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New England News
4:10 pm
Wed April 1, 2015

Man Convicted Of Raping UMass Student Sentenced

Emmanuel Bile, convicted of two counts of aggravated rape, must serve a minimum of 8 years in state prison. He then will spend 5 years on probation with conditions including wearing a GPS monitoring device and registering as a sex offender.

A 21-year old Pittsfield man has been sentenced to serve a minimum of 8 years in a Massachusetts prison for raping a UMass student in her Amherst dorm room in 2012. 

In sentencing Emmanuel Bile to 8 -10 years in state prison, Northampton Superior Court Judge Jeffrey Kinder said he had participated in “an alcohol-fueled sex-crazed assault of horrific proportions.”  

Assistant DA Jennifer Suhl praised the victim’s bravery and noted the victim had trusted Bile who had been her friend.

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Weather
3:46 pm
Wed April 1, 2015

Meteorologist Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Garett Argianas

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Wednesday, April 1, 2015.

New York News
12:52 pm
Wed April 1, 2015

NYS County Health Officials: 'Don't wait. Vaccinate!'

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Health professionals throughout New York are spreading the word: get vaccinated!

Health advocates want to convey the message that immunizing our children is good for them and for our communities, and essential to public health.   For each of the routine childhood vaccines, the national health promotion and disease prevention initiative Healthy People 2020 target is 90 percent coverage. On average, 95 percent of all students in New York are fully immunized. But recent outbreaks of long-controlled diseases and a burgeoning anti-vaccination minority have officials concerned.

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New England News
12:39 pm
Wed April 1, 2015

Labor Group Says Agreement Reached On NED Pipeline

A truck parked at the entrance to Berkshire Community College showed the New England Laborers union supports the proposed pipeline which is expected to create 3,000 construction jobs over roughly two years. Kinder Morgan held an open house at the college in February.
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A group representing unionized construction workers says it has signed an agreement with the company that plans a $5 billion underground natural gas pipeline through southern New England.

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Vox Pop
12:35 pm
Wed April 1, 2015

Renewable Energy: Michael O'Hara & Johannes Courtens

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The sun’s light is the most abundant source of potential energy on planet earth. It’s an exciting prospect for proponents of renewable energy, but it’s not as simple as catching some rays. As Earth Day approaches, we have two experts on solar energy in the studio today. Michael O’Hara and Johannes Courtens of solar-power-system installer Lotus Energy are here to answer your questions about solar energy and sustainability.

Weather
12:26 pm
Wed April 1, 2015

Meteorologist Paul Caiano's Midday Forecast

Paul Caiano
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Newschannel 13 meteorologist Paul Caiano delivers the Midday Weather Summary for Wednesday, April 1, 2015.

New England News
12:20 pm
Wed April 1, 2015

Tyer Steps Up To Challenge Pittsfield Mayor Bianchi, City Council To See Fresh Faces

Surrounded by supporters, City Clerk Linda Tyer announced her candidacy for mayor of Pittsfield Tuesday on the steps of City Hall.
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Pittsfield Mayor Dan Bianchi is running for a third term and unlike in 2013, he will face competition. City Clerk Linda Tyer is challenging the fellow Democrat. Next year’s city council will also feature new faces.

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The Roundtable
12:00 pm
Wed April 1, 2015

Roundtable Music 4/1

The Roundtable
11:50 am
Wed April 1, 2015

Listener Essay - Swinging In The Breeze

  Steve Lewis is a member of the Sarah Lawrence Writing Institute faculty and freelance writer. He has been published in The New York Times, Washington Post, LA Times, The Christian Science Monitor, Spirituality and Health, and a biblically long list of parenting magazines and books (7 kids, 16 grandchildren). He is also a contributing writer for Talking Writing Magazine.

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The Roundtable
11:33 am
Wed April 1, 2015

"Alcohol In Vermont: Creation To Consumption, Tolerance To Temperance" At Bennington Museum

  There is a major new exhibit - Alcohol in Vermont: Creation to Consumption, Tolerance to Temperance – which is on view at the Bennington Museum, in Bennington, VT from now through June 21st. The exhibition and related events examine the significant role of alcohol in Vermont’s history.

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