after the screening.

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  The city of Albany has selected a vendor to install red light cameras at 20 intersections. 

Albany has signed a 3-year deal with GATSO USA to install and operate the cameras, which could be operational in just several weeks.

City officials say the program is more about safety than revenue, stressing it will make everyone on foot or bicycle safer.

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The tax-writing committee of the Vermont House has approved a series of new tax levies targeting soda, candy and vending machine sales.

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Emergency planning and public education related to a radiological incident at the Indian Point nuclear power plant in Westchester County is inadequate. That’s according to a report from a non-profit watchdog group now calling on the public and local governments to include such planning beyond federal requirements.

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