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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.