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New England News
4:52 pm
Thu July 31, 2014

State Report Highly Critical Of Ex-Westfield State President

Evan Dobelle, who retired last year as Westfield State University President after the board of trustees put him on paid leave amid allegations he had recklessly spent university funds
Credit WSU

The Massachusetts Inspector General issued a scathing report Thursday on a former state university president’s use of school funds for personal purposes.

   Inspector General Glenn Cunha said former Westfield State University President Evan Dobelle knowingly and willingly violated school policy by spending lavishly for six years on trips and entertainment for himself, his family and friends.  Cunha called Dobelle’s behavior “outrageous”

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New England News
4:31 pm
Thu July 31, 2014

Bill Sets Sales Tax-free Shopping Days In Massachusetts

Credit Holyokemall.com

A sales tax holiday is included in an economic development bill taken up by the Massachusetts legislature on the final day of the legislative session Thursday.

Critics say the sales tax-free shopping, which will be on Aug. 16 and 17, costs the state $20 million in lost revenue. Jeff Ciuffreda, the president of the Springfield Chamber of Commerce said it increases work hours for retail employees and drives discretionary spending.

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Food Friday
4:19 pm
Thu July 31, 2014

Food Friday Recipe: Wild Green Pesto

Credit Flickr/thebittenword.com

Tune in to this week's Food Friday to hear cookbook author Dina Falconi talk about foraging!

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The Roundtable
3:46 pm
Thu July 31, 2014

The Roundtable Broadcasts Live From Tanglewood

WAMC is proud to present a special edition of The Roundtable with a live broadcast from Tanglewood in Lenox, Massachusetts on Friday, August 1st from 9 a.m. to noon.

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Weather
3:45 pm
Thu July 31, 2014

Meteorologist Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

Garett Argianas

Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Thursday, July 31, 2014. 

Hudson Valley News
1:45 pm
Thu July 31, 2014

HBO Series Films At SUNY New Paltz

Lena Dunham, "Girls" creator and star
Credit SUNY New Paltz

The State University of New York at New Paltz was turned into a film set for a day. The HBO series Girls chose the campus as a setting to mimic a different university.

“Here we go kids. 3-2-1…action!

It all happened so quickly. Around the beginning of July, SUNY New Paltz officials got the call that Half A Yogurt Productions was interested in filming some scenes for the HBO series Girls. Richard Winters is community and government relations associate for SUNY New Paltz.

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New York News
1:04 pm
Thu July 31, 2014

Students And Volunteers Dig In At Lake George Battlefield Park

Lucas Willard WAMC

Since 1991, Dr. David Starbuck, an archeologist and associate professor at Plymouth State University in New Hampshire, has been supervising an Archeology Field School through SUNY Adirondack.

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New York News
12:39 pm
Thu July 31, 2014

Comptroller DiNapoli Endorsed By CSEA

CSEA President Danny Donohue and NYS Comptroller Tom DiNapoli at the Desmond in Colonie (31 July 2014)
Credit WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

A key New York union has made a political endorsement public.

The nearly 300,000-member Civil Service Employees Association represents state and local government employees, school district employees, child care providers and private sector employees throughout New York State. CSEA President Danny Donohue:    "We're all proud to be here today, endorsing our candidate for Comptroller, DiNapoli. We did it four years ago, we're proud to be here today."

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New England News
12:30 pm
Thu July 31, 2014

Report Finds Hoosac Turbines Out of Compliance

Iberdrola Renewables owns and operates 19 turbines as part of the Hoosac Wind Project.
Credit Michael Fairneny

Studies done earlier this year show noise levels coming from wind turbines at the Hoosac Wind Project in northwestern Massachusetts were out of compliance with state regulations. People living in the area have complained of adverse health impacts since the turbines began spinning in 2012.

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New York News
12:30 pm
Thu July 31, 2014

Stefanik Meets With Adirondack Government Officials

Republican 21st district candidate Elise Stefanik at the Adirondack Park Local Government Review Board meeting in Keene Valley
Credit WAMC/Pat Bradley

Elise Stefanik, the Republican candidate for Congress in New York’s 21st district, attended the monthly meeting of the Adirondack Park Local Government Review Board on Wednesday to discuss regional issues.

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