Springfield, MA – The Patrick administration has awarded almost 27 million dollars in federal grant money to 55 Baystate communities.roughly two thirds of the money is going to cities and towns in central and western Massachusetts. WAMC's Paul Tuthill reports. COPYRIGHT 2008 BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.
Albany, NY – Barack Obama is the "odds-on favorite" to win the presidential election, said Connecticut Congressman Chris Murphy, speaking with Alan Chartock on WAMC's "Roundtable."
"I think Obama's going to win, but sometimes I have trouble figuring out how it's going to happen," Murphy said.,br> "He's going to have to win a couple of difficult races, obviously Pennsylvania and Ohio at the top of the list," Murphy added.
Western and Mountain states will be the biggest challenge for Obama, Murphy predicted.
Newfane, VT – Hearings were conducted this week in Vermont by a specialized panel from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. The panel is assessing three challenges to the Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Plant's renewal application. WAMC's North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley has more.
Springfield, MA – The operators of the largest emergency food pantry in Western Massachusetts have launched a campaign to persuade the state legislature to restore funds Governor Patrick cut from the state budget. The director of Open Pantry Community Services in Springfield says if the vetoed money is not restored, the 30 year old agency will close its doors...WAMC's Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports...