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New England News
9:41 am
Thu September 11, 2014

Fight Against Biomass Plant To Continue

Dozens of opponents of the biomass plant proposed by Palmer Renewable Energy in Springfield, MA urged the city council during a special meeting Wednesday night to appeal a court ruling reinstating the project's building permit.
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The city council in Springfield, Massachusetts has green-lighted an appeal to try to block construction of a wood-burning power plant. 

   The council authorized the filing of a notice of appeal of last month’s Massachusetts Land Court ruling that reinstated the building permit for the biomass project.  Dozens of project opponents urged the council to act prior to a September 15th deadline.   City Councilor Tim Allen said a lawyer advised the council the appeal has a 25 percent chance of success.

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The Roundtable
9:00 am
Thu September 11, 2014

9/11/14 Panel

    

  Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, Political Consultant Libby Post and Kingston Freeman Editor Emeritus Ira Fusfeld.

Topics include:
Presidential Address
NFL Position Questioned
Reclining Seats

WAMC News
7:42 am
Thu September 11, 2014

Dr. Alan Chartock's Morning Commentary

WAMC's Dr. Alan Chartock discusses the WAMC Locked Box, Obama on the Islamic State in Iraq, and Green Party candidate Howie Hawkins running for governor of New York.

Weather
6:45 am
Thu September 11, 2014

Meteorologist Paul Caiano's Morning Forecast

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Here's NewsChannel 13 Meteorologist Paul Caiano's WAMC Regional Forecast:

Mostly cloudy today with showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm.  Highs in the upper 70's.

Clearing, breezy and turning cooler tonight. Lows in the lower to mid 50's.

Mostly sunny tomorrow.  Highs in the upper 60's.

Sports
6:03 am
Thu September 11, 2014

Sports Report: Former FBI Director Robert Mueller III To Investigate NFL Over Rice Incident

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The NFL says former FBI director Robert Mueller III will conduct a probe into how the NFL handled evidence as it investigated domestic violence claims against former Ravens running back Ray Rice. An NFL spokesman says the investigation will be overseen by NFL owners John Mara of the New York Giants and Art Rooney of the Pittsburgh Steelers.

A law enforcement official says he sent a video of former Ravens Ray Rice punching his then-fiancee to an NFL executive five months ago. The person played The Associated Press a 12-second voicemail from an NFL office number on April 9 confirming the video arrived and a female voice expresses thanks and says: "You're right. It's terrible."

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New England News
11:15 pm
Wed September 10, 2014

Green Mountain Power Warns Of Phone Scam

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Green Mountain Power says several of its customers have received phone calls from people saying they are associated with the utility and threatening immediate disconnection of service if the customer doesn't pay past due accounts.

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New England News
9:30 pm
Wed September 10, 2014

Agriculture Leaders From Around U.S. Meet In Vermont

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The heads of state agriculture departments around the country are meeting this week in Burlington for their annual conference. Their focus is advancing agricultural literacy.

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New England News
7:45 pm
Wed September 10, 2014

Witness Says Freeh 'Totally Out' At Time Of Crash

Louis Freeh
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An eyewitness to the Vermont car crash that injured Louis Freeh says the former FBI director appeared to be asleep when his vehicle crossed the centerline, forcing two cars and a motorcyclist to swerve out of the way.

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Hudson Valley News
7:45 pm
Wed September 10, 2014

Bill Concerning Lyme Disease Research Passes U.S. House

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The House of Representatives has passed a bill authored by a New York Congressman for tick-borne disease research.

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

Victims Advocates React To Rice Domestic Violence

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When NFL running back Ray Rice punched Janay Palmer, knocked her unconscious and dragged her out of an Atlantic City casino months ago, elevator cameras recorded the incident. The full video came out this week, and facing public outrage and criticism over a previous two-game suspension, the Baltimore Ravens released Rice and the NFL suspended him indefinitely. Some wonder why the woman ended up marrying Rice and has remained with him.

As WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley reports, victims advocates say domestic violence cases are complicated and rather than focusing on why his wife is staying with him, people should ask why Rice is abusing her.

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