New England News
6:20 pm
Fri January 23, 2015

College Leaders Sign Pact To Cap Cost Of A Diploma

Holyoke Community College President William Messner and Westfield State University Interim President Elizabeth Perkins sign a student transfer agreement for a low-cost college plan
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Two colleges in western Massachusetts have announced a student transfer program that puts a cap on the cost of a diploma.

The agreement between Westfield State University and Holyoke Community College gives commuter students an opportunity to earn a degree at both the associate’s and bachelor’s levels for a total cost of $30,000 in tuition and mandatory student fees.

" What we are doing is putting together a four-year college degree that is roughly the cost of a new car," said Westfield State University Interim President Elzabeth Perkins.

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New York News
6:06 pm
Fri January 23, 2015

After Arrest, Assembly Speaker Silver Returning To Capitol

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New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver is scheduled to return to the Capitol Monday to preside over legislative session, for the first time since being arrested and charged with running illegal kickback and bribery schemes that earned him $6 million. 

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New England News
4:25 pm
Fri January 23, 2015

Former Mass. Transportation Chief To Head Boston Olympic Organization

Richard Davey was Massachusetts Transportation Secretary from 2011-2014

Former Massachusetts Transportation Secretary Richard Davey is taking over as chief executive of the non-profit group trying to bring the Olympics to Boston.

      With his knowledge of the state’s public transit system, Davey can help make the case for the publically-paid for projects that will necessary to pull off what boosters say will be the most walkable Olympics in modern history.  David  Manfredi, one of the planner’s of Boston’s bid to host the 2024 summer games said the effort depends on transit projects now in the planning pipeline getting built.

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New York News
3:53 pm
Fri January 23, 2015

SUNY Chancellor Points A New Direction For 2015

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The State University of New York has set an ambitious new goal for graduation. The nation’s largest public university system wants to hand out 150,000 diplomas every year by 2020, up from the current 93,000.

SUNY Chancellor Nancy Zimpher laid out the plans today in her fifth annual State of the University address.

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WAMC News
3:45 pm
Fri January 23, 2015

Meteorologist Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

  Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Friday, January 23, 2015. 

Arts & Culture
3:45 pm
Fri January 23, 2015

Nippertown's Greg Haymes' January Musical Selections

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Nippertown's Greg Haymes is here with his January musical selections. 

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New England News
3:40 pm
Fri January 23, 2015

Berkshire Religious Groups Banding Together Around Poverty

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In an effort to thrust themselves further into everyday life and the community, more than 10 Berkshire religious organizations are banding together around social issues affecting the region.

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Arts & Culture
12:52 pm
Fri January 23, 2015

Rogovoy Report for January 23, 2015

Hudson’s own Bindlestiff Family Cirkus continues its wintertime tradition of hosting a monthly cabaret, featuring a variety of circus, theater, comedy and musical entertainers, at Club Helsinki Hudson with four shows: its adult-oriented cabaret on the fourth Saturday of each month, kicking off at 9pm on Saturday, January 24, 2015; continuing on Saturday, February 28; and again on Saturday, March 28; plus a Sunday matinee show on March 29 geared to the entire family.

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Hudson Valley News
12:48 pm
Fri January 23, 2015

DEC Public Hearing On AIM Project Draws Both Sides

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The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation held a public hearing Thursday in Rockland County’s Stony Point concerning a proposed pipeline expansion project. More than 40 speakers offered comments in front of a full audience.

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Listener Comment Line
12:45 pm
Fri January 23, 2015

Listener Comment Line - Week of January 19, 2015

It was a busy news week and now it's time to hear from you.  Here are this week's highlights from the WAMC Listener Comment Line. 

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