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New England News
5:43 am
Thu July 31, 2014

Construction To Start On New University Science Building

An artist's rendering of the new science building that will be constructed at Westfield State University

Construction is about to begin on a new $33 million science building at Westfield State University, a project that played prominently in last year’s standoff between the former university president and Massachusetts education officials

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New England News
10:45 pm
Wed July 30, 2014

Governor Says Vermont Can't Take Many Immigrant Children

A Border Patrol Riverine Unit conducts patrols in an Air and Marine Safe-Boat in South Texas along the Rio Grande river. They rescue a child who is stranded on the river bank of the Rio Grande.
Credit Photographer: Donna Burton / U.S. Customs and Border Protection

Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin says the state doesn't have the facilities to accept large numbers of immigrant children.

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New England News
8:20 pm
Wed July 30, 2014

Massachusetts Lawmakers OK Two Spending Bills

Massachusetts Statehouse in Boston
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Massachusetts lawmakers have given final approval to two bills that would let the state borrow up to $2.3 billion to pay for major infrastructure and information technology projects.

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North Country News
7:45 pm
Wed July 30, 2014

Adirondack Village's Drinking Water Cited for Lead

Credit WAMC/Pat Bradley

State health officials say an Adirondack village's drinking water has too much lead.

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New York News
6:30 pm
Wed July 30, 2014

Gillibrand Tours Trudeau Institute Lyme Disease Labs

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand at Trudeau Institute laboratories
Credit WAMC/Pat Bradley

New York U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand toured the Trudeau Institute in Saranac Lake earlier this week.  The research center is famed for its study of lung diseases, but a new arm of the institute will be dedicated to immuno-engineering studies of Lyme disease.

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New England News
6:29 pm
Wed July 30, 2014

Inner City Oasis Of Hope Faces Foreclosure

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A century-old community center in the heart of an inner-city neighborhood in Springfield, Massachusetts is facing an uncertain future.  Officials fear the center may be sold at a foreclosure auction before the summer is out.

The basketball gym at the Dunbar Community Center, where countless youngsters – including future NBA stars Travis Best and Vinny Del Negro – learned the game, could soon go quiet and dark. Community leaders have been trying for months to stave off the forced sale of the historic center, which they now believe is imminent.

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New York News
6:10 pm
Wed July 30, 2014

Cuomo's Opponents Up The Ante In Moreland Commission Criticisms

Credit Office of Gov. Andrew Cuomo

Governor Andrew Cuomo’s opponents in the November races are stepping up accusations over the ethics commission scandal, and citing sections of state law that they say might have been broken by the governor’s aides.

Lieutenant Governor candidate Tim Wu, who along with Zephyr Teachout is challenging Cuomo and Kathy Hochul in the state Democratic primary, teaches New York State criminal law at Columbia University.

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New England News
6:10 pm
Wed July 30, 2014

County's Democratic Party Without Headquarters As Election Day Inches Closer

In June 2013, then Congressman Ed Markey (center) is greeted by Congressman Richard Neal (left) and Pittsfield Mayor Dan Bianchi (right) at the headquarters of Berkshire Brigades.
Credit Lucas Willard / WAMC

With Election Day inching closer, Democrats living farthest from the state capital of Boston are without a party office. That could present a challenge for a group that has strengthened its roots over the past few years.

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New England News
5:50 pm
Wed July 30, 2014

Veterans’ Bill Negotiated By Senator Sanders Passes Conference Committee

Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders

House and Senate negotiators late Monday approved a compromise bill to spend about $17 billion to overhaul the Department of Veterans Affairs. Vermont’s junior U.S. Senator was a key part of the negotiations.

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Capital Region News
4:49 pm
Wed July 30, 2014

Albany: Call If You Detect 'Uncommon Scents'

Residents of downtown Albany living in the shadow of the Port and its infamous oil trains now have a way to report strong odors, which have become commonplace during the summer months.

Peter Iwanowicz, Chairman of County Executive Dan McCoy’s Expert Advisory Committee on Crude Oil Safety, says those living or working near oil transport facilities – rail terminals and siding areas near the Port of Albany can call the “Uncommon Scents” hotline to report nefarious odors. Dial 2-1-1.

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